GTX 1650 Super with 250W PSU?

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Hi all,
I need a little help regarding picking a GPU please.
I recently bought the following system at a very good price but discovered a big problem in the PSU that is HK350-14PP 250W.
The configuration is:
AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G integrated graphics (Vega 7)
8 GB DDR4 RAM - I upgraded this by adding another 32GB so 40GB in total
MB ECS B550A4 motherboard
SSD hard drive (this should save on W)
No optical units.

I initially wanted to buy a GTX 1660 but with 120W probably would have problems.
Do you think that the 1650 Super with 100W power consumption would work on the above? I know they recommend 350 but looking at the above I think it might work?
Alternatively, I am left with the normal 1650 unless anyone can recommend anything better?

Thank you!

Alex
 

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Parse the make and model of your prebuilt. If the system isn't a prebuilt and came with this PSU, might want to toss that unit out and get a reliably built aftermarket PSU. As for your wattage, the lowest reliably built ATX PSU will come in 450W and above, not below that .

8 GB DDR4 RAM - I upgraded this by adding another 32GB so 40GB in total
So that's 3 sticks of ram?
 
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It was bought from Aldi ( I know) - reputable discount store ( not sure if you know it depending what part of the world you are)
It only has 2 Ram slots so I added a 32GB card to the existing 8 GB.
It is a pre-build, not keen to change the PSU as scared to do so myself and don't wanna pay to much.
 

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When it comes to ram upgrades, treat them like you would when wearing or buying shoes. If you lose one shoe out of a pair, you can't buy one shoe at the store, you're going to need to buy a pair. In this case, you're advised to work with two identical sticks of ram, provided you don't have access to a ram kit(which in your instance would've been a dual channel 2x16GB DDR4-3200MHz) but the specs page for that board says otherwise;

I've said this before on the forums, upgrading a prebuilt often leads to multiple choke points and moot money expenditures.

It is a pre-build, not keen to change the PSU as scared to do so myself and don't wanna pay to much.
Then ditch the idea of upgrading the platform from an iGPU to a discrete. Unless you want to blow up the existing system and then use that as leverage to buy a better platform. Much like a game, PC parts have requirements or prerequisites. The only thing is with PC parts, get the combo wrong and you can spell lackluster performance or damaged components. We've seen people lose homes due to a badly built PSU...not kidding.
 
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i would just take the 8gb stick out, no one needs 40gb of ram yet

I wouldn't purchase a PC from Aldi but I have a friend who does. Or did until house burned down (unrelated)

vega graphics aren't that bad, better than many discretes you could find that would run on that PSU
 
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Regarding Ram I have been assured by a specialist that it does not matter as long as they are the same speed.
I have decided to change the PSU, didn't realise how easy it is to do so and the fact that they are not as expensive. With power not being an issue what card do you guys recommend. Was thinking RX6600 or GTX 1660?
 

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Make and model of the case? Clearances often times can and will impede what size GPU you can put in said chassis. Make and model of the PSU you're looking to purchase?

Regarding Ram I have been assured by a specialist that it does not matter as long as they are the same speed.
Dual channel ram kit or two identical sticks of ram. If they are from two different versions or makes in spite of having the same timings and different capacities, it's akin to you wearing clown shoes to a dinner party.

Last time someone brought in a specialist into a discussion on a thread, said person ended up troubleshooting memory and system instability issues.
 
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2 sticks from same maker can even have different memory chips on them. Corsair, for example, have different version numbers on their ram sticks, and each version might use memory made by Samsung or Micron. So 2 sticks of Vengeance ram might have same timings and speed but different memory chip makers, and enough small differences to cause errors.

Only way to guarantee 2 sticks should work together is either buy them both at same time from same shop, or get a set of ram - as they have been tested to work together. And even then sets can be bad when you buy them, as its just a matter of odds. they make so many sticks, some will be bad.
 

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If I recall, Corsair are the only brand of ram sticks that have a PCB revision marked on said sticks of ram. There may be other brands but identical sticks apart from the PCB revision numbers have also lead to issues with stability.
 
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