Buying a Graphics Card is one of the
topmost priorities of any gamer and generally they are the most or 2nd most
expensive part sitting inside your gaming rig. But choosing a GPU that is cheap
yet effective can be tiring task
especially in a country like India where GPU prices aren't exactly pocket
friendly. We compile a list of Graphics Cards that you can buy for or less than
Rs 10,000 in India.
Do note that these cards correspond to
different price brackets within the 10k category and I have listed them
according to their approximate prices found online at the time of writing this.
Zotac Nvidia GT 730 2GB DDR5 - ~Rs 5,364
Buy link - https://goo.gl/un4FXb
If you are real tight on your budget then
this is the bare minimum that you should aim for if you wish to game on your
system. The best part of the card is that it comes with 2GB of GDDR5 memory
running at 5010Mhz. The core clock speed stands at 902Mhz. This one is pretty
good for clearing the backlog that you might have of titles from the late 00's
that you might have missed. Latest games can also be played at decent frame
rates thanks to the 2gig or GDDR5 RAM but you will have to bring down the
graphics settings significantly.
Sapphire AMD/ATI AMD Radeon R7 250 2 GB GDDR5 - ~Rs
Buy link - https://goo.gl/zCh9xN
This card from AMD is slightly more capable
and comes with a core clock speed of 925MHz and a bigger 128-bit 2GB of GDDR5
memory. Expect a nice performance boost in with this card however even this
card is also not capable enough to handle the demands of the latest games thus
you will have to lower your setting in order to play the games released in and
after 2015. You must have a power supply of 400W in order to safely run this
Asus AMD/ATI RADEON R7 260X DDR5 OC EDITION 1 GB GDDR5 - ~Rs 8,282
Buy link - https://goo.gl/ASajbU
The Asus AMD Radeon R7 260X DDR5 card runs
at a clock speed of 1075MHz and comes with 1GB of GDDR5 memory which runs at
6400MHz. This card can handle many of the latest titles at decent framerates
with medium settings while some of them can be run at highest settings with a
framerate of close to 30fps. But you
will have to remember that this card requires an additional 6pin connector to
MSI N750 TI-2GD5/OC - ~Rs 8,951
Buy link - https://goo.gl/1V2auo
This is the MSI aftermarket version of the
highly popular Nvidia GTX 750 Ti from the previous generation of Nvidia cards.
It still packs enough power to tackle the most recent games and give smooth
30fps and above with some setting tweaks. The MSI version comes with some great
cooling enhancements making the
overclocking process a little easier and on top of all of this the card is very
power efficient and you do not even require an extra connector for it.
GeForce GTX 1050 Mini 2GB - ~Rs 9,586
Buy link - https://goo.gl/jjdK2E
The 1050 cards are the latest from Nvidia's
GPU range and offer great performance at low power consumption levels thanks to
the Pascal architecture. The card clocks at 1354MHz and has 2GB GDDR5 memory.
It has 640 CUDA cores and consumes about 75W of power. This means that you can
run the card even on a 300W psu.
Radeon RX 460 Windforce OC 4GB GDDR5 - ~Rs 9,586
Buy link - https://goo.gl/MnJfW3
The AMD RX 460 is a fairly new card from
AMD and the Gigabyte is offering the card at a sub 10k price. The card packs
quite a bit of punch and only lags behind the GTX 1050 Mini by a small margin.
This card also comes with Windforce cooling and has dual fans to keep the card
temperatures at check even during peak performance. If you manage to get the
2GB version at a slightly cheaper price then go with it by all means as this
card is not fully able to utilize the 4GB of VRAM.