AMD's Ryzen 3 3300X isn't a high-end CPU, yet comes equipped with four cores and eight threads. That's plenty of performance for gaming, so long as you pick a viable GPU. Whether you want to game at 1440p or 4K, we've rounded up some excellent GPUs for you to choose from.
Best AMD for 4K
While you could argue the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X isn't the most powerful CPU around, it's more than capable of keeping up with an RX 5700 XT, even at 4K. This GPU isn't quite as good as the NVIDIA RTX 2080 or 2080 Ti, but it can handle 4K gaming with this CPU or 1440p if you want to crank all the settings up.
Best NVIDIA for 4K
NVIDIA's RTX 2080 Ti is a monster GPU that you probably don't need, but it would be nice to own one. It's a beast at 1080p, 1440p, and even 4K. It's one GPU that will likely last the life of your PC and be installed in your next gaming rig. It's that good (and pricey).
Best AMD for 1440p
The RX 5600 XT is more than good enough for modern titles. You've got 6GB of GDDR6 RAM, which is ample enough to handle high-resolution textures at 1440p. Paired up with an AMD Ryzen 3 3300X, and you've got a brilliant mid-tier gaming rig.
Best NVIDIA for 1440p
NVIDIA's RTX 2060 SUPER is a "super" GPU. It's recommended throughout our PC builds for a good reason. It's about as good as the GTX 1070 Ti from the last generation and comes with ray tracing support with a somewhat affordable price tag. There's even 8GB of GDDR6 RAM for good measure.
Best AMD for 1080p
If you're all about high frame rates, 1080p may be a better option for you, and the affordable AMD RX 5500 XT is a solid option. It supports PCIe 4.0 and comes with a massive 8GB GDDR6 RAM, making it possible to touch 1440p gaming if you turn a few settings down.
Best NVIDIA for 1080p
There are more affordable GPUs than the GTX 1660 SUPER, but they won't run games at 1080p as well. This is one of the best GPUs for 1080p gaming at a reasonable price. 6GB GDDR6 RAM makes it possible to enjoy butter-smooth gaming at 1080p.
Choosing the right GPU
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Deciding on a GPU should come down to the resolution you plan on gaming at. You should also consider your monitor. There's little point buying a 2080 Ti for a 1080p monitor with a refresh rate of just 60Hz unless you plan on getting a new one. There's also the factor of display sync technology. Those with AMD FreeSync displays will need an AMD GPU to truly enjoy stutter-free gaming, while NVIDIA display owners will require an NVIDIA GPU.
If you plan to play games at 1440p or 4K at a later date, you will need to get something like the XFX AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT RAW II or EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XC Ultra Gaming. These two GPUs will let you game at either resolution, though the 2080 Ti is vastly more expensive and powerful.
It's possible to save money without sacrificing performance too much with our mid-tier suggestions. Going with either the XFX AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT RAW II PRO or ASUS NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER will allow you to enjoy your favorite titles at 1440p. They're affordable and they won't cause any issues when paired up with an AMD Ryzen 3 3300X. If you're looking for more options, be sure to have a look at our picks for overall best graphics card.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.