Solved How can I upgrade my gamer desktop graphics card?

November 17, 2016 at 02:47:14
Specs: Windows 10
Using GXi620

Wondering if I can upgrade the graphics card directly or if I would need something else like power supply.

Sorry for the dull question but this stuff is really complex :/

GXi620 Intel Core i5-4570 @ 3.2 Ghz
Nvidia GeForce GTX 650
PSU 350w

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November 17, 2016 at 03:21:35
Whether or not a new PSU will be required depends on existing PSU model & which graphics card you want to upgrade to.

Nobody can advise you about that until you post that information.

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November 17, 2016 at 04:20:25
Srry about, for awhile I was looking in device manager/system for PSU lawl.. but is that all I need to consider getting a better graphics card. The PSU Output needed and whether it will fit in the case. Aside from that what else should I be looking at?

I was thinking maybe the GTX 950 but for the most part I don't know what I want, I just want something better and graphics card is usually what makes the difference
Ideally I would want to use GTX 1050 but I don't know if that will work

Ok here it is.

Thermaltake 350 ATX 12V 2.2
Model: PP-350NL1NC-A
+3.3V +5V +12V1 +12V2 -12V +5VSB
21A 17A 15A 15A 0.3A 2.5A

The combined power of +5V and +3.3V is 110W max
Power Output 350W

After looking at this for god knows how long I'm thinking the GTX 1060 instead of GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti b/c it's just that much better and the Idea of the 1050 drawing power from the motherboard unlike the 1060 and the 650 I'm using now does not seem like the way to go

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November 17, 2016 at 13:26:26
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GXi620 - CyberPower PC? Yikes!

"PSU 350w"

You'll have to open the case & get the info off the the label. Wattage is NOT the best way to determine the quality of a PSU. We need to know make/model & amperage specs.

Minimum recommended PSU for a GTX 950 is 350W. For a GTX 1050 it's 300W.

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November 17, 2016 at 19:54:12
Based on the fact that you have two 15Amp 12Volt rails, I would recommend a new power supply.
For the GTX 950 or 1050 the Corsair CX430 would be a good match and plenty of power.
For the GTX 960 or 1060 the Corsair CX500 would be a good match
For the next step up, probably the CX600 or CX750 would give you plenty of overhead.
There are other good power supplies but these are excellent quality, universally reasonable prices, and easy for me to recommend without going through a lot of detailed specs since I have not seen a bad model from them.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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