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n_w95482
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join:2005-08-03
Ukiah, CA
reply to Hyper Static

Re: Upgraded needed where?


GTX 460 1 GB - WoW (DX11)
What other games are you trying to play on it? I looked at a few different reviews/benchmarks of the Sims 3, and it looks like it favors quad-core processors. A Phenom II ran it well, so an Athlon II shouldn't be too much worse off. It was pretty lenient on video cards too (a Radeon 4770 was able to run it well at 2560x1600).

One review mentioned quite a bit of choppiness/lag when scrolling around, and that was using a Core i7 965 CPU. Is that what you're experiencing with it? Is the game patched to the latest version? When was the last time you updated your video card drivers?

Another thing you can try doing is running Task Manager and GPU-Z in the background. With Task Manager going, you can see if you're getting tight on RAM, as well as short-term CPU usage. With GPU-Z, you can see if the video card is maxed out, or if it's a lack of video memory.
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KI6RIT


Hyper Static
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Olean, NY
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said by n_w95482:

One review mentioned quite a bit of choppiness/lag when scrolling around, and that was using a Core i7 965 CPU. Is that what you're experiencing with it? Is the game patched to the latest version? When was the last time you updated your video card drivers?

Yeah choppiness and lag. It is patched to the latest version. I hadn't updated my drivers at all, but I just did and was going to give it a try. I did reduce all the setting in the graphics options though and it didn't make a difference. I'll have to run the game and watch the levels you mentioned.

On another note, I was looking around newegg for a different video card and saw this one: »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···14127684
Is that basically a flop? Wasn't sure why it was so cheap.

My budget isn't really there for a complete rebuild, although I would love to. I was basically looking to see if I could do a quick replacement of some parts and make somewhat of a difference. I knew that the parts are out of date. I don't play many games, but the newer ones that I do play seem to lag a little.


FizzyMyNizzy

join:2004-05-29
New York, NY

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So, you only have money for.. 1 upgrade?

Do you know how much watt is your psu?


n_w95482
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join:2005-08-03
Ukiah, CA
reply to Hyper Static

The GT 630 is a low-end card, and 4 GB is WAY more than what is useful with that GPU.
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KI6RIT



Hyper Static
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Olean, NY
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reply to FizzyMyNizzy

said by FizzyMyNizzy:

So, you only have money for.. 1 upgrade?

Do you know how much watt is your psu?

Well depending on what it would cost and what effects it would have. I'm thinking like 250-300 if it would be a good upgrade for the few games I play.
I don't actually play many graphic intense games. More strategy and building type of games. And of course the older games no one plays anymore.


Hyper Static
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Olean, NY
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reply to FizzyMyNizzy

said by FizzyMyNizzy:

Do you know how much watt is your psu?

I just checked and I only have a 400w Corsair PSU.


FizzyMyNizzy

join:2004-05-29
New York, NY

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said by Hyper Static:

said by FizzyMyNizzy:

Do you know how much watt is your psu?

I just checked and I only have a 400w Corsair PSU.

Hd 7750 »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···14131481

Gt 640 vs hd 7750
»www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/535?vs=612


Hyper Static
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Olean, NY
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I don't think that my motherboard supports the PCI Express 3.0.

On the details on the newegg site, it says that my board supports:
Expansion Slots
PCI Express 2.0 x16 2 (one x16 or dual x8 link)


Is that right?

KoRnGtL15
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Grants Pass, OR
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3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.1, 2.0 and 1.1



Hyper Static
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said by KoRnGtL15:

3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.1, 2.0 and 1.1

Oh ok, that works then. Still would be worth the update then?


FizzyMyNizzy

join:2004-05-29
New York, NY

said by Hyper Static:

said by KoRnGtL15:

3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.1, 2.0 and 1.1

Oh ok, that works then. Still would be worth the update then?

If you do not plan to play games that use the gpu a lot(exp high graphic games.). Since you only play games like The Sims 3, and older game. This GPU should be great. Since your cpu is slow. It will bottle neck the video card. I think the new cpu also. But not as bad as the old cpu. Yes, that old harddrive need to be changed. Ram is optional. But then again. I am guessing you using 32bit window which goes up to 4GB ram. If you want to use higher than 4GB, like 8GB. Then you will need a 64bit OS.

n_w95482
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join:2005-08-03
Ukiah, CA
reply to Hyper Static

Give this guide a shot. I've also seen a few people recommend using the "resetsim *" command in the cheat window.
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KI6RIT