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August 7, 2012 8:49:39 PM

Hello to All. Hope everyone is okay. I recently purchased a Gateway DX4860-UR10P PC computer from Tiger Direct. Thereafter, decided to purchase The Sims 3 but first called support dept (EA) and asked about the requirements for the game. The rep informed me that from the specs of my computer (which are listed below) was alright until I mentioned the dedicated memory is 64 MB.
Then stated if I did run the game as is it will work for a period of time but it will eventually become slow and sluggish. Yes, I did purchase The Sims 3 and it plays okay, when I turn the other applications off. As it stands now, my computer is slow in accessing the internet and playing Windows Media Player and Itunes at the same time. I am wondering if upgraded the video card would I have to upgrade the power supply as well?
Any advice or suggestions on this matter will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your patience and consideration. Have a nice day/evening.

Lifestyle Home & Student
Condition New
Operating Systems Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Colors Black
Platform PC
Orientations Allowed Vertical
Form Factor Minitower
Bays 2 - 5.25" Drive Bays
Internal Bays 2 - 3.5" Drive Bays
Available 3.5" Drive Bays 1
Available 5.25" Drive Bays 1
PCI Express X1 Slots (Total) 3
PCI Express X1 Slots (Available) 2
PCI Express X16 Slots (Total) 1
PCI Express X16 Slots (Available) 1
Memory Module Specifications
Memory Type DDR3
Total Memory Size 6GB
Memory Slots (Total) 4
Memory Slots (Available) 1
Memory Configuration 2GB + 2GB + 2GB
Maximum Memory Supported 16GB
Monitor Specifications
Display Type Monitor Not Included
Media Ports
PS/2 Connectors 1 - Mouse
1 - Keyboard
LAN Ports 1 - RJ-45 Ethernet Connector
USB Ports (Total) 2 - USB 3.0
10 - USB 2.0
Audio Out Jacks 3
1 - Headphone
Microphone Jacks 1 - Microphone Jack
VGA Ports 1
HDMI Ports 1
Processor Specifications
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Class Core i5
Processor Number i5-2320
Processor Speed 3.00GHz
Hard Disk Drive Specifications
Interface SATA
Capacity 2TB
Hard Drive Types Hard Disk Drive
Speed Green Product (Variable Speed)
Optical Drive Specifications
Optical Drive Type SuperMulti DVD±RW Dual Layer
Optical Drive Class DVD SuperMulti
Supplemental Drive
Supplemental Media Type Media Reader
Capacity Multi-in-one
Media Types SmartMedia
Secure Digital (SD)
Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick PRO
Mini Secure Digital (Mini SD)
MMC Mobile
CF+ MicroDrive
Micro SD
Compact Flash Il
miniSDHC
MultiMediaCard Plus
Compact Flash I
Reduced size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC)
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
HC MMCmobile
HC MMCplus
Memory Stick (MS)
Audio Specifications
Audio Description Integrated Audio
Audio Chipset High Definition Audio
Channels 5.1
Graphics Specifications
Graphics Description Integrated Graphics
GPU/VPU Intel HD Graphics 2000
Dedicated Memory 64 MB
WiFi & Wireless Specifications
WiFi Data Transfer Rate up to 300Mbps
WiFi Description 802.11b/g/n WiFi CERTIFIED
WiFi Interface Type Integrated
WiFi Standards Supported 802.11b
802.11g
802.11n
Network Adapter Specifications
LAN Data Transfer Rate 10/100/1000Mbps
LAN Description Gigabit Ethernet
LAN Interface Type RJ-45
Power Management
Power 300 Watt
Included Additional Software
Productivity Applications Office 2010 preloaded; purchase a product key to activate.
Mouse Specifications
Mouse Type Optical
Keyboard Specifications
Keyboard Type Multimedia
August 7, 2012 9:19:00 PM

if all you want to do is play Sims 3 and multi task at the same time, get the AMD 6570. as is you have plenty of RAM (6 GB) and a fast CPU (intel i5) so you will have no issue switching from game to desktop to web browser. Sims 3 is hardly demanding and the card will max it out with ease.

no need to upgrade your power supply since it barely uses power. and of the cards on the list will do the job like the powercooler or MSI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
August 7, 2012 11:31:01 PM

ct1615 said:
if all you want to do is play Sims 3 and multi task at the same time, get the AMD 6570. as is you have plenty of RAM (6 GB) and a fast CPU (intel i5) so you will have no issue switching from game to desktop to web browser. Sims 3 is hardly demanding and the card will max it out with ease.

no need to upgrade your power supply since it barely uses power. and of the cards on the list will do the job like the powercooler or MSI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


Indeed. My sister's laptop can play it on the max settings. Its an AMD E-350 APU and 3GB of DDR3 RAM. Pretty much any discrete card can handle it.
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August 9, 2012 8:38:59 PM

ct1615 said:
if all you want to do is play Sims 3 and multi task at the same time, get the AMD 6570. as is you have plenty of RAM (6 GB) and a fast CPU (intel i5) so you will have no issue switching from game to desktop to web browser. Sims 3 is hardly demanding and the card will max it out with ease.

no need to upgrade your power supply since it barely uses power. and of the cards on the list will do the job like the powercooler or MSI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...




I greatly appreciate your suggestions, you are a great help. Thank you so much, you are such a dear ct615!
August 10, 2012 12:41:50 AM

chalyras said:
I greatly appreciate your suggestions, you are a great help. Thank you so much, you are such a dear ct615!


yeah i'm pretty great :D 
August 11, 2012 6:22:28 PM

ct1615 said:
yeah i'm pretty great :D 



What do you mean "pretty great", you are fabulous at what you do! You go ahead wicha bad self!
August 18, 2012 9:20:24 PM

Dear CT1615,

I was wondering with the AMD 6570 isn't that the mid range level card on the scale? Or am I wrong? Also, this will have to be inserted into a PCI slot or another slot I assume? Any information or suggestions on this matter will be greatly appreciated. Have a nice day/evening.
August 18, 2012 9:52:40 PM

the AMD 6570 is an entry (or basic) gaming card. it's not a mid range card

the card itself goes into your PCI-E x16 slot (see the image below) and see the link on an install video



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9x097QRXeA
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