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Upgrade video card

By Need2no
Mar 15, 2008
  1. I Have the sims 2 and four expansions including the latest Free time

    Now the the game requires these video cards

    Supported video cards:

    * ATI Radeon(TM) series 8500 or better (9600 or greater required for
    Vista)
    * 8500, All-In-Wonder 8500
    * 9000, 9200, 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800
    * X300, X600, x700, X800, x850
    * X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950

    NVIDIA(R) Quadro(TM) series
    Quadro, Quadro2, Quadro4

    NVIDIA GeForce series GeForce2 GTS and better (GeForce 6200 or greater
    required for Vista)
    # GeForce 2, 2 GTS
    # GeForce 3, 3 Ti
    # GeForce 4, 4 Ti, 4200, 4600, 4800, MX 420, 440, 460
    # GeForce FX 5200, 5500, 5600, 5700, 5800, 5900, 5950
    # GeForce PCX 5300, 5900
    # GeForce 6200, 6600, 6800
    # GeForce 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950
    # S3 GammaChrome
    # S18 Pro
    # S18 Ultra Intel(R) Extreme Graphics (see note below)
    82865, 82915 and above

    My Comp Specs are:

    Dell
    AMD Athlon(tm)64X2 Dual Processor 4000+ 2.10 GHz
    958 RAM
    32-bit Operating system

    Video Card: NVDIA GeForce 6100 nforce 430 - Video Memoy 64mb

    It has been recommended that I upgrade to:

    NVIDIA GeFoce 6200 2048x1536 85 HZ 256 MB

    Now I'm asking whether this is the right suggestion for my computer and if there are any other video cards i can upgrade too...or am i stucck with the GeForce 6 series

    also what is the difference between EVGA NVIDIA Geforce 6200 and EVGA NVIDIA GeForce 6200 LE and which is a better choice for my situation
     
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

    What interface does your Dell support (AGP or PCI-E)?

    Here is a comparison of the GeForce 6200 and GeForce 6200LE using the PCI-E interface. You can select another if you care to...
     
  3. Need2no

    Need2no TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the comparison.....Geforce 6200 looks way better

    I think the interface is PCI

    But how do I find out the interface just to make sure
     
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

    Either physically open the case and look, or use software to tell you (such as Everest).

    You can probably do better than the 6200, but as long as you're content with that :).
     
  5. chotcheng

    chotcheng TS Rookie

    hi every one, I have a via 8235 chipset in which i can hardly play any games so i just wana upgrade graphics card. Please suggest to what should I upgrade it to. I'm using Pentium IV 2.0 Ghz 478 Socket, 512 MB DDR 333 MHZ.
     
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

    Chotcheng, please start your own thread.
     
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    provided you stick with the minimum requirements, any of those choices are fine. By going with a faster or better card(s), it's even better.

    Go to tomshardware.com and examine their comparison charts.
     
  8. Need2no

    Need2no TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well I read about my computer...inspiron 531s

    and they said its has 2 PCI card slots, a PCIe x1 and a PCIe x16 graphics card slot

    does this mean i have to get a PCIe

    and im contenet with any card that will work lol.....but im up for other suggestions
     
  9. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

    Your best bet is to buy around the PCI-E x16 interface.
     
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    The 8600GT will be okay for you. It's cheap and doesn't draw too much power either.
     
  11. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    you have a PCI-E. NOT PCI.

    PCI is VERY old technology. It was replaced by AGP, then later by PCI-E.

    PCI is still used for some cards like sound cards and miscellaneous, but it is no longer used for graphics.

    BTW- next time post your question in the audio/video forum.
     
  12. Need2no

    Need2no TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok guy I got EVGA e-GeForce 6200 (PCI-e, 256MB)
    Specs: NVIDIA GeForce 6200, 2048 x 1536 / 85 Hz, 256 MB, PC, 2

    Now i have a problem installing it....there are 2 free slots and another slot that has a card in it....

    Now the card i bought has three seperations on the bottom as seen in this link
    http://www.compusa.com/applications...Sku=E145-6202&SRCCODE=CNETCMPUSA&CMP=OTC-CNET

    but the firsr open slot i see in my comp only has two seperations, i can't tell on the other slots ....so is this the completely card or am i suppose to replace the card i see in there with the one i bought
     
  13. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

    Are you referring to the notches in the bottom of the card that meet the port?

    The card you have linked is of the PCI interface (which only has two "separations" as far as I know), not PCI-E (which has only one "separation").

    Your PCI-E x16 slot is probably blue or black and there will likely only be one.
     
  14. Need2no

    Need2no TS Rookie Topic Starter

    sorry... i was referring to the notches and when i said three i was talkin bout the number of groupings

    the first slot that was open is black and as you sai it only has one seperation but most of the geforce 6200's have 2 so...your saying ther is no way i can use this card?
     
  15. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

    I'm saying that the PCI-E interface only has one notch. If your VPU has two, and it's the one you just linked, you bought a PCI VPU.

    You can use the card, but not in the PCI-E x16 slot.
     
  16. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    You can use it. Stick it in one of the white slots on the motherboard. As noted above that card you linked is a PCI card. PCI slots are typically white, and almost nobody uses PCI for video anymore, which is why you got the PCIe suggestions.

    What model is your computer?
     
  17. Whiffen

    Whiffen TS Rookie Posts: 235

    The card you got is for a PCI Slot, the white ones in the picture below.

    http://www.si87.com/Products/Videocards/agpvspci/agp-or-pci-or-isa.jpg

    Although your card may have 3 and the PCI slot one has 2 it will still fit. As usual point your card in the right direction, front of the card facing the back of your computer and insert it. One of the things will be haning out but thats alright.
     
  18. Need2no

    Need2no TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My computer is a Dell Inspiron 531s
     
  19. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

    If you want a PCI-E x16 video card you should return that one, if possible. Otherwise, just consider it a lesson learned I guess and toss it in a PCI slot.
     
  20. Need2no

    Need2no TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok guys i got officially screwed...i guess this is lessoned learned because my inspiron 531s is too slim to hold normal sized video cards so they say i have to get low-profile cards to fit in my comp.

    SO new search now...and i have to gets whats best and what will work in my comp so...

    i need a low profile pci-e video card that is compatible with the requirements of my game which can be found at the beginning of the forum.

    So can anyone assist me with the types available or what sites i can find them?

    By the way everyone that has commented on this forum has been a great help and i thank you all for responding
     
  21. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Maniac Posts: 270

    Go to newegg.com they have great prices and awesome shipping times
     
  22. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

  23. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Maniac Posts: 270

    stay away from the 64-bit cards. 64-bit is a bottleneck for performance.
     
  24. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    He was trying to use a 6200, so I don't think performance is that high of a requirement. Any of those cards in Zeno's link would be fine, the weakest one is a 6200.
     
  25. Eddie_42

    Eddie_42 TS Rookie Posts: 173

    just my 2 cents, if your running a 6100, stepping up to a 6200 really wont get you a whole lots, yes maybe the game will run a little smoother and you might get more onboard RAM, but you might as well not spend the money for a change you can get overclocking.

    Im not going to the extreme that others do, "oh you gotta get the 9957GLX-Uber Edition with built in wi-fi and 8 bit LED display", but look at the 7600 series for Geforce, great performance, reliable, ball park $100. That card can handle 95% of the games on the market at least. Probably all if you turn down some settings. Im not sure what the price range on the 6200 is, but if your upgradeing at least jump to the 7000series.
     
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