A Beginner's Guide to Building a PC for $500

Video Card

Gigabyte Radeon RX 460 4GB Windforce OC

Price: $89.99 after $30 Mail-In Rebate at NewEgg

Next to the CPU, the video card may be the most important choice in building a PC. The video card is what processes all the visuals that are displayed on your computer monitor.

Most motherboards have built-in graphics settings, but video games require something much more powerful than those built-in settings allow for. This may also be one of the most, if not the most, expensive parts in a PC build.

In my experience, you get what you pay for in the world of video cards. If you are looking for a place to save money, this is definitely not the place to do it. However, with that being said, you can find some pretty decent deals on video cards.

The card I have provided here is part of AMD's new offerings on video cards. It isn't the best of those cards, but it definitely isn't anything to scoff at for a budget PC build.

It's comparable to console graphics cards, and with that mail-in rebate, you'll be getting it for around $90. To give some reference, I think I got my first video card (the Radeon R7 370 2GB) for around $130. Even if you don't use that mail-in rebate, you'll be spending $11 less than what I spent on my first card. And that's a steal. 

Published Dec. 3rd 2016
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