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Advice Upgrading From GT 220

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May 21, 2012 11:10:43 PM

I don't have many choices to upgrade with my PC.
I game and want to save money.
I do not wish to spend more than $100.

My Motherboard is a Dell (Inspiron 546) Model:0F896N Version: A02
I currently run a GT 220 (1GB)
Dimensions: Height: 4.376 inches
Width: 6.6 inches
Single Slot
Power Supply says : Max Output Power 300w. Model #: HP-P3017F3

I have the room for a Duel Slot Card, I'm not using any of the other slots below the Graphics which grants the room.

I was looking at a GT 610. Seems 100% compatible.
(is it worth the $50 upgrade? the increase of performance looks minuscule.)

was also looking at a 620/630. Nvidia says needs 300w. PNY( possible seller) says needs 350w.

Suggestions would be great and very much appreciated!

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a b U Graphics card
May 21, 2012 11:36:47 PM

I don't know the performance of te 610, but if it's like NVIDIA's previous series, it's not good. Their best cards have ended in 80 the last couple iterations (480, 580, 680), with their dual-gpu solutions using 90. the 70's and 60's also have good performance, and the 50's are decent, but performance drastically falls off in the 40's, 30's and under.

For example, a GT 520 is even worse than your 220, and a GT 430 is barely better than the card you already have.

For a $100 budget, here's the most powerful options I can find.

$100 ($70 after mail in rebate)
GIGABYTE GV-R677D5-1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$67
Galaxy GeForce GTS 250 1 GB
http://www.amazon.com/Galaxy-GeForce-Express-Graphics-2...
May 21, 2012 11:44:48 PM

Thanks, However id have to upgrade my Power Supply for to accommodate for the both of them. Oh well, ill return to saving up for a full PC build. Had hopes i could hold off for a few yrs by enhancing just the card.
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a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2012 12:15:20 AM

My apologies. I failed to notice your PSU. Here's about the most powerful card your PSU will support.

$65 ($55 with rebate)
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The total system power draw is still easily within the efficient range for your PSU
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/sapphire_hd6670...

A 6750 seems to draw a little too much power to be safe, and a 7750, while easy on the power, is a bit out of budget ($110).
a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2012 12:24:40 AM

6570 would be a good upgrade psu should handle it.
a c 189 U Graphics card
May 22, 2012 12:29:10 AM

If you could scrounge up an extra $10, the 7750 would be a fantastic choice. If not, the 6670 is pretty amazing for what you get. It usually is just under $100 for the DDR5 version.
May 22, 2012 3:12:42 AM

The 7750 needs a PCI Express 3.0, that i dont have on my motherboard.

the 6670 requires PCI Express 2.1 x16.

Not sure if my 2.0 could handle a 2.1?

Also a question about PCI-E can a 2.0 x 16 fit in a 2.0? i see some say 2.0 and others 2.0 x 16 wonder if they're interchangeable or no?
a c 189 U Graphics card
May 22, 2012 3:14:50 AM

atayeu said:
The 7750 needs a PCI Express 3.0, that i dont have on my motherboard.

the 6670 requires PCI Express 2.1 x16.

Not sure if my 2.0 could handle a 2.1?

Also a question about PCI-E can a 2.0 x 16 fit in a 2.0? i see some say 2.0 and others 2.0 x 16 wonder if they're interchangeable or no?


All of the cards listed are compatible with everything.

3.0 is backwards compatible, 2.1 is as well.
May 22, 2012 4:13:48 AM

Oh okay Neat didnt know that.
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