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February 24, 2012 5:51:58 PM

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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a c 92 U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 6:01:46 PM

whats your cpu?

the 7750 will be good and you'd probably don't have to get a new psu.
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February 24, 2012 6:35:04 PM

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.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 6:52:40 PM

the 6670 I linked was $75...
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February 24, 2012 6:53:44 PM

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.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 6:55:01 PM

3.0 is backward compatible...
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February 24, 2012 6:57:57 PM

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.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 7:18:37 PM

it doesn't matter since the card won't use it...
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February 24, 2012 7:35:55 PM

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.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 7:45:27 PM

keep saying what you will. Theres no difference in actual performance. Idgaf.
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February 24, 2012 7:48:40 PM

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.
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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 7:53:22 PM

the 7750 wouldnt even max out the 1.0 x16 slot. Card will be CPU bound anyways.
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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 7:59:49 PM

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
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February 24, 2012 8:06:42 PM

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.
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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 8:08:20 PM

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
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February 24, 2012 8:13:54 PM

Thanks for the help guys!
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March 2, 2012 11:23:30 AM

Best answer selected by CesarIsaias95.
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