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update dell 545 graphics card for sims 3

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April 19, 2013 7:34:08 PM

I play the Sims 3 on medium settings with my ATI 3450 card that came with my dell 545 desktop. I play the game on medium settings and would like to update to the highest settings possible. Which card will help me do that? I have a 300 watt psu and would prefer to not update it unless absolutely necessary.
Here are some specs: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q8200 @ 2.33GHz 8GB 64 bit Windows Vista. My monitor is a 1024 x 768.
Let me know if you need more info. I don't know alot about computers so bare with me. Also, is it hard to install a card for a beginner? or should I hire someone to do it?
a c 84 U Graphics card
April 20, 2013 12:26:43 AM

How much money are you willing to spend?
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April 20, 2013 8:52:43 AM

smeezekitty said:
How much money are you willing to spend?


My budget is about $100. I can push for a little more if its worth it.
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a c 84 U Graphics card
April 20, 2013 10:00:58 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Radeon 7750. You can get away with it on 300w and it is much stronger then your 3450.
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April 20, 2013 1:26:36 PM

Thanks for the reply. Is it hard to install for someone like me whose never opened up their computer before?
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April 20, 2013 2:52:01 PM

Its not too bad. I just installed one about an hour ago.
Basically you:
Open the case
Take out the placeholder panel
Make sure the PCI-E latch is unlatched
Insert the card straight down making sure it is seated completely
Lock the PCI-E latch
Tighten down the backbracket

There are resources online that explain it better. May seem like alot of steps but it doesn't take that much work really.
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April 20, 2013 6:57:41 PM

smeezekitty said:
Its not too bad. I just installed one about an hour ago.
Basically you:
Open the case
Take out the placeholder panel
Make sure the PCI-E latch is unlatched
Insert the card straight down making sure it is seated completely
Lock the PCI-E latch
Tighten down the backbracket

There are resources online that explain it better. May seem like alot of steps but it doesn't take that much work really.


Thanks for your help! Im going to buy the card and hopefully installation will go smoothly. :) 
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