RX 480 or GTX 1060 (based on my build)

penquin175

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Hi Im not sure if I should get an rx 480 or a gtx 1060 and if either will be able to fit in with my current pc.
My specs are:
CPU: AMD fx 8350 MOBO:GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 RAM: kingston 1600 32gb but selling 1/2 as I will only need a max of 16gb which might even then be too much. COOLER: Hyper evo 212 cooler PSU: CORSAIR 430W power supply HARD DRIVE: 1TB WD blue
Currently Im using the gtx 750ti which Im looking to upgrade to a gtx 1060 or RX 480 I have enough cash to buy either but Im wondering which will fit in better with my build and which you would recommend me to get and let me know if neither will be an option due to the faily low voltage PSU.

I'm into the newer games around not so much old titles which might mean the RX 480 is better me for as it supports dx12 better?

 

scuzzycard

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I would go with the GTX 1060. It sounds wierd, but NVidia GPUs work better with AMD CPUs due to having less driver overhead. Your 430W PSU will have an easier time with the GTX 1060 as well. With an RX 480 you would absolutely have to upgrade your PSU. With the 1060, you might be able to squeak by on the 430.
 

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I would go with the GTX 1060. It sounds wierd, but NVidia GPUs work better with AMD CPUs due to having less driver overhead. Your 430W PSU will have an easier time with the GTX 1060 as well. With an RX 480 you would absolutely have to upgrade your PSU. With the 1060, you might be able to squeak by on the 430.
 

penquin175

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Ok, other than lack of power, what could using a low PS do to my computer?

 

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Here's an approximate setup to what you're running: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/B6489W (wattage estimate listed near history button)

With the RX 480, the estimated power draw is ~ 393W. That's very close to your PSU's rating. And at that, PSU ratings are based on best case scenario, so the actual output could be less. I would definitely look into getting a PSU with higher output.

The consequences of running a PC on an underpowered PSU range from occasional stability issues and blue screens, to potentially component damage in extreme circumstances.

 

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I would go for a 470 Red Devil for 199$ and buy a new PSU with the money left. It has same 480 performance.
That PSU sounds like its a bit old and might even cause some damage in the long run if the 12v lines are not juicy enough.

 

penquin175

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So in that case would it be cheaper buying a 1060?

they use less power and if I get the RX 480 Im also paying for a PSU which might be more expensive than a 1060?

If I got a 1060 would I need a new PSU to handle its power usage?
 

penquin175

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What about a 1060 and not needing to buy a PSU? Would that work?
 

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If the PSU fails because it's run too close to or above its maximum power, it can damage multiple components. Unfortunately, that power supply tends to fail even when it's rated maximum is not exceeded.
 

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In the short term it would. That power supply has a high failure rate in general, so it would be imprudent not to alert you to that fact.
 
I'm going to assume your PSU is the CX430? If so, replace that first and foremost as the CX series is of poor quality and that particular model only gives you 384W of power; your CPU alone can take close to a third of that. My recommendations for a PSU are:

1. EVGA SuperNOVA G2
2. Seasonic S12II
3. XFX XTR/TS
4. Antec HCG.

Anything in the 550W ballpark will do fine.

As for a GPU, the GTX 1060 is the better performer but the RX 480 4GB is in a class of its own when it comes to value for money.
 

penquin175

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thanks but those psu you listed are a bit pricy do you know of any solid PSU that would work with my pc and a rx 480 / gtx 1060 under 50£? Im from the uk as well so those PSU you listed I found are much cheaper in the US but here in the UK are pricy!

EDIT - found evga 80+ 600w only for 40£, I know its not bronze or silver or the higher quality PSU but it wouldn't be that much worse would it?

 
I'm in the UK myself.

Think of a PSU as an insurance policy. You don't notice it, but when something goes wrong you'll wish you had it. A quality PSU will protect your components, your data and yourself. As long as you don't mistreat it, a PSU can easily last a decade.

The EVGA PSU you found is probably the 600B, which is a small step-up from what you have. Personally, I'd spend a little extra and get a better quality unit; Amazon have a Seasonic S12-II 620W for £66.
 

penquin175

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I agree. However, is this powersupply a better alternative to the one you mentionedhttps://www.cclonline.com/product/43464/P1-650S-NLB9/Power-Supplies/XFX-TS-650W-Power-Supply-Unit/PSU1233/?siteID=TnL5HPStwNw-AR.jQZZXNhngQYR_I2Re1A
Apparently its very good and £15 cheaper and has something to do with seasonic I cant remember

 

penquin175

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Ok thanks, but I really cant choose between the RX 480 and GTX 1060 I just cant seem to choose as they are just so equal. Any further reccomendations with them?

Also, Overclockers are doing a deal, any purcahse of the RX 480 gets you a 'discount code' of BF1 (does that mean it's free?)
Because if so that might be the tipping point for me to get it as I'm planning on getting BF1 anyway so it would save a bit of money over the 1060?

Also, I plan on using this GPU for maybe 2-3 if not longer so would either last better over time,
Thanks.

 
The GTX 1060 6GB is generally the better performer but the RX 480 4GB leads the way from a price/performance perspective. The best thing to do is look at gaming benchmarks and decide if the extra frames from the GTX 1060 are worth the price premium. Personally, I don't think they are.

I can't speak for the offer so best to do some digging.
 

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