GT 220 for...

i wanna replace my (wouldn't say crappy) gt 220 with a 9800 gt or maybe even a hd 4670
i dont want a super high performing graphics card just a GOOD replacement (excluding a gt 240 and ati equivalent)

my PC specs are:
Pentium e5400 OC @ 3.35 Ghz
2 GB ddr2 ram
1 TB HHD
MSI G31 series motherboard
Penguin power supply 500 watts (i must of been high when i bought this) with 18 amps on both 12 volt rails (about 34 amps total since its never exactly double the amps with psu's)
and a gt 220 OC to the max (can play anything i throw at it at medium settings)

something that is pretty reliable and not too expensive
(just suggestions plz dont give me links to newegg or amazon, etc)
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  1. What resolution?

    Budget?
  2. shubham1401 said:
    What resolution?

    Budget?


    i prefer playing games at about 1280 X 1024 but some games i have to play at about 1024 X 768
    my budget is around $ 160 (AUS) so about $130 US
  3. Is 1280X1024 the maximum resolution of your monitor?

    I would suggest you a HD4850 which will play al the games at very high at those mentioned res,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824&cm_re=4850-_-14-102-824-_-Product

    Spend the remaining money for RAM upgrade. Get 2More gigs of RAM.
  4. I like Penguins, just not on my power supply :-P

    A 500W (with 2-18A rails) give you some nice room to play. Honestly for $130 don't waste you money on the lower end cards, get an entry level gamer card like the 5750. It will give you MUCH better performance than a 4670 or GT240. It will run perfectly fine on that PSU and will run any game at your native 1280x1024.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102859&cm_re=5750-_-14-102-859-_-Product


    PS. You take the total 12V wattage rating. Lets say it is 300W. You divide that by 12 volts to get 25A. So 300W/12V =25A. Just a nugget of info since you said something about it.
  5. @OP:Performance wise 4850 and 5750 are comparable.
    HD 4850 is a lot cheaper but HD 5750 consumes much less power.
  6. shubham1401 said:
    @OP:Performance wise 4850 and 5750 are comparable.
    HD 4850 is a lot cheaper but HD 5750 consumes much less power.

    And DX11 yummy goodness.
  7. jay2tall said:
    And DX11 yummy goodness.



    Yeah :)

    But for me 5750 is not worth the extra money over the 4850.

    But since OP doesn't have a very good PSU he might consider a 5750 :)
  8. shubham1401 said:

    But since OP doesn't have a very good PSU he might consider a 5750 :)

    Agreed. I would to be on the safe side as well.
  9. 5750 huh?
    ill look around and see if i can find one for a good price
  10. alhanelem said:
    5750 huh?

    You bet
  11. In the end i decided to buy a gts 250 and now im having second thoughts...
    but it still beats my gt 220
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