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March 7, 2012 2:49:24 AM

Hello,
I want to update my graphics card so i can play sims 3.
dell inspiron 530
intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 450 @2.20GHz 2.19GHz
ram 2.0gb
i currently have intel G33/G31 express chipset family
March 7, 2012 4:03:29 AM

I would like to not spend over $150
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March 7, 2012 4:29:09 AM

Actually, I'm not so sure you need a slim card. Is your case normal or slim size? Can you get me a model number?
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March 7, 2012 4:44:06 AM

the case is normal i dont know how to find the model number
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March 7, 2012 4:54:38 AM

that is written on the case at right side check it.
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March 7, 2012 11:40:37 AM

on the bottom of the case it says reg model DCMF is that it?
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March 7, 2012 12:37:18 PM

yes it says that you have an dell inspiron 530
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March 7, 2012 6:58:32 PM

I looked up sims 3 requirements and that card says it will "maybe" run on 6 out of 10 of the expansion/stuff packs so is there another card that will work with my computer?

edit: I have all expansion/stuff packs
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March 7, 2012 7:21:14 PM

photoeditspro said:
I looked up sims 3 requirements and that card says it will "maybe" run on 6 out of 10 of the expansion/stuff packs so is there another card that will work with my computer?

edit: I have all expansion/stuff packs



You have a 300W power supply. That alone puts a huge limit on what cards you can use, not to mention you only have a PCIe x16 slot as opposed to a PCIe (2)(2.1)or(3) x16 which will bottleneck the card. My GF runs Sims 3 on her laptop, which has an integrated card, with all but Pets installed, and thought it doesn't run great, it runs well enough to be used. I think you'll be fine. However, you can try waiting for someone else to come along if you're unhappy with my recommendation.
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March 7, 2012 8:15:14 PM

oh i see your point. I thought i would have to buy a new power supply along with a new graphics card. I have everything including Showtime installed except for pets since my current graphics card makes the pets look horrible. Maybe i should have put i am willing to buy a new power supply at the beginning of my post. I know nothing about computers and i don't want to buy something that isn't going to work for my computer the only reason i want to upgrade my graphics card is so i can play pets
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March 8, 2012 10:26:35 AM

Thank you very much for the help that is what i am going with
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March 8, 2012 10:26:49 AM

Best answer selected by photoeditspro.
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March 8, 2012 12:12:48 PM

ok goodluck have a good day.:) thanks for the vote.:) 
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December 15, 2013 7:17:33 AM

jdog2pt0 said:
photoeditspro said:
I looked up sims 3 requirements and that card says it will "maybe" run on 6 out of 10 of the expansion/stuff packs so is there another card that will work with my computer?

edit: I have all expansion/stuff packs



You have a 300W power supply. That alone puts a huge limit on what cards you can use, not to mention you only have a PCIe x16 slot as opposed to a PCIe (2)(2.1)or(3) x16 which will bottleneck the card. My GF runs Sims 3 on her laptop, which has an integrated card, with all but Pets installed, and thought it doesn't run great, it runs well enough to be used. I think you'll be fine. However, you can try waiting for someone else to come along if you're unhappy with my recommendation.


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