Graphics card for Sims 3

Hello,
I have read the system requirements for sims 3 and in Windows supported graphics cards it says amongst others, for Nvidia Geforce, 6800, 7200. I have a 7100 installed with it being higher than the 6800 would it still not run the game? I have more than required of all other areas. Also what would I have to find out about my PC internally to know what graphics cards I can upgrade with? Thanks for your time
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  1. Despite the fact that the GeForce 7100 has a higher number then the 6800, it's not nearly as good a card. More then likely it isn't actually a card, but an integrated GPU on the motherboard. It will most likely not run the Sims 3. I assume this is a system you purchased. Could you post the Make/Model, and the rest of the specs so I can try and assist you more.

    To give you a point of reference for how bad the 7100 is, it was a terrible, terrible card for games when it was first released. It was released in 2005.
  2. It's just a simple wee home PC I am not a a game player I just liked the sound of this Sims 3, PC is a Packard Bell Imedia S3720, Rating 220~240Vac 3.15A, 50HZ
    I ran a dxdiag and these are the results

    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120503-2030)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Packard Bell
    System Model: imedia S3720
    BIOS: Default System BIOS
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8300 @ 2.50GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.5GHz
    Memory: 3072MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 2816MB RAM
    Page File: 2163MB used, 3465MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    User DPI Setting: 120 DPI (125 percent)
    System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
    DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode


    ---------------
    Display Devices
    ---------------
    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce 7100 / nForce 630i
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_07E1&SUBSYS_027C1025&REV_A2
    Display Memory: 1401 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 249 MB
    Shared Memory: 1151 MB
    Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
    Monitor Model: S22B350
    Monitor Id: SAM08D3
    Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (60.000Hz)
    Output Type: HD15
    Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvd3dum
    Driver File Version: 8.17.0012.5896 (English)
    Driver Version: 8.17.12.5896
    DDI Version: 9Ex
    Driver Model: WDDM 1.0
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 7/10/2010 05:38:00, 12471400 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp:
    Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-44A1-11CF-9D64-70221CC2C535}
    Vendor ID: 0x10DE
    Device ID: 0x07E1
    SubSys ID: 0x027C1025
    Revision ID: 0x00A2
    Driver Strong Name: oem21.inf:NVIDIA_SetB_Devices.NTamd64.6.0:Section001:8.17.12.5896:pci\ven_10de&dev_07e1
    Rank Of Driver: 00E62001
  3. Ps, would i have to open up my PC to see what expaqnsion slots I have with regards to putting in a graphics card that would run the Sims game? or is it not as simple as that.
  4. You should be able to squeeze a Radeon HD 7750 in there without an issue. Is the case a low profile or is a normal size?
  5. A very basic last-gen video card will suit you very well since you don't play many games. I'd suggest a $40 Radeon HD 6450 if your budget is under $50. A 6450 will play most pre-2006 games at highest detail and most pre-2009 games at least on low detail. If you believe you will play more modern titles in the future, you'd have to have at least a $100 budget.
  6. thanks all of you that helps a lot, I appreciate your time
  7. For future reference, naming schemes for cards go like this

    HD7xxx -the 7 represents the series, higher = more recent technology. The three x's represent the power, the higher the better.
    A 7100 is made with newer technology, but the 100 means it is the lowest of the low in terms of computational power, even a 6400 would beat it.
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