Question GPU crash and burning plastic smell coming from PSU

Apr 19, 2021
I recently bought a Nvidia GTX 970 and when I tried gaming on it it would crash to a blank colour screen, I managed to fix this by underclocking it. After I tried playing dirt rally 2.0 on ultra settings and it performed really well but there was a burning plastic smell coming from the PSU (I could be wrong and it was coming from the GPU but I am fairly certain that it was coming from the power supply). Then the screen went black and I could still hear the game, this could just be the cable though.

the PSU is low quality and most likely the problem but I just want to confirm before I go out buying lots of computer hardware

link to PSU:|pcrid|491022671184|kword||match||plid||slid||product|CS32144|pgrid|83089512472|ptaid|pla-781001870297|&CMP=KNC-GUK-CPC-SHOPPING&s_kwcid=AL!5616!3!491022671184!!!network}!781001870297!&gclid=Cj0KCQjw1PSDBhDbARIsAPeTqreuix6NWjtEna_XL6erSlA_MbcYipfG4IikwPW7smSYxl2Sgjp2oygaAgyOEALw_wcB

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600
HDD: Toshiba P300 2TB
Motherboard: Gygabyte a320m-s2h

I tried using my old GPU and there was still some smell coming from the PSU
I was also using SATA to 6-pin adapters I should get a new power supply anyway
also does not crash with my old gpu
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Replace that PSU ASAP. An 18 pound PSU? I wouldn't dare to think powering a CPU like that with a sub 20 pound PSU. Never trust anything that cheap. Also, when you smell burning/melting plastic, do yourself a favor and stop what you're doing. That's a good sign to stop what you're doing.

Replace the PSU with at least a known brand, an 80 Plus White label for all I care, but don't fool yourself like that again, dude..

Please don't feel like I'm attacking you, but it hurts my eyes to read what's written above..


Ouch! That's not even a 300W PSU. And when a "500W" PSU is only really a 264W in a modern sense, the innards are going to be equally a horror show. Get a quality PSU -- we keep a curated tier list in the power supply forum -- and cross your fingers that this garbage didn't fry the GTX 970. One of the most expensive things in PC building is a cheap PSU.