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I want a new computer - March 2nd 2011, 09:31 PM

I'm currently saving money to buy a new computer (I'm thinking of a desktop this time as it's not like I move my laptop around a lot) The reason I want a new one is I'm going to give my dad my current laptop, the battery is slowly dying and it's not powerful enough to play a lot of games :|

I have Sims 3 but it's painful to play it with this computer it's soooo slow :| if my sims have a big house it's next to impossible :/

It's fine for internet browsing, watching films (even HD), listening to music but after that it gets a bit too slow.

My price range is about -500 I suppose I could save a little bit more money but in a perfect world I'd like to spend less than 500.

What computer would be ideal to play The Sims 3 in high quality? I'd also like it to play HD films

Edit: Oh, and one that wouldn't freeze everytime I'd try to make a video in Windows Movie Maker


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Re: I want a new computer - March 2nd 2011, 11:56 PM

It depends on how well you want Sims 3 to run on your computer. Sims 3 runs great on my computer, but I built my computer for 1,009 euros, or 1,400 US dollars. If you can get someone to build the computer for you for cheap and buy all the parts, you'll save money that way (especially in the long run when you can just replace parts). But if you don't want to do all that, here's just a couple computers that caught my eye.

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/sh...HPE500z_series

But that's 100 dollars more than you expected but it seems decent enough to play Sims.

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCateg...s&Order=RATING

Newegg is pretty respectable on pricing so you can check out these desktops (however they might not come with a computer screen so just make sure of that). Check newegg, HP has decent computers, haven't had good experiences with Dell.
   
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Re: I want a new computer - March 3rd 2011, 01:20 PM

Why don't you save yourself some money and buy instead instead to buy RAM and a video card?
Unless you have a lot of money lying around, that is.
   
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Re: I want a new computer - March 3rd 2011, 01:33 PM

Actually, I kind of do long story but I have 300 already I have a HP laptop right now I'll admit it has served me well. I don't think I'll ever buy an Acer again though :/ my last laptop was a piece of crap and was an acer.

Plus, I want Windows 7


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Re: I want a new computer - March 3rd 2011, 08:46 PM

I agree with Brandon, you'll get more power for your buck if it's a custom built.
   
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Re: I want a new computer - March 5th 2011, 09:08 PM

Hm..thing is, it doesn't entirely matter what brand it is, you have to look at what the specifications of the individual computer are for a better indication of what it can do.
You want something that can play games and run HD videos well, in which case I'd recommend you get something with a decent graphics card. In this case, getting a desktop computer will cost you a lot less.
If you can get something in the 800-1000 range you can get something that will last you for most of a decade, though even with 500-600 you can pretty much get what you need.
Remember, the important numbers when it comes to specs. You need a graphics card with a lot of video memory or VRAM (1GB is good) and at least 4GB system memory, though more is always better.
Also, when it comes to processors, there's not (usually) a simple number you can look at that'll give you an indication of how good it is, it gets a bit complicated there, but try to get one that keeps up with the rest of the components, basically something that falls into that price range.




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Re: I want a new computer - March 8th 2011, 03:16 PM

Just throwing my two cents in here as I'm an avid Sims 3 player myself...

For The Sims 3, processing power, memory and graphics power are important. If you're going to build a pc or have it built, make sure the processor inside runs at at least 2.2GHz, preferably more than that. Quad cores are overkill, the game doesn't utilize the cores anyways, it only uses 1. There are plenty of quick Dual Cores and their prices are only going to drop more and more.

As for graphics, there basically are two choices. ATI and nVidia. Personally, I've always had ATI cards and they never let me down, so I can't advise you on nVidia's cards. As far as graphics memory (GDDR), 512MB is enough for The Sims 3, 1GB is more than enough, but becoming the standard quickly. As far as the ATI Radeon HD range goes, any card above and including the 5670 will do the trick.

Memory wise (RAM) 2GB is the bottom line, 3GB is technically enough, but 4GB is more and more common nowadays. More never hurts.

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