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MMitchell93MMitchell93 Posts: 108 Member
For those of you that have all the Sims 3 expansion packs, stuff packs, the entire store, and loads of TSR cc: What type of desktop (not laptop), do you have?

I've got all expansion and stuff packs, half of the store (so far), and am working my way through the TSR cc right now on a rather old desktop. I'm worried that at some point, it will get laggy or worse, stop working altogether. I'm saving up for a desktop that I will use to only play the Sims. I've never been great with computer stuff in general (ex. bought a brand new laptop a couple of months ago only to find it couldn't handle the Sims 3 at all...).

So if anyone who meets the above mentioned criteria, plays on a desktop, and it all runs beautifully, if you could share exactly what you have or at least, the specs(?) or other computery stuff I would need, I'd be super grateful. I'm open to ordering a custom desktop, I just need to know what I'd need.

Hope this is in the right subsection of the forum. If not, I apologize.

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  • MMitchell93MMitchell93 Posts: 108 Member
    I've been looking at a website for building gaming computers and there are four different examples they give. From these four, which would be best suited to my needs?

    Graphics: ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon Rx 470 4GB
    Processor: Intel Core i3-6100 3.70 GHz
    Motherboard: ASUS H110M-K (Micro ATX, DDR4)
    RAM: Ballistix Sport LT 8GB DDR4 2400 MT/s
    Hard Drive: WD Blue 1TB (7200 RPM)
    Power Supply: EVGA B1 500 Watts (80+ Bronze)
    Case: Rosewill Galaxy-01 Mid Tower (ATX)

    OR

    Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)
    Processor: Intel Core i5 6500 (3.20 GHz, Quad Core)
    Motherboard: Asus H170-PRO (ATX, DDR4)
    RAM: Ballistix Sport LT 8GB DDR4 2400 MT/s
    Hard Drive: WD Blue 1TB (7200 RPM)
    SSD: Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow UV400
    Power Supply: EVGA GQ 650 Watts (Semi Modular, 80+ Gold)
    Case: Corsair Carbide SPEC-01 (Mid-Tower, ATX)

    OR

    Graphics: ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 Dual-Fan OC (8GB GDDR5, VR-Ready)
    CPU: Intel Core i5 6600K (3.50 GHz, Quad Core, 6MB Cache)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    Motherboard: ASUS Z170-A (ATX, DDR4, SLI)
    RAM: Ballistix Sport LT 16GB (DDR4, 2 x 8GB, 2400 MT/s)
    HDD: Western Digital Blue 1TB (7200 RPM, 64MB Cache)
    SSD: Crucial MX300 275GB
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G1 750 Watts (80+ Gold, Fully Modular)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (ATX, Mid-Tower, White)

    OR

    Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW (ACX 3.0, 8GB GDDR5)
    CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K (4.00 GHz, Quad Core)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
    Motherboard: ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO (DDR4, Z170, SLI)
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz
    SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 850 Watts (80+ GOLD, Fully Modular)
    Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 750D Airflow Edition (Full Tower ATX)
  • Supersoph13Supersoph13 Posts: 646 Member
    edited March 8
    @chesterbigbird and @phoebebebe13 are normally very good with 'what to buy questions'/computer advice, so I'll @ them :smile: I'm no help I'm afraid :smile:
  • igazorigazor Posts: 13,007 Member
    edited March 8
    I'll take the fourth one please, but I suspect it would cost around a million (US Dollars). :)

    These are all fine but honestly I think the third and fourth are overkill. On a desktop, a GTX 1050 would be great for TS3, and 1060 as good as it's probably going get. When you go higher, you are putting in more graphics power than TS3 could possibly use (especially on the 1080!) but perhaps you have other game or other uses in mind for this machine beyond TS3.

    The Solid State Drive (SSD) on the second one is too small to hold much more than Windows, TS3 would have to be installed on the regular Hard Drvie (HDD). Also, I would prefer at least 16 GB of RAM generally not because TS3 can use that much (it can't) but so that I would be less likely to have to upgrade the RAM for some other unforeseen reason a few years later. For most users, for most purposes today, 8 GB is still plenty though.

