2 weeks ago
hi, i need help finding a good (yet cheap) desktop computer that can run the sims 3 on high qualities. ive been doing a lot of research but since im not computer smart and dont know what half of the stuff means its been difficult. i also attend on getting all the expansion packs soon, so if anyone can link some good deaktops preferably under $900 but if i need to go above i can (side note i do live in the usa if you need that information.)
2 weeks ago
@BellyacheSimmer You don't need to spend anywhere near $900 if you're just looking to play Sims 3, even if you want to play with all packs on ultra settings. The cheapest options that would work are around $600 (monitor not included), although they really are just good enough.
So the question becomes, do you want to go with the cheapest computer that will work, or do you want something a bit better, or maybe something that fits your needs exactly? To that end, do you want extra storage for other purposes, and how much? Or are you okay with installing a second hard drive if and when you need it? (It's quite simple, and large mechanical drives can be under $50.) Do you want to futureproof this machine in case you want to play more demanding games later? Do you want to play on a 1920x1080 monitor, or would you prefer a higher resolution? Playing at 2560x1440 would make a slightly faster graphics card a better option, although that still wouldn't drive up the price all that much.
Let me know your preferences, and I can link some options. I started to look, but there were so many good choices between $650 and $800, I didn't want to spam you with links before knowing exactly what you were looking for.
a week ago
Hello, sorry for the late reply I've been busy with the online classes. I wouldn't want the cheapest I would like something a little better. I would also like to get a high-resolution monitor (2560x1440). I'd also like to have extra storage since I do play other minor games that don't take up that much space. and having it be futureproofed would be nice. Thank you for your help and don't be afraid to spam me with links (stay safe!)
a week ago
@BellyacheSimmer This doesn't at all qualify as a late reply—I've seen people come back months later. And school is definitely more important, as fun as shopping for a new computer might be.
A couple of details are useful to keep in mind when you have a bit of wiggle room in your budget. Memory and hard drives are extremely easy to install, either yourself or at a store. RAM clicks into a slot, and you're done; a hard drive needs to be slid into a slot and connected to the power supply and motherboard by cables, nothing more. (This is what it looks like, if you're curious.)
Graphics cards can be swapped out as well, although it's more complicated: the physical installation is a bit trickier, plus you'd need to make sure your power supply and motherboard supported the new card. A new processor usually means a new motherboard, which means rebuilding your computer from scratch. So if you're thinking about future upgrades, keep in mind what you'd need to do to swap out a given component.
Given what you want, I saw a few good options that were significanly cheaper than everything else. This one is the lowest I'd go though. Its graphics card, and AMD Radeon RX 580, should handle Sims 3 (all packs included) on ultra settings, even in QHD, but it's not really futureproofed for newer games. On the other hand, it's $620 on Best Buy and Amazon.
The next faster graphics card that's widely available is the Nvidia 1660. The Super and ti versions are about 5% and 6% faster than the standard version, but even the standard one is overkill for Sims 3 (and 25% faster than the RX 580). There are many different models with a 1660 in the $800 range, but this one, at $750, clearly has the best hardware. It comes with 16 GB RAM and an AMD Ryzen 3600, a processor that should be strong enough to handle whatever your plans are for at least five years, if not more. The motherboard and power supply should also support a faster GPU in the future. I believe the Amazon model is exactly the same as the one on Cyberpower's site, in case you don't want to order from Cyberpower.
These two computers only have a single 500 GB solid state drive. You definitely want an SSD for Sims 3, not to mention Windows, and 500 GB should be enough for TS3 plus saves, mods, and custom content; your other "minor games"; and whatever other random apps you'd like to install. And you could add more storage later, if you wanted. But if you'd prefer not to need to, there are other options with a smaller SSD and a larger HDD. The thing is, with a 256 GB SSD, you'd need to manage your storage carefully to make sure Windows kept enough room to maneuver.
Having said that, here are more options. This one is also $750, and it has only 8 GB RAM, plus a processor that's significantly weaker, but still more than good enough for TS3:
This one is $800 and has 16 GB RAM, even more storage, and a processor that's better than the 9400F above but still significantly behind the Ryzen 5 3600:
This one ($750) has the Ryzen 5 3600, 8 GB RAM, and the RX 580 GPU from the first link:
I could spam you with lots more links, but there was nothing else I saw that was better than the ones above for a similar price.
And please feel free to ask more questions. Come back whenever you have time, and I'll be around sooner or later.
a week ago
thank you very much! Id definitely be investing in one of these, if i will need you later i certainly will reply! have a good day/evening, stay safe during these times!