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Looking to upgrade my GPU from an AMD Radeon R7 250

Hi,

I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card.

I own a Cyberpower GUA 3400A (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0111MU5ZA/).

It has an AMD FX-6300 CPU and an AMD Radeon R7 250 (2GB) GPU as well as 8GBs of RAM.

The power supply is a Sparkle FSP 350-50GMN. Written on the power unit is the following; 'Max Wattage: 103W Max' and below this, 'Total output continuous shall not exceed: 350W'.

Here are my questions:

1. Would the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti be a suitable upgrade for better quality gaming (ideally 60fps at 1080p)? (https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Support-Graphics-04G-P4-6253-KR/dp/B01MEFABEL)

2. If so, do I need to upgrade my power supply or make any other changes before I remove the old GPU and install this new one?

3. If I cannot install the GTX 1050 Ti without changing another component, is there another GPU that will allow me to keep everything else the same and achieve similar results?

4. Finally, what actually is the wattage of my power supply? 103W seems low, so I suspect the answer is 350W, but I'm confused as to why it then says 'Max Wattage 103W'.

I'm very new to all this so your help is appreciated. Thanks for your time.
Reply to modalrealism
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    If you could provide a picture of the spec sticker on your PSU it might help. But I'd suspect your 350W PSU has two +12V rails at 8.5A each. That would be about 103W to any one component. But I could be wrong.

    I wouldn't put anything more than a GT 1030 or RX 550 in there with that PSU.

    Get a better PSU as soon as you can, then you won't have to worry and can get the 1050 Ti that you want.
    Reply to MrN1ce9uy
  2. You need a better power supply. Evga is cheap and good. : https://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-Bronze-Power-Supply-Unit/dp/B01F67KZEC/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1497482206&sr=1-2&keywords=evga+500w This gtx 1050 ti as every other is not capable of running every game at 60 fps at ultra detail on 1080p. Even gtx 1060 can not do that. You would need a gtx 1070 for having all games at smooth 60 fps on ultra settings. Even though this evga gtx 1050 ti is a very good card and I recommend it if you can play games on high instead of ultra. :)
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  3. MrN1ce9uy said:
    If you could provide a picture of the spec sticker on your PSU it might help. But I'd suspect your 350W PSU has two +12V rails at 8.5A each. That would be about 103W to any one component. But I could be wrong.

    I wouldn't put anything more than a GT 1030 or RX 550 in there with that PSU.

    Get a better PSU as soon as you can, then you won't have to worry and can get the 1050 Ti that you want.


    Thanks for your help.

    Here is a picture of the power supply unit: https://ibb.co/kfEvQ5

    If I were to change the PSU to the EVGA Bronze, could I run the 1050ti?

    I'm not crazy about having the best possible fps, etc. It's just right now things barely even run at all. As long as it's functional and doesn't look bad I'm happy!

    Thanks again.
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  4. If it were me I'd pick a 1050 Ti that does not require a 6 pin pci-ex connector. I think it'll work with that power supply. 350W plus it has 22A on the 12v output, plus Sparkle is not bad. I think it'll work. You aren't going to try to overclock anything right?
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  5. dontlistentome said:
    If it were me I'd pick a 1050 Ti that does not require a 6 pin pci-ex connector. I think it'll work with that power supply. 350W plus it has 22A on the 12v output, plus Sparkle is not bad. I think it'll work. You aren't going to try to overclock anything right?


    Interesting. Thanks for this!

    How can I tell whether the 1050 Ti will have a 6 pin pci-ex connector? Does the link I posted on Amazon in my OP have one? If it does, can you point in me in the right direction? Thanks for your patience here. Really don't know what I'm doing!

    Certainly not trying to overclock anything, no. Just want to play some games on reasonable graphics settings!
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  6. So I was wrong on your PSU, the 103W only applies to the +3.3V and +5V rails which don't supply power to your main components like your GPU or CPU. You have 22A on your +12V rail, so that 264W of power. It might work, but still recommended to get a better power supply. I used the EVGA 500B because it was cheap, I still have it and it is holding up nice.
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  7. MrN1ce9uy said:
    So I was wrong on your PSU, the 103W only applies to the +3.3V and +5V rails which don't supply power to your main components like your GPU or CPU. You have 22A on your +12V rail, so that 264W of power. It might work, but still recommended to get a better power supply. I used the EVGA 500B because it was cheap, I still have it and it is holding up nice.


    Wow! So it's lower than 350.

    I'll get the EVGA 500 for sure. Thanks so much!
    Reply to modalrealism
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