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Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« on: February 25, 2013, 11:38:38 PM »
We've combined our "Buying Guide" for Sims into one post on the Sims 4 Technical Help Board.

Due to this, we've locked this thread and un-stickied it in favor of the more current post. Thank you to everyone who participated in this discussion and remember you can ask us your questions in the Technical Help or PM us.

Buying a Computer For The Sims 4 & The Sims 3
http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php?topic=21609.msg387974#msg387974

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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2013, 04:27:40 PM »
Hiya, I love the sims 3 and I have alot of expansion packs but my Samsung RV510 just doesn't seem to be capable of running them on high settings or even medium settings, it just lags all the time, I have little CC installed could someone recommend something, can I put a new graphic card or ram in?

Or can anyone recommend a cheap laptop that will run Sims 3 and all expansion packs on all settings? thank you!

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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2013, 09:40:28 PM »
Hiya, I love the sims 3 and I have alot of expansion packs but my Samsung RV510 just doesn't seem to be capable of running them on high settings or even medium settings, it just lags all the time, I have little CC installed could someone recommend something, can I put a new graphic card or ram in?

Or can anyone recommend a cheap laptop that will run Sims 3 and all expansion packs on all settings? thank you!

George

Hi, George.

I looked up the laptop online and it looks like a pretty decent laptop. But, it's graphics card is not capable of playing high-demand games like The Sims 3. The Intel GMA chip is very similar to the current Intel HD Graphics card in that it's built in to the processor and takes the majority of its graphics memory from the 4 GB of memory in the laptop.

Unfortunately, laptops are not as upgradeable as desktop computers, so its a very rare laptop that will allow you to update the graphics card. Usually the only upgrades available are memory and hard drives. Given the laptop has the Intel GMA (which is an older Intel graphics chip), I'm guessing that the memory is maxed out at 4 GB.

For a new laptop, I can look around online, but I would need to know what kind of budget you're looking at. You can sometimes find good sales on computers around the holidays. In the U.S., back to school time (between August and September) is also a good time to look as well.

Hope this helps and happy Simming. :)

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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2013, 03:04:20 PM »
I too was looking at laptops for the portability. But after taking the information I've been given by Flynn and others I compared laptops to desktops. Laptops are expensive when compared side by side to desktops. I wish you the best of luck in your search.
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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2013, 05:12:06 PM »
Well SIMS 3 is strange game.
It lags alot even on super PC...

You need alot of RAM.This is not problem thans to low prices so 16GB is no prolem.
Rest depens on you monitor. What resolution you will use?
Better resolution=better CPU and GPU because you will need more space and more power for larger textures ets.

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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2013, 11:01:00 AM »
I am absolutely terrible with computers, and I was wondering if you could look at this page from futureshop and tell me if this computer would be enough to smoothly run the sims with all expansions as well as some store content and pretty much all the worlds you can buy from the store as well.

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/hewlett-packard-hp-pavilion-p7-1549-desktop-computer-amd-quad-core-a10-5700-1tb-10gb-ram-windows-8-p7-1549/10238329.aspx?path=4d431c988b8ad0716dc0ea7173a298e5en02


I did have one person tell me it is a great computer and could run sims on the highest graphic setting, but I would like to be 100% sure before I blow that kind of money and I am disappointed, thank you.

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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2013, 11:01:49 AM »
I am absolutely terrible with computers, and I was wondering if you could look at this page from futureshop and tell me if this computer would be enough to smoothly run the sims with all expansions as well as some store content and pretty much all the worlds you can buy from the store as well.

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/hewlett-packard-hp-pavilion-p7-1549-desktop-computer-amd-quad-core-a10-5700-1tb-10gb-ram-windows-8-p7-1549/10238329.aspx?path=4d431c988b8ad0716dc0ea7173a298e5en02


I did have one person tell me it is a great computer and could run sims on the highest graphic setting, but I would like to be 100% sure before I blow that kind of money and I am disappointed, thank you.


Please email me, I will probably lose this page, and I have to go to work soon. Again thank you.



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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2013, 10:44:43 PM »
I am absolutely terrible with computers, and I was wondering if you could look at this page from futureshop and tell me if this computer would be enough to smoothly run the sims with all expansions as well as some store content and pretty much all the worlds you can buy from the store as well.

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/hewlett-packard-hp-pavilion-p7-1549-desktop-computer-amd-quad-core-a10-5700-1tb-10gb-ram-windows-8-p7-1549/10238329.aspx?path=4d431c988b8ad0716dc0ea7173a298e5en02


I did have one person tell me it is a great computer and could run sims on the highest graphic setting, but I would like to be 100% sure before I blow that kind of money and I am disappointed, thank you.

