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Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#1 Old 2nd May 2011 at 11:30 PM
Default Your System Specs:
Post your system specs, what EP's, and SP's you have installed, and what settings you run the sims 3 at. Perhaps average FPS if you know it. This way, if anyone needs something to compare too, they have something.

Mine:

System specs:

DualCore AMD Phenom II X2 Black Edition 555, 3.0ghz Overclocked to 3.2ghz.
4GB DDR3 1333 Ram.
ATI Radeon 5570 1gb PCI Express 2.0 x16 at x16
750w power supply.
1.5TB Sata3 Harddrive.

Screen:

ACER 20in FlatHD


OS:

Windows 7 32-bit Ultimate.


EP's and SP's

All.



Settings:

Max on all.


FPS:

22-25 on Bridgeport (Very playable. Drops to 15 on speed setting 4. Still playable.)
30-40 on all other cities. (Very playable, no hang, or lag on any speed setting.)
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Theorist
#2 Old 3rd May 2011 at 12:01 AM
Um, how do you find out what specs you have?
Scholar
#3 Old 3rd May 2011 at 12:12 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ebec17
Um, how do you find out what specs you have?

On any windows computer, fastest way is to run "Dxdiag". In the "Run" command from Start menu, or if not, "Search" bar from "Start Menu" also, type in "Dxdiag" and a program will show up telling you a whole lot about your computer. Just don't change anything there.

Windows 7, if you have it, makes it a lot easier by just right click on "Computer" icon to check "Properties" and you get a prettier list with less techny info, as well as a performance score.

I don't know much about Mac.

I work for a living, but I don't necessarily live for a working.
Theorist
#4 Old 3rd May 2011 at 12:29 AM
Yeah, I have Window XP
I have all of the expansions but no stuff packs

Processor: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N270 @ 1.60GHz (2 CPU)

Memory: 1016 MB RAM

I'm not sure what else is relevant?
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#5 Old 3rd May 2011 at 12:33 AM
There are several programs that give you alot of indepth information, such as Sisandri, CPUZ, and PCwizard, all of which are free. I use Everest Pro. That costs money though.
Scholar
#6 Old 3rd May 2011 at 12:48 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ebec17
Yeah, I have Window XP
I have all of the expansions but no stuff packs

Processor: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N270 @ 1.60GHz (2 CPU)

Memory: 1016 MB RAM

I'm not sure what else is relevant?

OMG you are using a Netbook to play TS3? Or one of those Nettop, same difference! One of the earliest single core CPU as well (with hyper threading to emulate 2 cores, the 2 CPU is misleading).

The graphic card is very relevant, but in your case I can pretty much guess it is an Intel Integrated and shared memory video card, which actually "borrows" your 1Gb RAM to serve as video memory. I take it you have real Harddrive instead of SSD. But overall I am even surprised you can run TS3 at all. Technically you can, but .... I would imagine a slide slow, a slow one in fact. But do share how your actual game experience is!!!

Do yourself a favor and buy a 2Gb Short DIMM to replace that 1Gb. I know manufacturer will always say no because they are under legal obligation from Microsoft. I worked under ASUS' campaign to promote netbook when they first came out. Nobody ever heard of it. People kept asking if they could upgrade memory, we kept saying "regrettably no, system has a hard limit of 1Gb RAM" and right behind the wall we were playing games on a 4Gb RAM netbook.

I work for a living, but I don't necessarily live for a working.
Space Pony
#7 Old 3rd May 2011 at 2:21 AM
I have a 2009 MacBook:

System specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.4 GHz
4GB Memory with a 3 MB L2 Cache
NVIDIEA GeForce 320M
256 GB Harddrive

Screen:

Built-in MacBook Display at 1280x800


OS:

Mac OS X Leopard 10.6.7

EP's and SP's:

All of them but Outdoor Living

Settings:
About medium on all, with some more then medium and sim-detail maxed.
Test Subject
#8 Old 3rd May 2011 at 9:27 AM
ASUS N61J Series Laptop

- NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M w/ 1 Gig dedicated graphics rendering 16x antioscopic filtering.
- Intel Core i5-450M, 2.4GHZ
- 640GB Hard-drive.
- 6 GB RAM
- 16"HD/LED
- Windows 7 Premium

Settings:
- Object Hiding: Off
- Enable Reflections: Off
- Edge Smoothing: Low
- Visual Effects: High
- Lighting and shadows: Medium
- Tree Detail: Medium
- Enable Animation Smoothing : On
- Enable Advanced Rendering : On
- Draw Distance: Medium
- High Detail Lots: 1(at home) - 4 (vacation)
- Texture Detail: Medium
- Sim Detail: Very High

EPs:
- Late Night
- World Adventures
- Fast Lane Stuff
- High End Loft Stuff
- 500-600MB CC combined into 8 .package files.

