I also play the Sims 2 and my old Nvidia GeForce FX5200 just wasn't handling the game the way I wanted it to. I spent months looking for a new card and found a Nvidia GeForce 6200. It had the wrong kind of plug (DVI instead of VGA, I think) but it had a converter plug. So I figured I was all set.
I installed my card and everything looked AMAZING and I was very happy. Shortly after I discovered that my graphics were dying within minutes of playing the game. This didn't seem right to me that a card that was supposedly better than my old card was losing graphic quality faster. I got aggravated with it for awhile and was trying to figure out what was going on.
A friend mentioned to me that it might be the power supply. She said she wasn't 100% sure but a friend told her that the higher end cards needed at least 400W. So I went on a search on dells site and found this:
It's all the documentation for my computer and it says that my power supply wattage is 150W. Waayyyy below. So now I'm thinking that could be it.
My computer is about 3 years old, but it runs really well. I'm a college student and I REALLY can't afford to be buying a new computer but I can afford to upgrade it, especially with newegg. I've got 640MB of RAM, I think an 80GB hard drive, a Pentium 4 processor, and Im running Windows XP.
So I have two questions, and I'm so sorry that was SOOO long.
1) Is it possible that it IS the power supply?
2) If it is the power supply, Is that something I could upgrade on my own? My main concern is the size of my computer. I've installed a videocard and memory before, but those were both very easy and I'm concered this would be harder.
Any other suggestions, comments, or help would be greatly appreciated. And if anymore information is needed I'll do my best to get it for you.
Edit to add: I just went onto newegg and looked at the card and I must have overlooked this "-A minimum 300W system power supply" So I guess that answers question one.
Edited by Frick716, 20 May 2006 - 06:45 PM.