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Upgrading GeForce GT 220, 200$ budget.

Hi! I NEED to upgrade my awful GeForce GT 220 graphics card to something that will handle games for a good amount of time. I play strategy games like Civilization 5, Crusader Kings 2, Europa Universalis 4, would like to play recent Total War games like Rome 2. I don't care about first person shooter like BF4, Crysis and those kind of games, I play strategy games and I start to simply not be able to play them anymore.

My specs :

- I have a 1920 x 1080 Monitor
- I have 9 GB of installed RAM
- I have an Intel core i7 CPU 2.67 GHZ
- And a GeForce GT 220 graphics card

What are your suggestions? Thank you.
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  1. What's your power supply?

    Well considering your budget might as well go with a fairly decent GPU even if you're not going to be play the most demanding games

    This 7870 should do the job very nicely

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r78702gd5toc
  2. Yes, we need to know your power supply.

    I think that a r9 270x would do well, it's about 10 dollars over budget, if that's okay.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202063
  3. DonCorleone96 said:
    Hi! I NEED to upgrade my awful GeForce GT 220 graphics card to something that will handle games for a good amount of time. I play strategy games like Civilization 5, Crusader Kings 2, Europa Universalis 4, would like to play recent Total War games like Rome 2. I don't care about first person shooter like BF4, Crysis and those kind of games, I play strategy games and I start to simply not be able to play them anymore.

    My specs :

    - I have a 1920 x 1080 Monitor
    - I have 9 GB of installed RAM
    - I have an Intel core i7 CPU 2.67 GHZ
    - And a GeForce GT 220 graphics card

    What are your suggestions? Thank you.


    9GB of RAM?? I thought they were only available in even numbers.!
  4. Gate9er said:
    DonCorleone96 said:
    Hi! I NEED to upgrade my awful GeForce GT 220 graphics card to something that will handle games for a good amount of time. I play strategy games like Civilization 5, Crusader Kings 2, Europa Universalis 4, would like to play recent Total War games like Rome 2. I don't care about first person shooter like BF4, Crysis and those kind of games, I play strategy games and I start to simply not be able to play them anymore.

    My specs :

    - I have a 1920 x 1080 Monitor
    - I have 9 GB of installed RAM
    - I have an Intel core i7 CPU 2.67 GHZ
    - And a GeForce GT 220 graphics card

    What are your suggestions? Thank you.


    9GB of RAM?? I thought they were only available in even numbers.!


    I do not understand why anybody would ever get 9GB of ram even if you could...
  5. Well on my PC's box, it says 9Gb DDR3 Memory. My Power supply : AC Input : 100-127V/220-240V 9A/5A 50-60 GHz Some of it is written in mandarin or japanese idk.
  6. The 7870 GHz edition is essentially the same as a 270x and is over $40 cheaper mate
  7. Please tell what to look for in the power supply. Because I don't really know what I must look for.

    My Power supply : AC Input : 100-127V/220-240V 9A/5A 50-60 GHz Some of it is written in mandarin or japanese idk.
  8. Look at the PSU sticker under the +12v, what's the amp reading?
  9. Well in the Output thing, it says +12V1 and one line under it it says +12V2. However, at the right of these two things it says 18.5A MAX.
  10. Best answer
    That's pretty weak and you'd be better off upgrading both components at once

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $159.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 22:40 EST-0500)
  11. Alright thank you very much. And for the GPU, do you think that it will be good for my games? And for future strategy games, mostly strategy games? Because if it a weak GPU, then I could go to 250 as a price.
  12. Yes it will, the 7870 GHz/270x should perform well, Rome 2 seems to a bit buggy but patches should fix those issues for the most part. The only game off the top of my head that doesn't run very well for everyone would be Company of Heroes 2

    For the most part the 7870 will run all those games without a problem
  13. And will it be good for a couple years at least? I don't want it to be useless after 2 years cuz then I would rather buy a more expensive one.
  14. It should be good for 2 years or so, the next step up would be this 7950 which is out of stock right now

    http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/newegg/sapphire-video-card-1003523l
  15. If I somehow manage to raise the budget to 250$, what would you recommend? Btw thank you you were very helpful.
  16. Well then that would be the 7950 or GTX 760 price range, the $250 budget including new PSU?

    $10 over budget but yeah... (the cheaper 7950 is out of stock as already mentioned)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($229.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $259.97
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 23:04 EST-0500)

    If a little over $250 for the GPU itself then

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-ax79703gbd52dhv3

    Powercolor isn't the best brand out there, but these were as cheap as I could go
  17. Edit : Nvm. You posted prices.
  18. The 7950 AMD would cost how much if I waited for it to be in stock?
  19. http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/newegg/sapphire-video-card-1003523l

    Around less than $200 if prices don't go up again
  20. Are the discounts the same if I live in Canada? Like the rebate maybe doesn't apply in Canada cuz it's not the canadian newegg?
  21. I'm not sure about that since I live in neither countries

    7950 and GTX 760 in Canada

    http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx795atdkc
    http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42765kr

    In that case you could still consider the 7870+new PSU, you could save up for a while and get a 7950/760 or even a 7970/280x instead

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($174.00 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $203.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 23:25 EST-0500)
  22. hey hey don't worry dude, the cards are very powerful. The GT220 gives a performance of 128 GFlops and the 7950 gives a performance of 2867 GFlops, and the 760 gives 2258 GFlops. You should be able to run even demanding games at high to ultra settings, and the strategy games should be a breeze.

    Also, your comp seems pretty powerful for the most part, could it be the case that the psu is too weak to handle it?
    The 220 requires 58 W for itself at full load. That's 5 A for itself. If you have a lot of fans, HDD's, CPU cooler, etc then 13.5 A seems too weak, and even the card may be performing at slow speeds than is otherwise possible.
    How much watts does your system require here?
  23. So...a 7870 Ghz edition for $129. & free games. It's actually true. Damn.
  24. Yeah, my PC isn't bad at all, 9GB RAM, i7 2.66 GHz processor is good too. I have a 1080p monitor
  25. Could anyone tell me if a rebate from the original www.newegg.com works in Canada? Like not from the www.newegg.ca but the original one.
  26. DonCorleone96 said:
    Yeah, my PC isn't bad at all, 9GB RAM, i7 2.66 GHz processor is good too. I have a 1080p monitor


    What is your watt requirement?(with the 220
  27. I don't know. :(
  28. A decent 500/550W 80+ bronze PSU is enough mate, you'd only need to step up to a higher PSU if you were going to go for a multi GPU config or a higher end GPU at the GTX 770/280x/7970 tier
  29. DonCorleone96 said:
    I don't know. :(


    I've provided a link above in my post ("here"). It's a PSU calculator. Feed in your pc and it'll tell you how much your pc requires.
  30. rolandzhang3 said:
    A decent 500/550W 80+ bronze PSU is enough mate, you'd only need to step up to a higher PSU if you were going to go for a multi GPU config or a higher end GPU at the GTX 770/280x/7970 tier


    yeah, that's probably correct; but I think the 7970/ etc cards require more power.
  31. Alright, I've decided I will combine the US Newegg 7870 for 160$(cuz the rebate only works in the US) and the NCIX PSU for 30$ with 15$ rebate in Canada.
  32. That's exactly what I meant, step up a little if you are going for the 770/7970/280x tier of GPUs
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