I currently have an HP desktop, approximately 4 years old, which I would like to upgrade to the point where I'd be able to run Sims 3 fairly smoothly. I have Sims 2 installed, and a few (not all) expansions, but it doesn't load or run as smoothly as it used to. I haven't played in so long for this very reason.
(My computer also grumbles at me quite often lately, so I'm hoping a memory upgrade would help with that).
My current specs are:Windows XP Home Edition
Service Pack 2
HP Pavilion a1110n
Intel Celeron CPU 3.06 GHz
3.07 GHz, 504 MB RAM
Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller
The Sims 3 system requirements are as follows (via here
):Windows XP Service Pack 2
2.0 GHz P4 Processor or equivalent
1 GB RAM
At least 6.5 GB hard drive space
128 MB Video Card w/ support for Pixel Shader 2.0
Ideally, I'd like a new HP in general, but I can't really swing that right now, so I'm willing to upgrade if the cost won't be too ridiculous. No more than $80 each
for memory and video card, preferably. I'm not sure if there's anything in that range that will help though!
If anyone could advise on the minimum to run the game smoothly
(not minimum period), and give examples of components that are compatible with my system, I'd appreciate it!
I can get any other specs you might need if you tell me where to find them.