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February 4, 2013 2:38:12 AM

Hello, I decided to make the move to upgrade my PSU and graphics card to allow me a better gaming experience when playing the Sims 3. Other than that I do not play other games. I would like to know if the psu and graphics card I have chosen will work in tandem with my computer. Thank you for helping me!

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System Information
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Operating System: Windows Vistaâ„¢ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2

System Manufacturer: Compaq-Presario
System Model: NC696AA-ABA SR5710Y
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor 4450e (2 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
Memory: 2942MB RAM


Display Devices
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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Display Memory: 1336 MB
Dedicated Memory: 121 MB
Shared Memory: 1215 MB
Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Compaq WF1907 Wide LCD Monitor

http://valid.canardpc.com/2677349

My current PSU is-
Output 250w Max
+12v-14A
+6v-25A
+3.3V-18A
-12V-.8A
+5VSB-2A
+5V and +3.3V 165w Max +5V +12V 218w Max

and I am thinking about buying the following-

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a c 199 U Graphics card
February 4, 2013 3:12:49 AM

The GT610 is not a gaming card, but then your CPU is a low-power model that also isn't great for gaming. You probably need to improve both.
A couple weeks ago, I was able to find a socket 939 X2 3800+ on eBay for $20. If you can find a similar deal on a used AM2 chip, that will really help; perhaps something like a X2 5400+. You may need to straighten a few bent pins, so a jewelers' loupe would be a nice thing to have :-).
I'm assuming you're on a super-tight budget. For $38, get this GT240: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and then for $39 this Antec 450W PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Edit: Oh great, eBay has LOTS of AM2 CPUs, dirt cheap: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&_nkw=...

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February 4, 2013 3:22:04 AM

Onus said:
The GT610 is not a gaming card, but then your CPU is a low-power model that also isn't great for gaming. You probably need to improve both.
A couple weeks ago, I was able to find a socket 939 X2 3800+ on eBay for $20. If you can find a similar deal on a used AM2 chip, that will really help; perhaps something like a X2 5400+. You may need to straighten a few bent pins, so a jewelers' loupe would be a nice thing to have :-).
I'm assuming you're on a super-tight budget. For $38, get this GT240: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and then for $39 this Antec 450W PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you for your advice and your time. As of current I am able to play Sims 3 on mid graphics and was just looking for a little more oomph. I have no plans on turning my current computer into a gaming rig. I figured that the video card I selected had to be better than my integrated chip. What I wanted to know is if the two products I provided via link are compatible with my current system. I figured they were but would like a confirmation.
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a c 199 U Graphics card
February 4, 2013 3:25:57 AM

As long as your mobo has a PCIe slot on it; some of the old Compaqs did not. The GT240 I linked is the same price as the GT610, but is MUCH faster.
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