14th Jun 2012, 8:10 AM
I bought a Gateway DX4860-UB33P. It has i5 8GB memory, 1TB hard drive. I believe it's a 64-bit system, Windows 7 of course. It has a PCIe slot. I know the power supply is only 300W, so I assume I'll need a new power supply as well. My old computer has an Nvidia 9800, but I've had problems with it. I had even read that with certain updates the card doesn't work well with Sims 3. When I first got my old computer (which was specially built for the Sims 3, by the way, it wouldn't even run. Once the video card came out with an update for the driver, I was able to run it. I only have 2GB ram, 32-bit system, dual core processor. I have all the expansions and stuff packs, but am only able to run up to Generations. I have 2GB of custom content from the Sims 3 Store. This is why I decided to buy the new computer. However, if the Gateway is a really bad computer to have, then I still have a couple weeks to return it. My budget was $1000, which I pretty much spent by the time I bought the monitor and the service agreements (possible waste of money?). So, I'm a bit nervous about getting an Nvidia because of my previous problems. Is it still the best card to get? Or are ATI Radeons good as well. Looking at prices, it appears that the Nvidia's are a bit cheaper. I'm not even sure what power supply to get, or how much. From my estimations and research, it looks like I'll need at least 750W power supply. Am I wrong? Should I return the Gateway? If so, is there a better model out there for a comparable price? If I should go ahead and keep it, what video card do you recommend? The only other games that I'll be running on this system, other then Sims, are hidden object games. They are not real graphic or ram intensive, but I thought I'd add this info in case you need it. I plan to continue purchasing all the stuff packs and expansions for Sims 3. I would also like to run Sims Medieval and it's expansions. I may or may not run Sims 2 on this system. If it's not recommended, it's not a problem. I will also continue adding custom content to the game. I would say that 5GB of custom content for me would not be out of the question, so I need a system able to handle that load. I also want to run it on maximum graphics settings. Maybe I'm asking for too much, I don't know. I do plan on moving on to Sims 4 when it comes out. I realize that I'll probably need an upgrade by then, but I don't want to have to upgrade too much. So, in other words....HELP!!!