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chautemoc Jun 12, 09
Superb guide -- I had fun reading it.
Neat to see the screenshots of each of the settings at the end..now I know what I'm not missing.
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JMke Jun 12, 09
your article was copied by these bastards:
http://en.inpai.com.cn/doc/enshowcont.asp?id=6307
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kspiess Jun 12, 09
That sucks!

Thanks for the heads up Jmke.
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Chiggins Jun 13, 09
Very nice read, I really enjoyed it.

I loved the screen shots too.
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Joe8812 Jun 13, 09
Thanks for taking the time to make a guide for Sims 3 budget PC builders like me.

I have 4 questions:

1) What were the names of the budget cards you benchmarked? (rather than the names of their GPUs)
2) The budget PC I'm building has 2GB DDR2 800mhz RAM, you said your test machine had DDR3 RAM, will the difference in RAM cause a significant drop in frames rates?
3) A Sapphire Radeon HD 4650 HDMI 512mb DDR 3 memory has a 60 db fan - do you know the loudness for a Sapphire Radeon 4650 512mb DDR 2?
4) If the cooling fan for the Sapphire Radeon 4650 512mb DDR2 was 60 db, do you think this loudness would be irritating enough to justify getting a less powerful, quieter card like a 9500GT 512mb DRR2?




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MeganLuvsU Jun 13, 09
Very cool. This helped alot~. :3
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kspiess Jun 15, 09
quote Joe8812
Thanks for taking the time to make a guide for Sims 3 budget PC builders like me.

I have 4 questions:

1) What were the names of the budget cards you benchmarked? (rather than the names of their GPUs)
2) The budget PC I'm building has 2GB DDR2 800mhz RAM, you said your test machine had DDR3 RAM, will the difference in RAM cause a significant drop in frames rates?
3) A Sapphire Radeon HD 4650 HDMI 512mb DDR 3 memory has a 60 db fan - do you know the loudness for a Sapphire Radeon 4650 512mb DDR 2?
4) If the cooling fan for the Sapphire Radeon 4650 512mb DDR2 was 60 db, do you think this loudness would be irritating enough to justify getting a less powerful, quieter card like a 9500GT 512mb DRR2?


Hi Joe -- thanks for dropping but. Hopefully this answer is not coming too late for you.

1) Palit 9600 GSO Sonic, ATI / review sample HD 4650, ATI / review sample HD 4550, XFX 8600 GTS XXX, no name/ no brand 9500 GT, Diamond Multimedia HD 3450 512MB. Those are off of memory but pretty sure it is correct.
2) This won't me much of a problem. Actually DRR3 at slower speeds (<1000MHz) often performs quite close to DDR2 of the same speeds. DDR2 at 800MHz is fine for Sims 3. Not many games benefit from high speed RAM as much as you might think, though this will change in about a year...
3) I don't know the loudness of the fan of that card but if it actually has DDR2 (which I'm surprised to hear) that I would stay away from it irregardless of noise.
4) No. But it is up to you how big of a deal the sound is. But beware you can get totally silent, faster video cards. Such as for instance Gigabyte makes many passively cooled, decently powered video cards. (This is probably more than you want to spend , but for an example : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125274 if you look around you might be able to get a passive Gigabyte 8600 GT for much less, or something like that. )
Also I would not recommend getting a 9500 GT. You are better off getting a 8600 GT / GTS for about the same price, or even something like a HD 3850 which can be had for not much more at all, and is significantly faster.
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RabidChinaGirl Jun 17, 09
Hey, seems like that article had 5 negative comments related to plagiarism. Last I checked (this evening), they had taken it down or changed the URL. That link above now directs you to their front page.
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Aurora Jun 18, 09
This guide is really handy! Thanks a lot guys.
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dangerman200k Jun 18, 09
How will my computer perform?:

Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz
4GB DDR2 RAM 800MHz
GeForce 8800GT 512MB
22" LCD - 1680 X 1050

Thanks in advance.
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halls87 Jun 20, 09
Great guide but a small query:
On the page 11 benchmarks, what resolution are you using?
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kspiess Jun 24, 09
1680x1050
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kspiess Jun 24, 09
quote dangerman200k
How will my computer perform?:

Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz
4GB DDR2 RAM 800MHz
GeForce 8800GT 512MB
22" LCD - 1680 X 1050

Thanks in advance.
No problems at all. You'll run it fine. You should be able to run everything max except for maybe the edge smoothing.
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MamaLambNC Jun 27, 09
I'm hoping someone can help me here...

I've got -
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+, MMX, 3DNow (2 CPUs), ~2.0GHz
Memory: 3070MB RAM

Video Card: ATI Radeon 4550
Memory: 1024.0 MB

I've downloaded the patch for Sims 3 & also set my settings according to the Performance Guide. It's still crashing after maybe a min. or two of play. Thanks in advance, Patty
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