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Oct 18, 2020
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Currently, I have a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, I was wondering what is a somewhat affordable next level up? I want to go up, but don't want to pay crazy prices. It needs to fit my Dell XPS computer. Any thoughts. I am not a heavy gamer, all I have played is Fallout 4 and Skyrim, I might get into more intense games, so I want graphics that can handle it. I just started playing games after a couple of decades away. I am up for any brand, I know nothing.

I have an INtel i&-9700 CPU @3.00ghx. I know I am going to have to update the power supply.
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Sep 2, 2011
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Where the hand of man has never set foot
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
Cooling Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4
Memory 2x8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4-3200MHz CL16 1.35V
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX 760 WINDFORCE 3X OC 2 GB rev. 2.0
Storage Crucial MX100 512GB
Display(s) MSI Optix MAG24C (144Hz and curved 1800R)
Power Supply Seasonic FOCUS GX-550
Mouse Razer DeathAdder Elite
Keyboard Corsair K60
Can't answer with the info provided.
What is the exact model of your Dell XPS?
If you have the 500W PSU which comes with 2x6PIN, you may be fine with your current one.
What is your budget?
Dec 10, 2014
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Nowy Warsaw
System Name SYBARIS
Processor AMD Ryzen™ 5 3600
Motherboard MSI Arsenal Gaming B450 Tomahawk
Cooling Cryorig H7 Quad Lumi
Memory Team T-Force Delta RGB 2x8GB 3200CL16
Video Card(s) Colorful GeForce RTX 2060 6G V2
Storage WD Black WD1003FZEX 1TB + Crucial MX500 500GB
Display(s) LG 22MP68VQ-P 22" 75hz IPS
Case In Win Mana 136
Audio Device(s) HyperX Cloud X | iVOOMi iVO-169SUFBT 2.1
Power Supply Cooler Master G550M
Mouse Cooler Master MM711 | Logitech G102 Prodigy | Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury
Keyboard Fantech MK871 RGB TKL Outemu Blue mechanical keyboard
Software Windows 10 Education v2004 x64
Info needed.

1) PC model from Dell website. Or a photo of the case if you can't find it to see the approximate dimesions.
2) Power Supply details. Maybe the photo of sticker that's on PSU and/or cables available.
3) Most importantly, BUDGET!!!
Jan 25, 2014
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System Name AMD Black Widow
Processor AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz
Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-780T-D3L (rev. 4.0)
Cooling Cooler master hyper 212 EVO
Memory Kingston HyperX DDR3 2x4GB 1600MHz KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX
Video Card(s) Sapphire HD 7770 GHz Edition
Storage WESTERN DIGITAL 1TB 64MB 7k SATA600 Blue WD10EZEX, Samsung 850 EVO 256 GB SSD
Display(s) LG W2453SQ-PF
Case MS Cyclops IV
Power Supply LC Power LC600H-12 600 W
Software Windows 10 64bit
Is your system the Dell 8930 XPS ?
If it is it should have a 450w PSU.
So I would recommend a 1660 super or a GTX 1070, but you may need additional power plugs.
With the info you provided we can only guess what you have and recommend accordingly.
Jul 25, 2020
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Processor i7-4790K 4.6GHz all core | 4.8GHz turbo
Motherboard MSI z97 Gaming 7
Cooling Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280
Memory 32GB DDR3 2400MHz 11-13-13-31 (Intel said I can't go above 16G, fools)
Video Card(s) 5700XT Nitro SE (Core: 2150MHz @ 1.16V) | RX Vega 64 Nitro+
Storage 2 SSD and a lot of HDDs in a raid0 and raid1
Display(s) 1080p@144Hz and 1080p sec
Case Phanteks Entroo Pro White
Power Supply Evga 750W Gold
Software WindOof and Linux
Benchmark Scores Superpos (5700XT): 5574 | CB R20 (4790k): 2189
i7-9700 -> Sufficient for gaming (I still stick with a 5-6-year-old i7-4790k and for 1080p it is ok)

RAM Configuration -> please tell, prebuilds tend to have 2133MHz DDR4 single channel (a horrible experience). Also, 16G for gaming is recommended (especially heavy modded skyrim, I know what I am talking about ;) )

Graphics Card -> Will be the most expansive thing, what is your budget and what are you willing to achieve (1080p/1440p etc.)

PSU -> depends on graphics card. Cheap PSUs are obviously cheap but deliver jittering power. This often leads to coil whine and is usually not good for all PC components either. Either buy a heavy cheap PSU (e.g. 750W) or buy a small good PSU. EVGA is known for good PSUs. (Very cheap PSUs also tend to burn. Sometimes...)

Also if you play creation engine games (Fallout 4, Skyrim, older bethesda games too) you should tweak your ini files to tell the game that you have 8 cores on your CPU. This and some little stuff usually gives a noticeable performance uplift. But having new components results in a bigger difference.
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