EVGA GeForce GTX 750 GPU ($90): I was very close to making this the “pick of the week.” Since the release of the new 900 series Maxwell GPUs, the 700 series has gotten a noteworthy price-cut. The GTX 750 is a great low-budget solution for gamers looking to play games that do not demand too much from the video card, made better by its lower power draw. With 512 CUDA cores and 1GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit interface, you should be able to play games like ArcheAge, LoL and WoW on highest settings. Now that they have added the option to plug a 6 pin power connector into this, you can get up to 35% more power from this video card (vs. reference, which had no PSU power input) as well as being G-Sync ready.
EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti GPU ($125): The GTX 750Ti has 640 CUDA cores and 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit interface, so you get a significant performance increase over the GTX 750 above. This GPU effortlessly plays most games on the highest settings, with a few titles (more recently, Wolfenstein and Shadow of Mordor) on medium-high hybrid settings. The low power draw and small size make it a great fit in HTPCs as well.
Zotac GTX 750Ti GPU ($125): Here we have another GTX 750 Ti to pair against the above EVGA GPU. I included this one somewhat playfully, in part because – with Halloween just around the corner – the orange and black caught my eye. The specs are the same as EVGA's unit for the most part, so you're buying primarily based upon what look and cooler most appeal to you. Like the one above, the low power draw and low price make it a great choice in budget builds.
ASUS Radeon R7 265 GPU ($140): After finding those NVIDIA video cards, I decided to look for the best deal on a low-budget AMD GPU, ending up with this ASUS R7 265 for $140. First off, the DirectCU II cooling solution should provide excellent cooling on what proves to be a hotter solution than the 750-series counterparts. With 1024 Stream Processors and 2GB of GDDR5 memory, you'll be able to play most games out at medium to highest settings, with games like Crysis 3 and Metro 2033 playable on low to medium settings. Plus, you get 2 free games with purchase.
Pick of the Week
Intel Core i5-4590 CPU & MSI Z87-G41 Motherboard COMBO ($230): The pick of the week is for anyone who either is looking to upgrade from an older Intel CPU or finally make the switch from AMD. The i5-4590 Haswell 4th Gen CPU is a quad-core 3.3GHz CPU with a 6MB L3 cache, coupled with Intel's HD 4600 integrated graphics and 84W TDP. This would be a great CPU for just about any PC, though we'd recommend a dedicated graphics solution over the IGP. MSI's Z87-G41 is built with the Intel Z87 chipset and fits 4th-Gen Intel CPUs. This motherboard supports up to 32GB of memory at 3000MHz overclocked. You get pretty much everything required on a full-size ATX motherboard, as well as World of Tanks for free for a limited time with the combo purchase. Note that the CPU is not unlocked and will not overclock much.
Well, that's all for this week. There are many more deals out there to find, so until next time.
- Michael "Mikagmann2" Mann.