Hi guys, I did a fair amount of searching but couldn't find anything similar to my situation. I recently got a great deal on a used g20aj with the i3 ,GTX 745 and single 180w power supply. Since it was a good deal, I got it for daily light use and not gaming until a friend recently wanted me to play PUBG with him.
I know that the i3 and 745 would probably provide a miserable experience so I tried to source used parts to upgrade. It's been about 10 years since I've tinkered with PCs and just assumed the power supply had enough juice to run a more powerful GPU and CPU.
I found some good deals on a i5 4460 and a MSI GTX 1050. I threw the components in and fired it up. No issues . The GPU is a non reference model so i monitored temps and both CPU and GPU hit around mid 60s while gaming. The PC appears to run perfectly fine with just the 180w supply.
Am I pushing my luck running this on a 180w supply ? Should I order the 230w to be safe?
According to EVGA you need a 300 watt minimum power supply to run the GTX 1050 but that is with an i7 processor. https://www.evga.com/Products/Specs/GPU.aspx?pn=8BDF6434-4DFE-4FEC-AF49-24948059C5E8 Requirements 300 Watt or greater power supply.**** PCI Express, PCI Express 2.0 or PCI Express 3.0 compliant motherboard with one graphics slot. An available 6-pin PCI-E power connector Windows 10 32/64bit, Windows 8 32/64bit, Windows 7 32/64bit