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Good afternoon. :) I'm looking to get a graphics card for my computer, it's the first time I'm ever doing something like this. I want to be able to play games like Sims 3 on max settings. I have a Dell Inspiron 530, Windows 7, an Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family, 2.00 GB RAM. I am aware that I might need to buy a new power supply. The price doesn't matter to me.
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  1. whats your cpu?

    the 7750 will be good and you'd probably don't have to get a new psu.
  2. esrever said:
    whats your cpu?

    the 7750 will be good and you'd probably don't have to get a new psu.


    Intel(R) Pentimum(R) Dual CPU E2200 @ 2.20 GHz 2.20 GHz - I guess that's it.
  3. yes the 7750 should be good.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161403

    or you can save a bit and get the 6670
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121442

    which will probably still play sim 3 on max.
  4. don't mind esrever's suggestion. I doubt he knows what he is answering. Such a noobish thing to do.

    Well based on this: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/inspd530/en/OM/HTML/appendix.htm

    and this:

    http://www.thesims3.com/game/systemreq

    Any low end graphics card should do as long as it uses the PCI-E slot. You could find a decent card around $80-$100 or even below.
  5. the 6670 I linked was $75...
  6. No dude. youe motherboard's PCI Express bus type is PCI Express 1.0A
    7750 is already PCI Express 3.0

    get the point? don't trust that guy. he is misleading you.
    Yes 7750 is in fact very good but your motherboard might not even support it. If it does, there's a "bottleneck" issue. Go for a lower card. Any of the 7xxx series will just be a total waste of money.
  7. 3.0 is backward compatible...
  8. if its the MOTHERBOARD duh!!! you're talking about a 3.0 PCIE card on a PCI-E 1.0 motherboard. It's like putting a v8 engine on a bicycle.
  9. it doesn't matter since the card won't use it...
  10. it is compatible but it will not run at 100% get it?
    the PCI-E slot is a LIMITING FACTOR. it can only support 2.5 GT/s of speed and no matter how fast the video card will go.... the board can only accommodate 2.5 GT/s of speed.

    Like I said, you're putting a V8 engine on a bicycle.
    and hey, what's PCI-E 3.0 upgrade on motherboards for if it can NATURALLY support PCI-E 3.0 video cards in the first place.
  11. keep saying what you will. Theres no difference in actual performance. Idgaf.
  12. You seriously think the 7750 is a "V8"??? That's a low-end budget card, there's no way that card could max out PCI-E 3.0's data rate anyway. A 7970 can't even do that.
  13. the 7750 wouldnt even max out the 1.0 x16 slot. Card will be CPU bound anyways.
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    seriously this is rather pointless just get a Gforce GT 520 and call it a day .. with the ram in her system and the processor it would be pointless to put anything greater then a 520 or a 6450 .. in her system.. if all she wants to do is play sims .. and there right around 50 - 65 dollars .. plus you wont need to up your powersupply.

    id also consider adding another 2GB of ram .. its dirt cheap right now.. just look it up im betting your system ram is going to be either 233 ... 266.. or possibly 333mhz ddr ram
  15. cesarisaias95 said:
    Good afternoon. :) I'm looking to get a graphics card for my computer, it's the first time I'm ever doing something like this. I want to be able to play games like Sims 3 on max settings. I have a Dell Inspiron 530, Windows 7, an Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family, 2.00 GB RAM. I am aware that I might need to buy a new power supply. The price doesn't matter to me.

    Go to the sims 3 home page or google sims 3 minimum requirements and see what is minimum and/or recommended. Then get the one that is the most cost effective and that matches your monitors max res.

    But don't waste money buying more card than you have too, it just doesn't make sense. Unless you get a great deal that is.

    Enjoy your day.
  16. just wanted to chime in and say that an SSD would benefit the sims more than a high end graphics card becuase the rendering is not much of a tough job for video cards in the sims, its reading all the textures for objects. a low-mid range card (like goodguy is suggesting) and an ssd will make a world of difference
  17. Thanks for the help guys!
  18. Best answer selected by CesarIsaias95.
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