GTX 970 or GTX 1050 TI on a 550w PSU

Built the below system and looking for the final piece to the jigsaw a half decent GPU.

Gigabyte GA 990FXA - UD3
AMD 8350FX
16GB HyperX Fury
120GB SSD
500GB Sata
DVD RW Sata
Corsair H55 cooler
X4 fan cases (x2 front inlets and top exhaust)

PSU is a GameMax - 550W - 80 Plus Gold.


Was looking at either a GTX 960 or GTX 970 - but will the PSU take it - as looking into this they seem power hungry cards under load?

Or am I better off with a 1050 or 1050 TI with I believe are super power efficient.

Input welcome!
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  1. A quality PSU wouldn't have a problem with either a 960 or 970.

    IS this the PSU?
    https://www.falconcomputers.co.uk/game-max/550w-modular-rgb-gold-80-plus-14cm-rgb-fan--illuminated-logo.html

    I'm a little concerned that a "550W" PSU, that supposedly has 44A on the 12V rail only comes with a single 6+2pin PCIe connector.


    IF the PSU is decent quality (can't find any reputable reviews), then any of the PSUs mentioned (960, 970, 1050TI) would run just fine.
    The 1050TI seems like a solid pairing for an FX8350 though.
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  2. Hi Barty,

    Yes that’s the one mate. That’s my concern - it’s branded as a quality PSU - and the outlet where I purchased it from (who to be fair are a decent bunch of guys) recommend it would be fine, I was happy to go for a bigger one, but was told I didn’t need to and this would be fine.

    As you say its only comes with one PCI connector, but does have x2 plug inputs on the back of the unit. So I would need to purchase another if I went GTX 960 / 970.

    Are the GTX 960 / 970 superior to the 1050 / 1050TI. It would seem so reading up on this argument.
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  3. Woodyz82 said:
    Hi Barty,

    Yes that’s the one mate. That’s my concern - it’s branded as a quality PSU - and the outlet where I purchased it from (who to be fair are a decent bunch of guys) recommend it would be fine, I was happy to go for a bigger one, but was told I didn’t need to and this would be fine.

    As you say its only comes with one PCI connector, but does have x2 plug inputs on the back of the unit. So I would need to purchase another if I went GTX 960 / 970.

    Are the GTX 960 / 970 superior to the 1050 / 1050TI. It would seem so reading up on this argument.


    Honestly, any quality PSU will come with all the cables you could feasibly need. The fact that manufacturer skimps on the PCIe connectors is a *huge* red flag. I'd suggest returning it and picking up something of known, true quality.

    For example, that PSU appears to be ~60quid or so? I would be much, much more comfortable if you were using this instead:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Power Supply: Corsair - TXM Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£62.99 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £62.99
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-09 22:46 GMT+0000


    As for the 960 vs 1050TI vs 970.... a 960 and a 1050TI will trade blows, with the 1050TI being newer, more power efficient, and a better 'all round' performer. The 1050 probably isn't worth considering much.

    The 970 is defintiely a lot stronger than either a 960 or 1050TI, but would be a bit of a poor balance in some tasks/games when paired with the 8350. I wouldn't go as "high" as a 970 if I were you.

    In order of "performance" (best to worst)
    1. 970
    2. 1050TI (a slight edge over a 960)
    3. 960
    4 1050
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  4. Woodyz82 said:
    it’s branded as a quality PSU - and the outlet where I purchased it from (who to be fair are a decent bunch of guys) recommend it would be fine, I was happy to go for a bigger one, but was told I didn’t need to and this would be fine.

    They're all branded as quality PSUs, nobody is going to market a PSU as being low quality. And it's not the rated wattage that's the problem. 550W is enough for like 95% of single GPU builds. The issue is that low quality power supplies aren't necessarily able to safely/reliably provide their rated power. As Barty1884 said, it doesn't speak much to the manufacturer's faith in their power supply's quality if they're only including a single PCIe power connector on a 550W PSU.
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  5. Thanks both - superb feedback.

    That was exactly my concern, the same model but 850w comes with x2 and the 1050w comes with x4. Mine is rated as the 80 Plus Gold logo thing, and does actually have x4 outlets for PCI-E, but as you say, only comes with x1 connection a 8 pins - 6+2

    Link below to my local outlet with some of the options available, you will see this brand so many options including a bronze etc.

    https://www.web-systems.co.uk/collections/power-suppliers

    I’ve unpacked it though so doubt I can return now.