I'm posting here and sending you a PM with this. The system is pretty decent. It should rund the game fairly well on max settings. A couple things to note.

The processor is mid-range. It will perform well with the game, but I would make sure there's not much running in the background. This extends to the graphics card, which is also mid-range. From what I was able to find with a quick search, the graphics card should perform about as well as the nVidia GTS 450 cards MrsFlynn and I just replaced. These played The Sims 3 pretty well at max settings, though I did end up turning down the number of detailed lots and lowered the screen resolution to 1366 x 768 from 1920 x 1080. The extra system memory will help as well, and Windows 8 generally performs faster than Windows 7 for most tasks.

Hope this helps, and happy Simming. :)

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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2013, 05:47:56 PM »
Hi all,
I was lately very much wondering: what monsters are in your closet? Means, what monster-computers to you have that run s3 + all EPs + arround 10-15gb of cc WITHOUT any issues?
I have two monsters sitting here, but my notebook overheats since seasons and the graphics on my desktop are just not as brilliant ( i could upgrade but then its probably the best to get something new as the system is old).
Im a builder/decorater and CC will just get more, not less. I HATE to also only have parts of my CC in.

Can anybody tip me what i need to be safe 4 more years? Your system specs or if notebooks the name  would be great, maxbe also how much you payed. If i sell my 2 monsters i might be halfway to a new one.
Sorry fot that common question but i mafe the experience that, when you ask in a normal gaming forum, they just smirk at you as thr sims3 is a 'small' game. Mine will easily be 50GB  if i would compress and shrink CC. I also always have to run it on highet graphic settings....

Please help me people, my desktop has 6 fans, is there any notebook that can do THIS? At the moment i have the Acer g73jh here.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2013, 03:30:42 PM »
I'm  thinking of getting a 2nd hand pc for my daughter because shes been performing so well @ school. The one we are looking into is the Acer Aspire T180

 SPEC DATA:
Acer Aspire T180
Type: Mainstream, Value
Processor Family: AMD Athlon 64
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
Processor Name: AMD Athlon 64 3800+
RAM: 1 GB
Storage Capacity (as Tested): 160 GB
Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce 6100
Primary Optical Drive: Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic.


The OS on this one is actually Windows 7. Would you  suggest any upgrades or should I just buy a new pc with all the specifications. THe only thing is I've checked the cost for a new one and it runs towards $3000.00 of my currency which is about $1123.60 US.  Please advise.

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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2013, 04:25:08 PM »
http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/hp-pavilion-g6-2276sa-15-6-laptop-winter-blue-21321359-pdt.html


This is my laptop, could you maybe tell me what might be causing it to crash a little bit?

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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2013, 12:52:00 AM »
I'm  thinking of getting a 2nd hand pc for my daughter because shes been performing so well @ school. The one we are looking into is the Acer Aspire T180

 SPEC DATA:
Acer Aspire T180
Type: Mainstream, Value
Processor Family: AMD Athlon 64
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
Processor Name: AMD Athlon 64 3800+
RAM: 1 GB
Storage Capacity (as Tested): 160 GB
Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce 6100
Primary Optical Drive: Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic.


The OS on this one is actually Windows 7. Would you  suggest any upgrades or should I just buy a new pc with all the specifications. THe only thing is I've checked the cost for a new one and it runs towards $3000.00 of my currency which is about $1123.60 US.  Please advise.

In all honesty, I can't recommend the system. Looking at the review on PCMag.com, the computer is best suited for surfing the Internet, email and other light tasks. The computer is definitely not able to play The Sims 3.

Hope this helps, and happy Simming! :)

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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2013, 01:02:43 AM »
http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/hp-pavilion-g6-2276sa-15-6-laptop-winter-blue-21321359-pdt.html


This is my laptop, could you maybe tell me what might be causing it to crash a little bit?

I would check a couple of things. One, make sure you are using a cooling mat as there can be a lot of heat generated whilst playing games. Another is to make sure the game is fully patched. The overall speed and stability of the game has improved some since the most recent update. Also, check into updating the RAM to 8 GB. Otherwise, it should be capable of playing on low to medium settings without too many issues.

Hope this helps, and happy Simming! :)

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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2013, 01:08:25 PM »
In all honesty, I can't recommend the system. Looking at the review on PCMag.com, the computer is best suited for surfing the Internet, email and other light tasks. The computer is definitely not able to play The Sims 3.

Hope this helps, and happy Simming! :)

Flynn


Thanks so much Flynn. i actually looked up another PC. I asked for certain requirements for it and i will definetly be getting a Sims compatible PC.

