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Is i5 10400 + RTX 3050 6GB sufficient for 1080p ~60fps in listed games?

Budget (including currency): ~$250

Country: USA

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Minecraft, Valorant, FF XIV, Emulation (primarily Nintendo games)

Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc): PC: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lenovo-IdeaCentre-5-Desktop-Computer-Intel-Core-i5-10th-Gen-i5-10400-12GB-RAM-DDR4-SDRAM-1TB-HDD-256-GB-SSD-Mineral-Gray/781267728

 

I have a Lenovo OEM prebuilt with an i5 10400 running integrated graphics and want to add a GPU to it. I need a GPU that doesn't require external power since my PSU lacks PCIe power connectors. I have come to the conclusion that an RTX 3050 6GB is the best card I can use that meets this requirement. Is this combination of CPU and GPU along with the rest of my system sufficient to play the listed games above at 1080p, ~60fps? Or, should I save my money and not get this GPU? If there is a better GPU within my budget that works with my PC can you please comment what it is?

 

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17 minutes ago, ShonRT said:

Or, should I save my money and not get this GPU?

i think the machine its going in isn't very good and you're trying to limit the amount of power the gpu is using by buying something overpriced for what it is.

basically the 3050 is a waste of 250$ and it's going into a machine that's only worth maybe another 250$.

i'd either find an older but faster gpu and psu or just save.

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30 minutes ago, ShonRT said:

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Sorry, your current PC is not great, or good, or ok. That is the problem and you would just be wasting money. Save up, buy something good and not regret it.

 

Unless you have the skills to modify things and want to hunt for deals on used hardware. 

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I would suggest going with the 6500xt which costs about $150 USD, the 3050 would be fine but the pricing isn't great for what your getting.  With the remaining 100 dollars you can upgrade your ram to 16 gigs and sell the 12 gigs if you want to and a larger SSD. Overall, Both cards are good but if you want more upgrades for less go with the 6500xt. Hope you find this helpful!

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1 hour ago, coolbean28 said:

I would suggest going with the 6500xt which costs about $150 USD, the 3050 would be fine but the pricing isn't great for what your getting.  With the remaining 100 dollars you can upgrade your ram to 16 gigs and sell the 12 gigs if you want to and a larger SSD. Overall, Both cards are good but if you want more upgrades for less go with the 6500xt. Hope you find this helpful!

The 6500XT performs half as well as the 3050, has 50% less VRAM, uses 50% more power requiring a 6 pin PCIe power connector which OP doesn't have, and uses PCIe 4.0 x4 link which causes serious performance issues when used in a PCIe 3.0 system like OP has. The RTX3050 6GB starts at around $175 right now, it makes no sense to choose a card that is not only not compatible with OPs system but also objectively worse by a large margin just to save $30.

 

3 hours ago, ShonRT said:

I need a GPU that doesn't require external power since my PSU lacks PCIe power connectors. I have come to the conclusion that an RTX 3050 6GB is the best card I can use that meets this requirement.

The 3050 6GB is currently the best graphics card that doesn't require additional power connectors. Minecraft, Valorant, and FFXIV aren't demanding games so you should get pretty good performance at 1080p from it.

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