I just got me a EVGA GTX 570 HD 2.5gb graphics card and its working very well. World of Warcraft looks astonishing. My wife however plays The Sims 3 and she made this 4 story house and I can notice the FPS's dropping around 30-40 when you move the mouse around.
I have a 4 year old monitor is the Gateway HD2201 22" LCD HDMI Monitor only capable of the 1600's resolutions. Is there any reason that this would do any harm or do you think its just The Sims 3.... I would assume that the GTX 570 HD 2.5gb could easily play The Sims 3 but then again I'm getting only around 30-40 fps when moving the camera around.. Any ideas?
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Nope, a monitor is not going to affect the game performance. It can appear slow if it is a old monitor, but if your computer is saying it is only putting out 30-40 fps than it is on the processing side.
30-40 fps is actually a good target for gaming, so if that is as low as it is getting, I wouldn't worry.
Sims 3 holds a lot of data in RAM, so if you have a low amount of RAM or a low-cored CPU that can be more of the problem than the GPU.
ASRock Extreme 4 Gen 3 Mobo
Thermaltake Chaser MK-I (currently have 7 fans inside of it)
Intel i7 2700k 3.5gb (OC to 4.2ghz)
16gb of DDR3-1600 Ram
2 TB HD
and of course the EVGA Gtx 570 HD 2.5gb graphics card.
Do you think its a settings issue or just a Sims 3 issue?