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Understanding Graphics Cards

Do you want high definition visuals? Then you need a decent graphics card. A graphics card is simply a printed circuit board controlling the output to your display screen.

We all want the best visuals. However, your budget mostly decides what graphics card is best. Also, its good to note that when you do buy a graphics card understanding your CPU is just as essential. Some say that the graphics card is more important than the CPU but really, they’re just as important.

So, a printed circuit board, what exactly is it? Your CPU is working with software applications and sends that data to the graphics card, your graphics card will then use that information to place the pixels in as certain way on your screen to create your overall visual display.

You can imagine how much information is being sent between your CPU and graphics card when playing the Far Cry 5! Therefore, it’s best to assess what games you are wanting to play and what your budget is when deciding what graphics card to purchase.
Graphics cards can be purchased in two different ways we can also go into the two different versions of a graphics card, don’t worry it’s not complicated.

Integrated graphics cards
This means that your graphics card is built into your CPU, specifically the motherboard. It is argued that due to being pre-built into the CPU, integrated graphics cards are not as powerful as discrete cards. However, they are more economical as the integrated graphics card shares memory with the CPU. On the other hand, recent processors have delivered powerful integrated GPU’s!

Dedicated graphics cards
Separate from the CPU (still working very closely together) dedicated graphics cards are added into the expansion slot of the motherboard. This means the ability to upgrade your graphics card is easy due to a simple swap. Mainly dedicated graphics cards are for the PC gamer, edit videos or produce CAD designs.

Graphic card manufacturers – check out our range of graphics cards


Ultimately, its all about balance. Your CPU should support your graphics card, your case should be big enough to fit all components nicely, as they are all working together ensuring you can work or play hard!

The Heart Of Your PC – Choosing Your Graphics Card

Put simply, your graphics card is like the heart of your PC, pumping pixels from your tower onto your screen. If your graphics card isn’t quite up to speed your whole PC and gaming experience is going to be affected. Here, we take a look at our collection of graphics cards in our build your own PC range to help you find the best graphics card for you.

Palit GT710, 1GB DDR3 – £33.94

 palit GT710

Our lowest priced graphics card at £33.94, the Palit GT710 is a great entry level graphics card for your new machine. With a 954MHz clock speed, 1GB of memory and 192 CUDA cores, this great value graphics card is equipped to process high quality images quickly to provide a realistic gaming experience.

Asus GT710, 2GB DDR5 – £49.99 

asus GT710

The Asus GT710 graphics card has a 954MHz clock speed, 2GB memory and 192 CUDA cores to provide premium quality graphics for a great value price. Meanwhile, the GT 710’s 0dB thermal design and AUTO-EXTREME technology enhances efficiency, reduces power loss and decreases component noise.

Palit GeForce GT1030, 2GB DDR4 – £81.28

 

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The Palit Ge Force boasts an impressive 384 CUDA Cores, a 1227MHz clock speed and 2GB DDR4 memory to provide. This combined with the latest NVIDIA technology, accelerates your entire PC and produces high-performance, state of the art graphics for a great price!

Palit GTX1050 StormX, 2GB DDR5 – £151.87

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Play classic and modern games at 1080p @ 60 FPS with the most advanced GeForce FTX graphics card in our collection. With 2GB DDR5 memory, 640 CUDA Cores, 1354 MHz clock speed, power efficiency, TurboFan blad and all new NVIDIA Pascal architecture, the Palit GTX1050 is the perfect graphics card for the avid gamer.

Asus Cerberus GTX1050 Ti Advanced 4GB – £199.87

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With 4GB GDDR5, dual fan design, Super Alloy Power II, 768 CUDA Cores and 1303 MHz base clock speed, the Cerberus GTX1050 offers enhanced reliability and gamer performance for fast paced gaming marathons.

With a great range of graphics cards to suit a variety of budgets and gaming needs, our build your own PC range offers high quality gaming for everyone. Shop online now!

New NVidia Graphics Cards

Enhance your gaming experience with our brand new Nvidia graphics cards!

Gigabyte NVIDIA Geforce GT710 1GB DDR3 – £34.99

Gigabyte NVIDIA Geforce GT710 1GB DDR3
Gigabyte NVIDIA Geforce GT710 1GB DDR3 £34.99

Built to handle gaming and HD films, the Geforce 710 is a great graphics card ideal for new PC’s. Our lowest priced graphics card at £34.99, the GT710 still comes with a 954MH clock speed, 1GB of memory to process high quality images quickly and 192 CUDA Cores to produce realistic images ideal for gaming.

Gigabyte NVIDIA Geforce GT710 2GB DDR3 – £46.99

Gigabyte NVIDIA Geforce GT710 2GB DDR3
Gigabyte NVIDIA Geforce GT710 2GB DDR3 £46.99

An upgrade of the GT710 1GB, the Gigabyte NVIDIA Geforce GT710 2GB DDR3 still features 192 CUDA cores and a 954MHz clock speed but comes with 2GB of memory, allowing you to process more high-quality images at a higher speed.

 Gigabyte NVidia 2GB GEF GT 1030 GDDR5 – £79.99 

Gigabyte NVIDIA Geforce GT710 1GB DDR3
Gigabyte NVIDIA Geforce GT710 1GB DDR3 £34.99

Built for avid gamers, the GT 1030 is integrated with 2GB of memory, DDR5, 383 CUDA cores and a 1227 clock speed. It is one of the fastest, high quality graphics cards we offer for a great value price at just £79.99.

