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Old 26th Jun 2014, 12:28 AM DefaultWanting to buy new computer - need advice #1
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So I've decided to buy a new computer so I can start playing the sims 2 again. I used to play it on my laptop, but it wasn't working well enough for me to continue playing. I'm wanting to by a desktop this time.. I talked to a friend that builds computers and he said it would be cheaper to buy one instead. He sent me some links of computers he thought would work well for the sims 2. The one I'm thinking about is "HP - ENVY Desktop - Intel Core i5 - 12GB Memory - 2TB Hard Drive" The specifications if gives is:
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4440 processor
Features a 6MB cache and 3.1GHz processor speed.
Intel® Core™ i5 processor
Features smart 4-way processing performance with a speed boost.
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Automatically speeds up your processor when your PC needs extra performance. Intel® HD graphics are built into Intel's smart new processors.
12GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM
For multitasking power, expandable to 16GB.
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media; also supports DVD-RAM.
2TB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times. Box provides 50GB of lifetime Cloud storage, so you can keep plenty of mobile content in 1 place.
Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Feature up to 1792MB total available video memory as allocated by Windows 8 for lush images with rich, intricate detail.
Multidisplay capability
Allows you to connect a 2nd monitor via a rear DVI-D interface for additional workspace (monitors not included).
15-in-1 media reader
Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, SDXC, CompactFlash I/II, Microdrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Select, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick MagicGate and Memory Stick Duo formats.
Also supports Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick MagicGate Duo and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo (8-bit) formats.
4 USB 3.0 and 8 USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
Built-in 2.4GHz 1x1 high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n)
Lets you quickly connect to the Internet without wires.
Bluetooth 4.0 interface
Allows simple pairing with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a cell phone or MP3 player.
Built-in 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet LAN
Enables quick and easy wired Web connection.
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.
Software package included
With CyberLink PhotoDirector, CyberLink PowerDirector, Cyberlink PowerDVD and more. Includes 1-month trial of Microsoft Office 365.

I've read that ts2 doesn't work with windows 8, so I would be :trying: to get windows 7 on it instead.. I know nothing about computers and would like someone's advise as to whether or not this computer would work good for ts2 and all of the ep's and sp's. (I don't know if this is the appropriate place to post this.. if it's not, so sorry!)
Old 26th Jun 2014, 1:51 AM #2
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The suggested computer does seem to have an integrated graphic chip and no dedicated graphics card. It's not a good idea to use it for sims 2 with all eps.
Which country are you buying from and what is your budget?
Old 26th Jun 2014, 1:55 AM #3
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I'm buying from the United States and was hoping to spend $800 or less. Hopefully that's a reasonable budget!
Old 26th Jun 2014, 5:33 AM #4
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How much is the computer you mentioned in first post, and who is selling it?
Old 26th Jun 2014, 7:55 AM #5
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$749.99 at bestbuy.com
I've been looking up the specifications for sims 2 and oh my gosh. Is it even possible to find a good, cheap, new computer that can run it?! :P
Old 26th Jun 2014, 11:19 AM #6
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Old 26th Jun 2014, 11:53 AM #7
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I've never heard of AVATAR brand, but price wise thats a decent find. It should run the sims 2, without problems. Don't forget to add the cost of a screen if you don't already have one.
Old 2nd Jul 2014, 9:16 PM #8
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Hey! So, I have kind of the same question:
I'm going to buy a new computer for playins sims, I have already a computer were I only play sims on, but it's kind of old and not so good anymore. And with the release of sims 4 I would like to buy a new one (I have a laptop but the graphic card is shit).

So my question is, can anyone help me with finding a good computer NOT laptop for my sims 2 and the upcomming sims 4 (and maybe I'm gong to give sims 3 a shot too). I'm also cc addicted and have now 7,90 GB of cc for sims 2, so when cc for sims 4 is released, I'm gonna attack.

Anyway, I've found these 2 computers, they are the same but with 2 different graphic cards, GeFroce GT 635 or GeForce GT 625 , which will work best? And are they like bad, average good or really good for playing sims?
The links of the 2 computers (I'm from belgium so it's in Dutch) (Idk if you can translate it or something)

http://www.mediamarkt.be/mcs/produc...html?langId=-17
http://www.mediamarkt.be/mcs/produc...html?langId=-17

If those 2 are like bad, can you give me like names of graphic cards that are very good and some other things I need to have? (I'm a noob when it comes to processors and stuff) I do knwo that i would like to have at least 1 Terrabyte of space and 8GB RAM.

So, computer kings, if you can help me sort this out, I love you! :D
Old 3rd Jul 2014, 5:16 AM #9
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puddingfishcake, can you start your own thread please? It'll be easier for the people helping you. Also, what is your budget? I'm assuming you're buying from belgium, is that right? Do you already have a computer screen. keyboard and mouse?
Old 3rd Jul 2014, 6:20 AM #10
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16883227572
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16883229495
are both slightly more popular brands, falling on either side of the AMD/Intel divide. Personally, I'd go for the AMD machine and maybe use that extra $$$ to pick up my copy of Windows 7 and maybe squeeze in an OS SSD if I could find one on sale.

Basically the bottom line advice is: Do not shop at Best Buy for computers. Best Buy is overpriced and sells old stock for new prices.
Old 7th Jul 2014, 10:26 PM #11
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What exactly is an OS SSD? And would that AMD computer work good for all ep's, sp's, and alot of cc?
Old 8th Jul 2014, 8:42 AM #12
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OS SSD = Solid State Drive for your Operating System. AMD chips are pretty comparable to Intel ones up until you hit the very newest and best ones.
Old 9th Jul 2014, 2:44 AM #13
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Sorry, I'm dumb when it comes to computers.. What do they do exactly?
Old 9th Jul 2014, 11:19 AM #14
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Old 9th Jul 2014, 11:45 AM #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xoLyndseyy
Sorry, I'm dumb when it comes to computers.. What do they do exactly?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI0JmKp1v4U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQEjGKYXjw8
Old 9th Jul 2014, 9:07 PM #16
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That helped alot! Thank you! What size OS SSD should I consider? I won't have a whole lot of money to spend on one.
Old 10th Jul 2014, 5:26 AM #17
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Don't get anything smaller than 120GB. 250GB is recommended. If your budget doesn't allow for a 120GB SSD just don't buy one. It helps and makes your computer faster, but it's not a necessity.
Old 10th Jul 2014, 9:31 PM #18
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Old 10th Jul 2014, 10:25 PM #19
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That's an external drive - one you plug in with a USB cable. You want an internal one.

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Old 11th Jul 2014, 6:26 AM #20
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Quote:
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I'm using this one in my computer: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Elect.../dp/B00E3W1726/
Newegg link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...=9SIA29P1EC5222
Old 19th Sep 2014, 4:46 AM #21
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I know I haven't posted in this for a couple of months, but I FINALLY have the money to buy a computer. I'm think this one is what I will be buying, but I'd just like to make sure it would run the game good! I probably sound paranoid, but I just want to make sure the computer will work before I spend so much money! Thanks in advance! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16883227578
Last edited by xoLyndseyy : 19th Sep 2014 at 9:21 PM. Reason: Forgot to add the link!
Old 22nd Sep 2014, 4:07 AM #22
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bump.. please!
Old 22nd Sep 2014, 10:04 AM #23
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Don't buy iBuyPower... and when I'm checking that page and it says out of stock.
 


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