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Upgrading Old Graphics Card - NVIDIA GeForce GT 220


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#1 dannyx424

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 08:51 PM

Hey all,

 

Looking to upgrade my current graphics card to be able to play newer games (like PUBG) and looking to see what would make most sense for <$200

 

Current specs:

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 / 2.66 GHz - Quad Core

GPU: GeForce GT 220

RAM: 6GB 

Memory: 4.5 TB

 

Any thoughts? Will I need to upgrade other parts like power supply?

 

Trying to keep this as simple and easy as possible! Thanks in advance



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Posted 31 January 2018 - 07:18 AM

Under normal circumstances - probably the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti 4 Gb. This used to sell for under $200 and has very modest power requirements.  They are becoming very difficult to find for a sensible price.  Second choice would be Radeon RX 560 (1024 stream processor version preferable) or the GTX 1050 2 Gb (non Ti).  These will all be vastly more powerful cards than what you have at the moment.  Prices on these are also high at the moment (originally $100 cards, now going for closer to $200) but it's the way it is.

 

What PSU do you have at the moment?  None of these cards draw large amounts of power, but if you are struggling along with an 8-9 year old PSU of questionable quality, it might make sense to change it anyway.


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Posted 31 January 2018 - 09:43 AM

Wait a month as right now all GPU prices are insane thanks to miners, its a bad idea right now.


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Posted 01 February 2018 - 10:43 AM

Hey @jonuk76, thanks for the info! My PSU is the stock Dell 475W PSU. You think I should upgrade that too?

@MadmanRB thanks for info - didnt realize that was what was driving the prices up.

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 10:55 AM

Yes upgrade the PSU, those stock power supplies are not rated for performance gaming.

Get a good PSU like this one for now:

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438014

 

Or this:

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151118

 

or even this:

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151202

 

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16817438053

 

Both seasonic and EVGA have good warranties and good reputations for making good PSU's and score well on the PSU tier list

 

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

 

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/631048-psu-tier-list-updated/

 

Anything tier 3 and above is considered good.

 

My power supply the seasonic G 6650W 80+gold is a tier 2 PSU, not the very best but it was affordable at the time.


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Posted 01 February 2018 - 11:01 AM

Oh thanks for that PSU tier list! I plan to upgrade my PSU as well so this will be helpful.


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Posted 01 February 2018 - 11:03 AM

Youre welcome.

 

Its good to keep as a reference, granted yes high tier PSU's are expensive but they are worth it.

The PSU is the most important part of the computer, if you get a crappy one and it explodes it can kill your other parts you spent so much money on.


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Posted 01 February 2018 - 03:42 PM

I guess one other option is previous generation GPU's.  For example, you should be able to pick up a used GTX960 for quite reasonable money (they are of no interest to coin miners, and most gamers want the latest stuff only), and given the short term upgrade-itis many seem to suffer from, there are quite a few of them for sale.  They are roughly equal to, maybe a little faster than the GTX 1050 Ti.  Of course there's a risk with second hand.


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Posted 01 February 2018 - 05:04 PM

The GTX 1050 Ti 4 Gb draws 75 watts, I am concidering getting on I have a 400 watt PSU which should leave me decent head room.  Does he need a much larger PSU?


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Posted 01 February 2018 - 06:48 PM

A decent 400w PSU would be fine.  Realistically, system power draw is going to peak at little over 200w with any of these GPU's.  But personally having had a few PSU's blow on me now, I wouldn't trust a 9 year old power supply that had been used hard over that period, and would probably replace as a precaution.  Just my opinion.  Capacitors leak and dry out with old age.


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Posted 16 February 2018 - 03:17 PM

Hey everyone - just wanted to thank you guys, especially @jonuk76 and @MadmanRB for your help and input!

I installed a GTX 1050 TI, new Seasonic PSU and added 8GB more RAM and my rig is singing beautifully. Thank you all again!

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 07:59 PM

No problem.  Should be a great upgrade!


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