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Kane

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Guys want gpu advice following is my pc:
Cpu:Intel G2030
Ram:2 x 4gb DDR3 1333 Mhz
Storage: Apacer Panther 128 gb
Gpu: Onboard :p
Psu:Thermal Master 420watt Certified by cooler master
I wanted to know that with that configuration can my psu handle Rx 560 4gb idont want to upgrade psu and i dont want rx 550 either
Suggestions are welcome! :)
 

fpga123

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Better not do that. Your PSU is the lowest of the low. It may wreck your GPU. Believe me, I have seen it happen!

Technically you can have that card in the system.

Just to be sure, how old is the system?
 

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OK so I researched a bit. Thermal Master is a Cooler Master brand which they use to sell extra crappy power supplies. They don't even have protection so when they fail, they fail with a boom, lol. Just like how mine failed in my childhood, I was running a GeForce 4 4800 on it.

Simply, anyone must not have them, they are that bad.
 

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Your power supply is sufficient to run Rx 560 if it has a 6 pin connector.
But I would recommend 1050 Nvidia as it doesn't require external power.
 

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Your power supply is sufficient to run Rx 560 if it has a 6 pin connector.
But I would recommend 1050 Nvidia as it doesn't require external power.
Its a 60-80W GPU, it does not sport a 6-pin. Even OC versions do not have it. That's why, technically, he can add that card.

I had one of the Thermal Master PSUs and I burned through eight GeForce 4 4600s till I changed to a little better Chinese brand (they just silently died after 3-5 weeks). Costed me about 2k, my dad was like WTF.
 
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Rx 560 requires a solid 450watt psu to show its potential.

Your 420watt psu is suitable for the builtin graphics chip not Rx560.

If you dont want to upgrade your psu then go for the nvidia 1050.
 
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Radeon™ RX 560 | High Performance Gaming Graphics Card | AMD

AMD, the makers of Rx560 state that this gpu reqiures a 450watt psu.

I agree that you can power a gpu with a weaker psu but the performance deficit will be visible.
Sorry but you don't understand PSUs.

They don't have a limit at what they are rated at. Even high-end PSUs don't have that limit at the rated wattage, they normally can go up to 50% more till the protection system kicks in and shuts it down. The rated wattage is what they are designed to provide the best current and voltage balance, closely conform to the efficiency standard they adhere to, lowest harmonics and noise etc. So even a small difference like 30W is actually nothing, he will not find performance degradation at all but the PSU with its low quality build, harmonics and noise will gut the GPU anyways.

AMD recommends a 450W PSU for long term use but essentially a system like his does not consume over 70-80W itself. Thus his system will at most consume about 160W, adding efficiency loss (let's assume a very high 30%), it would be 208W which is still less than 420W. Yes, with time and the temperature it usually works at, will make the PSU less efficient and lose capacity but that can't be quantified reliably.

Go read a comprehensive review of a PSU, there will be a lot of technical stuff but you will understand the operation. Specifically Over Current Protection (OCP) deals with the cut off.
 
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OP you got the facts, your choice who you listen to.
 
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