Building a PC: Choosing the Graphics Card

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Ask any gamer what the most important component for a PC build is, and they would reply with the graphics card. After all, seeing is believing, and without good graphics, no matter how good your processor or monitor is, most gamers will experience something that haunts them in their sleep: LAG. What can trigger you more when you are doing well in a match when the screen suddenly freezes and you die? Now that you've understood that having a good graphics card is important, it is time to get into the research. Fortunately, I have already done that, and here's what I found. Nvidia makes great graphics cards. But why are they so great? They have ray-tracing technology which is performed by the RT cores to produce reflections, refractions, and shadows to make everything more realistic. Additionally, Tensor cores are used to fill in the blanks of partially rendered images as well as increasing the resolution of images. Some cards also have Deep Learning Super Sampling (DDLS), which boosts frame rates in games with graphically intensive workloads. Now you can game at the highest graphical settings and not worry about LAG. Though the best card is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, I don't think it would be worth it to spend so much money unless you need the 4k resolution. So then we move down to the RTX 2070 series, which includes Gaming, Armor, Aero, Duke, and Sea Hawk sub-series. If you want the best performance, then go with the Gaming here. A good choice would be the Gaming Z. But it only has two fans. Aren't three fans better than two? That is the case if you want better cooling, but sometimes you would be better off getting two large fans versus three small fans because it makes less noise and is easier to replace. Also, the boost is very important as it will greatly impact your gaming experience. For example, the MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Tri Frozr boasts of three fans but has a boost clock of 1620 MHz whereas the dual-fan Gaming Z has a boost of 1830 MHz, which is faster. No wonder why the latter is almost twice the price of the former. So here's the bottom line, when choosing a graphics card, don't go for the one-fanned because they heat up too quickly. But stick to Nvidia's cards as they continue to exceed the standards of competitive gaming. Also, get the RTX over the GTX and opt for the 2000 series over 1000 because it's newer. Look for the advanced features such as ray-tracing and VR-ready. You won't regret it.

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