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These are the best cheap GPU deals for September 2020

If the processor is the brain of a computer, then you could say that a PC with a dedicated graphics card has two brains. That second brain, the GPU, is a second processor that’s specifically built to handle graphically demanding tasks such as video rendering and gaming, and when you’re building a desktop computer, your graphics card is likely to be the most expensive part of the whole thing. Thankfully, the GPU shortage we saw a few years back is well behind us, and there are now a bundle of cheap GPU deals available if you know where to look — and you’ve just found the right place. We’ve rounded up all the best graphics card deals, from budget-friendly 1080p gaming GPUs to ones that can handle multi-monitor 4K setups, right here:

Today’s best GPU deals

  • MSI Radeon RX 570 8GB GDDR5 GPU$145
  • Asus GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5 GPU$150
  • MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB GDDR6 GPU$170 after rebate + free copy of Godfall and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, was $240
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5 GPU$190 after rebate with code VGAMSIET226, was $220
  • MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB GDDR6 GPU$240 after rebate with code VGAMS56XTMX + free copy of Godfall and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, was$350
  • MSI GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 GPU$295 after rebate with code 9SMARTHM94 + free copy of Rainbow Six Siege Gold Edition, was $395

MSI GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5 GPU

$190 $220
Expires soon
If Nvidia is more your flavor and under $200 is your sweet spot, then the GeForce GTX 1660 is the card to get for playing the latest games at 1080p Full HD.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB GDDR6 GPU

$240 $330
Expires soon
Moving up in price a bit brings us to the Radeon RX 5600 XT, which is an excellent 1440p-capable card that still offers a lot of value for its power. You also get two free games until November.

MSI GeForce GT 1030 2G DDR5 GPU

$87 $98
Expires soon
We generally recommend the newer Nvidia GTX 16-series cards, but for less than $100, it's hard to do better than this last-gen GeForce GT 1030 GPU if you're on a super-tight budget.

XFX AMD Radeon RX 580 GTS Black Edition 8GB GDDR5

$170 $190
Expires soon
AMD's Radeon RX 580 is still one of the best values when it comes to 1080p gaming in 2020, and a discount only makes it even better if you're doing a budget-friendly PC build.

Biostar Radeon RX 550 4GB GDDR5 GPU

$99 $170
Expires soon
It's a little long in the tooth in 2020, but for a Benjamin, the Radeon RX 550 still offers decent performance for budget gaming PC builds.

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 GPU

$360 $440
Expires soon
The Radeon RX 5700 XT can easily handle 1440p gaming at high to ultra settings, and can even do some 4K gaming if you knock those settings down a bit. You get two free games with your purchase, too.


$80 $90
Expires soon
If your needs are very basic, the GeForce GT 730 will give you dedicated graphics processing power on the cheap. Ideal for super-budget PC builds or a pre-built desktop that lacks a dedicated GPU.

MSI Radeon RX 570, 8gb GDDR5

$145 $150
Expires soon
The Radeon RX 570 is one of the best entry-level 1080p-capable GPUs, and punches well above its weight with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

MSI Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 GPU

$290 $395
Expires soon
It's not a bad deal even by itself, but with a free copy of Rainbow Six Siege Gold Edition, this is a killer bundle (worth $395) on one of the best GPUs in the GeForce lineup.

MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 GPU

$162 $240
Expires soon
If 1080p/60fps gaming is your goal and $200 is your budget limit, look no further than the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT GPU. AMD is also offering free copies of Godfall and World of WarCraft: Shadowlands.

Asus GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDRR5 GPU

Expires soon
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650 is the gold standard for budget-friendly 1080p gaming, allowing you to enjoy modern games at good settings without emptying your bank account.

How to choose a GPU

The cryptocurrency mining boom caused a crisis in GPU availability for several years (video cards being necessary to mine things like Bitcoin) causing prices to skyrocket, and if you remember that, then you know it was a dark time for PC builders for awhile. Thankfully, things have stabilized in recent years; on top of that, there are now plenty of surprisingly cheap GPUs that make 1080p/60 fps PC gaming more accessible than ever — and if you want to get into 1440p Quad HD or 4K Ultra HD gaming, you’ve got more than a few options there, too.

When shopping for GPU deals, the two big names you’re going to see are AMD Radeon and Nvidia GeForce. These are often sold under different brand names (such as XFX, MSI, Asus, and so on), but the GPU hardware itself — that is, the stuff that actually does the heavy lifting when it comes to graphics processing — is pretty much the same. The differences between card manufacturers will come down to details like heat sink efficiency and cooling capabilities. Be sure to read plenty of customer reviews, but generally speaking, you’re in safe waters sticking with a highly rated card from a reputable maker.

As far as choosing between AMD and Nvidia, you can’t really go wrong with either. Both companies make great graphics cards, and today, you can find cheap GPUs from either one that are capable of running modern games at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second (the standard for PC gaming). AMD Radeon cards are typically touted as the superior value, but Nvidia cards aren’t typically priced much higher and GPU deals mean you can often find the latest GeForce video cards for the same price you’d pay for an equivalent Radeon GPU. Also, don’t assume that because you have an AMD CPU that you need an AMD GPU. AMD CPUs pair perfectly well with Nvidia video cards.

Of all PC components, graphics cards cover perhaps the widest range of capabilities and price points. The AMD Radeon RX 500-series and 5500 cards deliver excellent 1080p performance and are a great value. In the same bracket are the Nvidia GeForce GTX 16-series cards (1650, 1650 Super, 1660, 1660 Ti, etc.). Expect to pay around $150-$250 for a cheap GPU in this category. On the higher end of the spectrum are the AMD Radeon RX 5600- and 5700-series cards and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series cards. These are naturally pricier, but are a better choice for enthusiast PC builds where 1440p or 4K gaming are a priority. We generally advise against the last-generation Nvidia GTX 10-series cards unless your budget is tight and you find a really good GPU deal on one.

One final consideration (but one that’s no less important for a gaming PC setup) is your monitor. A proper gaming monitor will have built-in vertical sync technology — either AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync — that’s made to work with one of the two GPU brands. Generally speaking, a FreeSync monitor is made for AMD cards while G-Sync monitors work best with Nvidia cards, but this isn’t a hard rule. Nvidia has been offering more cross-compatibility support for its cards lately, and many FreeSync monitors work fine with Nvidia GPUs (although you may have to use a DisplayPort cable instead of HDMI for the best results, so make sure your monitor supports that). Again, be sure to do your research when shopping for monitor deals to ensure your display is fully compatible with your GPU and vice-versa.

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