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Graphics card buyer's guide

What is the best graphics card and power supply to buy in early 2017? Cannot decide whether to go green or red? NVIDIA or AMD? Below are the best GPUs and suitable PSUs for every purpose, including gaming, streaming high-res movies, video and graphics rendering, etc. Also, most of these graphics cards will run seamlessly on less powerful PSUs than recommended, but a little bit of headroom is always safe to have.

Entry level:

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 2GB 

Good for playing games like League of Legends at mid to high settings, you can easily get upwards of 60 FPS at 1080p resolution. The 2GB VRAM will slightly boost photo/video rendering times. Offers a fanless edition for silent computing.

Market pick: Gigabyte GT 730 2GB GDDR5 - 6,000tk

Be sure to grab the better performing 64-bit DDR5 version instead of the DDR3.

PSU recommendation: Corsair VS450/Thermaltake LP450 - 3,500tk

 

Best budget:

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB 

Good for budget 4k setups and playing most new games at high settings with good FPS at 1080p. Excellent for budget editing rigs. Performs better than AMD’s RX460, leading by a few FPS in most titles, but RX460 is about 4,000tk cheaper. If you got the extra bucks, the 1050 Ti is the overall best choice in this category.

Market pick: MSI GTX 1050TI GAMINGX 4G - 16,000tk

PSU recommendation: Thermaltake Smart SE 530W - 4,500tk

 

Best bang for your buck:

GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1060 or AMD RX 480

Currently the best graphics card for the money. The 1060 is a very good GPU for gaming in 2K as it is capable of running most titles at a decent frame rate and settings on this resolution. If you prefer AMD, the RX 480 is also an extremely capable competitor offering higher VRAM, but is much less power efficient than the the GTX 1060. 

Market pick: Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 6GB / Sapphire NITRO+ RX 480 8GB - 28,000tk

Different vendors offer prices ranging from 24k to 29k taka, so you’re golden with any of them.

PSU recommendation: Thermaltake TR2 80+ Gold 500W - 5,500tk

 

Sweet spot:

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB

The GTX 1070 is the best overall GPU for gaming in 2017. You can effortlessly max out graphics settings on most games at 2K resolution with good FPS, and on medium settings at 4K with decent FPS. Excellent choice for 4K video editing rigs offering 8GB of VRAM for multi-display setups.

Market pick: Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 8GB - 45,500tk

PSU recommendation: Thermaltake TR2 80+ Gold 600W – 6,500tk

 

Hardcore:

GPU:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB

The best GPU for high-res gaming today is the GTX 1080. This beast is capable of running graphics intensive games like Battlefield 1 at 140 FPS with every setting maxed out at 1080p and over 50 FPS at 4K. You can surely opt for multi-gpu setups if you want to enjoy higher FPS 4K gaming and don’t mind holes bigger than the moon in your wallet.

Market pick: MSI Gaming X GTX 1080 - 73,000tk

PSU recommendation: Seasonic G-series 650W 80+ Gold - 10,500tk

 

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