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New Graphics Card?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by SwandaG, Jan 24, 2011.

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  1. SwandaG

    SwandaG Thread Starter

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    I'm looking into replacing my graphics card, and I'm hoping someone here can help me decide what I should get. The main reason I'm thinking of this, is for game play..The Sims 3 (and expansions) specifically. I had already been playing with what I have, currently, until a couple of days ago. Now the game crashes after about 10 seconds, and I believe (after much denial) that my graphics card is to blame. I'd like to get something powerful enough to play the game, but not so much to blow the bank ;) This is the system I'm using. Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to give me :)

    ==System==
    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
    System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
    System Model: Inspiron 545s
    Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5300 @ 2.60GHz (2CPUs), ~2.6GHz
    Memory: 4096MB RAM
    Page File: 1719MB used, 6466MB available
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    ==Display==
    Name: ATI Raedeon HD 4300/4500 Series
    Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
    Chip Type: ATI display adapter (0x954F)
    Approx. Total Memory: 2296 MB
    Main Driver: aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx32 ..(there's another listed here, but cut off by the page)
    Version: 8.791.0.0
    Driver Date: 27/10/2010 2:54:24 AM

    ==Sound==
    Description: Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
    Driver Name: RTKVHD64.sys
    Driver Version: 6.00.0001.5864 (English)
    Date: 02/06/2009 6:15:14 PM

    ==Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives==
    Free Space: 141.0 GB
    Total Space: 461.9 GB
    File System: NTFS
    Model: WDC WD5000AAKS-75A7B2 ATA Device
     
  2. flavallee

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    Not to get off the subject here, but your Realtek High Definition Audio driver is very outdated.

    The current version for Windows Vista and Windows 7 is 6.0.1.6278.

    http://www.majorgeeks.com/Realtek_High_Definition_Audio_for_VistaWin_7_d5513.html

    http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads...=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false

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