    But yes, do wait for confirmation from the resident experts if you could to make sure you aren't mixing and matching parts that won't work well together or have insufficient power and cooling provided for.
  • chesterbigbirdchesterbigbird Posts: 8,162 Member
    I've been looking at a website for building gaming computers and there are four different examples they give. From these four, which would be best suited to my needs?

    Graphics: ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon Rx 470 4GB
    Processor: Intel Core i3-6100 3.70 GHz
    Motherboard: ASUS H110M-K (Micro ATX, DDR4)
    RAM: Ballistix Sport LT 8GB DDR4 2400 MT/s
    Hard Drive: WD Blue 1TB (7200 RPM)
    Power Supply: EVGA B1 500 Watts (80+ Bronze)
    Case: Rosewill Galaxy-01 Mid Tower (ATX)

    OR

    Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)
    Processor: Intel Core i5 6500 (3.20 GHz, Quad Core)
    Motherboard: Asus H170-PRO (ATX, DDR4)
    RAM: Ballistix Sport LT 8GB DDR4 2400 MT/s
    Hard Drive: WD Blue 1TB (7200 RPM)
    SSD: Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow UV400
    Power Supply: EVGA GQ 650 Watts (Semi Modular, 80+ Gold)
    Case: Corsair Carbide SPEC-01 (Mid-Tower, ATX)

    OR

    Graphics: ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 Dual-Fan OC (8GB GDDR5, VR-Ready)
    CPU: Intel Core i5 6600K (3.50 GHz, Quad Core, 6MB Cache)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    Motherboard: ASUS Z170-A (ATX, DDR4, SLI)
    RAM: Ballistix Sport LT 16GB (DDR4, 2 x 8GB, 2400 MT/s)
    HDD: Western Digital Blue 1TB (7200 RPM, 64MB Cache)
    SSD: Crucial MX300 275GB
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G1 750 Watts (80+ Gold, Fully Modular)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (ATX, Mid-Tower, White)

    OR

    Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW (ACX 3.0, 8GB GDDR5)
    CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K (4.00 GHz, Quad Core)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
    Motherboard: ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO (DDR4, Z170, SLI)
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz
    SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 850 Watts (80+ GOLD, Fully Modular)
    Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 750D Airflow Edition (Full Tower ATX)

    The last one is similar to mine.. if you have the funds then i would choose that.. although is overkill. :)
  • phoebebebe13phoebebebe13 Posts: 17,001 Member
    I have a GTX 960 and and a 4000 series i5. The whole game plays on ultra . I have cc , all eps , packs, A lot of the store

    You would be fine with a 1060 card if only playing the sims. 1070 or 1080 is overkill unless you heavy game. That goes also with the i5 verses the i7 with heavier gaming. If you only play the sims i5 is fine.
  • HappySimmer3HappySimmer3 Posts: 6,698 Member
    That last one is a super high-end awesome PC! I bought an i7 but it has a 1070 card and a 500GB SSD (so the game loads and saves quite fast).

    The second and third choices would totally work for this game, EXCEPT I would recommend at least a 500GB SSD because you want to load the game and it's content on that drive so that it loads and saves more quickly. I keep my downloaded CC and other files on my second drive but the game and My Documents with the user TS3 files are all on my SSD. If you can afford that fourth one, then I'd agree you should go for it. It should 'future proof' you for a while, which is why I also ordered the best components that I could afford at the price I was willing to spend.
  • Simasaurus09Simasaurus09 Posts: 12,728 Member
    edited March 9
    i5 quad-core
    GTX 950, GTX 960, GTX 1050, GTX 1050ti, or GTX 1060 is just fine for simming.
    8GB of ram is enough for most unless you tend to run a lot in the background.
    SSD (solid state drive) will not only make Windows load faster but most games will benefit from it too.. this includes Sims 3. You will want a secondary drive for storage. A 1TB HDD (hard disk drive) suits most for storage + anything else.


    My own specs are i7 7700K • 16GB • GTX 1070 • x2 250GB SSDs • 2TB SSHD I play other game more demanding than sims. OS and games split between the two SSDs and I use the SSHD (solid state hybrid drive) as storage. I put save files not in use, archived 90% of the store, and archived almost 5GB worth of CC+mods on the storage drive. All packs owned.

