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Old 05-27-2009, 03:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My sister wants to get The Sims 3 when it comes out next week but her PC can only just about handle The Sims 2 with all the graphic settings turned low. She doesn't use her PC much for anything else apart from surfing the net / the odd homework piece on word or on powerpoint. Here are her specs:


AMD 3500+ 2.2GHZ Single Core
1 GB PC3200 DDR
6200 TurboCache Nvidia
1280x1048 Monitor

Sorry if I've missed anything useful or important out. I had my eyes on upgrading the video card as I view that as the main culprit. Some potential graphic cards I thought looked okay for my budget (£50 max).

Sapphire HD 3650 512MB DDR2 Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card - Ebuyer ATI HD3650
Gainward HD 3850 512MB DDR2 VGA DVI HDCP HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card - Ebuyer ATI HD3850
ASUS HD 4650 1GB DDR2 VGA DVI HDMI out PCI-E Graphics Card - Ebuyer ATI HD4650

Suggestions please, many thanks!
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What PSU does she have? It will be the biggest limiting factor in upgrading. You could replace it as well, but that will add tot he cost.
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Old 05-27-2009, 04:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What PSU does she have? It will be the biggest limiting factor in upgrading. You could replace it as well, but that will add tot he cost.

Ah, I haven't a clue :/, I will need to check as her system was a prebuilt one from PC World.
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motherboard info would be nice as well unless you know it has a pci-e slot.
Your cpu came out right around the switch to pci-e so there is a chance of an agp slot instead.
use cpuz if you do not know what mb she has.
CPUID

For the psu info just open the case and there should be a sticker on it with the stats.
Need watts.
model and amps would be nice if you could get that as well.
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What size case too?
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Tower case, PCI-Express slot.
Will find out PSU wattage and stuff later!
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