Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


80 posts

Master Geek

#90145 15-Sep-2011 20:25
Send private message

Hi guys, my sister has a Dell XPS 630 which had come with a Nvidia GT 8800 graphics card.

The graphics card had crapped out and the store replaced it with a Nvidia gt210? card which does not play her sims 3 as well.

Can anyone recommend a good card that will run this game on the highest settings?

It is running Windows 7
Has a 750W power supply
3 G Ram


Create new topic

80 posts

Master Geek

  #521663 15-Sep-2011 20:28
Send private message

And recommended spend of up to $300


Shop Mighty Ape for electronics, games, computers books and more (affiliate link).
1508 posts

Uber Geek

  #521726 15-Sep-2011 23:36
Send private message

Why would they put in the bottom of the line graphics card from nvidia? Oh well, Gts 450 is recommended as the minimum for gaming in the Nvidia lineup.
GT450 - $166.75
If you want more grunt and want to spend closer to the $300 mark a GTX550 is a bit more serious.
GTX 550 - $219.00+

Dont forget ATI. 
6670 is the minimum $158.95 
6770 is better - $194.35+ 

Both the GTX550 and 6770 will happily run Crysis etc, may be overkill for the sims, but no matter. The 450 and 6670 are minimums for good frame rates and resolutions in modern games, but should be more powerful then the 8800GT. 

Try Vultr using this link and get us both some credit:


80 posts

Master Geek

  #521760 16-Sep-2011 07:59
Send private message

Thanks for that.

Admittedly she did has just moved back from Australia and it was a PC store over there that had done the repair. She asked for a few things one was to install Windows 7 as it had Vista, they told her they would need to Box for 2 weeks. She was getting some app coming up on startup that was annoying and they couldnt get rid of it. took me all of a min or two (and I am just the average user)

I imagine she will want to go with the GTX550

Create new topic

News and reviews »

New Air Traffic Management Platform and Resilient Buildings a Milestone for Airways
Posted 6-Dec-2023 05:00

Logitech G Launches New Flagship Console Wireless Gaming Headset Astro A50 X
Posted 5-Dec-2023 21:00

NordVPN Helps Users Protect Themselves From Vulnerable Apps
Posted 5-Dec-2023 14:27

First-of-its-Kind Flight Trials Integrate Uncrewed Aircraft Into Controlled Airspace
Posted 5-Dec-2023 13:59

Prodigi Technology Services Announces Strategic Acquisition of Conex
Posted 4-Dec-2023 09:33

Samsung Announces Galaxy AI
Posted 28-Nov-2023 14:48

Epson Launches EH-LS650 Ultra Short Throw Smart Streaming Laser Projector
Posted 28-Nov-2023 14:38

Fitbit Charge 6 Review 
Posted 27-Nov-2023 16:21

Cisco Launches New Research Highlighting Gap in Preparedness for AI
Posted 23-Nov-2023 15:50

Seagate Takes Block Storage System to New Heights Reaching 2.5 PB
Posted 23-Nov-2023 15:45

Seagate Nytro 4350 NVMe SSD Delivers Consistent Application Performance and High QoS to Data Centers
Posted 23-Nov-2023 15:38

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4k Max (2nd Generation) Review
Posted 14-Nov-2023 16:17

Over half of New Zealand adults surveyed concerned about AI shopping scams
Posted 3-Nov-2023 10:42

Super Mario Bros. Wonder Launches on Nintendo Switch
Posted 24-Oct-2023 10:56

Google Releases Nest WiFi Pro in New Zealand
Posted 24-Oct-2023 10:18

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.