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July 19, 2013 10:02:44 AM

I asked this question already and I should have followed it and now I can't find it. I'm trying to see if this computer will run the sims 3 on high settings, no less than med settings? Thanks in advance and could someone please repost to me the cpu building form so I can fill it out?
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http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/985116-REG/Acer_D...

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July 19, 2013 10:14:13 AM

  1. System requirements
  2. Requirements
  3. Windows[12]
  4. Operating system Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or Windows 7
  5. CPU Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent
  6. 2.0 GHz (XP)
  7. 2.4 GHz (Vista or 7) [If built-in graphics chipsets then 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent.]
  8. Memory 1 GB (XP)
  9. 1.5GB (Vista or 7) [If built-in graphics then add 0.5 GB additional RAM]
  10. Hard drive space 6.1GB or more for extra content
  11. Graphics hardware DirectX 9.0c compatible card with 128 MB RAM (NVIDIA FX 5900/ATI 9500 or better) and support for Pixel Shader 2.0
  12. Sound hardware 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible card
  13. Macintosh
  14. Operating system Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard
  15. CPU Intel Core Duo Processor
  16. Memory 2 GB
  17. Hard drive space 6.1GB of free space and 1GB for additional content
  18. Graphics hardware ATI X1600 or NVIDIA 7300 GT with 128 MB RAM or Intel Integrated GMA X3100


Yeah should run it well.
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July 19, 2013 10:25:43 AM

No, not really. It has a relatively weak graphics core that is more appropriate for watching movies than playing games. It has a basic "Intel HD " graphics core in the "Sandy Bridge" generation 1.90GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2127U.

That's weaker than the Intel HD 2000 / Intel HD 3000 graphic cores in the Sandy Bridge generation CPUs.
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July 19, 2013 10:42:17 AM

jaguarskx said:
No, not really. It has a relatively weak graphics core that is more appropriate for watching movies than playing games. It has a basic "Intel HD " graphics core in the "Sandy Bridge" generation 1.90GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2127U.

That's weaker than the Intel HD 2000 / Intel HD 3000 graphic cores in the Sandy Bridge generation CPUs.


My parents have an old C2D + integrated that they play sims 3 on quite well. I don't know what settings they are running at but I would assume low.

wiki has the requirements at 2.6ghz pentium D / 1.8ghz c2d + FX5900 / ATI 9500 which isn't demanding to say the least.

-Ouch, just checked the gpu hierarchy chart for the 5900gt/ati 9500... They are almost in the same tier as the integrated gpu in that pentium... Sorry about that.

My bad OP, I don't recommend it, although it will probably run, you aren't going to get any spectacular performance out of it

Side note, why are the requirements for mac so much lower than the requirements for windows? (on the gpu side)

Edit: Thanks Jaguar for catching my inaccurate info :) 
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July 19, 2013 11:51:27 AM

At best it will run on low with the Intel HD graphics core. However, the poster wants to run it on high, but will settle on medium.

I would say that you will need a all-in-one PC with an Intel HD 4600 if you want to run the game with high graphic settings. However, the only mobile CPUs available with the Intel HD 4600 are the quad core i7-4xxx series (Haswell generation). All-in-one PCs generally use laptop oriented CPUs. The dual core Haswell i5 CPUs are not yet available and I am not sure when those CPUs will be released.
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July 19, 2013 12:23:15 PM

Yup yup, I'd probably just get a laptop. Functions the same as an AIO but it is more portable. If need be you can grab a monitor + mouse and keyboard then shove the laptop part to the side if thats your thing.

Was checking out the prices on those and they are quite pricey for similarly priced... anything really.

Just an option.
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July 19, 2013 1:37:04 PM

Sims isn't that demanding on cpu or video card. BUT... a ssd drive REALLY helps it out.
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July 19, 2013 4:03:37 PM

mouse24 said:
Yup yup, I'd probably just get a laptop. Functions the same as an AIO but it is more portable. If need be you can grab a monitor + mouse and keyboard then shove the laptop part to the side if thats your thing.

Was checking out the prices on those and they are quite pricey for similarly priced... anything really.

Just an option.

Ok so do you have an idea about what kinda laptop I should get, I'm not trying to go over my $600 dollar budget? I'm having such a hard time with this lol! Thanks to all of you for your help.
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July 19, 2013 8:17:38 PM

With a GT 430, 4GB RAM and C2D E4400 my brother's computer has issues running it on low. Sims 3 only uses 2 cores if I am correct, so an Ivy Pentium would be good enough CPU wise, but integrated graphics is just crap. I would say a Radeon 7750 or GTX 650 would be good options GPU wise, or even an APU. If you're just playing vanilla, it doesn't need much. However with the latest patches and a few expansions it can be quite a load and micro stutter like crazy. I've also found an SSD has minuscule effect on Sims 3 loading times. With my experiences SSDs help most with boot times and loading up of programs such as Photoshop and Microsoft Office Apps. The difference in those operations with an SSD is very noticeable. As for a good laptop under $600, I would go with this.
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July 20, 2013 9:18:07 AM

Thank you so much, finally someone who could suggest a computer in particular. :D 
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