FPS: 10-20 (Lower in Bridgeport, higher in Sunset Valley. Keep in mind I usually play in windowed mode with MSN and Chrome running at the same time. Can bounce as high as 60fps in tombs. Averages closer to 30fps with advanced rendering and lighting detail off, but I'm a graphics junkie.)
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 3rd May 2011 at 9:34 AM
I have a gaming Machine and a Macbook Pro 13' 2010 Model

All EPs and SPs

Custom Built Gaming Machine Built 2009 (UGM) :
Asus P6T Motherboard
Intel Core i7 920 (2.66ghz)
6gb Kingston "Gaming RAM"
AMD ATI Radeon 5870 (Best 2009 Graphics Card)

Settings are all Max

CC: More, but limited

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit and Hackintosh OS Mac OS 10.6.5 on non-other Apple Hardware, I don't use it that much though

I don't monitor my FPS but on my neighborhood Gates Cove, but its around 60fps

On the Macbook Pro which is my kinda work/ travel/ couch machine
13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4gb of RAM

Settings are around medium, with tree detail lower and sims higher, while it does appear to get kinda of hot and battery is kinda not possible.

CC: Limited to basic such as NRaa's

FPS: Unknown

Experience a truly beautiful and unigue neighbourhoood http://gatescove.weebly.com
Theorist
#10 Old 3rd May 2011 at 3:07 PM
Intel I7 Quad processor 2.93Ghz, 16GB DDR3 ram, Radeon HD6850 graphics card, blu ray burner, 2 1TB hard drives,SB X-fi extreme sound card, Windows 7 Ultimate.Built by me of course. I run everything on high and it looks amazing.
Top Secret Researcher
#11 Old 3rd May 2011 at 3:19 PM
Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate
AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core proccessor 2.2GHz
1.79 GB RAM (Weird number eh?)
Direct X 11
Nvidea Geforce GT240 | 1GB

Sound:
Logitech X-530 (Surround)

Settings:
Everything Max, runs fine in every city, little bit slower in Queenstown and Bridgeport.
FPS: 30 or something in windowed mode with skype and interent in the background, 50 in fullscreen without skype and internet.

Wish I had a better proccessor and more RAM

kennyinbmore: '' Built by me of course ''
Why of course?

Caring little prick. Slightly psychopatic. Barely used. Madly in love.
Caution!: Likes to provoke.

Roots in a Pentagram
Instructor
#12 Old 3rd May 2011 at 4:20 PM
Alright, I'll give this a go.

Relevant PC Specifications (the PC that I play TS3 on):

AMD Opteron 1354 Quad-Core 2.2GHz (similar to the Phenom, but supports ECC RAM and much harder to overclock)
Supermicro H8SMi-2
8GB (4x2GB) DDR2-800 ECC Unbuffered (Kingston Brand)
Geforce 9800GT 512MB
3 HDs:
- Western Digital RE3 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 16MB WD5002ABYS (System and Programs)
- Western Digital RE 250GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 16MB WD2500YS
- Western Digital Caviar SE 80GB 7200RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s 8MB WD800JD

Possible upgrades are either the video card, or the CPU (max is Opteron 1389, Quad-Core 2.9GHz).


OS:

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

EPs/SPs:

I have all EPs and SPs. I also intend to get Generations.

TS3 Graphics Settings:

1,920 x 1,080, not windowed.

Object Hiding Disabled (some lots I've built look strange if I enable this)
Animation Smoothing Disabled
Advanced Rendering Enabled

All Settings are Max, except:
Reflection Detail: Mirrors & Water
Sim Detail: High


FPS:
These are just guesses, since lately I spend much more of my time creating than I do playing. This is according to FRAPS. Anyway I tend to get between 45-60.

I'm pretty sure that TS3 uses Vsync in game, which will prevent the FPS from going above 60, but what good is an FPS higher than that anyway?
Field Researcher
#13 Old 3rd May 2011 at 5:21 PM
I play on a Toshiba Satellite A210 laptop.
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
AMD Athlon 64 x 2 Dual Core processor, 1.8 GHz
3.5 GB RAM -- upgraded from 1 GB
ATI Radeon X1200 integrated graphics card

TS3 settings:
All low, except for texture detail (high) and Sim detail (very high). I also have reflections enabled.

