It will play modern games at low resolutions without AA. The Radeon 4650 is a small step up. You might try looking for a used 8800gt. I just picked up another 4870 for $55 and a 9600gso for $35 on some other forums.
You probably should look at something like a 5770 then.
a 4870 1gb is better overall than the 5770 just no dx 11
The GT 220 is not considered a gaming card. If you are not familiar with low end models of video cards, you might take a look at this page which shows recommended models and cards:
If you want to find something more powerful, and have a budget of at least $100 and a PSU of at least 400w, then take a look at the help provided on this page:
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Assuming you can buy from newegg
And here is a 5770. The 5770 is a better deal for $99 after rebate and free shipping. I think it's faster too. Sure a 4870 is a little faster but not really available new anymore and it needs more power.
If you're really strapped for cash, (and who isn't), you might consider GT-240. They have way more memory bandwidth than the 220. Plus, they're all GDDR-5.
I think the performance is somewhere between a 8600 and an 8800GT.
One of these cards is always on sale dirt cheap, and usually with a big rebate. You just have to bide your time, and wait for a promotion on on of these in a decent brand. Normally, after rebate, they can be had for maybe 50 bucks.
I wouldn't consider a 220 at all if you're going to game. I doubt that one of these has too much more oomph than the new Intel "Core i" integrated graphics. Either solution is mostly aimed at HTPC.
Here's a list of 240 cards; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...7321 600007605&IsNodeId=1&name=GeForce GT 240 Like I said, wait for a promo on a good brand. (EVGA, Gigabyte, Asus, to name 3).