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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 1:12 AM DefaultHow to have better skins - just barely starting to play TS3? #1
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I've only ever played The Sims 3 about five years ago, back when my computer was so old I made it through ten minutes of the game before it crashed. Now I've just installed the base game plus a few EPs (Ambitions, Pets, University, Supernatural, and Generations... thinking of getting the 'future' one). However, I notice my skins are far from realistic - I do know there are CC I can download to make it better.

Do I have to download an HQ mod for 2k textures plus skins, or only skins/clothes/etc are fine for itself? Even then, for my specs, should I download 2k or 4k textures?

Any other tips to make things visually better, or enhance the way the game flows overall? Thanks!

(Mine being... a 1080p monitor, RTX 2060, Ryzen 5 2600x)
Old 22nd Feb 2019, 2:19 AM #2
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HQ mod is just for screenshots, not for playing. Typically realistic skin CCs are just fine.

the higher the resolution of the textures, the more RAM it uses, and the higher chance for Error 12 when you save.

Visit: https://www.nraas.net/community/home
to improve game performance.

Visit: https://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/...ms3performance/
for information about TS3 graphics setting

This helps graphics improvement, but it is mostly for Nvidia:

If you have extra RAM to spare, this will improve your game:

And check if you need to unpark your CPU cores to improve performance:

Keep your savegames clean:

Sanity is overrated.

Nitromon is a type of Pokemon encountered in the Pokemon Nitrome Version series.

There. Mystery solved.
Old 22nd Feb 2019, 8:00 AM #3

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Get a lighting mod (I normally use those by brntwaffles, scroll past the TS4 ones): http://brntwaffles.tumblr.com/tagged/lighting-mod
And this star field in 2048x2048: http://brntwaffles.tumblr.com/post/...package-file-in
Outdoor lighting tweaks: http://modthesims.info/d/367164/out...weaks-v2-2.html
More light coming through windows: http://modthesims.info/d/573035/mor...gh-windows.html
2x bigger moon: http://memeingfulcorndoge.tumblr.co...65/moonsizemods

For skins, I mostly use Kurasoberina's Primer and a few others: http://kurasoberina.tumblr.com/post...y-elder-this-is
And for eyes, the defaults are pleyita's Fourth of July eyes: http://pleyita.tumblr.com/old

My Simblr | CC reuploads: pocci | Hal's Archive | mitarasi | Modish Kitten | Kewai-Dou
If you have concerns about my stuff, please PM me! I see PMs much faster than thread comments :)
Old 7th Mar 2019, 5:38 AM #4
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Make sure you only use one default replacement skin, you can have as many non-defaults as you like but only one default replacement.

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