These are the best cheap GPU deals for October 2020

If the difference between a standard desktop PC and a true gaming computer could be distilled down to one single component, it would be the graphics card. The graphics processing unit, or GPU, is the heart of any gaming system, providing more power for demanding graphical tasks than CPUs and integrated graphics cards (like those typically found in laptops) are capable of handling.

As vital as it is, your GPU will likely prove to be the most expensive single part of your gaming computer, so when you’re building a desktop PC, this is one of the best components for which you should look for a bargain — and bargains are what we’ve got. Here, we’ve gathered up all the latest and best cheap GPU deals available this month one everything from basic workhorse video cards to graphics processors capable of running the latest titles at 4K.

Today’s best GPU deals

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MSI Ventus XS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6 GPU

$240 $270
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti hits a nearly perfect sweet spot between price and performance for 1080p Full HD gaming at 60 frames per second.
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MSI Ventus XS GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5 GPU

$205 $215
If Nvidia is more your flavor and around $200 is your sweet spot, then the GeForce GTX 1660 is the card to get for playing the latest games at 1080p Full HD.
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MSI Mech Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 GPU

$185 $205
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.
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ZOTAC GeForce GT 730 4GB GDDR3 GPU

$80 $90
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.
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Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR6 GPU

$200 $210
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.
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PNY GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5 GPU

$153 $180
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.
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MSI GeForce GT 1030 2G DDR5 GPU

$87 $98
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.
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MSI Ventus XS GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 GPU

$325 $340
It's not a screaming deal at first glance, but this is still one of the best prices we've seen on one of the best GPUs in the GeForce lineup.
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PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 550 4GB GDDR5 GPU

$85
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.
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MSI Gaming MX Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB GDDR6 GPU

$270 $290
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.
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MSI Mech Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 GPU

$375 $395
The Radeon RX 5700 XT is one of AMD's top-tier GPUs, roughly comparable to the Nvidia RTX 2060 Super or 2070. It's more than capable of handling 1440p gaming or even 4K with a suitable monitor.

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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