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Do I meet SIMS 3 requirements?


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#1 tambyte

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 11:13 PM

Hi,

I am thinking about buying a laptop from a friend of mine for $380 bucks. But I wanted to get an opinion on if it's worth it and if I would be able to play SIMS 3 on it. I'm not a huge gamer and I know this laptop isn't a gaming laptop, but I thought it might me big enough to try SIMS 3. Here are the specs:

Dell Precision M70
Processor: Intel Pentium M - 2.0 GHz processor
Hard Drive: 100 GB HD
Memory: 2GB DDR RAM
Optical Drive: DVD+RW
Display: 15.4 Wide UXGA LCD 1920x1200 res.
Video Adapter: Nvidia Quadro Go1400 with 256 MB VRAM
Power Supply: PA-10---90W A/C Adapter
Operating System: Windows XP Pro

Any advice would be appreciated, I kinda prefer just buying a new video card for my desktop, but I wouldn't mind having a laptop for when I travel, but I don't want to waste my money if it's not worth it.

Thanks.

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#2 sn0zb0z

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 04:30 AM

The system requirements are:

Desktop PC (Windows XP + SP2):
CPU: 2ghz Pentium4 Processor or Amd Athlon 2000+ Processor
RAM: 1 GB of RAM
GPU: 128mb Video Card (GeForce FX 5900 or Radeon 9500)

Desktop PC (Windows Vista + SP1):
CPU: 2ghz Pentium4 Processor or Amd Athlon 2400+ Processor
RAM: 1.5 GB of RAM
GPU: 128mb Video Card (GeForce FX 5900 or Radeon 9500)

Laptop (Windows XP + SP2):
CPU: 2ghz Pentium4 Processor or Amd Athlon 2000+ Processor
RAM: 1.5 GB of RAM
GPU: 128mb Video Card (GeForce Go 6200 or Radeon 9600)


Laptop (Windows Vista + SP1):
CPU: 2ghz Pentium4 Processor or Amd Athlon 2400+ Processor
RAM: 2 GB of RAM
GPU: 128mb Video Card (GeForce Go 6200 or Radeon 9600

Supported PC graphics cards:

nVidia GeForce series
FX 5900, FX 5950
6200, 6500, 6600, 6800
7200, 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950
8400, 8500, 8600, 8800
9300, 9400, 9500, 9600, 9800
G100, GT 120, GT 130
GTS 150, GTS 250
GTX 260, GTX 280, GTX 285, GTX 295

ATi Radeon series
9500, 9600, 9800
X300, X600, X700, X800, X850
X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
2400, 2600, 2900
3450, 3650, 3850, 3870
4850, 4870

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator series
GMA 3-Series
GMA 4-Series

For a laptop on Windows XP the processor only just meets the requirements at 2ghz. The RAM is enough. I'm not 100% sure as far as graphics go, but for the other things it should run it, although I wouldn't expect it to be fast.

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 07:26 PM

I don't know if I would chance it. The minimum requirements are usually the basics to install the game, and have your computer chug along on low graphics settings with lag.

The processor is a bit lacking, and the graphics card isn't made for gaming, it's for professional use. For $380, that's not even that great of a deal. If you have a local bestbuy ad on sunday, I've seen laptops for $400-$500 with dual-core processors, 2-3gb of ram, and maybe a basic graphics card. if you want to be able to game on a laptop though, even on lower settings, you're probably looking at a $600 laptop.
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