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November 21, 2013 7:06:06 PM

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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November 21, 2013 7:07:14 PM

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-r78702gd5to...
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November 21, 2013 7:11:58 PM

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.!
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November 21, 2013 7:14:20 PM

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...
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November 21, 2013 7:33:08 PM

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.
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November 21, 2013 7:33:36 PM

The 7870 GHz edition is essentially the same as a 270x and is over $40 cheaper mate
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November 21, 2013 7:36:27 PM

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.
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November 21, 2013 7:37:17 PM

Look at the PSU sticker under the +12v, what's the amp reading?
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November 21, 2013 7:41:34 PM

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.
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November 21, 2013 7:42:09 PM

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)
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November 21, 2013 7:45:47 PM

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.
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November 21, 2013 7:47:30 PM

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
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November 21, 2013 7:49:41 PM

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.
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November 21, 2013 7:54:58 PM

If I somehow manage to raise the budget to 250$, what would you recommend? Btw thank you you were very helpful.
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November 21, 2013 8:01:03 PM

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-ax79...

Powercolor isn't the best brand out there, but these were as cheap as I could go
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November 21, 2013 8:07:53 PM

Edit : Nvm. You posted prices.
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November 21, 2013 8:10:40 PM

The 7950 AMD would cost how much if I waited for it to be in stock?
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November 21, 2013 8:17:08 PM

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?
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November 21, 2013 8:24:47 PM

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-fx795atd...
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp427...

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)
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November 21, 2013 8:26:34 PM

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?
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November 21, 2013 8:34:49 PM

So...a 7870 Ghz edition for $129. & free games. It's actually true. Damn.
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November 21, 2013 8:39:09 PM

Yeah, my PC isn't bad at all, 9GB RAM, i7 2.66 GHz processor is good too. I have a 1080p monitor
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November 21, 2013 8:40:44 PM

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
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November 21, 2013 8:42:21 PM

I don't know. :( 
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November 21, 2013 8:42:24 PM

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
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November 21, 2013 8:44:40 PM

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.
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November 21, 2013 8:46:50 PM

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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.
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November 21, 2013 8:48:52 PM

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.
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November 21, 2013 8:49:09 PM

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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