The Intel graphics chip has caused people a lot of problems, so the first machine is a definite NO.
We have a couple of people who are really good with hardware, but you'll just have to be patient until they log on and check this forum. Sorry that I don't have enough knowledge to comment on the second computer.
Looks like the 410M is pretty weak too - better than the Intel HD 3000 (though not by much), and #2 has a better processor and larger hard drive as well, but I don't see that the 410M is supported for TS3. For some reason, Geforce mentions TS3 specifically on its "zomg amazing graphics!!1eleventy" description for the 410M, but that doesn't really mean much. If these are the only two models you're choosing from, I'd go with #2, but know that the graphics are still unsupported and pretty weak, so playing TS3 on it will be iffy at best.
Okay, thanks HP!
As I said, the laptop isnt for the game, I'm not getting it for that, really, its for other uses. I just wondered if I might be able to play the game. It would be nice to take the sims with me, lol.
If I go for the second, I'll install it and see what happens. If its too weak, I'll stick to my desktop for the game.
The first 2 is in the netbook category, going by their screensize? Then just by that definition alone and the CPUs, most likely won't handle Sims 3 well.
If the first one is the only one in your price range, won't me saying only the 3rd choice has potential be moot?
That is also at mid-settings, not high.
Or, is ANY laptop pushing it running The Sims3?
Yes, unless they are classified as "Desktop-Replacements" or "Gaming" behemoths, then laptops for 3D gaming is kinda hard to find. I mean one that would play well, not burn my lap, break my back in transporting it and not cost me a few months pay.
If I'm going to pay through the nose for a machine, I would rather it be upgradeable as well, which most laptops aren't. My criteria for mobility is weight and if it can fit in my purse, have space enough for my ebooks and Calibre library catalog, play the odd video now and then, some music, surf the web, check emails on the go; alas not playing Sims 3 as I'd have to have separate games or suffer through transferring my saves and CC back and forth.
We have so many tablet choices nowadays (to fit the my idea of being mobile above), and I seldom have an inkling to play Sims when on the move, that a laptop is no longer the only choice. So that may not apply to you if you have different "mobility" preferences/criteria.
Many of them are complete garbage. You should really do your homework researching them if you don't want to get ripped off. It also depends on how your laptop exhaust works. I think its best of you get one after you actually have your laptop and have used it a bit. It may turn out that you don't actually need one.
Don't buy Alienware laptops. They're overpriced and the cooling sucks. As far as brands go, ASUS are good, HP and Acer are bad - there are more brand suggestions in the sticky at the top of this forum.
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