will sims 2 work on my computer?

By RGLover641
Dec 3, 2006
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  1. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 Newcomer, in training Posts: 524

    ok thats pretty good, it should run sims 2 maybe or not you can try Im not sure, it may run since you have an agp card and not intergrated graphics so that will take stress off the cpu so you might be in good shape
  2. RGLover641

    RGLover641 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 47

    okay. thanks :) One more week till I know....
  3. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,438

    Im 100% sure she would be able to run the Sims 2 so stop telling her all this stuff she probably already knows Nick...

    You will run it because you upgraded out of the integrated video to a AGP card and you dont need a good CPU to run the sims because like I said about 300 times is that the game doesnt have high-end graphics that needs like 3.2GHz or something.
  4. RGLover641

    RGLover641 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 47

    lol thanks time... :) just cant wait. I always wanted sims 2 and the nightlife expansion

    pluz holiday stuff ;)

    I spent a lot of money on this like 140 dollars at the most. craziness :O

    for the 3 games (sims 2, nightlife, holiday sutff) and the video card and the 256 mb ram memory....lol
  5. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,438

    Lol

    Howard is ganna be mad because you quad posted :haha:
  6. RGLover641

    RGLover641 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 47

    oh oops......sry howard

    p.s. how much space on my c:/ drive do i need for those games. So far I have 5.58 GB. I can delete other stuff I don't need.
  7. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,438

    Damn only 5gigs of space? What have you been installing! :haha:

    I recommend deleting stuff you dont need because 5gig isnt very much ;)
  8. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    Your processor is either socket 370 or slot 1. If it is socket 370, you can go look on ebay for a 1.4GHz P3, thats as fast as they go. Otherwise, you need to go buy a new motherboard and CPU. Videocard makes almost no difference with the sims 2. A Ti4200 can run it pretty much the same as a 7900GTX as long as they are on the same CPU. The game is ENORMOUSLY CPU dependant. The difference in performance in the sims 2 between your 733MHz cpu and a 1.4GHz P3 would be INSANE.
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  10. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,198

    You'll be able to play Sims 2, but just barely.. assuming that videocard will work with that system.

    But as has been mentioned- Sims 2 is a total system hog. You'll need to reduce the settings to their barebones minimum and keep things very simply.. and even at this, it will be a slideshow.

    Also, don't waste any more money upgrading that system. It's long, long obsolete and funds would be better spent looking into a new system. As much as I HATE Dells, you can get a basic E521 Dell for like $329, which has an AMD 3400+, 512mb ddr2 memory, 80gig hard drive, cd/dvd combo drive and Geforce 6150 LE.
  11. RGLover641

    RGLover641 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 47

    Well I did talk with gateway (my manufacturer) and they exactly said that those are the only two (video card and more memory) things I needed to play the game and the game would look fine. Did they lie to me? I will get so mad cause the guy said he can ensure me that the game would work even without changing my processor.

    and they looked at my system and knew everything about it and still said I only needed those two things.
  12. N1Hawk

    N1Hawk Newcomer, in training Posts: 248

    As far as I know, Gateway has not lied to you. You will need to upgrade those 2 items to make it work!
  13. RGLover641

    RGLover641 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 47

    but people are saying that i need a new cpu and that the game will be slow and i dont want the game to be slow....

    if i buy a 1.4GHz P3, will the game go fast cause there is one on ebay for 40.00
     
  14. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    It won't go fast unless you buy a whole new computer. However, the game is NOT very videocard dependant. Like I said previously, a low end card and a high end card will produce almost the same framerates. The CPU is what makes the game faster and the memory to quite a lesser extent. So the CPU being fast is by far the most important part of the performance of The Sims 2, and since your CPU is below the minimum requirements, I'd be surprised if you got about about 3-4 FPS (slideshow). Even getting the 1.4GHz won't do much. If you must play a Sims game, maybe you should stick with the old sims instead of The Sims 2.

