You can give your PC rig a boost with a new graphics card without having to spend a bucket of cash.

PC gaming can be an expensive hobby, but it doesn't have to be. Not everyone is interested in chasing astronomical frame rates or 4K resolution. If you're keeping things more low key and sticking to a tighter budget, you can still build a great gaming PC.

But you'll need a great graphics card too. If you're looking to spend under $200, here's what you should get.

The best - NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti

For comfortably under $200 you can get hold of a brand new, Pascal powered 4GB NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti. There are plenty to choose from, too, and you can get a card in either full-size or mini forms to suit your specific PC build.

Most of the big manufacturers are making GTX 1050 Ti cards, including ASUS, MSi, and Gigabyte. Our pick is the Gigabyte G1 with Windforce cooler, factory overclock and sweet RGB lighting. It comes in at a very reasonable $170.

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Why it's the best

You could hunt around and get a last-gen card from either NVIDIA or AMD for your rig, but you're not necessarily going to be getting anything better. The latest generation cards aren't only pushing forwards in terms of power, but they're more efficient than ever before, too.

Our previous top sub-$200 graphics card was the AMD RX 470. This was mainly based on its price to performance, but AMD's new RX 570 cards that have replaced it are more expensive and right now don't fall in our sub-$200 budget. The GTX 1050 Ti, however, isn't far off the RX 470 in a number of areas while maintaining an incredibly affordable price point.

In GPUBoss' testing the GTX 1050 Ti is nipping at the heels of the RX 470 in most categories while scoring higher for noise and power consumption.

Alternative - NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB


The main alternative at this price point is the NVIDIA GTX 1060, but only the 3GB version and not the 6GB. And even then it's a bit of a cheat. The GTX 1060 is a terrific graphics card built on NVIDIAs latest generation, Pascal architecture, but like its bigger brothers, it also comes at a higher price.

But if you're budgeting around 200 bucks for your GPU and you simply have to go for the green team, the GTX 1060 is a good shout. It balances power efficiency with great performance that'll have you pounding out the latest games with ease at 1080p. The catch is that right now it'll cost you at least $210 to get a GTX 1060. And when you compare it to the GTX 1050 Ti, you're not necessarily getting a lot more.

The added bonus to the 3GB GTX 1060 is that it's available in mini form, which is perfect for those ultra-small PC builds. If size isn't an issue, something like the Gigabyte Windforce linked below is a solid choice.

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Updated July 21, 2017: The GTX 1050 Ti from NVIDIA is our new top pick for a sub-$200 graphics card.