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Gaming desktop reccomendations

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I’m looking for a gaming desktop but don’t want to pay anymore than $2000. I just play the sims 4 with mods and cc’s and my kids play Roblox but I want to feel like I’m in my Sims house (great graphics) and want faster loading speeds. What do you all think of these 2? I can play with specs if needed. Or your other recommendations are appreciated. I currently play on an 15in HP Envy 64-bit system with 16gb Ram and 1TB of storage, NVIDIA GeForce 940X

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@superfam04  If you're satisfied with what you're buying, I think you're getting a good system.  Remember too that you can add more RAM or another hard drive after the fact, if you decide you need an upgrade.

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Hi @superfam04 A few links below have some information for you.. apart from anyone else stopping by. Standard smile My personal fave, is Alienware, js: however...

 

Sasha


 

I have no connection to EA, am an Avid Mods/CC user, but don't make them:
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@superfam04  Both of those configurations are significant overkill for Sims 4.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, but you really don't need to spend anywhere near $2,000 on a desktop for Sims 4.  So the question becomes whether you'd like to get the cheapest good option, something of higher quality that should support upgrades, or something overpowered for other purposes, like other games.

 

Please also let me know the resolution of the monitor you intend to play on, and whether you'd like to run the game at 60 or 75 fps or something higher.  If you're undecided, that's fine, but that's part of the overall calculation—how powerful a graphics card you need will depend in large part on the number of pixels it has to render and at what frequency.

 

Let me know what you're thinking, whether you have a solid plan or are just kicking around ideas, and I'll look around for some good options.

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@puzzlezaddict First thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question and your help. I really don’t play other games. Other than the Sims 4, my other uses are internet browsing, typing an occasional document/letter, saving photos documents and my kids using it for google classroom and playing Roblox.
My current laptop plays pretty well with some lagging. I want a bigger better faster experience when playing the sims. I want to feel like I’m there and with faster loading rates. I have most of the sims packs, bunch of mods and custom content. 
For fps, I’m open to your suggestions.  I hope this helps and thanks again. 

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@Sashas0nicThank you for taking the time to reply to my question. This is very helpful.

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You're welcome, hope you find what you like Thumbs up

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@superfam04  As far as in-game framerates go, it's hard to say what the best option is for you because some people can't tell the difference between 60 fps and higher.  Others can and would prefer to play with higher framerates.  But if you're used to 60 fps and are fine with it, then a 75 Hz monitor should work great.  Additionally, a higher-resolution monitor, either QHD (2560x1440) or 4k (3840x2160) would be a significant step up as well.  I don't know what size you want the monitor to be though, or even if you have one picked out; if you don't have one in mind, let me know either the size you want (measured on the diagonal) or the width you'd prefer it to be.

 

For the computer itself, I found one option that's priced significantly below what I'd expect, with a very new, very fast graphics card that should easily run Sims 4 in 4k at 60 or 75 fps.  (This card is about 35% faster in gaming than the 5700XT.)  The processor is not overly powerful but is more than fine for the game, and the motherboard socket it uses would support a CPU upgrade if you decided you needed one for other reasons in a few years.  Its other components are all good or great quality, as good as or better than what you'd find in a prebuilt PC from a typical manufacturer.

 

https://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Gaming-Instant-Ship-GM-99577

 

It does only have 500 GB storage; while that's more than enough for most people, it kind of sounds like you might be looking for more than that.  If so, you could easily add another drive yourself, now or later.  But if you don't want to need to do that, there aren't any other desktops with as fast a graphics card in the same price range; the next cheapest one I found is this, for $1,400, with a 1 TB SSD:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Skytech-Shadow-3-0-Gaming-Desktop/dp/B08R45ZC6Q

 

To be clear though, you don't need such a fast graphics card for Sims 4, and in fact if you're planning on playing on a 1080p monitor, it would be a waste of power even at 144 Hz.  For 60 or 75 fps, something with a 1660 ti or Super would be perfectly fine and likely not run particularly close to its max workload while you played.  For example, these would work:

 

https://www.amazon.com/CyberpowerPC-Xtreme-i5-10400F-GeForce-GXiVR8060A10/dp/B08FBK2DK5

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/cyberpowerpc-gamer-xtreme-gaming-desktop-intel-core-i5-10600kf-8gb-memo...

