New video card for Sims 3 help?

July 23, 2009 at 04:38:44
Specs: Windows XP
Here I figured out which system requirements I fulfilled so far:

* Windows XP (Service Pack 2) (YES)
* 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent (I have 3.2)
* 1 GB RAM (I have 1.49)
* At least 6.5 GB of hard drive space (plenty left!)

? 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0

I don't know about this either:
"For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires at least:
* Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA X3000 or above.
* 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
* 0.5 GB additional RAM"

NVIDIA GeForce series
FX 5900, FX 5950
6200, 6500, 6600, 6800,
7200, 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950
8400, 8500, 8600, 8800
9600, 9800, GTX 260, GTX 280

ATI Radeon™ series
9500, 9600, 9800
X300, X600, X700, X800, X850
X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
2400, 2600, 2900
3450, 3650, 3850, 3870,
4850, 4870
Intel® Extreme Graphics
GMA X3x00 series

Here is the computer I have:

And here is the video card I have looked out so far:

I just need to know whats going on with the video card thing. I do not know if mine is with a built-in graphic chipset. I need to also know if I can use the video card Im looking at.


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July 23, 2009 at 05:03:01
The video card you picked out will not work, because your motherboard only has 3 PCI slot (No AGP or PCI-E). The card you included a link for is a PCI-E (PCI Express); it won't even connect to your motherboard.
Let me know what kind of monitor you have. And how it's connected to your computer, VGA (blue tip cable) or DVI (white tip cable).

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July 23, 2009 at 07:47:01
As stated above, you only have standard PCI slots on your motherboard:

Here's some choices for you but don't expect stellar performance from any of them due to the slow PCI bus:

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July 23, 2009 at 07:57:00
Using the link that jam provided, I would recommend:

It's a card I've istalled for a lawyer before wanting to use dual monitors on an HP system similar to yours. It's easy to install and it will support VGA or DVI so you can use the monitor you have now on which ever connection your're using, or you can use an s-video cable so you can play Sims 3 on your TV. =o)

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July 23, 2009 at 12:13:00
I'm gonna have to disagree with that video card choice. For one thing, it's only supports up to DX8, but the main issue is that it only supports up to pixel shader 1.4.

For PS 2.0 support, you need an ATI card that has a numeric model number of 9500 or higher**, or an nVidia card with a numeric model of 5200 or higher.

** The ATI numbering system can get confusing. After the 9000 series comes the X - - - series (X800 for example), then the X1 - - - series (X1800 for example), then the HD series. The "X" represents the Roman numeral 10. So X - - - is actually the 10,000 series & X1 - - - is the 11,000 series.

Have a look at this one:

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July 23, 2009 at 14:06:44
My computer is connected to the monitor via a blue-tip cord, so its a VGA. This is my monitor's model:

Thanks so much, so for my video card it has to be PCI no matter what. Yes this card looks like it works, thanks! :)

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July 23, 2009 at 14:09:25
Okay, but I still have a question as to whether this condition applies to my computer:
"For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires at least:
* Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA X3000 or above.
* 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
* 0.5 GB additional RAM"

I ran dxdiag and it does imply I have some sort of chip?
Does this change things. =\

Display Devices
Card name: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Controller
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2582&SUBSYS_2A08103C&REV_04
Display Memory: 128.0 MB
Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200

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July 23, 2009 at 16:56:12
You're making this very difficult. You posted a link to your system in the original post....I posted a link to your motherboard specs in response # 2.

Your board is based on the Intel 915GV chipset. The onboard video is the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 (aka GMA900). The requirements say that if integrated graphics are used, the GMA X3000 is the minimum.

Here's a review of the tell me if it's capable of playing your game:

BTW, when you buy a video card, make sure you get a standard PCI card, NOT PCI-Express.

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July 24, 2009 at 04:57:42
Jam, is right. The Graphics chip set doesn't matter because you are getting a video card which will replace that.

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July 26, 2009 at 07:53:14
Okay I am sorry if that made things more complicated, but I do not fully understand the graphic chipset part and how it works but if I can just rely on a new video card for the game then I think I am set.

Thank you all!! I really appreciate it.

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