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Nysha's New Creators for February - posted on 1st Mar 2017 at 9:00 AM
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Lab Assistant
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#1 Old 18th Mar 2017 at 3:52 AM

This user has the following games installed:

Sims 2, University, Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage, Free Time, Apartment Life
Default Playing on an Integrated Graphics Card
Good evening,
I am somewhat concerned that sims 2 may damage my graphics card.
My laptop in the past has played Sims 4 no problem-but I have read articles stating that Sims 2 might damage a graphics card.
My laptop is the Asus F55la:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01L..._ob_neva_mobile
Do I have a reason to worry?
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Nťe whiterider
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#2 Old 18th Mar 2017 at 11:18 AM
That processor comes with Intel HD 520 graphics processing, which is fine for TS4 as long as you haven't got your graphics settings on max (source), and is more than sufficient for TS2 even on max settings - though you should limit the number of ridiculously high poly CC hairs you use. I don't know if you also play TS3, but if you do that laptop should be fine, though you'll have to turn down the graphics settings for later EPs.

Generally speaking, TS3 is far and away the most demanding of the sims games; TS4 is second and TS2 is third. Although it used to be true that integrated graphics were never suitable for gaming, they've improved significantly in the last few years; you still need to check, but for sims especially, you'll normally be okay with a new model. And TS2 is 13 years old, so most hardware can handle it nowadays.

I would be a little concerned about the amount of RAM on that laptop; integrated graphics will be using some of that RAM, the OS also needs some, so you may find you have some lag and/or slow loading. Unfortunately it's not that easy to upgrade laptop RAM after you've bought the laptop, so you may be stuck with it.

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Space Pony
#3 Old 18th Mar 2017 at 11:24 AM
100% agreed, Nysha. My laptop actually has Intel 520 as well, and I've played the UC before, and it runs well (aside from having to fix a flickering issue with the Graphics Rules Maker). Integrated chips have indeed come a long way since their inception.
Field Researcher
#4 Old 18th Mar 2017 at 2:43 PM
However, the difference in performance is quite noticeable. I have two graphics cards, one integrated (Intel HD Graphics 4600), and one dedicated (NVidia GeForce GTX 860M with 4 GB memory). I canít run Castaway Stories with my dedicated card, which I think is related to the fact that CS has built in windowed mode option possible to activate in game settings (if I try to run TS2 in windowed mode I get the same error, so Iím stuck with fullscreen), so the only way to run it is use my integrated card, and performance is nowhere as good as in TS2 ran with my GeForce, especially given that Iím obsessed with dense gardens and place plenty of plants everywhere. One of my lots in TS2 has about 8 FPS when zoomed out because of how big it is and the amount of things on it, and that is with the NVidia card Ė I prefer not to think what would happen if I ran it with the Intel card

What Iím trying to say is donít go crazy. Play on small lots (or if big, there shouldnít be many things on them), donít build extremely dense gardens, donít download tons of hi-poly CC with HD textures, and you should be fine.

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Lab Assistant
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#5 Old 18th Mar 2017 at 4:41 PM
Thank you all very much! My cc in the game (hair) never exceeds 1,700, and my settings are on medium-low. But thank you guys so much, I feel at ease now!
Test Subject
#6 Old 20th Mar 2017 at 7:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Emperor Crat
Thank you all very much! My cc in the game (hair) never exceeds 1,700, and my settings are on medium-low. But thank you guys so much, I feel at ease now!


My desktop computer has Intel HD 2000 graphics and I'm running ultimate collection at 1920 x 1080, all high settings except for the edge smoothing
Lab Assistant
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#7 Old 21st Mar 2017 at 3:16 AM
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Originally Posted by fun12892
My desktop computer has Intel HD 2000 graphics and I'm running ultimate collection at 1920 x 1080, all high settings except for the edge smoothing

Sounds awesome! Any lag?
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