which graphics card should i buy for budget pc gaming

which graphics should I buy for under 250 dollars
I would like to game at 1880 at 60 fps
list of parts: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/99VpCy
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  1. GTX 1060 6gb for sure, MB is a little bit overkill, ram too slow, psu not very good. Throw in an SSD, will boost speed a lot. If solely for gaming, Ryzen 1200 suits your budget better :) Similar budget, way better gaming capability.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI - B350M GAMING PRO Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: ADATA - Ultimate SU800 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($56.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Hitachi - Ultrastar 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card ($268.80 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill - Galaxy-02 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.74 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.92 @ Amazon)
    Total: $724.42
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-30 17:47 EDT-0400
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  2. That is risky going for that CX unit as we don't know the quality of half of them. Go for the Corsair CX450M (the modular ones) which have been proven better than the old Seasonic S12ii with semi modular.
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  3. Ryzen loves fast ram, so 3000 or 3200 will be better.

    asrock has some of the best hardware on MBs, most offer "more" than asus/msi at same price.
    see if you can save a bit and get this:
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/Fatal1ty%20AB350%20Gaming%20K4/index.asp

    9-phase digi power/solid caps/good chokes for clean power and even allows for decent ocing of the cpu later, soundship is ok,
    and has a fatality port for gaming mouse (1000Hz polling).
    this will be a good base to keep for another cpu upgrade cycle (R7 or maybe zen+/zen2).

    Yeah, the 1060/6 makes more sense, or downgrade to a 1050ti, since the 3gb will most of the times not be enough for what the chip can.

    get the cheapest 1050ti or 1060/6 that has a "custom board" with 2 fans.
    all cards will boost to about the same.
    the zotac is pretty good, but see if you can find any of the msi gaming for cheap on amazon/microcenter (open box etc), as they tend to run the coolest,
    hence reach the highest clocks.
    most i worked on beat a oced gtx780 nicely...

    definitely dont skip on the psu, most important part of the rig.
    higher efficiency on the psu will save the difference in cost very easy, and from some exceptions usually have better components as well.
    the evga is one of the best units on the market, will work for years even when stressed.

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/2WqYkT
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  4. fry178 said:
    Ryzen loves fast ram, so 3000 or 3200 will be better.

    asrock has some of the best hardware on MBs, most offer "more" than asus/msi at same price.
    see if you can save a bit and get this:
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/Fatal1ty%20AB350%20Gaming%20K4/index.asp

    9-phase digi power/solid caps/good chokes for clean power and even allows for decent ocing of the cpu later, soundship is ok,
    and has a fatality port for gaming mouse (1000Hz polling).
    this will be a good base to keep for another cpu upgrade cycle (R7 or maybe zen+/zen2).

    Yeah, the 1060/6 makes more sense, or downgrade to a 1050ti, since the 3gb will most of the times not be enough for what the chip can.

    get the cheapest 1050ti or 1060/6 that has a "custom board" with 2 fans.
    all cards will boost to about the same.
    the zotac is pretty good, but see if you can find any of the msi gaming for cheap on amazon/microcenter (open box etc), as they tend to run the coolest,
    hence reach the highest clocks.
    most i worked on beat a oced gtx780 nicely...

    definitely dont skip on the psu, most important part of the rig.
    higher efficiency on the psu will save the difference in cost very easy, and from some exceptions usually have better components as well.
    the evga is one of the best units on the market, will work for years even when stressed.

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/2WqYkT


    Efficiency doesn't really matter in this case. Actually in most scenarios it doesn't.
    On average, this computer would need ~115w power from the PSU at a gaming load.
    This puts the CX450 on a likely efficiency of 88%, and the EVGA G3 550w on 90%.
    Let's say OP games (example) on this computer 5 hours a day, for 5 days a week, for 50 weeks a year, with an electricity price of 15c per kWh. In that year, they will save roughly 43 cents.

    Assuming the price of that CX450 unit is around $50, it would take 79 years to make up the price difference with the EVGA G3 550w based on efficiency...

    The efficiency shouldn't be looked at here. Some bronze units are very good quality, like the cx450m. What is more important is the electrical performance (ripple, load regulation, etc) and quality (capacitors, soldering quality, etc) of the specific model.

    Also, don't rely on the 80 Plus efficiency ratings as they aren't always accurate.

    https://www.techspot.com/review/1269-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1050/page8.html
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/riotoro-onyx-650w-psu,review-34003-4.html
    https://www.pcper.com/reviews/Cases-and-Cooling/EVGA-SuperNOVA-550W-G3-Power-Supply-Review/Efficiency-Differential-Tempera
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  5. @rexper
    never said i rely on that, and also mentioned its NOT a guarantee of quality.

    i usually see higher consumption and higher cost for electricity (different hardware/country etc),
    but of course for this "budget build" its not gonna matter much.

    its still one of the best unit out there, beats lots of higher priced and/or rated other units,
    and for about 10$ more definitely a good deal.

    besides that, the number of "bad" platinum rated units out there,
    is way smaller than when im looking at the crap with bronze or lower levels.
    at least the chance getting a good build is way better when looking at gold and above rated units.
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