    EDIT: I think howard's getting like this :hotbounce now :stickout: look at all those capitals. Actually, I believe that goes against the TOS too, typing in all capitals. OoooOOO Now you've done it howard ;) lol im JK.
  15. RGLover641

    RGLover641 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 47

    i see. i talked with gateway again...lol...and they said with my processor and adding 1.4 ghz will make my computer a lot more than 800 mhz. will that make things better?

    while gettin the video and memory card.

    at 800 mhz, does the game work perfectly or is 950 mhz better?
  16. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 Newcomer, in training Posts: 524

    Well 950mhz would be faster since its a higher clock speed, but 1.40ghz would be much faster than 950mhz and you can try to run it under 800mhz but I'm just saying whats on the box. And sadly the sims 2 doesnt even play correctly on my 2.80ghz system with 128mb video and 1 gb ram but then again its a dell. But still I used to play the sims 2 on a 2.60ghz system and it was very slow and also why dont you call or email EA games the maker of the sims 2 and they will tell you if it works you can get there number from www.thesims2.com or www.eagames.com
  17. RGLover641

    RGLover641 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 47

    oaky thanks, but gateway said my computer only holds up to 1ghz so 950 is probably as high as I can go. I think I will get that one.

    okay well so now I will have 950 mhz, a 512 mb ram card, and GEFORCE4 MX440-8X/TV 64MB. Hope that makes the game work good.

    okay well so now I will have 950 ghz, a 512 mb ram card, and GEFORCE4 MX440-8X/TV 64MB. Hope that makes the game work good.
  18. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 Newcomer, in training Posts: 524

    Ok that would be pretty good but still you can try the sims 2 without upgrading the cpu it may work as others say but then theres others that argee with me and say it wont but you can try it
  19. RGLover641

    RGLover641 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 47

    okay, maybe I will take your tip and try it without upgrading my cpu cause I was also talking with this guy and he has like 600 mhz and he said his game works fine.

    he even send me a pic of what the game looks like and it looks rly good.
  20. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 Newcomer, in training Posts: 524

    Ok maybe it will work im jsut going by the box since i never ran it on that low of specs so I dont know but if your going by the box no but maybe it will who knows
  21. RGLover641

    RGLover641 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 47

    maybe......................

    but lets say I do get the 960 mhz, how do I put it in my computer? I'm trying to get the seller. Is it difficult to?
  22. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,198

    They didn't lie to you, but getting a game to "play" and getting a game to "play well" are two different things.

    Again, as I already stated, you can play the game but you will have to reduce all the settings, be limited to very simple family/home and it will still be very, very slow and choppy. Yes, that does mean you can "play" it... but it wont be all that enjoyable.

    I would not put another dime into that system. Once more, you can get a full system that would play Sims 2 at least 10x better for around $300. Every dollar you sink into that PC is money not very well spent if your target goal is to play Sims 2 decently or with a bigger house/family.
  23. Cyber

    Cyber Newcomer, in training Posts: 89

    I don’t think any of us can give 100% assurance if the game will run... anyways just for a quick advice... if its possible for you to cancel your order of the parts ur bought and if you can afford $300... them you should go and buy a new dell... because it will not only give u game performance but you will have a more updated system compared to the one u have now... but if you can't afford it then I would suggest not to panic and just stay with what you have... best of luck and hopefully ur game will run...

    Cyber
  24. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 Newcomer, in training Posts: 524

    I dont think we should be sugguesting dell products there poorly made products that dont function like a computer should.

    Plus building a computer by yourslef is better since you can control what goes in it as well as its cheaper since you cut out labor costs
  25. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,438

    Yeah nick, RGlover you could always ask for help on this site for your 1st build ( I learned by myself & some guides on the internet like this one http://www.motherboards.org/articlesd/how-to-guides/924_1.html )

    If you looked at the guide I linked you could see how easy it is to build one, All it is really is just putting cables together and putting screws into the case
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