Is GTX 1050 Ti D5 4GB right for me?

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Hi all,

It looks like my old GTS 450 is (finally) dying. I want to replace it with the right card but my system's pretty old so I want to make sure I find the right match. I was looking at the GTX 1050 Ti D5 4GB and wanted to know if my system is compatible. Here are my specs:

CPU - Intel Core i5 760 @ 2.80GHz
RAM - 12.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 794MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard - MSI P55A-G55(MS-7668) (CPU 1)
PSU - 550w

I hope that's enough info. Also, I'm also open to alternate options. Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Video Card: Gigabyte - Radeon RX 570 4GB Gaming 4G Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $139.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-03 21:32 EDT-0400

Or the 8GB:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Video Card: MSI - Radeon RX 570 8GB ARMOR OC Video Card ($154.98 @ Newegg Business)
Total: $154.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-03 21:34 EDT-0400
 
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I've been pretty out of the loop with regards to graphics cards, but I'm open to other options. Is that a better option? I'm also basing it on current sales prices at Canada Computers. I mainly use my desktop for digital painting, however, having a decent card for gaming is a plus. I've survived this long with the GTS 450 so as you can tell, my gaming needs were not that high a priority ;p. I bought a new cintiq and then my screen started artifacting, which brought me to the need for a new video card.
 
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oh awesome!
 
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Awesome, thanks so much for your help!
 
OCZ fatality is tier 6 on this list of psu quality. Not so good.
https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/631048-psu-tier-list-updated/
Cheap psu units will not deliver advertised power.
I think I would use the GTX1050ti which will not need aux power.
The RX570 is a bit stronger, but it needs an 8 pin aux power which can mean using perhaps 150w more power than the GTX1050ti.

I might be a bit paranoid about this, but the danger of a cheap psu failing under load is that it can damage other parts.
 
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Good to know! You are all helping me make a very informed decision for now and the near future and saving me a lot of research time. Thanks so much!
 

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