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Old 06-05-2009, 08:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've just bought The Sims 3 and when I play it it's pretty slow! I'm sure it's my video card because it's only built in and I need to upgrade it anyway, so I was wondering if anyone could suggest the cheapest card that would run the game so smoothly. Attached is a snap shot of my PC's performance for running The Sims 3 and even though it passed, it does not run as I hoped it would!

EDIT: Just realised that you cant really see the results! So I'll type up my Video Card Results.

NVIDIA GeForce 7050 / nForce 610i

1.8GB with 3D Acceleration

Pixel Shader 3.0

Oh and by the way I would like to have all the settings on high and to the best possible when I play so I will need a card that can handle that
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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post your pc's specs and psu info
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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post your pc's specs and psu info
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 Ghz

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well, since your using onboard video, pretty much any upgrade will give you an improvement.

what is your budget?
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Sims 3 isn't very demanding, you should be able to use a very cheap HD 4670 (will run on pretty much any comp, as it requires no power connector) or HD 4770 (powerful, does require a power connector, but beats an 8800GT, but might be a little overboard for just Sims3) and run that thing on max.
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I didn't really want to spend any more than 50 but I guess I'm going to have to. Is there anything that will throw it around under 50?

EDIT: I have found an old Radeon 9250 128MB laying around the house, will that be ok?
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this might be a good one to look into, its 50:

XFX HD 4650 512MB DDR2 VGA DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card - Ebuyer
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EDIT: I have found an old Radeon 9250 128MB laying around the house, will that be ok?
That's an AGP card, it won't work in your machine.
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Didn't it also come in PCI?

But that card beat the FX 5500's (which would be Geforce 5500's) and much worse than your current card
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Just to let you know, my current build posted in my signature with my BFG 280 GTX video card could play The Sims 3 on max settings perfectly with no glitching/lag in graphics.
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