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Graphics card, The Sims 2, 300w psu.

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a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 4:35:58 PM

Hello, I just gave my little sister the sims 2 but she needs a new graphics card. Just wondering what would be suitable? There is a slot called 'pcie16x1' and the PSU is 300w. Just a graphics card that will play TS2, haven't got too much to spend. Thank you.
a c 175 U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 4:44:19 PM

What do you mean by PCI-E 16x1?

It means that it's x16 that is one?
Or PCI-E x1?

Please confirm. If you got stuck x1 is like 2cm and x16 is like 8cm... This is estimate.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 4:50:56 PM

It says "PCIE16x1" Im guessing it means PCIE16x 1
It looks more like 8cm.
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a c 197 U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 4:58:09 PM

A HD6570 is a safe choice. What brand and model is the PSU?
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 5:02:47 PM

it says:
Bestec
Model: 100-127-12z

not sure if that's what you're looking for :S
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 5:09:12 PM

Thank you, yeah it says 19a but i'm from the uk, found a link for the product on ebay and it says it works for pci-e 2.0, i'm not sure if that's any different from the pci-e slot that i have.
a c 175 U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 5:21:10 PM

OK, well It should work with a PCI-E 2.0, Basically PCI-E 2.0 slots are the same, and 2.1 cards like the one I linked should work nicely. If not, you need to go to update the motherboard drivers (BIOS drivers).
a c 197 U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 9:01:44 PM

Oooh, Bestec. Some of their units have real problems, including spiking mobos through the +5VSB every time they are turned on.
I tried to search for that model, but didn't find it; the closest matches were either 250W or 300W, and neither had enough power for even a HD6670. I don't think you should get anything stronger than a HD6570 unless you are also willing to replace the PSU. A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and some level of 80+ certification for efficiency. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, and Enermax/LEPA are among the better brands. I'm not sure how available those would be to you. FSP also has some decent models. Avoid Coolermaster and anything else with a little voltage switch on it. Even a 380W Antec Earthwatts or 400W Corsair Builder (both in the $35-$45 range here, depending on deals) would be excellent choices, able to power a considerably stronger card if desired.
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