    All save files have a separate folder and I only install store content + CC/mods as needed because it's tied to the folders. I pull from storage archive if I need something. In return the launcher starts up almost instantly. Load time from menu to save is average 2-4 minutes depending on the size of the save file.
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  • Odonata68Odonata68 Posts: 858 Member
    When I was researching computers, I read that an i3 processor isn't really recommended for the sims 3. Pardon me if I'm wrong. :D
  • igazorigazor Posts: 13,007 Member
    edited March 11
    Odonata68 wrote: »
    When I was researching computers, I read that an i3 processor isn't really recommended for the sims 3. Pardon me if I'm wrong. :D
    You're not wrong. But the latest generations of i3s running over 3 GHz are fine although an i5 or higher would still be recommended. It's the earlier or slower running varieties that wouldn't be able to handle the load of the game well (or at all).
    Post edited by igazor on
  • Deshong04Deshong04 Posts: 3,841 Member
    All EP's/SP's/The whole store/under 3GB of mods installed.

    Win 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
    NZXT Technologies Phantom 240 Mid Tower Chassis Case
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155
    Intel Core i7 3770K @ 3.5 GHz
    EVGA 80+ Bronze 600 W
    EVGA SuperClocked NVidia Geforce GTX 660
    G. SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB Memory
    Seagate Constellation 1 TB HDD
    Samsung DVD Burner Writer

    Not only did I pick out everything, I built this myself. It cost just under $1,000. Here is the performance according to the Windows Experience Index.
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    Current Game Graphic Settings. I usually play with fullscreen enabled but in order to take this screenshot is why.
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    Graphics.
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    Screenshot_9.jpg

    Gameplay.



    Not the best gaming system but I'm not really a PC gamer so The Sims take up a large portion of what I do play on PC and that is what that build was in reference to. The game plays well as I expected it should minus EA's glitches and poor optimization, so I'm very happy.
  • stillsimming3stillsimming3 Posts: 14 New Member
    Wow all this is so confusing. Could I trouble you all for some help as well??? I'm looking to buy a good used laptop if possible? exclusively to play the sims 3 with expansion packs :Late Night, Generations, Ambitions, Pets, Seasons, University Life, Island Paradise.- -lots of nrass mods, store content and cc. I am so not a techie . I've only ever played sims on a Mac (which was a few years ago,) so I'm out of my element here! I am on some what of a budget. Any help suggestions would be greatly appreciated thanks.
  • igazorigazor Posts: 13,007 Member
    edited March 12
    Wow all this is so confusing. Could I trouble you all for some help as well??? I'm looking to buy a good used laptop if possible? exclusively to play the sims 3 with expansion packs :Late Night, Generations, Ambitions, Pets, Seasons, University Life, Island Paradise.- -lots of nrass mods, store content and cc. I am so not a techie . I've only ever played sims on a Mac (which was a few years ago,) so I'm out of my element here! I am on some what of a budget. Any help suggestions would be greatly appreciated thanks.
    Laptops require stronger components than desktops to get the same results and are more expensive. The heavier EPs (Pets and Seasons, then followed by IP and ITF) would not be expected to run well on an underpowered computer. For new laptops in the US, we are talking usually around $900 and up (US Dollars). Desktops would be cheaper, prices will be different in other countries.

    We can't really recommend used systems, but @phoebebebe13 I am sure could price out some new ones for comparison purposes. What is your budget and which country are you in?

    Also, which model Mac do you have (from About This Mac on the Apple Menu) and is Bootcamping Windows onto it an option for you, if the Mac is still in service?
  • stillsimming3stillsimming3 Posts: 14 New Member
    @igazor Thanks so much for your help!!! I'm in the U.S budget wise under $900?

    iMac late 2009
    Version 10.11.6 (15G31)
    Processor 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9400 2400 256 MB
    How tasking would boot camp be on the mac?
  • JMConceptJMConcept Posts: 114 Member
    CPU: i5-6500
    Graphics card: Sapphire Nitro Radeon RX 480 4gb
    Memory: 8gb DDR4
    Storage: 120gb PNY SSD (sims 3 is in here, want to transfer it to my Samsung SSD) + 500gb Samsung SSD

    I don't suffer from empty-lot syndrome or lag.

