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Saeed Akhtar • 2 months ago

Hello mods, I want to upgrade my GTX 1050 Ti to an RTX 2060 (Zotac) but I have a measly 350W Corsair PSU while everyone recommends at least 500 / 550W with this card. I have put all my parts into pcpartspicker and it says the whole thing with the intended RTX card will draw 335 watts. But there's a review on amazon that says he tried this card with a 450W PSU and it was giving him just ~1050Ti-level performance cause of the power. I just want to max out every setting at 1080p 60fps 60Hz for the next couple of years. Please advise. Rest of the specs:

Ryzen 5 1400
Stock AMD Wraith cooler
Asus Prime B350 Plus mobo
1TB 7200rpm HDD

Daniel • 2 months ago

We would strongly recommend having a lot more than 15 Watts of headroom. Anything from part variance to future upgrades to overclocking to power surges could cause big problems in a system that close to its power limit---not to mention the fact that PSUs operate at peak efficiency well below their maximum rated supply. So for that upgrade, you'll likely want to upgrade your PSU as well.

Saeed Akhtar • 2 months ago

Thanks so much, Daniel. I can upgrade the PSU in about a month, but really want the GTX 2060 right now (for Red Dead 2). Can I possibly run it for at least a month? It's no problem if something fries the current PSU but is there a chance it could take some other components with it when it dies?

Daniel • 2 months ago

The most likely outcome if your system tries to draw more power than the supply can provide is that it will simply shut off. Such crashing could, of course, result in unfortunate loss of data or progress. There could also be freezing, bluescreens, or program/software crashes. But, at least in theory, it should not ordinarily damage your components to have them experience that any more than would occur in a forced shutdown.

Jinn • 3 months ago

Would there be a bottleneck if I pair up an RX 5700xt or RTX 2060S with AMD Ryzen 5 3600x? if any, would it be a significant bottleneck?

Daniel • 2 months ago

No, there would probably not be a noticeable or significant bottleneck (if any) when pairing the R5 3600X with either of those cards.

Michael Fowell • 3 months ago

I have been playing a lot of escape from tarkov recently and also recently bought an asus pg279q 1440p 144hz monitor. I have 2 other 1080p 60hz monitors and have found that when running all of this at the same time I am pinning my gtx 1070 at 98% usage the whole time. If I reduce the resolution of the pg279q to 1080 (within the game only) this drops the usage but wondered if there was a graphics card you would recommend that could perform all of this at once. I understand this is a big task to run 3 monitor 1 at a high refresh rate and resolution (whilst streaming with nvenc)

Any input would be amazing. Thank you

Daniel • 3 months ago

Is the game being run (in one instance or multiple instances) on all three screens, or are two of them just for monitoring and stuff when playing/streaming on the main screen? If it's the former, then the stream encoding is probably a much bigger obstacle than the multiple monitors; if it's the latter, then the situation is reversed. At any rate, since this is such a game-specific high-tier situation, there isn't really a whole lot of per-GPU benchmarking we can draw on for advising you. All I can really say is that we recommend the RTX 2070 Super or RTX 2080 Super in the highest-tier example builds of section 1 of our streaming guide.

Michael Fowell • 3 months ago

Tested today and this is not limited to just one game. This happened also when I was trying to play csgo in 1440p 144hz. It would appear that any game in 1440p with dual 1080p monitors pegs my graphics at high 90's.

The extra monitors are for monitoring only, not a stretched display.

I am assuming there isnt going to be much leeway with gpu and expect the recommendation to be top tier cards, just wondering if there are any other options.

Thank you for the speedy responses.

Daniel • 3 months ago

CS:GO should be an exceptionally easy game for your system to run, so that doesn't sound right. You might want to uninstall/reinstall your graphics drivers and double-check for forms of FPS capping in your GPU settings and in-game settings. Also, depending on its age and core count, it's not impossible that one unintuitive factor here is a CPU that is not well-suited to multitasking.

James Fletcher • 3 months ago

MY PC is a few years old and playing Outer Worlds is the first time it's ever shown signs of struggling - so it seemed like it might be time to consider an upgrade.
CPU: INTEL(R) Core™ i5-6600K Quad Core 3.50 GHz 6MB
MEMORY: 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4/2400mhz Dual Channel Memory
VIDEO: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card

Not keen to spend a ton as it still plays all the games I want but just after some advice as this is all pretty new to me.

Much appreciated.

Daniel • 3 months ago

That's a well-balanced PC in terms of core component performance, so it's tough to say exactly where to start with an upgrade. If you consider The Outer Worlds to be a good benchmark for the type of games you'll want to play in the future, though, you can do a bit of testing to see if one of your parts is bottlenecking anything: first try just an overclock of the CPU, then separately try just an overclock of the GPU. If one of those provides a more noticeable jump in frame rate, then that's probably the part that's lagging behind in the game. (Another way to test if GPU is a limiting factor would be to see if lowering your resolution while keeping all other settings the same provides massive frame rate gains.)

The good news is that you've waited long enough to upgrade that you can get pretty great results without too huge of an investment. For instance, despite costing over $100 less than a new GTX 970, a GTX 1660 Ti is nearly 50% more powerful; and despite costing almost $50 less than a new i5-6600K, an R5 3600X is nearly 20% more powerful.

James Fletcher • 3 months ago

Thanks Daniel for the quick and excellent response - I would be keen to try the overclocking so will have a look into that and think maybe a new graphics card is a good place to start looking, will be waiting a few months before taking the plunge so can have a look around but good to see that I can probably see some significant improvements for around £200 investment.

Thanks again

George Bear • 6 months ago

Hello! Thank you for article. Can you advise me a video card for my configuration: intel 7700K without OC, 64GB RAM, SSD, PSU 750 W seasonic titanium.?
This silent PC was assembled for music and now after 2 years I want to start video editing. Also I want as silent video card as I can but powerfull at a time.
I have told that I could not obtain modern cards like GTX 1660 or 2060 because of old weak CPU. What can you advise? Thank you!

Daniel • 6 months ago

The i7-7700K may be a bit older, but it is certainly not weak. It is comparable in power to the R7 2700X in the current 'Great' tier of our general build recommendation chart, and would actually be well-balanced with a GTX 1660, GTX 1660 Ti, RTX 2060, or RX 5700.

George Bear • 6 months ago

Thank you very much for advice!

Elijah Johnson • 1 year ago

So I dont know what graphics card to get.
https://pcpartpicker.com/li... -> This build contains the gtx 2060

I have another one consisting of the same parts the only difference is that it has the vega 56 -> https://pcpartpicker.com/li...
Which makes it $20 cheaper

What your recommendations since everywhere i looked had mixed results

Daniel • 1 year ago

Those two cards are indeed very similar in performance, and either of them would be a great choice. But since the Vega 56 is just barely more powerful in most situations---and apparently a bit cheaper---I would recommend you go with it.