    Perhaps I will go for the 1050 TI to play safe with the power side of things - no extra power needed if I’ve read up correctly, just PCIX slot powered, it will be ample for my needs.

    I was just going to run with my old GPU a GT 620, but given I’ve built a decent ‘ish system seems a shame not to finish it off with a decent’ish card.

    Is the 1050TI mini just as good as the other 1050TI options?
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  6. I would definitely recommend you try. Provided you have all the retail packaging and a receipt, you should be able to within X number of days....... you may have to pay a restocking fee.

    Wow, those 850W and 1050W units are also grossly under-served - again, speaks to the quality (or lack thereof).

    For example, a quality 550W unit has at least 2x 6+2pin connectors, generally.
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/qYTrxr/evga-power-supply-220g20550y1
    2x 6+2pin connectors and 1x6pin.

    A quality 1000W unit has 8x 6+2 connectors.
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/PxBrxr/seasonic-prime-titanium-1000w-80-titanium-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-ssr-1000td


    The "mini" variants of the 1050TI, like any other card, just work with some more restricted cooling areas.... single fans etc. Performance-wise, removing temps from the equation, should perform on par with any other 1050TI.
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  7. Thanks again, will give them a call. Yes still have all the packaging. Just undone the actual PSU from its bag which was sealed with a circular sticker just to have a nosey at it, other than that it’s all packed back up while I source a GPU.

    Should it handle the 1050TI if I am unable to return it?

    Thanks yet again - lesson learnt!
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  8. Without reviews of the unit, whether it can or can't is mere speculation on my part.

    Even if that PSU could only reliable do half of it's (supposed) rated output..... it *should* be ok with a 1050TI.
    Whether it's ok for days/weeks/months/years though, only time would tell.
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  9. Thanks Barty - you’ve been most helpful.

    Appreciated.

    Will discuss with the local outlet and express the concerns raised on the forum.
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  10. The 1050Ti is a solid card that doesn't use much power. most of them don't even require an external power connector. Between the two that is what I would go with, especially if you are concerned about the quality of your power supply. I have a 1060 paired with a 8350 and it works well, so I am sure that the 1050Ti won't give you any issues with that CPU.
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  11. Thanks for the input, I have tripped over the MSI 1050Ti - Gaming X for £177 in Argos of all places.

    Seems fair price - really need somewhere that’s stocks it as want to finish the build this weekend. (Having my 3 year old son lurking about when I have the build 3/4 done isn’t clever as he wants to help! Have visions of him appearing with my liquid cooler ripped out the case!)

    Last question, if the PSU turned out to be poor, is it likely to damage components or just blow itself. Claims..... it got all this safety protection....
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  12. Woodyz82 said:
    Last question, if the PSU turned out to be poor, is it likely to damage components or just blow itself. Claims..... it got all this safety protection....It's got stickers and documentation claiming "safety protection".


    Fixed that :lol:

    Seriously though, without any reliable reviews of the unit, there's no way to know for sure whether it has appropriate protection to not damage any other components if it were to fail.
    Unfortunately, some PSU manufacturer's have been known to outright lie about the quality of their unit... and this one would definitely appear to be lying on the wattage it's capable of ..... so I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that any "safety" claims are legit either.

    If you simply had to use the PSU for now..... I'd make sure you replace it ASAP. Don't get complacent that it's not failed yet..... I'm pretty confident that it will.

    You'd be paying a tenner or so premium* to get the card at Argos, but if you need local, that's not a horrible price.

    *Vs
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GAMING X 4G Video Card (£167.96 @ More Computers)
    Total: £167.96
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-10 16:30 GMT+0000
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  13. Going to leave it all boxed and packed up and either go for a full refund or if my local outlet can get a Corsair PSU will pay the difference and upgrade.

    One thing I noticed looking at the Cosair 550w bronze semi modular, it’s appears it only has a x4 pin 12v for my board, where as my board has a x8 pin adapter.

    Will it matter? Aware on some boards a x4 pin also fits, but reading up on it the x8 pins give more voltage protection and stability??
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  14. It has a 4+4 pin connector, the same idea as the 6+2 For an "8pin" for the GPU.
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