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  • igazorigazor Posts: 13,007 Member
    edited March 13
    @igazor Thanks so much for your help!!! I'm in the U.S budget wise under $900?

    iMac late 2009
    Version 10.11.6 (15G31)
    Processor 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9400 2400 256 MB
    How tasking would boot camp be on the mac?
    Bootcamping takes up drive space, but it isn't taxing. Once you purchase a standalone retail copy of Windows and set it all up, you would be booting completely into Windows (or OS X) depending on which key you hold down on the keyboard during the startup. Then, if on the Windows side, you would be running Windows natively as if it were almost any other PC but just on Mac hardware. It's not like you would be running both at the same time.

    But for TS3 this graphics card is going to hold you back on either system. It was great for other things eight years ago, but I wouldn't expect more than the base game and maybe around 2 of the earliest EPs to run well, if at all. If your iMac were at least a couple of years newer and had a stronger card and processor, Bootcamping for TS3 in particular might be a more viable option. Unfortunately, the graphics cards in iMacs cannot be upgraded.

    I am sure that @phoebebebe13 can provide some better choices for a new computer in your price range. She's really busy with real life stuff and I think like me has to prepare for around 18 inches of snow tomorrow, so it may take her some time to catch up with the forum boards. :)
  • phoebebebe13phoebebebe13 Posts: 17,001 Member
    If you need me for a new computer please post your budget and country. Thanks
  • igazorigazor Posts: 13,007 Member
    If you need me for a new computer please post your budget and country. Thanks
    This thread got a bit crowded. :)

    @stillsimming3 is in the US and under $900. They asked for a used laptop at first, but let's talk them out of the "used" part and perhaps throw in a desktop for comparison purposes?
  • phoebebebe13phoebebebe13 Posts: 17,001 Member
    edited March 13
    igazor wrote: »
    If you need me for a new computer please post your budget and country. Thanks
    This thread got a bit crowded. :)

    @stillsimming3 is in the US and under $900. They asked for a used laptop at first, but let's talk them out of the "used" part and perhaps throw in a desktop for comparison purposes?

    Yes agree no used , refurbished or open box laptop. Hardware would be expensive to replace. You want a new laptop with a warranty.

    This is a pretty good deal. Comes with a 500 gb ssd and the sims loads much quicker on ssd https://www.amazon.com/i5-6300HQ-keyboard-Microsoft-signature-Anti-Glare/dp/B01LXCBXQO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1489447999&sr=8-2&keywords=gtx+960m

    If they decide on a desktop instead which is much better for gaming let me know. Some people insist on having laptop.
  • stillsimming3stillsimming3 Posts: 14 New Member
    @phoebebebe13 thanks so much for your help
    @igazor thanks again you for your help
  • Autumn_CatsAutumn_Cats Posts: 347 Member
    Hmm so laptops are a no no.
    Well if I had every expansion, a good chunk of store content, and a medium size cc and with sims 4 with all dlc, and a good amount of cc what computer would be the best?
  • igazorigazor Posts: 13,007 Member
    Hmm so laptops are a no no.
    Well if I had every expansion, a good chunk of store content, and a medium size cc and with sims 4 with all dlc, and a good amount of cc what computer would be the best?
    There is no "best" answer but some are better than others. And it's not that laptops are to be avoided entirely. It's that it costs more to get a laptop with enough processor and graphics power to work with these games almost as well as a desktop can. @phoebebebe13 just linked to an $800 (US Dollars) laptop on Amazon two posts above that looks pretty good to me. Sales will vary on and off and prices in other countries will be different.
  • dorcsyfuldorcsyful Posts: 734 Member
    Quick question: I'm graduating next year and one of the universities where I'd like to apply expects a pretty good laptop. I asked an aquintance of ours who helps with the tech stuff (and gets them cheaper) and he recommended this one, although I don't need a 17.3" screen. I assume that the CPU and RAM are good, but I don't know about the grapics card.
    Dell Inspiron 7779 17.3" FHD 2-in-1 Touch i7-7500U (3.50 GHz), 16GB, 512GB SSD, nVidia 940MX
  • igazorigazor Posts: 13,007 Member
    edited March 19
    dorcsyful wrote: »
    Quick question: I'm graduating next year and one of the universities where I'd like to apply expects a pretty good laptop. I asked an aquintance of ours who helps with the tech stuff (and gets them cheaper) and he recommended this one, although I don't need a 17.3" screen. I assume that the CPU and RAM are good, but I don't know about the grapics card.
    Dell Inspiron 7779 17.3" FHD 2-in-1 Touch i7-7500U (3.50 GHz), 16GB, 512GB SSD, nVidia 940MX
    That one would be a virtual workhorse for most office and school related tasks. But are you planning to play TS3 on this one? The graphics card, as you suspected, is not strong enough. We generally advise a 960M or 1060 at least for laptops. It's the middle digit that is significant within the series. Unfortunately it looks like Dell doesn't offer a stronger card on those. I'm sure @phoebebebe13 can find something better given country and budget.

