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Recommended PSU for current build?

Hello, I am new to the PC world and to this website.

I purchased an HP Compaq 8200 Elite MT on ebay that included the following:

Intel i5 2500 quad core processor
8gb RAM
500 HDD
Intel Q67 Express chipset
Unspecified 320w PSU
DVD Drive

I am planning on making it a budget gaming rig by adding the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti SC.

However, I have been researching and I have 2 questions:

1) Is there a quality budget PSU you would recommend? I don't really know how PSUs work yet but I do know that the cheap offbrand 320w one isn't going to cut it. It should probably be in between 50-80 us dollars.

2) Side question, but is my chipset compatible with GPU overclock? Or does the chipset not determine GPU overclocks? I know it determines whether or not you can OC the CPU and Memory but I don't know if it applies to a graphics card.

Thanks in advance
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  1. Best answer
    With GTX 1050 Ti, a good quality 400W PSU will do.

    Here i suggest Seasonic lineup, either S12II-430 (fully wired) or G-450 (semi-modular),
    pcpp: http://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/4Vzv6h,xVkD4D/

    All my 3 PCs: Skylake, Haswell and AMD are also powered by Seasonic. (Full specs in my sig.)

    As far as GPU OC goes, it doesn't depend on MoBo chipset. Feel free to use any GPU OC software, e.g MSI Afterburner,
    link: https://www.msi.com/page/afterburner
  2. The 1050 ti only needs a 300w power supply and doesn't require additional PCI-E power connectors. Infact, the card only uses the pci-e slot for power. I would suggest not wasting your money, as there's a good chance your existing power supply will be enough.
  3. @SgtScream

    But what if I'm using the SC version? Surely it would require more power overclocked.
  4. System requirements say 300w or greater. If you want to spend money, then do it.
  5. neonet 1 said:
    @SgtScream

    But what if I'm using the SC version? Surely it would require more power overclocked.

    I suggested 400W PSU to give you room for GPU OC and also to set you up for the future, if you're going to upgrade your GPU at any given time. For example, Seasonic G-450 has enough juice in it that it can power GTX 1060 when needed.

    Also, PSU is the most important component in the PC and you do not want to cheap out on PSU if you care about your system. Good quality PSUs do cost more than cheap, low quality PSUs but they also keep your system running and stable without issues.

    Just because SgtScream doesn't care about his PC and likes to cheap out on PSU doesn't mean you have to do the same. Remember, it's your PC and not his.
  6. Aeacus said:
    neonet 1 said:
    @SgtScream

    But what if I'm using the SC version? Surely it would require more power overclocked.

    I suggested 400W PSU to give you room for GPU OC and also to set you up for the future, if you're going to upgrade your GPU at any given time. For example, Seasonic G-450 has enough juice in it that it can power GTX 1060 when needed.

    Also, PSU is the most important component in the PC and you do not want to cheap out on PSU if you care about your system. Good quality PSUs do cost more than cheap, low quality PSUs but they also keep your system running and stable without issues.

    Just because SgtScream doesn't care about his PC and likes to cheap out on PSU doesn't mean you have to do the same. Remember, it's your PC and not his.

    I respect your point, but this is a 6 year old system that's likely to die in the near future anyways. The sc graphics card IS HIS UPGRADE and its already pre-overclocked, right out of the box, so he won't be able to overclock it any further. System requirements for that graphics card is 300w, end of story. He'll be able to run everything fine on his existing power supply. Those 1050 cards were designed to run in underpowered machines like his.
    https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/products/10series/geforce-gtx-1050/
    Check out the full specifications if you don't believe me.
  7. SgtScream said:
    I respect your point, but this is a 6 year old system that's likely to die in the near future anyways. The sc graphics card IS HIS UPGRADE and its already pre-overclocked, right out of the box, so he won't be able to overclock it any further. System requirements for that graphics card is 300w, end of story. He'll be able to run everything fine on his existing power supply. Those 1050 cards were designed to run in underpowered machines like his.
    https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/products/10series/geforce-gtx-1050/
    Check out the full specifications if you don't believe me.

    I'm well aware that GTX 1050 Ti is 75W GPU and common total system usage is under 300W, thus why the Nvidia suggests minimum of 300W PSU for a system that uses GTX 1050 Ti.

    As far as system's age goes, 6 years old PC isn't that old of a PC that could "die in the near future".
    As i stated above, i have 3 PCs in my household. My AMD build is also 6 years old, bought it in 2011 as brand new (full specs in my sig) and it doesn't show any signs of dying.
    In the matter of fact, i still have my ancient Pentium II 266Mhz PC that was bought brand new back in the 1998 and that PC also works like a charm (running Win98SE on it), despite it being 19 years old.
    So, the age of the system isn't any indicator of it "dying in the near future". It's the low quality components used i the system that usually fries the PC and not the old age.

    OP has worries about his existing PSU's quality and the worries are well placed. Without confirming the quality of existing PSU, even i wouldn't use no-name PSU in my PC. Low quality PSUs have the power to fry the entire PC. When lucky, you can even see nice fireworks like seen here in this video,
    youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezk9OA7aKOE
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