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Hello, I was wondering if someone could help me. I'm looking to build a gaming pc to play the Sims 4 on but don't really know what's the best parts to get. I won't be playing any other games like GTA … Read More
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5m, 3w agoPosted 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Hello, I was wondering if someone could help me. I'm looking to build a gaming pc to play the Sims 4 on but don't really know what's the best parts to get. I won't be playing any other games like GTA or Call of duty it will just be the sims 4. Does anyone have any advise on where to start? thanks alot
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5m, 3w agoPosted 5 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc - Loads of information there, a lot more than anyone can give here. It's been a while since i've built a PC so can't really give you advice myself, but have a look around there and soak up loads of info - Best of luck!
#2
Advice is simple, Google the game specs of the game you intend to play, then buy what it recommends to play it.
#3
REQUIRED: Internet connection required for product activation.OS: 64 Bit Windows 7,8, or 8.1PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5 or faster or AMD Athlon X4MEMORY: 4GB RAMHARD DRIVE: At least 9 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved gamesDVD-ROM: DVD ROM drive required for installation onlyVIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 650 or betterSOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c CompatibleDIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatibleINPUT: Keyboard and Mouse
#4
Price, that is the best indicator of what can be recommended but I do agree with Penguins about reddit.
#5
Manufacturer recommended specs are a joke. Looking at the CPU in Decoded's post they don't even specify a level of performance but only a branding. What does 'i5' mean? Does it mean the slowest ever i5? The slowest i5 available new when the game was launched? The most popular i5 when the game was launched? There's a huge performance difference between the interpretations you could make of that statement.

The best way is to look at benchmarks of the game on specific hardware models and you can extrapolate to similar hardware from there.

The Sims 4 is designed to run on just about everything, so at lower settings any machine you buy will run it. You don't need to spend more than £300 if that's all you care about.

If you want to run it at the highest settings and get the best possible sims experience then some research is needed.

Unfortunately being a 2014 game nobody seems to have done any systematic benchmarks on it with more recent hardware. Notebookcheck have a few but they're primarily laptop-focused as their name suggests so it's fairly inconsistent:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Sims-4-Benchmarked.125840.0.html

Although that is the base game and looking at the Sims wiki it appears some of the expansion packs are more demanding:
http://simswiki.info/wiki.php%3Ftitle%3DGame_Help:TS4_System_Requirements

That's mostly focused on graphics cards because they have the biggest performance impact, but if you do want the best possible experience then the CPU might become a limitation. It's difficult to say without tests though.

Generally a decent entry level gaming system is an i3-6100, an RX 460 and a Freesync monitor. From the links above that should have no problem producing smooth gameplay at 1920x1080 and Ultra.

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