|Please post your complete system specs in detail - make/model of the motherboard, CPU, RAM, power supply, etc. Also, the 9500GT isn't much of a gaming card, especially the DDR2 version. Luckily Zoo Tycoon 2 & Sims 3 are old games with low system requirements.|
"My core temps for my CPU run around 100(50-60C)"
50-60C is approx 122-140F not "around 100". 50-60 isn't bad if its the temp under load, but it's way too high if it's the temp at idle. Explain how your dad cleaned the fans. Did he remove the heatsink/fan unit from the CPU to clean it? If he did, did he remove all traces of the old thermal material then apply a single dot of fresh thermal paste in the center of the CPU before reinstalling the heatsink/fan? Old paste should NOT be re-used. If he didn't re-apply fresh paste as shown in the following pic, that's most likely the cause of your problem(s): http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/svco...
"I could no longer effectively play Sims 3 so I got a new laptop over the winter holiday and I still can't play it because its running windows 8"
Right click on the desktop icon, click Properties, click the Compatibility tab, check the box next to "run this program in compatibility mode for", select XP (SP3), then click Apply.