Instead of making a new thread I wanted to ask again for a recommendation for a new laptop. I’ve been given a gift card for Amazon UK so would like to use it towards a new laptop.
My budget is up to £1100
15” to 17”
Ability to play Sims 4 and potentially 5 with lots of CC with high settings and graphics.
Thanks again in advance
@serenity_lopez For £1,100 or under, the fastest graphics card you can get, at least from Amazon, is an Nvidia 1660 ti. That's not much of a loss though: the 2060 is only a few percentage points faster, and laptops with the new 3060 are either sold out or yet to be released.
Take a look at these four laptops, all with a 1660 ti, and see what you think:
I listed them in order of weakest to strongest processor, although the CPUs are all more than fine for Sims 4, and that should always be the case. These all have only 8 GB RAM, but since you wouldn't be spending your full budget, you'd still have more than the £40 or so it should cost to get another 8 GB if you want it. (You'll probably want it sooner or later.) I didn't see any laptops with 16 GB RAM and a 1660 ti for under £1,150, but that's not surprising: many laptops in this category are built with 8 GB under the assumption that some users will want to upgrade to 32 GB and others 16.
All of these are quality laptops. The Lenovo gets the best reviews on the reilable sites, but the gap is not large. The Asus does run hot, but that shouldn't be an issue for Sims 4 at least.
As for Sims 5, we don't know when (or really if) it's coming, or even if it's going to be a real computer game as opposed to some mobile hangout with your friends type of thing. So I can't really tell you what you'd need to run it. But I would guess that it wouldn't be more demanding than the current version of Sims 4 until at least a couple years and a handful of expansion packs in, if that's any reassurance. So if it's two years to release, and another two before the game has a chance to catch up with Sims 4, that's a good amount of time to have a powerful gaming laptop.
By the way, you could play Sims 4 on ultra settings with an Nvidia 1650, but since laptops with a 1660 ti aren't that much more expensive, and you'd like to futureproof, I left those options out.
Thank you so much. I added a bit more and went with this one:
I’m looking forward to finally having a laptop that just glides through games!
@serenity_lopez Great to hear. I hope you enjoy it. And if there are any issues getting the game set up, you know where to find us.