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Help buying graphics card


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roobyroob

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I bought The Sims 3 today and only once it had installed did it tell me I didn't have a good enough Game card, I dont know if this is the same thing as a graphics card? So I've decided to buy a new graphics card only I have absolutely no idea about the ins and outs of computer software and things like that. I wouldnt know if theres certain graphics cards to certain computers or if any thing goes. So could anyone help me in directing me towards a good graphics card? Any information at all would be helpful really.

Thanks
Rachael
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Hi there, ,
It would be very helpful if you could tell us what your system specs are at the moment, , and just how much you are hoping to spend on a graphics card ?
There are so many cards out there but it would be foolish of me to recommend a card without some more information first.

Look forward to your reply
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roobyroob

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How would I find out my system specs?
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1.Right-Click on My Computer.
2.Select 'Properties'.
3.Under the 'General' tab there will be a section that reports your Processor brand/type and speed. It also reports your RAM (Memory).

I will assume you have an integrated graphics card. But to know for sure --

1. Right click on 'My Computer'.
2. Select 'Manage'
3. Select 'Device Manager'
4. Open the 'Display Adapters' tab and it will report your brand/type of graphics adapter(card).

Or you could download the free edition of Everest by Lavalys. Unfortunately I do not have a link to provide you.
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Download and install EVEREST
Open it.
1: In left pane expand Computer folder.
2: Click once on Summary
3: In upper menu, go Report
4: And then to Quick Report-Summary
5: Save it in text file, and paste it in your next post.


DO NOT INCLUDE ANYTHING UNDER THE LINE THAT SAYS "DEBUG- PCI"
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roobyroob

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--------[ EVEREST Home Edition © 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc. ]------------------------------------------------------------

Version EVEREST v2.20.405
Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/
Report Type Quick Report
Computer RACHAEL
Generator Me
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
Date 2009-06-15
Time 16:01


--------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name RACHAEL
User Name Me

Motherboard:
CPU Type AMD Athlon 64, 1800 MHz (9 x 200) 3000+
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset VIA K8M800/K8N800, AMD Hammer
System Memory 960 MB (DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type AMI (10/05/05)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:
Video Adapter VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IGP (64 MB)
3D Accelerator VIA/S3 UniChrome Pro
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (7550TG001343)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller

Storage:
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller VIA Bus Master IDE Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive Maxtor 6L160P0 (160 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133)
Optical Drive _NEC DVD_RW ND-4570A
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions:
C: (NTFS) 131061 MB (30403 MB free)

Input:
Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse HID-compliant mouse

Network:
Network Adapter NETGEAR WG111v2 54Mbps Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter (192.168.1.6)
Network Adapter VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter

Peripherals:
USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
USB2 Controller VIA USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller
USB Device NETGEAR WG111v2 54Mbps Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
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Oh and I'd be looking to spend within £80, 100 at a push.
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Bumping this up as I'm hoping to get the card at the weekend.
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Just a thought, I've just been told of something I could download called 'Overclocking' could that make a difference?
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