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update dell 545 graphics card for sims 3

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?
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  1. How much money are you willing to spend?
  2. 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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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969
    Radeon 7750. You can get away with it on 300w and it is much stronger then your 3450.
  4. Thanks for the reply. Is it hard to install for someone like me whose never opened up their computer before?
  5. 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.
  6. 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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