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I’m looking at a new computer. I want to run sims 3 with no cc, just nraas mods, and all store content, as well as sims 4 with cc, and mods. Will these specs work for it?

9th generation Intel® Core™ i5 9400 Processor

8 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM (2 X 4 GB)

1 TB HDD storage

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated






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  • puzzlezaddictpuzzlezaddict Posts: 1,300 Member
    That would work very well for Sims 3. The only point that could be improved is the HDD, on which both the game itself and things like CAS and Build/Buy will load much more slowly than if it were installed on a solid state drive. TS3 will run the same once it's loaded though.

    Sims 4 isn't nearly as affected by the speed of the hard drive. An Nvidia 1650 will run all packs on ultra settings right now, and quite possibly for the entire development of the game (it's difficult to say for sure given that we don't know what future packs will look like). However, if you like using a lot of "high poly," as in high-resolution, custom content, you might benefit from a slightly stronger card either now or in the future

    If you're interested in seeing other options, feel free to ask; just list your budget and country, as well as any other details that matter to you, like having a lot of storage or running other apps besides the games.
  • baxter_milobaxter_milo Posts: 1,870 Member
    I use Maxis match in sims 4 and no cc in sims 3, just mods and store content. My budget would be no more than $750 usd. I am partial to HP, but open to other brands. I do prefer a desktop though. I want to be able to run sims 3 on highest settings as well. Understandable if there is minimal lag. I don’t even know the difference between an hdd and a solid state drive. Any help would be appreciated. I don’t run any other apps while I play, and I just play the sims 3 and 4.
  • baxter_milobaxter_milo Posts: 1,870 Member
    edited February 17
    Thank you for your help.
    Post edited by baxter_milo on
  • baxter_milobaxter_milo Posts: 1,870 Member
    Could I add a solid state drive later? Like take it to a computer store and have it done?
  • puzzlezaddictpuzzlezaddict Posts: 1,300 Member
    edited February 17
    Could I add a solid state drive later? Like take it to a computer store and have it done?

    You could, but you'd probably want to install Windows on the SSD as well, to get the full benefit of the faster drive. You probably wouldn't need to take the computer to a store to get the drive installed though—it's pretty simple to add one. This is what installing a SATA drive (SSD or HDD) entails:



    Reinstalling Windows takes some time, but it's not complicated either.

    An NVMe or mSATA drive is even simpler: make sure the standoff on the motherboard in the correct position, insert the drive in the slot, and insert the screw to hold it in place. I helped my brother install one a month ago, and it literally took two minutes.

    By the way, I saw the HP models you listed before you edited your post. The second one, with the 1060 6 GB and the i5-8400, is better, but either one should be more than fine for TS3 and good enough for TS4, both on ultra settings.
  • baxter_milobaxter_milo Posts: 1,870 Member
    edited February 17
    What about these specs?
    HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop Computer, AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 16GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 128GB SSD, Windows 10

    I edited it because I couldn’t make up my mind which I liked better, and if I wanted to get them from amazon or Newegg.
  • baxter_milobaxter_milo Posts: 1,870 Member
    The graphics card is 1060GTX 3GB GDDR5
  • puzzlezaddictpuzzlezaddict Posts: 1,300 Member
    edited February 17
    HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop Computer, AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 16GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 128GB SSD, Windows 10

    That would work just fine. While you were looking, so was I, and I found this:

    https://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-Desktop-graphics-690-0020/dp/B07BHXV3TJ/

    plus this:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PGC3JKQ?tag=pcpapi-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1

    which would put you at $655 before tax. (Adding another 8 GB RAM might cost $40 if you do it yourself.)
    But if you're willing to branch out from HP, I could find other similar options as well.
  • baxter_milobaxter_milo Posts: 1,870 Member
    I’m willing to look at other brands too.
  • baxter_milobaxter_milo Posts: 1,870 Member
    I have that computer bookmarked as well. I’m so indecisive.
  • baxter_milobaxter_milo Posts: 1,870 Member
    I’m not as particular on brand as I am reliability. The computer I have now is 7 years old and barely runs sims 4. So whatever I get has to last me at least 4 years or more.
  • puzzlezaddictpuzzlezaddict Posts: 1,300 Member
    edited February 17
    Among brands that aren't overly expensive, Skytech and CyberpowerPC have good reputations. (Skytech is a bit cheaper.) But most hardware problems happen either right away, when the computer is still under warranty; or a number of years in, as one component or another wears down. So as long as you take care of your system, you should be fine.

    It's understandable why you'd be indecisive—after all, this is a significant purchase, and it's not like you can test-drive the computers before buying them. Maybe it will help to see a progression of increasingly more powerful, and more expensive, systems from one company. The processors and graphics cards get better, but the memory and hard drives are the same. (The last one has a better motherboard too.)

    https://skytechgaming.com/product/blaze-ii-amd-ryzen-5-1600-nvidia-geforce-gtx-3gb-gddr5-500gb-ssd-8gb-ram/
    https://skytechgaming.com/product/archangel-amd-ryzen-5-2600-amd-radeon-rx-580-4gb-gddr5-1tb-7200-rpm-hdd-8gb-ram/
    https://skytechgaming.com/product/archangel-3-0-amd-ryzen-5-3600-nvidia-gtx-6gb-gddr5-500gb-ssd-8gb-ram/

    I found the first and second ones on Amazon too, although the first is much cheaper on Skytech's site.

    As for Cyberpower, this one has the same processor as the first Skytech and the same graphics card as the second:
    https://www.amazon.com/CYBERPOWERPC-Master-Gaming-3-2GHz-GMA8980CPG/dp/B07W62CJCQ/

    This Cyberpower has a processor that's equivalent to the first Skytech and the same graphics card as the third one; it also has more storage, if you think you'll want it and would prefer not to install a second drive yourself:
    https://www.amazon.com/CYBERPOWERPC-Xtreme-i5-9400F-GeForce-GXiVR8060A8/dp/B07VGJDKZ4/

    The other brands I saw on the various sites I checked all offer variations on the same configurations, some systems with larger HDDs, a couple with 16 GB RAM. But of all the factors to take into account, memory is probably the least important, since it's the easiest and cheapest component to add later. Processors can be replaced but only with difficulty, and you can't switch between Intel and AMD without getting a new motherboard and basically rebuilding your computer. Graphics cards can be swapped easily enough, but the GPU is usually the single most expensive component. As mentioned earlier, hard drives are easy to add after the fact. So in your position, I'd get the best CPU and GPU I could reasonably afford and count on being able to upgrade the other components later if necessary. But this is about what you want, and what's worth the money to you.
  • baxter_milobaxter_milo Posts: 1,870 Member
    Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it. Now to make a decision.
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