Would like to upgrade from GT220 to GTX 460?

My daughter directed me to here,

Would like to upgrade from the GT 220 I have now.
This computer is mostly used for gaming now. COD, FSX etc.
They run ok, Would like to get more graphics quality.
I did some searching on the site and found these two Cards,

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

ZOTAC ZT-20109-10P GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Below is what the system has:

Dell Inc.
Inspiron 530

350 PSU

Intel Core 2 Duo E7300
2.66 GHz

Intel P35/G33/G31 rev. A2

Graphic Interface PCI-Express
PCI-E Link Width x16
PCI-E Max Link Width x16
Memory Type DDR2
Memory Size 4096 MBytes
Channels Dual, (Symmetric)
Memory Frequency 332.5 MHz (4:5)


NVIDIA GeForce GT 220
Memory size 1024 MB

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  1. +1 to rolli59

    The GTX 460 "SE" version is a chopped down version just to make it cheap. Go for the "768MB" version. The GTX 460 768MB is quite a bit better than the GTS 250 also by the way.

    EDIT: Oh, and yes you'll need a new Power Supply like rolli59 pointed out as well.
  2. either of those cards will need a new power supply. The best card you could use without changing the power supply would be ATI 5770. Its not quite as fast as the gtx460 but faster than the gts250 and uses much less power.
  3. Thank you for the quick responses! Gtx 460 it is.
  4. omg e7300 buddy (I currently own 1 as well)! An e7300 is a great CPU but pairing with a gtx 460 MIGHT bottleneck that beastly GPU. I recommend you overclock your e7300 a bit just to make sure that won't be the case. I upgraded to a 5850 and noticed that after I OC'd the CPU, I received quite abit more performance from the card. Either way, you will still notice an immense improvement over your gt 220! Good luck and have fun with your new card!
  5. Phase one on PC upgrade - get a new PSU (500W - 600W will do nicely) and the new Graphics card (GTX 460 768mb, I recommend the Asus Direct CU for $140)

    Phase 2 if intending to play more games - the mobo (about $70) the CPU to AMD (Either $140 for a 955 which is excellent for gaming or a tri core Rana 450 for $80 which is a good CPU at a great price) and the RAM to 4gb DDR3 ($40)

    As you can see, once you get the GPU and PSU replaced it is actually pretty cheap to upgrade the system into a very current machine
  6. Very good and cheap upgrades asteldian.

    A novice question here,

    Would I just remove the CPU ( Chip?) And put the 955 in its place?
    Or would I have to change the Mother board to add the 955 and DDR 3 RAM.

    For the good prices you posted it would make good sense to do Phase 2 also of your post.


    Thanks, I was told it was a good CPU for being a store bought DELL.
    I haven't read up on over clocking yet,
    Lots to read here on Tom's.

  7. You would have to replace the motherboard to use an AMD CPU and DDR3 RAM as the socket is different and also your current motherboard cannot take DDR3.

    In order to replace just the CPU you would need to get another Intel chip on the same socket, but aside from being older tech, the price for such an upgrade is outrageous (in the UK an e8400 is about £135, whereas the items I listed above were a bigger upgrade and allowed for future upgrading for only £165)

    It's actually exactly what I am doing to my brothers PC - only his CPU is only an e4400, when I saw the cost of upgrading the CPU I decided it was far better to replace the core system to more modern tech for the same kind of price

    The good thing is there is no rush s there will be no compatibility issues between the new GPU and PSU when you do the upgrading, so get your new GPU and PSU and overclock your CPU if you need to and that will do nicely until you can afford to upgrade the other parts
  8. I just want to point to the price of the 768mb unit I linked, It is $125 after MIR that is a lot of a card for the money!
  9. a lot of card for the money but he will need a new PSU also which will set him back at least another $60-$80 for something decent. I wouldnt run a gtx460 with a 350w dell PSU.
  10. iam2thecrowe said:
    a lot of card for the money but he will need a new PSU also which will set him back at least another $60-$80 for something decent. I wouldnt run a gtx460 with a 350w dell PSU.

    Already pointed out above!
  11. Thanks all for the great help!
    460 is ordered and a new PSU With the correct pins, ( Hope I read correctly)
    Off to the Mother Board forums tonight on here. Thanks again.

  12. malmental,

    I'd like to get a new motherboard to support a better chip (?)
    As the cost for getting a better chip for my socket It looks like i could get a new motherboard at that price or a bit more. And choose a good gaming chip.

    - Karl
  13. Quote:
    are you trying to game only or are you a heavy multi-tasker, I guess what I mean is what's the units intended usage.?

    Its used for gaming now only.

    - Karl
  14. Yes I would pay 200 for
    for the LGA775 if its a direct replacment or one that would be suggest without changing the motherboard yet.

    Seems I've changed mid stream here with getting a new motherboard, Sorry about that, But its starting to look better to just upgrade the cpu with the same socket ( If thats the correct term. )

    What I would want is the new chip to flow in line with the new GTX460,
    And the G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR2 800 Dual Channel that I've chosen.

    - Karl
  15. Quote:
    I'm going to research some more and make sure if the upper C2Q's will work since we already know that the top duals will work.
    give me a minute or two, I'm anal with verification.
    malmental does not like errors.... :D

    Thanks! malmental.

    Yes, I'm in the U.S.
  16. Just checking back malmental. :sol:
  17. Quote:
    so now where are we.?
    we have the gfx card, new psu and how's the RAM too, correct.?
    all up and running.?
    and now just waiting on cpu.?

    when all this is said and done this unit is a keeper for some time to come..

    Yes sir! Just waiting to see what CPU to order :hello:
    I'll give a quick check in the morn :)
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