Unlike some of the recent NVIDIA launches, the GTX 1650 arrived with… well, not a whole lot of fanfare. However, there’s still a few building benefits, so of course we’re going to look at the prospect of building a PC with one!
As The Falcon mentioned in our recent update post, we’re not exactly blown away by the GTX 1650 here. At launch, it’s more expensive (and lower-performing) than the RX 570. But if you are building a very-low-power-draw build; or you’re living in a future when price alterations have noticeably altered the situation from how it was at launch; or you have determined that the 1650 is the best choice for you for some other reason—then this article is for you! Now, before we look at the main benefit of the card, let’s have a look at the specifications:
GTX 1650 Specifications
Base Clock: 1485 MHz
Boost Clock: 1665 MHz
Memory: 4 GB GDDR5
Memory Speed: 8 Gbps
CUDA cores: 896
Recommended Power Requirements: 75W (over PCIe slot)
On paper, this looks to be a modest refresh of the GTX 1050 Ti, which would be in line with what NVIDIA has been doing with the 16xx range. However, you’d be right in being a little underwhelmed by the performance-for-price offering here. Unlike a little over 2 years ago when GPUs around this price point were being gobbled up by cryptocurrency miners, now that isn’t an issue and AMD’s mid-tier offerings are more than competitive for the price.
So what is the benefit?
Essentially, low power, low footprint. The GTX 1650 doesn’t need any dedicated power cable, instead drawing its energy only through the PCIe slot on the motherboard. This makes the card more useful for upgraders who don’t have additional cables (think: basic pre-built systems) or simply don’t have the space (if you’re using a small case).
So, with that being said, let’s take a look at building a PC based around this teeny GPU!
The Small Form Factor GTX 1650 Build
GPU: GTX 1650
We’ve gone with a compact model from Gigabyte here, with the aim to have it take up as little space as possible in the main build, all while still providing decent performance.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600
We’ve gone with this 6-core, 12-thread powerhouse thanks to it’s low 65W TDP, so we’re keeping those PSU requirements down nice and low. We’re also sticking with the cooler that AMD provide, as it is not only efficient but also quite small!
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty B450 GAMING-ITX
This is a touch more pricey than a standard board, yet using the ITX form factor frees us up with some neat case designs!
With going with the motherboard we’ve chosen, we needed to keep this to a single stick and this 3000MHz one from G.SKILL means we can take advantage of the improved speeds on Ryzen too!
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 3TB
With space at a premium, we’ve gone with a high-capacity drive here to allow for huge storage all off the one drive.
Optional Extra: Crucial P1 500GB
If you feel you need it, the board does have a M.2 port on the back. As it is still a single slot, consider paying a little bit more for a 500GB drive (or larger). The Crucial P1 is currently one of the best price-for-performance choices on the market.
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower SFX 450W 80+ Gold
So, the benefit of the Toughpower series is that—along with being fully modular (yay for space saving!)—it also has a zero RPM fan mode when the system isn’t drawing much power, making our setup a whole lot more quiet too!
Case: Cooler Master Elite 110
The cube! This is such a nice case to build in when you’re creating a small form factor PC. There’s some really nice design choices made for internal layout, and the airflow (for such a small case) is phenomenal. Can’t go wrong!
Total Build Cost: ~$650
With the launch prices a little all over the place on the GTX 1650, this is still a nice little build. (Please say that they’re only more expensive right now because they’ve just launched…)
What you’re looking at here is a modest 1080p gaming machine that is capable of more heavy duty tasks thanks mainly to its CPU.
If the price of this build could be below $600 then it would be a no-brainer, however as it stands it’s simply a nice low-powered alternative to what is currently available with higher performance on the market. Admittedly, that’d mean the GTX 1650 would have to come to closer to $100 than the $150 mark, yet only time will tell if NVIDIA are even bothered by this setback when comparing against the RX 570.
Go Forth and Build!
Now before you go all bonkers spending every penny you have on these components, there are extras that you might need to finish off this GTX 1650 build:
- A copy of Windows. If you are a student or work for a big business, you might be able to get a copy for free or at a significantly lower cost. If not, we recommend Windows 10 on disc ($90) or USB ($120).
- An optical drive—critical if you are wanting to install Windows 10 via disc. Good thing here is DVD-RW drives are cheap these days (here’s one for $21).
We also have general recommendations for:
If you want to see other builds with even higher performance (a short list at this point!), check out the main page at Logical Increments.
There you have it— a great compact build to utilize the best out of the new GTX 1650!
If you have any questions or suggestions about this builds, then let us know in the comments.