    And again, this is assuming you were planning to play the game on it as well as everything else.
  • phoebebebe13phoebebebe13 Posts: 17,001 Member
    edited March 19
    igazor wrote: »
    dorcsyful wrote: »
    Quick question: I'm graduating next year and one of the universities where I'd like to apply expects a pretty good laptop. I asked an aquintance of ours who helps with the tech stuff (and gets them cheaper) and he recommended this one, although I don't need a 17.3" screen. I assume that the CPU and RAM are good, but I don't know about the grapics card.
    Dell Inspiron 7779 17.3" FHD 2-in-1 Touch i7-7500U (3.50 GHz), 16GB, 512GB SSD, nVidia 940MX
    That one would be a virtual workhorse for most office and school related tasks. But are you planning to play TS3 on this one? The graphics card, as you suspected, is not strong enough. We generally advise a 960M or 1060 at least for laptops. It's the middle digit that is significant within the series. Unfortunately it looks like Dell doesn't offer a stronger card on those. I'm sure @phoebebebe13 can find something better given country and budget.

    And again, this is assuming you were planning to play the game on it as well as everything else.

    @igazor you can get away with a 1050 ti on laptop. The new 1000 series are much better than the 900 series http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-960M-vs-GeForce-GTX-1050-Ti


    dorcsyful wrote: »
    Quick question: I'm graduating next year and one of the universities where I'd like to apply expects a pretty good laptop. I asked an aquintance of ours who helps with the tech stuff (and gets them cheaper) and he recommended this one, although I don't need a 17.3" screen. I assume that the CPU and RAM are good, but I don't know about the grapics card.
    Dell Inspiron 7779 17.3" FHD 2-in-1 Touch i7-7500U (3.50 GHz), 16GB, 512GB SSD, nVidia 940MX

    The intel processor is only dual core that is what the U means. On laptop you would need a stronger laptop i5 or i7 processor quad core which will end in HQ or MQ

    The video card GTX 940m is DDR3 vram and a weak card. You want a video card that is DDR 5 vram. You need a GTX 960m or GTX 1050 ti or better on laptop.

    The first number is the series for Nvidia 900, 1000 etc. The 1000 series is better and newer than the 900

    The second number , the higher the second number the better the card 50, 60, 70, 80. On laptop in the 900 series I would not go under 60 but over is fine. With the 1000 series on laptop you can go 1050 ti and up

    8gb of computer ram is fine

    hard drive at least 500 gb but 1tb would be better if your using this laptop for other things besides the game
  • dorcsyfuldorcsyful Posts: 734 Member
    I figured that would be your answer. As I mentioned before, it's unlikely that I'll get this one because of the screen size (unlike 99% of the people, I prefer smaller screens). I only asked him to get an idea about the price range (he managed to get me my current laptop $100 cheaper) and he gave me a specific model. Also, my chances of getting accepted is pretty low (can't imagine the number of applicants) and if I won't, I won't need a touch screen. But of course, I got more than a year to decide.
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