Without getting into a ton of details over how building a computer. I will attempt to help you in choosing the best graphics card for your PC. This is done in a few easy steps;
1. the card must be affordable. Affordability is of course in the eye of the beholder. But if I take the idea of reasonably high performance then this will limit my choices somewhat. As soon as I say a “gaming computer” I think I must be talking about a card that can play any game on the market reasonably well. No one wants to buy a card only to need an upgrade in 6 months. This all means that the card should be able to play at least 1080p resolution and have direct X11 capability. Even though there are not any direct X11 games on the market yet. There should be some releases just around the corner that use this new technology.
2. the card must have widely supported software. This may seem a bit dumb but a card that has tons of different companies making a different variation of the same design says one thing. The card is widely accepted as being a superior design and everyone wants to get in on the piece of the money pie. You do not want some obscure card that no-one has heard about. Even if you did find it on sale.
3. it must be easy to overclock. You may nave no need to overclock your card. But overclocking does say something about the robust design on offer. In order for overclocking to be possible a product must be overbuilt. This is what you want in a PC product. Overbuilt. You never know when you may need to crank up the performance for a new game.
4. it must be easy to upgrade. Make sure there are a wide variety of GPU coolers and cooing blocks available to upgrade down the road. This will give you more options. If you can keep the GPU cool; then you can overclock this bad boy a bit further. Options are good. Limitations -bad!
The ATI 5770. For the price it offers the most flexibility, highest performance, and also is overclock ready.
The ATI 5770 is a basic model. There are tons of different companies that make different variations of the design.
Saphire, HIS, XFX and so on. They are all a little bit different and can vary in price by as much as $40. 00USD. The one I bought was a Saphire 5770 850MHz version. It cost me $150 on Newegg.
Prior to buying this card I did all sorts of research through many different sources and all said basically the same thing. It’s a great bargain for the performance on tap. My advice. If you game and you can afford it you can’t go wrong with the 5770. Get one!