Question Advice on GPU & 1440p and 144hz

May 11, 2021
I mainly use my computer (since entering college) for browsing, watching youtube, and light to moderate gaming. I do game consistently but not heavily anymore, however, I have been playing a lot of the new Modern Warfare. So the games I do tend to play are pretty hefty ones to run. Obviously the ideal situation would be to run everything at 1440p and 144hz but after research, that doesn't seem feasible or possible any build that costs anything short of a small mortgage.

Notes: It'll be hard to change my mind about the CPU because I'm getting it from a friend for a cheaper than market price because he bought it on accident.

1. My first question/discussion is asking for input on getting either a 1400p 60hz monitor or 1080p 144hz monitor.

2. My second question is a more general one about graphics cards. It stems from the first question in not knowing what monitor I should/want to get. Ultimately my decision for which graphics card I get depends on whichever monitor I purchase. The GPU, most importantly, can't break the bank and secondly, I don't want to get performance that doesn't live up to the possible visual performance of the monitor I buy.

3. Last question is more specific: Minimum required PSU wattage for the 1600-Ti is 500w. I'd rather not have to upgrade my 550w. Should a 550w PSU be sufficient for a 1660-Ti paired with a Ryzen 7 2700 that I'll probably overclock a decent amount.

TLDR: Just looking for really any input/discussion on GPUs (mainly the 1660-Ti and monitors based on my situation. Wouldn't mind any feedback on the overall build as well. Thanks


A quality 550W would be fine. But that depends on what the brand and model are; just "550W" doesn't tell much. There are very good 550W PSUs and there are dodgy 550W PSUs that don't even have 300W of +12V power.

If you're prioritizing first-person shooters, then 1080p/144 Hz is probably a better choice for your than 1440p/60 Hz.
Pixio PX248 Prime S 24 inch 165Hz IPS 1ms FHD 1080p AMD Radeon FreeSync Esports IPS Gaming Monitor $179.99

Here's a few reviews of the older (144Hz) version of that monitor.
Pixio PX248 Prime Review

And you can always pair it up with a cheap desktop VESA mount off of Amazon.

I'll use this one for an example.
Free-Standing LCD Monitor Desk Mount Fits 1 Screen up to 32 inch, 17.6 lbs - Adjustable Height, Tilt, Swivel and Rotation, VESA 75X75 100X100 $23.99