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Problem

I have a Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P motherboard which doesn't have any inbuilt graphics so I paired it up with NVIDIA GeForce 210 Graphics Card. I am not satisfied with this graphics card as I am unable to do video editing and heavy gaming. So, I wish to buy a new GPU for the following tasks:

  • Gaming: GTA V
  • Video Editing: Camtasia, VLC
  • Development: Android Studio (with emulator)

Specification

  • AMD FX 8350 Eight-core processor 4.00 GHz
  • Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P
  • Ram 4.00 GB
  • OS Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

Budget

  • $100 - $150
  • It's usually the CPU that has integrated graphics, not the motherboard. In any case, you were never going to get GTA V performance out of a GTX 210 - it just about runs on an R9-280, which is roughly a GTX 780. – ArtOfCode Feb 10 '17 at 14:02
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    Along with the new GPU, I would highly advise increasing the amount of RAM in the system. – NZKshatriya Feb 12 '17 at 4:24
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Considering your budget and existing hardware, a Nvidia GTX 1050ti will fit your needs nicely.

My recommendation would be Zotac's GTX 1050ti Mini. However, you will get similar if not identical performance from other non-reference 1050ti(s).

You can find Zotac's 1050ti Mini for $140 from Amazon or Newegg.


The GTX 1050ti fits your requirements:

  • Within your budget.
  • Compatible with your system.
  • You can play GTA V and other games at reasonable quality.

Bonuses:

  • CUDA support (GPU assisted rendering), if you use video editing software that's CUDA compatiable.
  • Does not require PCIE power connectors. Its peak power consumption is <75W.

A couple things to take note of:

  • You should not have bottlenecking issues with your FX8350.
  • Your motherboard supports PCIe 2.0, but the GTX 1050ti is PCIe 3.0. This wont' be an issue either.
  • Make sure you have enough wattage headroom for additional components. Most builds do, but it never hurts to double check.
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  • What about Zotac GeForce® GT 710 2GB? – user3382203 Feb 11 '17 at 10:08
  • @user3382203 You can run GTA V with a GT 710. However, you will be limited to lower quality, lower resolution or both to maintain non-slideshow frame rates. GTA V recommends at least a GTX 660, which significantly outperforms the GT 710. – 0-60FPS Feb 11 '17 at 17:27
  • @NZKshatriya Good point, I'll edit my response. – 0-60FPS Feb 12 '17 at 4:16
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    @0-60FPS Welcome, gotta love that small fact that everyone takes for granted as common knowledge. – NZKshatriya Feb 12 '17 at 4:23

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