This is GF again. I think the biggest problem is the processor on my daughter's computer. It's only an Athlon XP 2400+ which is rated at 1.67 GHz and the Sims 3 needs at least a 2 GHz processor (I know this now, read on
). Since I knew that her old video card was lacking I purchased a PNY 256 MB GeForce 6200 AGP card -- one of EA's supported vid. cards. Then I ran EA's System Requirments Checker, found on their website, and, her system passed the minimum requirement's test. I assumed that since AMD rates their processors higher than Intel, that this processor would work. So, when her system had problems playing the Sims 3, I called EA cust. support and reported to them the findings of their System Req. Check app. Needless to say they were none too supportive of their app and quoted the 2 GHz min processor requirment. So that's were I am now, thinking about returning the vid. card and buying a new MB / CPU / Memory. I saw a lot of positive stuff on the built-in ATI Radeon HD3200 graphics chipset and a few articles on the built-in NVIDIA GeForce 8200 HDMI graphics chipset, but overall reviewers like the ATI better. So, once again, assuming that I want to save some money and buy built-in graphics, is there anything better than the ATI Radeon HD3200 or GeForce 8200 HDMI graphics chipsets, keeping in mind that I'm on a budget
? And what AMD MB's would you buy with either of these (or a better graphics engine) chipsets on board? Thanks again, in advance!