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A laptop that will run The Sims 4 HELP!!

PrincessOfTarts 36 14 September 4, 2014 at 01:42 AM
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I do own an HD monitor and whatnot, so I am willing to buy a desktop tower, or parts. I have an old hard drive too, but no operating system. I am willing to build one up to save moolah.

I went to the sticky I'm supposed to read at the top of the forum and decided that the little questionnaire would be the best way to ask for everyone's help. Thanks so much if you read all this and help me. Feel free to even link any information pages that will help me to understand any of this process.

My current laptop just does not have the cpu to run the Sims 4 game, and I would prefer to run the game on a computer that fits recommended settings not just basic requirements. I was so heart broken that I couldn't try this game out. It ruined my month EEK!

I think I'm overreacting lol.


Ok, usually I am really good with technical things like this, but I don't really keep up with the generations of processors and video cards. I was searching around for a computer that will run on the recommended requirements for the new Sims 4 game, and my brain was frying. I was reading Wikipedia articles about which processor came before others, and I realized I couldn't even to begin to guess which processor in a computer would work without just choosing the one they named in the Sims game specs. I'm researching my head off trying to find a laptop that won't break the bank, but plays the game nicely. I don't what which computers have graphics cards and processors to run my game, but I'm trying to look through the lists of generations, and finding laptop equivalents to desktops. It's really a lot of information, and I was thinking that you guys are really good at this sort of thing. I know a lot of you are awesome computer buffs, and I need all the help I can get. I really do prefer a laptop, but if it's going to save me more than $200 a desktop will do.



1) Budget: not much more than $500, but really as low as possible as long as it meets my Sims 4 specs. (I'd still like to know my options if it's over $500.)

2) Size of the laptop is not important, but I would prefer the screen to be at least 13"

3) Brands do not matter at all, just no mac

4) Tasks I will use it for: Photoshop, browsing, and playing The Sims 4

5) I usually don't leave my house with my laptop

6) The Sims 4 is really the most important game I would be playing

7) Battery life is not too important

8) I don't mind buying online.

9) Os preferred windows anything, no mac

Screen Specifics

1) Widescreen

2) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

Standard
a. XGA -1024x768 - Large and easy to read text + graphics icons, but you fit less stuff on the screen.
b. SXGA - 1400x1050 - Compromise resolution between XGA and UXGA.
c. UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.

Widescreen
d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

Widescreen probably e, but not too important

3) Matte screen would be cool,but not important

Build Quality and Design

1) Looks are unimportant

2) I will be buying this laptop sometime between now and Christmas, aiming for sooner Smilie This laptop needs to last at least a year lol.

Notebook Components

These are the "recommended requirements" to run The Sims 4, and as long as these are met I'm happy.


OS: 64 Bit Windows 7,8, or 8.1

PROCESSOR: Intel core i5 or faster

AMD Athlon X4

MEMORY: 4GB RAM

HARD DRIVE: At least 9 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games

DVD-ROM: DVD ROM drive required for installation only

VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 650 or better

SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible

DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible


Thank you guys so much! I love this forum! Everyone is sooo awesome! worship



Edit added info: I found a couple of computers that seem to fit the specs according to newegg and this other spec search site, and I'm wondering if these are a good deal:

HP Pavilion g6t-2000 for $480
Lenovo Edge E545 (20B20011US) for $405

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I went to the sticky I'm supposed to read at the top of the forum and decided that the little questionnaire would be the best way to ask for everyone's help. Thanks so much if you read all this and help me. Feel free to even link any information pages that will help me to understand any of this process.

My current laptop just does not have the cpu to run the Sims 4 game, and I would prefer to run the game on a computer that fits recommended settings not just basic requirements. I was so heart broken that I couldn't try this game out. It ruined my month EEK!

I think I'm overreacting lol.


Ok, usually I am really good with technical things like this, but I don't really keep up with the generations of processors and video cards. I was searching around for a computer that will run on the recommended requirements for the new Sims 4 game, and my brain was frying. I was reading Wikipedia articles about which processor came before others, and I realized I couldn't even to begin to guess which processor in a computer would work without just choosing the one they named in the Sims game specs. I'm researching my head off trying to find a laptop that won't break the bank, but plays the game nicely. I don't what which computers have graphics cards and processors to run my game, but I'm trying to look through the lists of generations, and finding laptop equivalents to desktops. It's really a lot of information, and I was thinking that you guys are really good at this sort of thing. I know a lot of you are awesome computer buffs, and I need all the help I can get. I really do prefer a laptop, but if it's going to save me more than $200 a desktop will do.



1) Budget: not much more than $500, but really as low as possible as long as it meets my Sims 4 specs. (I'd still like to know my options if it's over $500.)

2) Size of the laptop is not important, but I would prefer the screen to be at least 13"

3) Brands do not matter at all, just no mac

4) Tasks I will use it for: Photoshop, browsing, and playing The Sims 4

5) I usually don't leave my house with my laptop

6) The Sims 4 is really the most important game I would be playing

7) Battery life is not too important

8) I don't mind buying online.

9) Os preferred windows anything, no mac

Screen Specifics

1) Widescreen

2) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

Standard
a. XGA -1024x768 - Large and easy to read text + graphics icons, but you fit less stuff on the screen.
b. SXGA - 1400x1050 - Compromise resolution between XGA and UXGA.
c. UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.

Widescreen
d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

Widescreen probably e, but not too important

3) Matte screen would be cool,but not important

Build Quality and Design

1) Looks are unimportant

2) I will be buying this laptop sometime between now and Christmas, aiming for sooner Smilie This laptop needs to last at least a year lol.

Notebook Components

These are the "recommended requirements" to run The Sims 4, and as long as these are met I'm happy.


OS: 64 Bit Windows 7,8, or 8.1

PROCESSOR: Intel core i5 or faster

AMD Athlon X4

MEMORY: 4GB RAM

HARD DRIVE: At least 9 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games

DVD-ROM: DVD ROM drive required for installation only

VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 650 or better

SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible

DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible


Thank you guys so much! I love this forum! Everyone is sooo awesome! worship



Edit added info: I found a couple of computers that seem to fit the specs according to newegg and this other spec search site, and I'm wondering if these are a good deal:

HP Pavilion g6t-2000 for $480
Lenovo Edge E545 (20B20011US) for $405

If you can stretch your budget a bit, you can get the Lenovo Z40 for $569 shipped ater using code RMNUSLENOVO3 at checkout.

Features:

Intel Haswell Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz dual-core
14" 1920 x 1080 (1080p) LCD
NVIDIA GeForce GT820M GDDR3 2GB graphics card
8GB RAM
500GB HDD
8GB SSD
Optical drive
Bluetooth 4.0
USB 3.0
HDMI
Windows 8.1 64-bit

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/lapt...90:&cid=us
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my sisters dell i3 laptop with a crummy hd 3000 vid card runs sims 4 pretty nicely
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Apparently my laptop is crappier than I thought. I used the can you run it site and it failed the minimum specs Frown I just want a new one, and I'll give my old one to my husband lol.
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