Question Will my current PC be able to handle a graphics card upgrade?

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I currently have a NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super and want to upgrade the card. I'm not sure which GPU to go with, but have it down to 3 options:
1.) MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X
2.) EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC Gaming
3.) MSI GeForce RTX 3080 VENTUS 3X 10G

I currently have:
CPU: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core (TM) i7-11700F @ 2.50Ghz, 2496 Mhz, 8 Cores, 16 Logical Processors
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB
RAM: 16 GB
Motherboard: B560 DS3H AC-Y1

My cooling system is currently one fan in the back of the PC and 3 fans in the front of the PC.

Basically, I want to know if I can upgrade to any of the GPU above without having to change anything in my PC, or if I can upgrade but I'll need better cooling or more power etc.

I'll link my exact PC for reference in case I missed anything:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/ibuypower-slate-mr-gaming-desktop-intel-i7-11700f-16gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1660-super-6gb-480gb-ssd-1tb-hdd/6480908.p?skuId=6480908
 
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A 3060Ti and a 3080 are entirely different categories of price/performance/power draw.

Can you share the brand & model of the "500W" PSU in your system?
I have 0 idea of what model/brand it is. I only know its 500W. It's located in a shroud in my PC and I don't want to take it out and mess something up with the wiring. I tried finding the PC on ibuypower's website but it seems to be non-existent. I don't have access to the manual, but I'm currently waiting to speak to someone from ibuypower to figure it out.
 
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That's not the make/model. Odds are it's garbage.


A name brand, quality unit for sure. The wattage depends on whether you choose 3060 or 3080.
I'm probably going to go with the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC Gaming. I don't have a need per se to go with a 3080, especially with how prices have been with these GPUs.
 
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3080 is completely off the table on your current PSU. They're also like....$1,000, or 2x the cost of a 3060Ti.

3060Ti = 200W (miny EVGA FTW3 is actually 235W)
i7-11700(K) non-OC'd = 200W
Misc = 25-40W
Total = 450W

If your PSU is 500W and not 550W, and it's bronze, it's not fantastic or modern (most/all the modern platforms are 550w/650w/750W etc). Without the brand & model #, we don't even know if it can truly supply 500W from 12V. I wouldn't trust it to run at 90% duty cycle every time you game.
 
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