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Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#1 Old 3rd Sep 2017 at 11:18 AM

This user has the following games installed:

Sims 3, World Adventures, Ambitions, Late Night, Generations, Pets, Supernatural, Seasons, University Life, Into the Future
Will Sims 3 run properly on my new planned computer?
My computer won't handle Sims 3 too well, because it was made way back in 2007. Now, I'm planning to shop for a new computer, a notebook.
Will Sims 3 (on low or medium or even high graphics) run on this new notebook? Also, write down if it'll have some problems (like new video card etc.)

Specs:

CPU: Intel Core i5 7200U (2,5 GHz)
RAM: DDR4 8 GB
Video Card: nVIDIA GeForce 920MX
VRAM: GDDR3 2 GB
HDD: 1 TB
OS: Windows 10

So far, it seems it's cool.

Also, as I mentioned, if it'll run properly, write down which graphical option should I choose. Low, Medium, or High? Thank you!

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Top Secret Researcher
#2 Old 3rd Sep 2017 at 1:20 PM
The base game and probably the early EPs should run, not in the highest of resolutions nor on high graphics settings but it's going to depend on your definition of "properly" and whether you expect to be installing all EPs or not. The U-series processors are a bit weak, there are better choices, but that will potentially slow things down rather than stop the game from running. The weak spot is the graphics card, the 920MX is a very low-end card and not really strong enough for TS3. I would recommend a 960M or higher within that series, others will say that's overkill and a 950M would suffice. In the more recently released Nvidia series, certainly a 1050 mobile or higher would also be fine (they do now make lower end cards in the 1000 series, but I've never seen a computer come with one). Of course, the stronger graphics card in either series will drive the price up unfortunately.
Alchemist
#3 Old 3rd Sep 2017 at 2:47 PM
Sounds pretty good, except for the graphics card. Get yourself a better graphics card and you should be all set. And I'd recommend looking into an SSD too, because you really can't do without an SSD nowadays. The highest settings should be doable too, but like @igazor said, be mindful of the expansions.

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Instructor
#4 Old 3rd Sep 2017 at 3:06 PM
If you haven't bought it, wait a little further, I heard the 8th gen Intel Core will soon be release before the end of this year, the next 8th gen Core i5 will be the same like the current 7th gen of i7 with 4 Cores 8 Threads instead of just of 4 Cores and 4 Threads. As for the U series processors are not necessary weaker than the M series, that will be depend on what rank of each processor in the same i5 line up for example, the difference between the U vs the M (or QM) series are usually how the processor installed/mounted to the motherboard, the U series is permanently soldered to the motherboard while the M (or QM) series are not, the M or QM uses processor's socket just like in Desktop PC motherboard, therefore the M or QM processors are usually upgradeable to higher spec processor (as long as in the same platform/generation), while in U series that's not an option, and if something went wrong with the U series processor's motherboard, you'll need to replace it including the processor, so it's likely to cost you more if something went wrong with the motherboard. .
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#5 Old 3rd Sep 2017 at 4:02 PM
Default Thanks!
Thanks for all of these very helpful answers. Really appreciate them. However, this is a pre-built laptop, so I can't really change it. I can tinker on desktop PCs, however, I don't really know too much about notebook architecture. Very unfortunate, as you said. I'll see what I get. And also, a great graphics card isn't that cheap. We really don't have too much budget.

To Igazor: My definition of "properly"... Well, technically ANYTHING after 10 years of suffering. I'll be incredibly careful with EPs and CC. I'll likely skip WA, Showtime, KPST, Diesel Stuff, Movie Stuff, because I really don't like those.
To Grijze: Well, I currently have an SSD, I'll likely put it into the laptop, if I can.
To PapaEmy: I don't currently know too much about the motherboard and it's architecture. I'd ask however, can I overclock the processor, without destroying it?

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Instructor
#6 Old 3rd Sep 2017 at 5:26 PM
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Originally Posted by HelloSims324
To PapaEmy: I don't currently know too much about the motherboard and it's architecture. I'd ask however, can I overclock the processor, without destroying it?


I wouldn't recommend overclocking for notebook/laptop, unless you really have the built-in "extra proper" cooling for overclocking like the Asus ROG or Allienware laptops, but even so I still wouldn't recommend it, because when laptop's motherboard failed, most of the cases were because of overheating issues, especially the ones with Nvidia or Radeon dedicated gpu, you may accidently destroy your processor by overclocking it in PC because of lacking extra proper cooling, but for laptops's case, your motherboard are likely the one to get destroyed first, besides.. you also won't need overclocking for TS3 in particular, because most of its problematic like lags/freezes are from the game not because lack of hardware power/performance alone, the nature of the open world simulation in TS3 are the one that eventually will bottlenecking the CPU.

In terms of TS3, I would recommend to understand the game's native problems first before blaming on lacking of hardware performance, especially when EPs SPs Patches CCs and mods were added. Try to play TS3 BG alone without adding any of them (except for FPS Limiter to protect your gpu), when the world you're playing are getting more crowded and more complex, it is then TS3 is bottlenecking your CPU when it starting to lags/freezes no matter how powerful your processor is, so the bottom line is, you can't play TS3 forever without ending, you'll have to start over with a new one eventually, somehow.. somewhere.. even if you only have TS3 BG only
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#7 Old 4th Sep 2017 at 5:10 PM
One thing that REALLY worth noting: My Sims 3 on my old current computer only suffers in CPU and RAM problems, graphics are pretty crap too, but some minor glitches won't draw my attention. However, there are some major ones like glitchy pet body (completely disintegrates them), glitches with the Fairy Wing, and such.

As Papa said, Sims 3 has problems with it's nature in itself, like horrible, horrible optimization, Island Paradise and it's glitchy world, and Open-World.
While Sims 3 may have problems, I'd be interested in Sims 4, but I don't want to go too off-topic.

Weegee!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#8 Old 4th Sep 2017 at 5:13 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by PapaEmy
I wouldn't recommend overclocking for notebook/laptop, unless you really have the built-in "extra proper" cooling for overclocking like the Asus ROG or Allienware laptops, but even so I still wouldn't recommend it, because when laptop's motherboard failed, most of the cases were because of overheating issues, especially the ones with Nvidia or Radeon dedicated gpu, you may accidently destroy your processor by overclocking it in PC because of lacking extra proper cooling, but for laptops's case, your motherboard are likely the one to get destroyed first, besides.. you also won't need overclocking for TS3 in particular, because most of its problematic like lags/freezes are from the game not because lack of hardware power/performance alone, the nature of the open world simulation in TS3 are the one that eventually will bottlenecking the CPU.

In terms of TS3, I would recommend to understand the game's native problems first before blaming on lacking of hardware performance, especially when EPs SPs Patches CCs and mods were added. Try to play TS3 BG alone without adding any of them (except for FPS Limiter to protect your gpu), when the world you're playing are getting more crowded and more complex, it is then TS3 is bottlenecking your CPU when it starting to lags/freezes no matter how powerful your processor is, so the bottom line is, you can't play TS3 forever without ending, you'll have to start over with a new one eventually, somehow.. somewhere.. even if you only have TS3 BG only


Oh, thanks for the lot of info. It's pretty rare to see such professional in such sites.

Weegee!
Alchemist
#9 Old 4th Sep 2017 at 5:31 PM
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Originally Posted by HelloSims324
While Sims 3 may have problems, I'd be interested in Sims 4, but I don't want to go too off-topic.

I'd really stick with TS3 if I were you because it's the better game, plain and simple. It takes a little effort to set up correctly, but once you've done that you'd be mad to go with TS4 instead.

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