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Building your own rig not only saves a lot of money at your end, but can also teach a lot about the internals of a personal computer. If gaming is your thing then the onboard graphic adapter ain’t suffice. You need an external graphic card to play modern games on respectable frame rates with decent visuals on screen. If you are a newcomer in this field, check this post to get a basic idea about the functioning of a graphic card. Anyway, people looking for a mid end graphic card with respectable performance, should check out the cards below and choose according to their budget and need. The best cards available in this price range are given in the table below.


Price on Ebay India

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD6770 1GB DDR5 Rs 7500        
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD6570 1GB DDR3 Rs 4300
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD6790 1GB DDR5 Rs 9300
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD7750 1GB DDR5  Rs 8500
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD6750 2GB DDR3 Rs 6800
MSI ATI Radeon HD7770 1GB GDDR5  Rs 9500
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD6850 1GB GDDR5 Rs 10200
MSI ATI Radeon HD6670 1GB DDR5 Rs 5600
Zotac Nvidia Geforce GTX550TI 1GB GDDR5 Rs 7500
Zotac Nvidia Geforce GT 430 2GB DDR3 Rs 4300
Zotac Nvidia Geforce GT 440 1GB DDR3 Rs 4500
Asus Nvidia Geforce GTS 450 1GB DDR3 Rs 6900
EVGA  Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1GB GDDR3

A few quick comparisons should clear things up.

Metro 2033 DirectX 11 

1920×1080 4xMSAA, AFx16 Quality Medium

Battlefield 3 DirectX 11

1920×1080 Graphic Quality: High Field Of View: 75

3DMark11 Performance

Metro 2033 – Gamer
Medium Settings (1680×1050, AAA, 4xAF)

Call of Juarez – Enthusiast

Maximum Settings (1920×1080, 4xMSAA)

3DMark11 – Enthusiast
Graphic Tests 1 to 4 (640×480, 8xMSAA, 16xAA)

Since not all cards were available in the same benchmark test, therefore, two sets of benchmark score have been given. The final rankings are:
Nvidia GTX 460
ATI Radeon HD 6850
ATI Radeon HD 7770
ATI Radeon HD 6790
Zotac GTX 550 Ti
ATI Radeon HD 7750 comparable to 6770
ATI Radeon HD 6670 comparable to 6750
MSI 430 GT
MSI 440 GT
ATI Radeon HD 6570

However, 460GTX is out of production now and is difficult to find. Also, all these cards support DirectX 11.

Please also note that vendors may try to sell you cards from older inventory( Nvidia 8xxx or 9xxx) series claiming similar or better performance. These are merely false claims and you should strictly stick to one of these cards in my opinion.