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a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2010 8:17:19 AM

Now my lack of computer knowledge is soo bad I really need help. I try asking like them computer store advisors online but I know they are trying to get me to spend more than I need too. So please help!!

OK so like many simmers in the world I was overjoyed when Sims 3 was coming out (Pre ordered it months in advance) But also like many Simmers when the game finally came it did not work because the computer we had was RUBBISH!!!

So enough about my bad luck and more about the question:

Graphic cards are my main problem because I want I really good one to play the game so that I can have it on highest setting possible. But the whole game has to run smoothly.

I need a Desktop (No more than £500, £££££££££)
And ALso some Graphics cards would be good to.

Because I have no clue what im looking for but I am looking on Ebay (I dont care if its not new)

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/HP-8000-Compaq-3-1

- I think Id need to update a Graphics card with this??? Dunno though. Please tell me and give me some good graphic cards tooo

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Dell-320-Dual-Core

- This one is good it has updated Graphics Would it play???

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&it...e=...

- This one has the graphics (I think)

System requirements sims 3: (Just in case)


FOR WINDOWS XP

2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
1 GB RAM
128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
The latest version of DirectX 9.0c
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games

FOR WINDOWS VISTA

2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
1.5 GB RAM
128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1
At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games

For computers using built-in graphics chipsets under Windows, the game requires at least:

Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA 3-Series or above
2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
0.5 GB additional RAM
FOR MAC OS X
Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
Intel Core Duo Processor
2 GB RAM
ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100.
At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games
This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.

Windows Supported Video Cards

NVIDIA GeForce series

FX 5900, FX 5950
6200, 6500, 6600, 6800
7200, 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950
8400, 8500, 8600, 8800
9300, 9400, 9500, 9600, 9800
G100, GT 120, GT 130, GTS 150
GTS 250, GTX 260, GTX 280, GTX 285, GTX 295

ATI Radeon™ series

9500, 9600, 9800
X300, X600, X700, X800, X850
X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
2400, 2600, 2900
3450, 3650, 3850, 3870
4850, 4870


So my questions to ask:

1) Would the 2 desktops I picked play Sims 3 AND play it WELL!!!!
2) Got any desktops that would play sims 3 to show me??
3) Good graphics cards???


Thankyou soooo much

p.s. Sims 3 is the only reason I am getting a new desktop, and the fact my laptop gets so hot it burn you (Which is a danger hazard) SO SIMS 3 MUST WORK AND WORK Well.... Thanks

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a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2010 9:10:31 AM

I can't see your links so I can't help you there... but getting a computer to run Sims 3 well shouldn't be too hard of a task. What quality settings do you want? What size is your monitor?

If you want it to run well at the highest settings, at 1680x1050 or close, a $100 card would work. A 9800GT, GTS 250, or something...
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2010 10:34:29 AM

redechelon said:
I can't see your links so I can't help you there... but getting a computer to run Sims 3 well shouldn't be too hard of a task. What quality settings do you want? What size is your monitor?

If you want it to run well at the highest settings, at 1680x1050 or close, a $100 card would work. A 9800GT, GTS 250, or something...


Errrr what do you mean by 1680x1050 because I dont have a clue, sorry
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a c 125 U Graphics card
June 24, 2010 11:22:04 AM

Don't buy from ebay, they entice people who don't know much or anything at all about PC's with sentence's like "1000GB Harddrive!" and "10.6Ghz CPU"
When infact you don't need a 1000GB harddrive and the CPU (Processor) is actually 2.65Ghz x 4 (not 10.6Ghz, You don't add the cores together, it doesn't work like that....)
Also they come with a generic/no-brand power supply which can be dangerous.

Anyway enough with my anti-ebay rant...

I would advice you to build your own (honestly not as scary as you may think)

Here's my suggestion for components..

Motherboard: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...
CPU: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...
RAM: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...
GPU: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...
PSU: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...
Case: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...
Optical Drive: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CD...
HDD: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...

Total: £503

Sims at max settings! :) 
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2010 11:37:30 AM

You may say its not scary, But all that stuff looks scary to me. I'm a slight technophobe but I do have a couple of friends who know how to make them, but im still not sure
a c 125 U Graphics card
June 24, 2010 11:42:47 AM

well that sounds good, maybe you could ask a friend to build it for you, for some extra peace of mind, you could buy the components for www.scan.co.uk and take out scan sure insurance.

http://www.scan.co.uk/Scansure/Index.aspx

"Scansure protection has been specifically designed to reduce the risk of accidental component damage during installation. Our aim with Scansure to encourage people to build their own PC confidently."

Just don't want you to get ripped off on ebay...
a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2010 1:36:25 PM

My wife is an avid Sims3 player. It is a very CPU intensive game, the stronger your CPU, the better. It is also designed to scale to older, slower hardware, but at the sacrifice of all the pretty stuff.

I would think an Athlon II quadcore + an ATI 5750 would play the game VERY well. Going from a triple core to a quadcore increased the framerates my wife was getting without needing to turn down the graphics.
a c 235 U Graphics card
June 24, 2010 2:12:46 PM

Quote:

1) Would the 2 desktops I picked play Sims 3 AND play it WELL!!!!
2) Got any desktops that would play sims 3 to show me??
3) Good graphics cards???


Thankyou soooo much

p.s. Sims 3 is the only reason I am getting a new desktop, and the fact my laptop gets so hot it burn you (Which is a danger hazard) SO SIMS 3 MUST WORK AND WORK Well.... Thanks


SIMS 3 is not a demanding game. Any modern PC with a decent dual core processor can play it. Simply purchase a simple video card like the ATI 4650 or 5570 and you will be able to max out that game with ease. Either car will work with any power supply.
a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2010 5:52:56 PM

Sims3 can be a demanding game, if one wants to run with absolute max settings. It scales quite well to slower hardware, but the OP wants the highest settings. It runs very well on my hardware, but admittedly suffers from dips that can be quite annoying. With every setting maxed, it averages around 90fps, but can drop to 15 in houses with lots of furniture and different textures for short periods of time while rotating the view or zooming in and out.

By backing off the AA a bit, shadowing a bit, and lowering the high detail lot count, it doesn't drop as dramatically and maintains fluidity, but still down to as low 25-30fps. My wife finds this acceptable, as it is in now way an action game. But she did find it far to distracting when it was dropping to 15fps, would "take me out of the zone" to quote her exactly, due in part to over rotations while changing view angles during laggy parts that would require corrections that would also be laggy, if only for a second.

I personally don't see a big visual difference between the two settings, other than the FPS drop, but I am trying to answer the OP as best as I can from personal experience. To play maxed out, moderately robust hardware is needed.
June 25, 2010 8:37:00 AM

if i were you i would get this rig
cpu : intel core 2 duo 2.66
mobo : intel G31 775
ram : 2 GB DDR2
gpu : nvidia geforce 9600 GT
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