graphics card for northgate innovations stac2417c and hp pavillion 734n

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Is there a way to find out if the graphic cards can be upgraded on either one of these systems (northgate stac2417 and hp pavillion 734? My daughters are trying to play Sims 3 and it says the graphic card needs to be upgraded on the northgate.
 

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Can't find any info for Northgate, did a link to a website come with any of the paper work or the box?

The specs for the HP are here: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...ory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=296682&lang=en

So you have an AGP slot for an older style graphics card and the stock power supply is on the weak side.

You an likely get away with using the Geforce 6200 AGP: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125249

Sims 3 requirements: http://www.thesims3.com/game/systemreq
 
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Keep in mind that using something like the 6200 video card is very low end. Sims3 will play, but you'll be playing in a low-quality mode... in other words, Sims3 will look and play a bit worse than The Sims which came out about 5 years ago.

You can use PCWizard to look at you computer and tell us what kind of computer it is... such as its CPU, memory, video and what kind of slots it has. Paste it or type it in.

So we need: CPU, motherboard model (name), memory, Video card or onboard video (what kind it is), and slots. PC Wizard is free and below on my SIG.

Example from my computer:
Manufacturer : Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
Mainboard : Gigabyte P35-DS3L
Bios : Award Software International, Inc.
Chipset : Intel P31/P35
Physical Memory : 2048 MB DDR2-SDRAM
LPC bus : Yes
PCI Bus : Yes
Bus PCI-Express : Yes
USB Bus : Yes

(( From CPU ))
Processor : Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Frequency : 2400 MHz - (current : 1597.98 MHz)
Number of Core : 4
Support : Socket 775 LGA


Recommend graphics go GOOD game play should be at least an ATI 4650/70 or better or GeForce 9600/9800... These are about $80~100 each. A new power supply is most likely needed, you can get away with $30 power supply... which is 4 screws and some wiring.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...3023&cm_re=thermaltake-_-17-153-023-_-Product
 
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Then that Thermaltake may not fit as its longer than most PSUs on the market...
 
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