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Offline Geo09gg

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Picking a new laptop
« on: June 30, 2020, 07:24:04 AM »
Hey Guys👋

So Iím looking for a new laptop to play both The Sims 3 and also Paralives whenever itís released, as my seven-year-old Acer definitely is starting to die. Iíve checked all these laptops on pcgamebenchmark.com and they all meet the minimum requirements for both games. However, Iím also going to need to use this laptop for school work come September once I go to college. My maximum budget is £600 because a) I think I can get together that much by the time I start college and b) my parents said so 😂

Would be really helpful and kind if from this long list below anyone could tell me which laptops to definitely avoid and which to consider cause Iím really not sure and I need to start narrowing it down.

LAPTOP NO. 1

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 15.6 Inch Ryzen 7 8GB 512GB FHD

PRICE: £549.99 (currently on sale) Original Price: £599.99

SPECS:    
* Weight 1.8kg.
* Up to 8 hours battery life.

* AMD Ryzen 7 3700U processor.
* Quad core processor.
* 2.3GHz processor speed with a burst speed of 4GHz.
* 8GB RAM DDR4.
* 512GB SSD storage.

* AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 graphics card.
* Shared graphics card.

LAPTOP NO 2.

Acer Aspire 5 Ryzen 5 15.6in 8GB 512GB Laptop

PRICE: £549.99

SPECS:
* Weight 1.8kg.
* Up to 8 hours battery life.

* AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor.
* Quad core processor.
* 2.1GHz processor speed with a burst speed of 3.7GHz.
* 8GB RAM DDR4.
* 512GB SSD storage.

* AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics card.
* Dedicated graphics card.

LAPTOP NO. 3.

HP 15.6in i7 8GB 1TB FHD Laptop

PRICE: £599.99 (currently on sale) Original Price: £699.99

SPECS:
* Weight 2.57kg.
* Up to 8 hours battery life.

* Intel Core i7 10510U processor.
* Quad core processor.
* 1.8GHz processor speed with a burst speed of 4.9GHz.
* 8GB RAM DDR4.
* 1TB HDD storage.
* Hard drive speed 5400RPM

* Integrated graphics UHD Graphics graphics card.
* Shared graphics card.

LAPTOP NO. 4

DELL Inspiron 15 5593 15.6" Laptop - Intel Core i5, 512 GB SSD

PRICE: £599.99

SPECS:
* Weight 2.05kg
* Up to 7 hours battery life
 
* Intel Core i5 1035G1 processor
* Quad core processor
* 1 GHz processor speed with a burst speed of 3.6GHz
* 8GB DDR4
* 512 GB SSD

LAPTOP NO. 5

Acer Aspire 3 15.6 Inch Ryzen 5 8GB 1TB FHD Laptop

PRICE: £429.99

SPECS:
* Weight 1.9kg.
* Up to 7.5 hours battery life.

* AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor.
* Quad core processor.
* 2.1GHz processor speed with a burst speed of 3.7GHz.
* 8GB RAM DDR4.
* 1TB HDD storage.
* HDD storage.
* Hard drive speed 5400RPM.

* Intel Radeon Vega 8 graphics card.
* Shared graphics card.

LAPTOP NO. 6

Acer Aspire 3 15.6in i3 8GB 1TB Laptop

PRICE: £449.99

SPECS:
* Weight 1.9kg.
* Up to 7.5 hours battery life.

* Intel Core i3 7020U processor.
* Dual core processor.
* 2.3GHz processor speed.
* 8GB RAM DDR4.
* 1TB HDD storage.
* Hard drive speed 5400RPM.

* Intel HD Graphics 620 graphics card.
* Shared graphics card.

LAPTOP NO. 7

ASUS VivoBook 15 15.6 Inch Ryzen 5 8GB 256GB FHD Laptop

PRICE: £499.99

SPECS:
* Weight 1.6kg.
* Up to 7 hours battery life.

* AMD Ryzen 5 R5 3500U processor.
* Quad core processor.
* 2GHz processor speed with a burst speed of 3.6GHz.
* 8GB RAM DDR4.
* 256GB SSD storage.

* AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics card.
* Shared graphics card.

LAPTOP NO. 8

ASUS VivoBook 14 Inch i5 8GB + 16GB Optane 256GB

PRICE: £499.99 (currently on sale) Original Price: £549.99

SPECS:
* Weight 1.5kg.
* Up to 9.5 hours battery life.

* Intel Core i5 10210U processor.
* Quad core processor.
* 1.6GHz processor speed with a burst speed of 4.2GHz.
* 8GB RAM DDR4 and 16GB Intel Optane.
* 256GB SSD storage.

* Intel HD Graphics 630 graphics card GDDR4.
* Shared graphics card.

LAPTOP NO. 9

HP 15.6 Inch Slim i5 8GB 256GB FHD Laptop

PRICE: £499.99

SPECS:
* Weight 1.74kg.
* Up to 10.15 hours battery life.

* Intel Core i5 8265U processor.
* Quad core processor.
* 1.6GHz processor speed with a burst speed of 3.9GHz.
* 8GB RAM DDR4.
* 256GB SSD storage.

* Intel UHD 620 graphics card.
* Shared graphics card.

LAPTOP NO. 10

Lenovo IdeaPad 330s 15.6 Inch i5 8GB 1TB Laptop

PRICE: £499.99

SPECS:
* Weight 1.87kg.
* Up to 7 hours battery life.

* Intel Core i5 8250U processor.
* Quad core processor.
* 1.6GHz processor speed with a burst speed of 3.4GHz.
* 8GB RAM DDR4.
* 1TB HDD storage.
* Hard drive speed 5400RPM.

* UHD Graphics 620 graphics card.

LAPTOP NO. 11

Acer Aspire 3 15.6in i5 8GB 2TB Laptop

PRICE: £499.99

SPECS:
* Weight 1.9kg.
* Up to 8.5 hours battery life.

* Intel Core i5 8265U processor.
* Quad core processor.
* 1.6GHz processor speed with a burst speed of 3.9GHz.
* 8GB RAM DDR4.
* 2TB HDD storage.
* Hard drive speed 5400RPM.

* Intel HD Graphics 620 graphics card.
* Shared graphics card.

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Re: Picking a new laptop
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2020, 05:23:55 PM »
These choices all have U processors. From my understanding U processors aren't made for gaming.

Without getting too technical, they make the U (Ultra-low-voltage) processors to save energy/electricity to help save battery life. But they do this at the expense of the processing power games need. So it makes for a not so good gaming experience.

It looks like only one of them had a dedicated video card which is better to have when you're wanting to play games. As shared graphics may or may not run games well.

It may sound like I'm talking these laptops down. I don't mean to be. I've tried a laptop that could only do med settings (graphics/processor wise) before and it was pretty painful and made me want something better. Later I got a better laptop and couldn't be happier as it has better gaming performance, better dedicated graphics and don't have to worry so much about burning up the internal parts.

If you would like to get a 2nd opinion, please ask about the laptops over at EA's AHQ's Sims 3 Tech Help Board. They will definitely be able to help you pick or find a laptop that will be better suited for games.

AHQ's Sims Tech Help Board:
https://answers.ea.com/t5/Technical-Issues-PC/bd-p/the-sims-3

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