Video Card Suggestions


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My daughter just got Sims 2 and the graphics are extremely sluggish. I want to replace her video card but don't know what to get ... nothing too expensive as I'm poor :p

Sims 2 Specs:

System requirements

* --With a T&L capable video card with at least 32 MB of video RAM (such as nvidia GeForce 2 or better or ATI Radeon 7000 or better):
* Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 98 or Windows 2000
* 600 MHz P3 processor
* 256 MB RAM
* At least 3.5 GB of hard drive space
* --Without a non-T&L capable video card (such as TNT2 or Intel Integrated for example):
* Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 98, or Windows 2000
* 1.5 GHz processor
* 256 MB RAM
* At least 3.5 GB of hard drive space
* --Recommended video cards (and the more video memory the better):
* ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
* Nvidia Geforce 4 or FX series cards
Lemme here those recommendations :)


I may actually be insane.
If it's supposed to run on a GF2 shouldn't really need anything overly powerful.

Are you sure it's the video card causing problems, what are the full machine specs?


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here are a few options...

approx $90 after shipping... pretty decent performance and since it has bandwidth saving tech it will work better @ slightly higher resolutions and level of detail than 5200 or 5500 cards...

approx $75... should be about the same or a little slower than the card posted above but its also cheaper...

$69... it should perform the same or better than the 5700LE and its much cheaper :)


all the cards I posted have 128 bit memory... basically it means more bandwidth == smoother game play for you...

if you can help it... DO NOT BUY 64bit memory cards... they are the spawn of satan... :eek:
jewelzz i have sims 2 and a 9600XT and it runs really slow on my system too. i don't think its the video card. i think sims just requires a lot of ram (more than 256)


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Jewelzz said:
We've never had any problems with any of The Sims games freezing on a PC
you haven't run them on a PII 333MHz under Win98SE like my step-daughters had to then! (poor little mites!) Or have you? Maybe it was the cheats I gave them that did for it!

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