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1560350-REG/msi_mpg_trident_3_10si_002us.html

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-legion-tower-5-amd-gaming-desktop-amd-ryzen-7-3700x-16gb-memory-...

 

There are plenty of other options; these are just the cheapest ones I saw that are made by reputable companies.  In this price range, 8 GB RAM is typical, but it's easy enough to upgrade to 16 GB, which is more than you'd ever need for Sims 4, even with some multitasking in the background.

 

For the Nvidia 1660/2060 options, it would also be easy to customize a desktop with your preferred configuration, if you'd rather have the extra storage or memory already installed.  For example, this Dell is $1,062 with a 1660 ti or $1,152 with the slightly faster 2060, plus 16 GB RAM, a 1 TB SSD, and an upgraded power supply:

 

https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/desktop-computers/dell-g5-gaming-desktop/spd/g-series-5000-desktop/g...

https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/desktop-computers/dell-g5-gaming-desktop/spd/g-series-5000-desktop/g...

 

I didn't compare the prices for prebuilt systems because there are too many possibilities to cover; you'd need to at least choose the level of graphics card you wanted, then we could go from there.  But it's fairly simple to find the cheapest good options with exactly the components you want as long as I know the basics.  That's why I asked about the monitor—assuming you'd like to play with ultra graphics settings, it's easy enough to figure out what GPU would max out that monitor.

 

Anyway, let me know what you're thinking, more or less, and we can narrow things down from here if necessary.

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@puzzlezaddict you are awesome, thank you so much. I’m really liking the cyber power pc’s. As for monitor, I would like at least a 25 in if possible. I’m perfectly fine with 60 fps.
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@superfam04  Just wanted to take a minute and let you know that I have a Cyberpower pc and I love it. As a matter-of-fact, this is my second gaming pc from them. Nothing was wrong with the first one I used for several years. I got a new one because I wanted to upgrade and opted to buy a new one so I could give the old one to my granddaughter, who also plays sims. Her Mac had gotten so old and I wanted to help her out. We enjoy sharing the simming experience and she is enjoying playing on the "new to her" gaming pc. Standard smile

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@superfam04  For a 25" or larger monitor, I'd go with QHD (2560x1440) unless you really don't mind the lower resolution.  My 27" is QHD and looks a bit pixellated if I pay close attention, although I don't notice it at all when I'm playing.  Anyway, take a look at these and let me know what you think.  They're all QHD and have IPS panels, which have the best colors and contrast, and they're made by quality manufacturers.

 

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-q27q-10-27-ips-led-qhd-freesync-monitor-displayport-hdmi-black/6...

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-27mq-27-ips-led-qhd-monitor-hdmi-vga-silver-black/6426785.p?skuId=64...

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1429422-REG/asus_designo_mz27aql_27_wqhd.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1456960-REG/acer_um_hv7aa_003_v277u_bmiipx_27_16_9.html

https://www.amazon.com/BenQ-2560x1440-Widescreen-BL2420PT-DisplayPort/dp/B01LHYIATA

 

All except the last are 27", since 25" is a more uncommon size.  (If you want something more like 32", that's easy to find too.)

 

This one is a bit more expensive, but I figured I'd mention it because my brother got the 144 Hz version two years ago and loves it:

 

https://www.newegg.com/nixeus-27/p/0JC-00E7-00009?Item=0JC-00E7-00009

 

These are more of a starting point—if you like one, great, but if none of them are quite what you're looking for, let me know why, so I can narrow down the search.

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