I'd like to start off by saying thank you to anyone who decides to read this or help me. It's much appreciated.
Anyways, My current card is a GeForce 9400 GT that my boyfriend bought me almost a year ago. As the title says I play sims 3. I've been experiencing some lag... meshes loading in slow, extra. My Sims game in general does not have the detail i'm looking for, which is most important to me.
I've been looking at graphic cards and was debating getting a 9800 GT. I read on various forums its about 4-5x faster than my 9400 GT.
I'm not looking for the best card, but a good card. I'm on a budget as well. I'd like to stay under 100$ but would be willing to go between 100-150$
Do you guys have any recommendations for my price range/needs?
You defenitely need to upgrade that psu. Even for the 9800gt.
Maybe when it's a Dell psu you could run a HD6670 on it but still.
I wanted to suggest a GTX460, so you can be sure you can play Simms 3 and 4 and 5 and so on when they come out, but that card needs at least 450-500W. New psu + 460 will be more expensive though than 150 bucks.
Upgrading from a 9400 to a 9800 is a waist imo, you still have an old card.
I'm definitely going to be upgrading my power supply it's not that expensive thankfully. I see a 500 for 35-50$
I will consider the 450, I might as well not be cheap because I will end up having to buy a new graphics card anyway down the road.
I'm very hesitant on Radeon because my boyfriend bought one and it didn't work so well. I will probably go with the Radeon then I looked at the graph and it seems to fit all my needs. Let's hope mine works better for me than my bf's did.
Radeon HAD a driver issue problem, but not so anymore.
I adviced the 460 btw, not the 450, alltough the 450 would be enough for sims i quess.
Advice for psu's ; good brands are Corsair, Antec, XFX, Seasonic, OCZ.