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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2013, 06:20:37 PM »
Flynn Arrowstarr, could you please take a look at the following (Alienware 14): http://www.alienware.com/Landings/laptops.aspx

And please let me know if it has all the system requirements to run 'The Sims 3' smoothly. I've been told Alienware are the best ones for gaming.

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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2013, 10:42:25 PM »
Hi, LadyX20.

The series looks pretty decent and a $2000 model got a pretty decent review at LaptopMag.com.

I would recommend looking at the customization options. But even the $1200 model looks like it's more than capbible of playing The Sims 3 on decent settings with minimal lag from the system. Of course, there are a number of other factors (number of store items installed, mods, CC, etc.) that can cause the game to slog even with a powerful system, so keep that in mind.

Make sure you stick to your budget and don't get tempted to add too much "bling". I'd start with the $1200 system and maybe add the 1 GB GTX 750M graphics card option (but only if you can afford the extra $150). Make sure you buy a cooling mat before you start serious gaming on this (or any) laptop. Heat kills laptops and the review does mention these do run hot.

Hope this helps, and happy Simming! :)

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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2013, 11:04:03 AM »
Hope this helps, and happy Simming! :)

Flynn

Thank you, it does. What do you think of a MacBook Pro for playing it on. Specifically the one with the following specs.

Apple Macbook Pro 13.3 inch 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core Processor

Technical Specifications:

Battery:Up to 7 hours of battery life

Display:13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with edge-to-edge, uninterrupted glass (1280 x 800-pixel resolution)

Graphics:Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated graphics processor

Processor:2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor (3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology,3 MB L3 cache)

RAM:4 GB installed RAM (1600 MHz DDR3, supports up to 8 GB)

Weight:4.5 pounds

HardDrive:500 GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 RPM)

Summary
Storage Capacity : 500 GB
Hard Disk : 500GB
Processor: 2.5 GHz

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« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2013, 10:51:06 PM »
While I'm not as familiar with the Apple computers as I am with Windows systems, but I can't recommend this particular Mac. The reason is it only has the Intel HD 4000 on-chip graphics. The graphics chip is not suited for playing Sims on anything but lower settings. Also, you would want to update the memory to 8 GB (which is the most it will take). I don't know if that's a new system or an older configuration, but the Macbook Pro systems tend to be a little more expensive than a similar Windows system.

Spec-wise, the rest of the system should be fine. But without a dedicated graphics card, you're better off with the XPS system. However, as I said, I'm not as familiar with Macs, so someone on here that uses Macs may have better advice for you.

Hope this helps, and happy Simming. :)

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« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2013, 04:52:18 AM »
While I'm not as familiar with the Apple computers as I am with Windows systems, but I can't recommend this particular Mac. The reason is it only has the Intel HD 4000 on-chip graphics. The graphics chip is not suited for playing Sims on anything but lower settings. Also, you would want to update the memory to 8 GB (which is the most it will take).

This is all really helpful. What about the 15-inch Pro. It has a NVIDIA graphics card. I'm thinking of getting a MacBook because unfortunately, I can't buy an Alienware from Dell Online since (I have a US address) apparently I need a US-issued credit card as well. I live in the UAE, btw.

2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz
8GB 1600MHz memory
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NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory

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« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2013, 10:00:19 PM »
Spec-wise, that one looks pretty good. It should do well for playing Sims. I'm not certain about the performance of the game on a Mac versus a similar Windows PC, but if you have problems using Mac OS X (or you don't want to give up any other Windows software you may have) you can install Windows on a Mac using a program called BootCamp. However, I don't have much experience with Macs, so I don't know how easy or difficult it would be.

Hope this helps, and happy Simming. :)

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« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2013, 06:52:58 AM »
There's no need for BootCamp. My friend plays The Sims 3 on her MacBook Pro and she says the game runs perfectly with no lags whatsoever. Thank you, Flynn Arrowstarr (cool username, btw) :D


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Re: Buying a Desktop or Laptop for The Sims 3
« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2013, 11:22:41 AM »
I am getting my laptop completely refurbished. my question is- how can I avoid having to completely start over in the game? Will saving house and sims to the library work and if so, will I lose my additional home?

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Re: Avoid having to start game over
« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2013, 04:15:39 PM »
Hi Kiki,

You can backup your whole Sims 3 folder if you'd like or just a few key folders and files. See this thread for more -

Saving folders/files to use on a different computer or to use as backup
http://www.carls-sims-3-guide.com/forum/index.php/topic,16414.msg313134.html#msg313134

I hope this helps, :)

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« Reply #24 on: July 26, 2013, 07:40:07 PM »
Thanx so much for replying and the email that told me you did. I appreciate the info  so much :D

 

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