Fastest Card Without A Power Input
While the Radeon R7 260X offers similar performance for a few dollars less, gamers who want to upgrade an entry-level PC with a low-output power supply may consider the GeForce GTX 750 Ti, which is rated at 60 W (a little more than half of the 260X's 115 W). Nvidia suggests you use at least a 300 W power supply with this card. That's a very low bar to set for owners of low-end machines. You don't even need a six-pin auxiliary connector. The GTX 750 Ti doesn't earn a full recommendation for value, but it just may be the best option for gamers upgrading old or small form factor systems.
|Memory Clock||1350MHz GDDR5|
|Memory Capacity||1 or 2 GB|
|DirectX, Shader, OpenGL||11/5.0/4.3|
|Aux. Power Connector(s)||N/A|
|Min. Power Supply||300W|
Best PCI Express (PCIe) Card For ~$175:
Serious Upper Mainstream Performance
AMD's Radeon R9 270X is essentially an overclocked version of the Radeon HD 7870 it replaced. In particular, the card's memory subsystem is more capable. Priced well under $200, you're getting a graphics card notably faster than Nvidia's GeForce GTX 660, earning it our recommendation.
|Memory Clock||1400MHz GDDR5|
|DirectX, Shader, OpenGL||11/5.0/4.2|
|Aux. Power Connector(s)||2x6-pin|
|Min. Power Supply||500W|