GIGABYTE GEFORCE GTX 1050 2GB OC $135
Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 2GB isn’t going to wow your friends, but there’s no arguing with how impressive it is regarding value for money. We’ve come a long way graphically in the last few years, with Nvidia’s tenthgen series of cards revolutionizing what you can expect across the range. To give some clarity to that, in our testing, the GTX 980 performs almost identically to a GTX 1060. The 1050 is a somewhat slower card than its bigger brother, but it still packs just enough punch to tackle most 1080p titles.
Basically, you need to be smart with your settings. You can’t just throw everything to Ultra and leave it there if you want an acceptable frame rate. Most mainstream esports titles, Overwatch, MMOs, MOBAs, and the like will play well into the 100fps mark, but for any other graphically intensive title, you should drop the quality of the textures and lower antialiasing where you can to reduce the overall load on the GPU.