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So my friends son has wanted to get a gaming desktop for some time. I offered to help him pick parts & build one many times but like most kids his age (he's 14) he thought him & his friends knew better than the adults. tongue.gif Well the AMD APU powered laptop he had been using for gaming finally died on him & he convinced his parents to get him a new desktop from BestBuy. Why my friend did not call me to ask about what he was buying I do not know but needless to say it went bad. doh.gif They ended up with a CyberpowerPC pre-built that has a AMD FX-4300 CPU, Nvidia GT 720 graphics card, Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 (rev. 6.0) AM3+ mATX mobo, a 1TB HDD, & really sketchy Apevia 500w PSU. From what I understand the kid's friend thought he said the GPU was a GTX 760 & that is why he told him to go with it but my guess is neither of them really know much about PCs. rolleyes.gif

Anyways, so my friend called me today to come over & get the PC all hooked up for his son since he was having a hard time with it. I felt terrible once I laid eyes on the PC cause I knew he wasn't playing the games he wanted to with it as it was. I told them the deal & we started brainstorming what the cheapest options would be to get him gaming. At first I was gonna have them return the PC & get something similar priced with better specs but no dice there at BB. The best alternative I could find locally was the same build with a GTX 950 & that was $640 vs the $460 they paid for the PC he had. My next idea was to start looking at the options of just grabbing a GPU for what he currently has & found that the BB by us had XFX DD RX 460 4GB cards for $150. So we settled on grabbing one of those since it would still be cheaper than returning the PC for the build with the GTX 950 & the 4GB 460 is a better card.

I just installed it for them but was not able to test it since they brought the PC to my house & their son forgot to bring the power cable. The install went smoothly but has left me with 1 nagging concern. The PSU is very sketchy as I mentioned before & actually did not have any 6 pin PCIe connectors on it. I had to use the 2 molex to 6 pin adaptor that came with the card to hook the 460 up. stun.gif The PSU is a 500w unit (although I doubt it could sustain that wattage long) which is what is recommended for a RX 460, I already told my friends & their son that upgrading the PSU should be his 1st priority going forward with this PC, & I also told him absolutely no OCing with that PSU installed. I'm pretty sure that it should be fine to run a stock FX-4300 & RX460 but am second guessing myself now. What do you guys think? Will the PSU be able to handle running that setup for a month or 2?

http://www.apevia.com/ProductsInfo.asp?KEY=ATX-VN500W
That is the PSU he has in it right now, I realize it is not even close to ideal but can't see much of a reason that it shouldn't work as a short term solution.
Edited by Rob27shred - 9/3/16 at 11:59am
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Honestly the psu should be fine even running it for a year or 2. looking at the spec sheet for it, sure it isnt a great unit. not even good. but it is ok. and the overall load on the system shouldnt be pushing it that hard. a 460 is a power efficient gpu. still, no overclocking for sure ( though i doubt the board is even stable enough to do so knowing ibuypower. Edit: the board actually has vrm heatsinks. im shocked. still. i wouldnt expect the best overclockability and im sure its still running the stock cooler lol. ) and upgrading it even to a cheap evga budget model should be first on the list. but it will be ok for the time being for sure.
Edited by InverseTundra - 9/3/16 at 3:09pm
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