Gigabyte Nvidia 2GB GEF GT 1050 GDDR5 – £157.43

Gigabyte Nvidia 2GB GEF GT 1050 GDDR5
Gigabyte Nvidia 2GB GEF GT 1050 GDDR5 £157.43

Our most expensive graphics card the Gigabyte Nvidia 2GB GEF GT1050 GDDR offers the best gaming experience thanks to its 2GB memory, DDR5, impressive 640 CUDA Cores and 1,404 MHz clock speed.

Shop our great range of new graphics cards now or use our handy comparison table to see which one is right for you.

 

Graphics Card Price Clock Speed Memory Memory Type CUDA Cores Ports
Gigabyte NVIDIA Geforce GT710 1GB DDR3 £34.99 954MHz 1GB DDR3 192 1 VGA

1 DVI-I

1 HDMI

Gigabyte NVIDIA Geforce GT710 2GB DDR3 £46.99 954MHz 2GB DDR3 192 1 VGA

1 DVI-I

1 HDMI

Gigabyte NVidia 2GB GEF GT 1030 GDDR5 £79.99 1227MHz 2GB DDR5 383 1 VGA

1 DVI-I

1 HDMI

Gigabyte Nvidia 2GB GEF GT 1050 GDDR5 £157.43 1404MHz 2GB DDR5 640 1 VGA

1 DVI-I

1 HDMI

 

Which Graphics Card Should I Buy?

Put simply, your graphics card is like the heart of your PC, pumping pixels from your tower onto your screen, so, if your graphics card isn’t quite up to speed your whole PC and gaming experience is going to be affected. But, what should you really be looking for in a graphics card?

Our great range of Graphics Cards start from £34.99.
Our great range of Graphics Cards start from £34.99.

Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Type

Graphics cards have a dedicated video memory and a graphics processing unit (GPU) which can handle any number of different calculations like lighting surfaces and mapping textures whilst producing millions of polygons.

Most graphics cards use AMD, Intel or NVidia, all of which perform well. However, matching your GPU with your processor or chipset is ideal for maximum compatibility. So, an AMD CPU pairs perfectly with an AMD graphics card, while a NVidia chipset works best with a NVidia graphics card over AMD or Intel.

GPU Clock Speed

On average, the higher the number, the faster the GPU, which is exactly what you want when playing high-speed, first person shooter games. However, other factors will also play a factor in the speed of your Graphics Card, so it’s worth considering the specification as a whole, not in isolation.

Memory Bandwidth

Measured in gigabytes per second, Memory Bandwidth is the speed of your RAM. More memory bandwidth means you can draw faster and higher quality images.

Memory bandwidth is calculated by the memory clock, type and width. The most common memory type is DDR, Double Data Rate, which essentially transfers two memory values for each memory clock cycle.

Again, memory bandwidth, although important, is best combined with other features to get the best performance graphics card.

NVidia CUDA Cores and AMD Shaders

Although NVidia’s Cores and AMD’s Shader have different names, these respective technologies essentially work out how to shade 3D objects and how to show light affecting them so that images look as realistic as possible on screen.

In gaming especially, the more CUDA cores or Shaders the better, given the importance of graphics and Frames Per Second (FPS).

Compatibility

As graphics cards slot into the motherboard’s PCI Express (PCIe) slots, it is vital to check there are slots available on your motherboard and that they support the maximum PCIe version and card width.

It is also advisable to check your power supply connector, card dimensions and resolutions supported, number of monitors that can be plugged in and the port, either HDMI or DVI, on the card itself.

Expertec’s PC’s come with the latest graphics cards installed and we also sell a great range of graphics cards so you can have the best gaming experience!

What Games Can My PC Run?

Gaming PC’s are a great way to play the latest games, with the highest technology helping you to give your best performance. However, it can be difficult to know which PC’s play the games you want. This largely depends on your graphics card, a vital, yet often confusing, part of a gaming computer.

Graphics cards have a dedicated video memory and a graphics processing unit (GPU) which can handle any number of different calculations like lighting surfaces and mapping textures whilst producing millions of polygons. The graphics card you need depends on what games you wish to play and at what screen resolution. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of what graphics cards you need to play some popular games on the market.

Medium to High Settings Card

Starting with a 1050Ti will get you 60 Frames per Second (FPS) on most games on the market today and enable you to play games such as League of Legends and Dota 2 in a high setting.

Many of our PC’s come with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 installed, like the Core i7 7700 Kaby Lake 7th Gen Gaming PC 2GB GTX 1050 Windows 10 Pro.

Core i5 7500 Kaby Lake 7th Gen Gaming PC 2GB GTX 1050 Windows 10 Pro: £559.96
Core i5 7500 Kaby Lake 7th Gen Gaming PC 2GB GTX 1050 Windows 10 Pro: £559.96

High to Ultra High Settings Card

1060 6GB and 1070 8GB graphics cards provide high to ultra-high settings for most games. This card will provide the best gaming experience and resolution for games like GTA V, F1 2017, Shadow of Mordor, FIFA 17-18 and Call of Duty: WWII.

Our Core i5 7500 Kaby Lake 7th Gen Gaming PC 6GB GTX 1060 16GB Windows 10 Pro comes with a Nvidia GEF GTX 1060 6GB installed to give you the highest setting gaming experience for the best price.

Core i5 7500 Kaby Lake 7th Gen Gaming PC 6GB GTX 1060 16GB Windows 10 Pro: £799.96
Core i5 7500 Kaby Lake 7th Gen Gaming PC 6GB GTX 1060 16GB Windows 10 Pro: £799.96

Choosing the right graphics card for you and your Gaming PC is largely down to preference and the types of games you plan to play. To help you decide what’s right for you, use our handy Games VS Graphics Card table!

Games vs Graphic cards table

At Expertec, our Gaming PC’s offer high settings graphics cards that are compatible with most games on the market. Shop now to find the right PC for you!