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!
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2
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.