Build Advice Need help deciding which GPU should I go for with my system

Sep 20, 2022
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I'm not too knowledgeable when it comes to gaming PCs, but I'm thinking of getting a GPU in 2 or 3 months and I got a question about whether my system will be able to work with each contender. This may be a bit of a long text since I'm poor enough to try to predict everything so I don't make any mistakes when it comes to money, so bear with me please.


My specs are:

- CPU: Ryzen 5 1600X

- Motherboard: Asus PRIME A320M-K

- RAM: 16GB 2400MHz (8x2) DDR4 (HyperX)

- GPU: MSI GTX 750 Ti 2GB (Used, still in good condition)

- Storage: 2TB WD HDD

- Storage: 2x 240GB Kingston Sata SSDs

- Fans: 3 case fans (counting the 2 fans on my WC's radiator, will expand to 5 when I get 3 new case fans as I'm running a single case intake fan temporarily)

- Screens: (1) 1080p TV as second monitor and (1) 720p monitor

- PSU: EVGA 600W 80 Plus White



Financially, I can't replace CPU, motherboard and PSU (the combined cost of them is just not feasible in my country right now), so I'd need to get something compatible enough to last some five or six years in this configuration.

I've done some browsing and the Gigabyte RTX 3060 Gaming OC 12G LHR REV 2.0 seems to recommend a 550W PSU, while a smaller MSI RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X 8G recommends 600W. I've tried calculating the power usage below, but I'm not sure they're correct.

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RTX 3060 Ti: 200 W
Ryzen 5 1600X: 135 W
Motherboard: 80 W
HDD: 9 W
(2x) SSD: 18 W
(5x) 120mm fan: 30 W

Total: 472 W / 600 W

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RTX 3060: 170 W
Ryzen 5 1600X: 135 W
Motherboard: 80 W
HDD: 9 W
(2x) SSD: 18 W
(5x) 120mm fan: 30 W

Total: 442 W / 600 W
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The thing is that I'm not sure if these cards would be too overpowered for my system. Some say I should get the best I could even if I see bottlenecks because then I wouldn't need to worry when I got a better processor in the future, but if I got the 3060 Ti, I'd be running it with the Recommended PSU rather than with a more powerful PSU, which is often recommended. I assume it would be prone to instant shutdowns during long sessions of gaming?

Alternatively, I do have in mind that my motherboard is very entry-level. If a 3060 won't get a good performance due to my motherboard, which card would better fit it? I hear the RX 500 (70, 80, 90) series are good, but they're basically extinct in my country.

Thank you in advance.
 

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