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Hi! Asking my first question here so bare with me as I figure out how to use the forums...
I'm wanting to purchase a new laptop to play Sims 3 and I need help knowing what will be compatible with game. Below I have posted 2 links, one is for the DELL Inspiron 15 5593 and the other for the ACER Nitro 7 AN715-51.

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/dell-inspiron-15-5593-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i5-512-gb-ssd-silver-10199737-pdt.html

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/acer-nitro-7-an715-51-15-6-gaming-laptop-intel-core-i7-gtx-1660-ti-512-gb-ssd-10194172-pdt.html

Obviously the Dell is considerably cheaper so that would be the desirable of the two; but equally happy to pay a higher price to ensure compatibility.

I'd also like to be able to watch films, potentially play other PC games and perform general laptop tasks so the sound and overall quality is important to me too.
Happy to take any other suggestions.
Thank you in advance!
 
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although sim 3 doesn't have a high hardware requirements
I still recommend the Acer one since it has a individual graphics card and you might wanna play other games with higher requirements
 

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Acer is equipped with GTX 1660 Ti and therefore capable of running games.
 

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That acer has 8gb ram which is a bit low nowadays. I'd suggest this one instead


16gb ram and larger 17.3” screen for movies etc.
I would rather recommend adding one stick of ram by himself with the acer, it's not worth spending 200 more just for 8GB of ram
 
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I would rather recommend adding one stick of ram by himself with the acer, it's not worth spending 200 more just for 8GB of ram
They probably throw the ram in for free, the Rog Strix sticker adds $200 to the price. :laugh:
 
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You can also take this into consider, the specs are similar to the ACER Nitro 7 AN715-51
 

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Thank you for all the feedback!
Recently saw the ASUS TUF as well... this is slightly cheaper but still seems to have good specs; would this be a better option ?

 
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From the 3dmark benchmark,
the time spy average score of 9750H with 1660Ti vs 3550H with RX 560X is 5648 to 1924,
while the fire strike average score is 12052 to 5529.
From passmark and userbenchmark,
the 9750H is about 30% to 40% faster than the 3550H
I would go for the ACER Nitro 7 AN715-51
 
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From the 3dmark benchmark,
the time spy average score of 9750H with 1660Ti vs 3550H with RX 560X is 5648 to 1924,
while the fire strike average score is 12052 to 5529.
From passmark and userbenchmark,
the 9750H is about 30% to 40% faster than the 3550H
I would go for the ACER Nitro 7 AN715-51
The Nitro is also 470 pounds more expensive.

If the goal is playing Sims and similar types of games, then the TUF is a solid buy.
Or this thing
 

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The Nitro is also 470 pounds more expensive.

If the goal is playing Sims and similar types of games, then the TUF is a solid buy.
Or this thing
I read somewhere that you ideally need at least 500GB SSD. I do like the Dells but the fact they only have 256GB SSD has put me off purchasing one. Do you think the 256GB would be enough?
 

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I read somewhere that you ideally need at least 500GB SSD. I do like the Dells but the fact they only have 256GB SSD has put me off purchasing one. Do you think the 256GB would be enough?
That laptop also has a 1TB HDD, so you'll be fine. Have Windows and programs and stuff on the SSD and the games on HDD.
 

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There's only four important things for The Sims 3:
1) A really fast SSD, NVMe is best. The game has a lot of assets to load from disk and the faster they load, the less you're waiting for it to load.
2) At least 8 GiB of RAM. The game is 32-bit and it needs all 4 GiB it can get. 8 GiB is enough but don't go less than that.
3) High clockspeed processor. Game probably doesn't use more than two cores but recommend quad-core for general use. A 4 GHz quad-core is going to run the game better than a 3 GHz 8-core. Everyday at 4 am, the game pauses as it does all the AI simulation for the day. The more assets in the neighborhood and the slower the processor, the longer it pauses.
4) Dedicated GPU recommended. A lot of integrated GPUs will refuse to work. Vega integrated into Ryzen chips should be able to handle the game...but I don't know about newer Intel GPUs.


#2 is critical. If you don't have enough memory and the game needs it, it will crash. The game with all the expansions needs that memory.

#4 is critical. If the GPU is inadequate, the game will black screen.

#1 and #3 are optional: they reduce loading times and the like.
 
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There's only four important things for The Sims 3:
1) A really fast SSD, NVMe is best. The game has a lot of assets to load from disk and the faster they load, the less you're waiting for it to load.
2) At least 8 GiB of RAM. The game is 32-bit and it needs all 4 GiB it can get. 8 GiB is enough but don't go less than that.
3) High clockspeed processor. Game probably doesn't use more than two cores but recommend quad-core for general use. A 4 GHz quad-core is going to run the game better than a 3 GHz 8-core. Everyday at 4 am, the game pauses as it does all the AI simulation for the day. The more assets in the neighborhood and the slower the processor, the longer it pauses.
4) Dedicated GPU recommended. A lot of integrated GPUs will refuse to work. Vega integrated into Ryzen chips should be able to handle the game...but I don't know about newer Intel GPUs.


