The graphics card is probably one of the most important hardware components for any gaming PC. It calculates the graphical elements in games and, along with processor and memory, determines your FPS in most games.
Unfortunately, for a lot of games you will need a high-end graphic card which could cost you up to 700 Euro. We all know not everyone has this much cash to fork over. Thankfully we play League of Legends, a game that is already over 10-years0old and doesn't have the same hardware requirements like games like Cyberpunk 2077 for example.
But if you really do want to play games outside of League of Legends, you might need a somewhat decent graphics card. So, we will show you some inexpensive options if you're a gamer on a budget. These options we will present you won't cost you an arm-and-a-leg, but will have decent performance.
Today we're going to show you three models in varying price classes. Starting with the cheapest and moving onto slightly more expensive options, depending on what you want your graphics card to perform. Hopefully you'll be able to find the perfect graphics card for League of Legends right here!
1. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti - An Affordable Choice
The GTX 1050 Ti from Gigabyte, is an older graphics card that does not offer breathtaking performance compared to current models. However, you can still use it for competitive games with low hardware requirements. You will also be able to play many indie games with the inexpensive graphics card.
According to UserBenchmark, the card manages a whopping 174 frames per second in CS:GO at a 1080p resolution. However, it does not manage the magic mark of 60 FPS in many other games. In Overwatch, for example, it achieves a maximum of 46 FPS, and in Fortnite it still manages 54 frames per second. That is relatively smooth gameplay.
However, the main argument for the card is the price. The Nvidia card from the GTX 10 generation only costs around 300 Euros. Thus, the card is especially suitable if you only use your PC for less demanding games, such as League of Legends.
2. Asus Geforce GTX 1650 OC Phoenix - More Pricey and More Power
If you're willing to spend a little more money on your graphics card, then you should check out the GTX 1650 from Asus in the OC-Version. It also has a slightly higher performance than the GTX 1050 Ti. Even in the standard version, the GTX 1650 achieves around 188 FPS in CS:GO and around 69 frames per second in Fortnite. So, you can play smoothly with that if your other components are up to the task.
You can also get very close to the 60 FPS mark in Overwatch with 56 FPS. If you get the OC-version you'll even be able to surpass the 60 FPS benchmark. OC stands for overclocking and means that the card is slightly overclocked. Thus, it consumes more power than the base model and thus also delivers more performance.
3. Asus Geforce RTX 2060 Dual EVO (6 GByte) - The Best of the Options
The RTX 2060 from Asus will cost you a bit more, but you'll be able to play modern games with this one with ease. I know what I am talking about, because my PC uses an RTX 2060 from Nvidia. You won't have any problems with this card in less hardware-hungry games.
CS:GO runs at 245 frames per second according to UserBenchmark, Fortnite at 131, Overwatch at 119 and PUGB at 117. GTA V still runs at 96 frames per second with a 1080p resolution and maximum graphics settings. A 120 hertz monitor can definitely be worthwhile with this card.
Even modern games like Assassins Creed: Valhalla or the somewhat older The Crew 2 run smoothly on the RTX 2060. You will have to make some minor compromises in terms of graphics, but it is still a relatively inexpensive graphics card.
The RTX 2060 Dual Evo from Asus is currently available for around 500 Euros. For that, you get decent performance that can also run current games.
Conclusion: It Doesn't Have to be Expensive
Inexpensive graphics cards from older generations definitely have their place. Especially if you don't want to play the latest triple-A games or simply don't want to invest that much money in your computer, they are a good option. You also save on consumption, since they generally use less energy.