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Stephan De L'ange

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I started to have artifacts in my sims 2 game and then the pc would crash. I then updated the driver for my nvidia card but it stared doing it while window booted up. I don't really no much about computers but I think my graphic card is dead.

I'd love to have a card that's better then the one I have but not top of the line to play the Sims 2 and maybe be good enough to play the Sims 3 later on. I would really appreciate some suggestions because I don't have a clue what to buy. My budget is about 100$(CAN) but would like to pay even less.

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OS: Windows xp home edition
Processor: Pentium Dual-core CPU E5800 3.20ghz
Memory: 3062MB RAM
PS: 500W (ac input 115/230v)
Video card: nvidia GF 7600gt 256mo ddr3 pcix
PCIex16 slot

Thank you.
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Hi and welcome

If you take a look here you can find your current 7600GT card about halfway down the left column. To give a performance boost you would want to look at something at least 3 rows up from there. I would recommend something like the Nvidia GT 430 or GT 530, or the ATI HD5550. Check out those options and see if they suit your budget.

Cheers.

http://www.tomshardw...iew,3107-7.html

Edited by Troy, 12 March 2012 - 10:32 PM.
Forgot to add in link

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thanks for the help. :) I did look at your link and did find two cards in my price range.
GeForce GTX 460 SE 1GB or maybe a Radeon HD 6770 1GB
Would these be ok?
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Possibly overkill considering the rest of the system. Also can you please let me know the exact make/model of the PSU? Also if you can get me a pic attached of the specs, usually on the side of the PSU. Where it shows Voltages and Watts and fun stuff like that.
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Yes, here it is: name-MIOS

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25A on the +12V rail is rather pitiful. I am not familiar with the brand name of this PSU so I strongly recommend not to go with either of the graphics cards you suggested in Post #3 unless you upgrade the PSU first.

If you don't want to (or can't afford right now) upgrade the PSU as well, then I would suggest this as a graphics card:

http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16814121397

It's a few steps up on the chart so it will give you a bit of a performance boost, not too much though. But it is cheap enough I guess. If you wanted to upgrade any more than this I would start looking at major upgrades to the whole computer.
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Thank you so much for taking the time to help me. I am going to take your suggestion and buy the GT430. I just can't afford to upgrade anything else at the moment and it's not to pricey.
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