Graphics Cards Purpose and best buck for the Bang

Your computer needs one of the best graphics cards if you plan on running the latest and best PC games or are tackling intensive creative projects. Sure, integrated graphics are enough for most day-to-day computing like checking emails, streaming video, and productivity work, but they just won’t cut it for things like video rendering, game development, or 3D modelling. Really, anything graphically intensive needs a discrete GPU that can keep up.

While that may seem like an expensive proposition, prices have come down quite a bit over the years thanks to the continuing battle between AMD and Nvidia. Even flagship cards have become accessible, price-wise. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, for example, comes with a much lower retail price than the model it replaced, making even those with a smaller budget consider a GPU as hefty as that for their rig.