Questions Regarding Sims 3 and Desktop

July 5, 2009 at 09:48:26
Specs: Windows Vista
Alright, well I am currently playing sims 3 on my older desktop, but the graphics aren't where I want them to be. I'm not very good with computer specs and all that, but I was recently searching through the internet and found this computer. Could it play sims 3 on high graphics? If not could you reccommend one
http://www.target.com/iBuyPower-Gam...
Also, one more thing, I have been told that it is possible to transfer my saved sims 3 game from one computer to another, so I would not have to start all over. Is this true and if so please explain the process. Thank you so much, you don't know how much it means!

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#1
July 6, 2009 at 05:22:00
I think this is a decent enough PC, but the graphics card is not on the listed cards supported. Can you get them to replace this for you for another one? Here are the requirements:

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

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

I personally have a Dell XPS 430 and the game runs beautifully. I have 6MB ram though but 4 should do just fine for the game. If they can replace the graphics card for you, see if they'll install one of the ones above just to be sure. I've looked at the card that comes with the system and it doesn't say it's Pixel Shader 2.0 supported which means it wouldn't run the Sims 3.


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#2
July 6, 2009 at 09:46:50
The computer I posted said it has a NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT 512MB Graphics Card, but would that be able to play the sims 3 on high graphics along with its 4GB Ram and AMD Athlon 64x2 7750+ Processor? Because this computer meets the requirements you listed above, I think, what I'm not quite sure of is how do you know what graphics card listed in their supported video cards will play on high settings? The computer that you are currently playing sims 3 can you play it high graphics without having to replace anything? I guess what I'm basically asking is could I buy the computer, either the one your using or the one I listed above, and start to play sims 3 on high graphics without having any work done in the hardware? If not could you recommend one that is basically "ready to go". Thanks a bundle!!

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#3
July 6, 2009 at 13:28:59
The 9500GT isn't a great card. Some use slow DDR2 or GDDR2 memory, the "better" ones use fast GDDR3 memory. But it's still pretty much at the bottom of the pile as far as modern gaming cards go.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

I'm surprised to see iBuyPower PC's being sold at Target? It's unfortunate that they don't list the complete specs. No motherboard listed, no power supply listed either, 4GB RAM but it doesn't tell you if it's DDR2-800 or DDR2-1066 (which is what *should* be used with the X2 7750), no memory listed for the video card, etc. Too many unanswered questions. Why not just go to the iBuyPower website & custom design your own?

http://www.ibuypower.com/


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#4
July 7, 2009 at 00:30:03
My PC plays the game really smoothly. It has the ATI 4850 card and a quad processor. I play with high settings and haven't run into any problems.

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#5
July 7, 2009 at 05:58:34
The Radeon HD 4850 is MUCH better than the 9500GT.

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#6
July 7, 2009 at 08:12:13
Thanks so MiyuEmi and jam!!! I know have a much better understanding. But just to make sure, is this the accurate computer you are talking about MiyuEmi? And just to make sure, I could buy this and not have to no anything to the hard drive or replace anything, right? Basically just start playing
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...
This one does have ATI RADEON HD 3650 graphics which jam said was much better.

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#7
July 7, 2009 at 11:36:40
I did NOT say the HD 3650 is much better. I said the HD 4850 is much better.

The 3650 isn't even as good as the 9500GT.


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#8
July 10, 2009 at 04:38:45
Go with jams suggestion and get the card I have, the 4850. It's an excellent card and the Sims 3, as you've seen is really graphics heavy.
If you're not dead set on BestBuy, try Dell, my PC came standard with this graphics card, it's not something I had to pay extra for. The only thing I paid extra for was 2 more MB of ram. Granted Dells customer service is not great all the time, but it might be a lot easier for you to customise a PC to your desired specs.

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