The 1050Ti, or 1050 video card is really where you start if you want to game (or, perhaps mine cryptocurrency). The 1050ti starts in around $250 and has 4 GB of DDR5 RAM. If you get the Ti variant, it can have up to 4 GB of RAM while the non-Ti variant usually has 2 GB. This is a large difference when it comes to comparing the difference between the two. At the low end, having an extra 2 GB of video RAM can make all the difference in the games you are playing. You will find that the cost difference being $50 or so in most cases really is worth it.
The 1050 is where you start, if you have a budget and can’t afford to shell out more money respectively for the 1060, t070 and etc. A 1060 with 6 GB of video RAM is going to cost about double the price – approximately $400, when all is said and done. Comparatively, you may pay twice the price, but you don’t get double the video RAM. This is why the 1050Ti can be a nice economy class choice. With that being said, if you do get the Ti model with 4 GB, you’re not giving up a lot either.
My 1050Ti runs slow or my system runs slow
An SSD drive can make all the difference when you upgrade your video card. Does that make sense? Let me explain why that is. It’s all about input output. You may invest in a 1050 or even a 1060 and notice that your system is slow. You may also see that games default to low resolution or low settings, even after a video card upgrade.
One thing that helps greatly with IO (Input/Output) capability is an SSD. SSD drives have come way down in price. You may not think a SSD makes that much difference over a mechnical drive – but it’s a HUGE difference. If you think that oh, my computer will just download faster, or, saving things might be faster, etc. then you don’t truly understand the benefits of an SSD drive. The faster input/output that your system can provide, the faster EVERYTHING works. Games, applications, even windows will open, load and run much smoother. Windows starts up and shuts down within seconds with an SSD. With an old mechanical drive, you hear the drive spinning and whirring all the time. You’re sitting there waiting for things to happen for minutes sometimes. Not true with an SSD. Also, you don’t need a large SSD – so don’t fall into that trap. You can often get away with purchasing a 120 or 240 GB for less than $100 and this will work just fine in most instances. If you need more space, just add on a cheap mechanical drive for more storage capacity as a secondary (or third, or fourth) storage device.
SSD’s also make a large difference for RAID arrays, for performance situations like databases.
1050ti 4 GB will run RTS games
You can usually run a number of RTS (real time strategy) games with a Geforce GTX 1050ti. This includes games like Company of Heroes 1&2, all age of empires games, XCOM 1&2, etc. However, if you want to run some of the newer FPS (first person shooter) games like Call of Duty, Fortnite, Fallout; you may need a higher end card. For Black Ops 4 for example, it’s recommended that you run a card like a Geforce 1080ti. You might get away with a 1060 or 1070 card, but you’ll need a SSD, lots of RAM and a high end processor (you’re going to need all those things anyways).