#2 is critical. If you don't have enough memory and the game needs it, it will crash. The game with all the expansions needs that memory.

#4 is critical. If the GPU is inadequate, the game will black screen.

#1 and #3 are optional: they reduce loading times and the like.
This is brilliant information, thank you. Following from that; do you think that any of the mentioned laptops fit the criteria or can you suggest anything else?
 
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Thank you for all the feedback!
Recently saw the ASUS TUF as well... this is slightly cheaper but still seems to have good specs; would this be a better option ?

For Sims3 the above system is the best value for money of the options that have been suggested. Go with this one.
 
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The following is based exclusively on processor + GPU + RAM + storage and how it would run The Sims 3. I'm not looking at other things that are important (like monitor, build quality, customer support, warranty, etc.).

#1 Hell no to this one. 1 GHz base clock...that's so potato.


#2 Good but might be overkill. 4.5 GHz peak clock is great, 2.4 GHz base clock is sad but...they all are because laptop. The overkill is that it has six cores. Sims 3 is not well multithreaded so the processor will be mostly idle. Good news is that it is more likely to hit that 4.5 GHz peak.

That acer has 8gb ram which is a bit low nowadays. I'd suggest this one instead


16gb ram and larger 17.3” screen for movies etc.
#3 Same as #2 but more memory. Not a bad idea but that's a money decision for you.

You can also take this into consider, the specs are similar to the ACER Nitro 7 AN715-51
#4 Same as #2.

Thank you for all the feedback!
Recently saw the ASUS TUF as well... this is slightly cheaper but still seems to have good specs; would this be a better option ?

#5 The best of the cheap options but the processor is slower than I'd like. This option is much better than #1 because of a much higher base clock (2.1 GHz).


The Nitro is also 470 pounds more expensive.

If the goal is playing Sims and similar types of games, then the TUF is a solid buy.
Or this thing
#6 It's about on par with #5 but 1 TB 5400 RPM drive, I wouldn't recommend. If I bought that laptop, the first thing I'd do is take that out which means that's about $50 wasted right there. Take #5 over #6.


If I had to pick from these laptops, it would be #5. That said, I would be looking for a laptop with a Ryzen 5 4600H processor. Curry's doesn't list any...…..apparently no one does because they're not quite available yet.
 
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It's the sims.

The Iris G7 is approximately as good as an mx350, which is more than enough for the sims, without losing CPU performance to fit the budget.
 
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The Iris G7 is approximately as good as an mx350, which is more than enough for the sims, without losing CPU performance to fit the budget.
But it would not be enough for most other gaming efforts. Plus, you recommended a 14" screen for gaming... Not a great idea. Then there's the price. The Ryzen5 system with 17.3" screen and dedicated RX560X 4GB GPU is only $30 more than the unit you suggested. Only someone who values mobility over gaming performance would buy that model. Sorry mate, your suggestion does not fit the needs of the OP very well.
 
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The Ryzen is a desktop replacement. Shit battery life, shit build quality, shit CPU performance from zen 1 cores, for what - a slightly larger screen and an entry level polaris card? That's what you're recommending in 2020?

If you want a nice screen for gaming, buy a 27"+ screen and use it. Laptop gaming is going to be on a small screen, and 17" vs 14" isn't going to change your experience by much.

Buy a desktop if you want gaming performance on a budget - or buy a laptop that actually performs the role of a laptop - mobility and battery life.
 
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The Ryzen is a desktop replacement.
Except that it's a mobile CPU by design. Clearly you have not read the specs. Please review the following;
Shit battery life, shit build quality, shit CPU performance
Your opinion, not supported by mountains of benchmarking evidence.
for what - a slightly larger screen and an entry level polaris card? That's what you're recommending in 2020?
It wasn't my suggestion, but I'm giving it a thumbs up, yes. For the price it's a solid system, and for the needs of the OP, a much better option than the Lenovo.

If you want a nice screen for gaming, buy a 27"+ screen and use it. Laptop gaming is going to be on a small screen, and 17" vs 14" isn't going to change your experience by much.

Buy a desktop if you want gaming performance on a budget - or buy a laptop that actually performs the role of a laptop - mobility and battery life.
The OP wants a laptop they can game on. A desktop is not on the cards. Please stop trolling.
 
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Except that it's a mobile CPU by design. Clearly you have not read the specs. Please review the following;

Your opinion, not supported by mountains of benchmarking evidence.

It wasn't my suggestion, but I'm giving it a thumbs up, yes. For the price it's a solid system, and for the needs of the OP, a much better option than the Lenovo.
I've highlighted in red if you have trouble finding the definition.


Better performance from the Intel while using a third of the power.

Rx560 - 2017 graphics tech with a 60-80w TDP. https://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-RX-560X-Laptop-GPU.301586.0.html

So tell me more about a laptop with worse CPU performance, slightly better GPU performance is worth it, when it uses 80-95w more power.

Power = heat in a laptop in case you forgot.
 

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It's the sims.

The Iris G7 is approximately as good as an mx350, which is more than enough for the sims, without losing CPU performance to fit the budget.
Look at the base clock of that processor:
It falls into the "hell no" category.
 
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