I have all EPs but no SPs. I, um, don't know how this thing can even play the game at all. The RAM upgrade helped a lot but it still lags slightly on "larger", more populated EA neighbourhoods like Sunset Valley and Bridgeport so I have to play on a custom 'hood. And even so, it lags on large community lots when there are plenty of Sims around. I've had way too many mass peeing marathons because of it.

One day I'll get to play this game on high. One. Day.
Theorist
#14 Old 3rd May 2011 at 5:29 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zandvoort
kennyinbmore: '' Built by me of course ''
Why of course?


Because that's about a $1200 computer if you buy it retail. I won't tell you what it cost me to build it. Here's a hint, it wasn't close to $1200
Top Secret Researcher
#15 Old 3rd May 2011 at 5:42 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by kennyinbmore
Because that's about a $1200 computer if you buy it retail. I won't tell you what it cost me to build it. Here's a hint, it wasn't close to $1200


Very expensive So it's a PC which you can ''build yourself'' by choosing the specs you want to have?

Caring little prick. Slightly psychopatic. Barely used. Madly in love.
Caution!: Likes to provoke.

Roots in a Pentagram
Field Researcher
#16 Old 3rd May 2011 at 6:19 PM
I am just upgrading mine. For the last couple of years I've had my trusty Sony Vaio. It has Windows Vista :-S, 4gb RAM, an Intel Core 2 DuoCPU T6400 @ 2ghz and ATI Mobility Radeon 3430 card.
It started off playing Sims 3 nicely but 2 years on it gets darn hot underneath during play which is the main reason I'm changing.
Anyways, I have just ordered a custom Vaio off the Sony website - not too expensive compared to some of your PCs. It is only an E series but I paid extra for the Intel Core 2.53ghz, it runs on Windows 7 64bit, has 6gb RAM, they have a special offer on so I got a free Blu Ray Writer and I paid extra for the ATI Radeon HD5650 with 1gb dedicated memory. I'm hoping performance improves (my current PC is fine with all EA towns - just not Los Aniegos) but sometimes it takes 5 or 10 seconds for a big lot to load up. It should arrive next week which is great but I'm not looking forward to reinstalling it all again! Oh I have everything except the Cars and Outdoor Living sets and LOTS of CC- store and other.
Test Subject
#17 Old 3rd May 2011 at 6:54 PM
Here go mine:

Sys Specs.
AMD Semprom 3000+
Asus K8N
2Gb Ram DDR
Asus Gforce 6600 256Mb AGP

Screen : LG flatron W2253V

OS : Win XP sp3

Settings : everything mid or low @1920x1080

I got Ambitions, Fast Lane stuff pack , Late Night

Not sure about FPS but its playable without big troubles, only got some lag with big crowds...

Its old I know.... but im going for a full upgrade maybe next semester
Theorist
#18 Old 3rd May 2011 at 7:14 PM
*sigh* I think I read the information wrong or something, I don't have a netbook, I have a six month old MSi computer.
Theorist
#19 Old 3rd May 2011 at 7:54 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zandvoort
Very expensive So it's a PC which you can ''build yourself'' by choosing the specs you want to have?


No I actually bought it as a "barebones kit", basically it included the case, processor, and power supply and I shopped for the other goodies online and installed them myself
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#20 Old 3rd May 2011 at 9:51 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Illu
ASUS N61J Series Laptop

- NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M w/ 1 Gig dedicated graphics rendering 16x antioscopic filtering.
- Intel Core i5-450M, 2.4GHZ
- 640GB Hard-drive.
- 6 GB RAM
- 16"HD/LED
- Windows 7 Premium

Settings:
- Object Hiding: Off
- Enable Reflections: Off
- Edge Smoothing: Low
- Visual Effects: High
- Lighting and shadows: Medium
- Tree Detail: Medium
- Enable Animation Smoothing : On
- Enable Advanced Rendering : On
- Draw Distance: Medium
- High Detail Lots: 1(at home) - 4 (vacation)
- Texture Detail: Medium
- Sim Detail: Very High

EPs:
- Late Night
- World Adventures
- Fast Lane Stuff
- High End Loft Stuff
- 500-600MB CC combined into 8 .package files.

FPS: 10-20 (Lower in Bridgeport, higher in Sunset Valley. Keep in mind I usually play in windowed mode with MSN and Chrome running at the same time. Can bounce as high as 60fps in tombs. Averages closer to 30fps with advanced rendering and lighting detail off, but I'm a graphics junkie.)


If you were playing this with a graphics card, instead of on a laptop with integrated graphics, you'd be on high easily.



Quote:
Originally Posted by Princess Leia
I play on a Toshiba Satellite A210 laptop.
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
AMD Athlon 64 x 2 Dual Core processor, 1.8 GHz
3.5 GB RAM -- upgraded from 1 GB
ATI Radeon X1200 integrated graphics card

TS3 settings:
All low, except for texture detail (high) and Sim detail (very high). I also have reflections enabled.

I have all EPs but no SPs. I, um, don't know how this thing can even play the game at all. The RAM upgrade helped a lot but it still lags slightly on "larger", more populated EA neighbourhoods like Sunset Valley and Bridgeport so I have to play on a custom 'hood. And even so, it lags on large community lots when there are plenty of Sims around. I've had way too many mass peeing marathons because of it.

One day I'll get to play this game on high. One. Day.


Same as above on the laptop deal.


Also, if you want your computer to run the Sims better, upgrade to Windows 7, and that will fix it. While your CPU isn't the best, it should still run it rather well. The problem is, is that vista uses almost 2gb, just to run as an OS. Windows 7 uses less then a 1gb. That would free up more ram, and make the game faster. Seriously consider the upgrade. It would be worth the money in the end.


Quote:
Originally Posted by kennyinbmore
No I actually bought it as a "barebones kit", basically it included the case, processor, and power supply and I shopped for the other goodies online and installed them myself


That's the way to do it. I paid $400 for the machine i described above, while if i had bought it at best buy, or walmart, i'd have paid $900 easily. It's all in the name. Buy a barebones kit for $299, and add onto it about $300 in parts, and you have a Retail $1500 machine easily. I'm guessing you paid no more then $850 for your machine, while if you had bought it someplace else, you'd have paid about $1400 for it, depending on the namebrand of the parts.
Test Subject
#21 Old 3rd May 2011 at 9:59 PM
Windows 7 64-bit
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Processor / 2.60 GHz
6.00 GB with 5.75 GB usable
GeForce 9100

I have the base and ambitions, only.

SETTINGS + PERFORMANCE:
i don't remember how everything is set but I used to play with every single thing on high and it played rather smooth. Most things are set on high, now and I never experience lag, in both cases - EXCEPT in CAS after a certain amount of time, but then it stops and resumes to play smoothly.
Test Subject
#22 Old 4th May 2011 at 1:26 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Klldarkness
If you were playing this with a graphics card, instead of on a laptop with integrated graphics, you'd be on high easily.


That... really depresses me to hear. XD

I take it there's nothing much I can actually do about that, though? I'd kill to pump a little more power out of this thing. I know it could hack it, because I can run Sims all day and this laptop doesn't even heat up.
Field Researcher
#23 Old 4th May 2011 at 2:11 AM
Default My System
I bought the components from Newegg and built it myself.

Case: Cooler Master Centurion 690 ATX Mid Tower Case Black

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Video Card: XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2

Memory: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-2GBHK

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor

Monitor: LG 20" flat panel, 1600 x 900 resolution

All EPs and SPs

All display settings are set to the max.

50 Frames Per Second

Game runs smooth and machine stays cool.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
There is no limit to what you can accomplish when you're supposed to be doing something else.
Theorist
#24 Old 4th May 2011 at 6:17 AM
I custom-built my computer with parts from Newegg & TigerDirect along with an HD from my old laptop and CD/DVD drives from my old computer.

Monitor: 20" LG Flatron W2040 1600x900. Flawless.
Case: XCLIO Windtunnel ATX, the back fan stopped working. No dust inside the fan, but I checked to see how both fans spun and it seems like the back fan is tougher to spin.
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast CMPSU 650TX 650W
Motherboard: ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz. I need a better one, and am thinking of upgrading soon.
Hard Drives: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB and a 130GB Samsung laptop hard drive.
Graphics Card: Sparkle Geforce 240 GT
RAM: GSKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 (I need more ram)

Settings:
Reflection Quality: Mirrors & Water
Edge Smoothing: Very High
Visual Effects: Very High
Lighting & Shadows: Medium
Texture Detail: High
Tree Detail: High
Draw Distance: High
Sim Detail: Very High


Test Subject
#25 Old 4th May 2011 at 7:45 AM
let's see here....

AMD Phemon X6 Black edition something or other 3.3 GHZ - 3.7 GHz
16 GB DDR3 1600 RAM
some 2GB video card, (it's Nvidia, and it's crazy fast, that's all I can remember).
1 TB 64 MB Cache 7200 RPM HD (my storage drive)
120 GB Revodrive PCI-express X4 SSD (CRAZY fast!)
and ummm... a tower. a monitor, a keyboard, and a trackball mouse (kensington Expert)

that's all i can think of right now. Built it myself. Totally worth it.
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