View Full Version : will the sims 2 work for my hp envy 14? please help me?
22nd Dec 2011, 12:40 AM
ok so i decided to get a new laptop for christmas, i did not want it to be too much so I got it used and it is an HP Envy 14. Now i love the sims, and i want to finally be able to play all of them running SMOOTHLY because i never been able to. i also have a lot of custom content like over 1000 downloads worth. anyone that knows about computers, has large amounts of downloads etc... Can you please let me know if my laptop will be able to play all my Sims 2 Expansion & Stuff packs? thank you. here is the list of my laptop...
•2.66GHz Intel Core i5 processor
•750GB hard drive, 7200rpm
•4GB DDR3 RAM
•Dual Graphics Cards: Integrated Intel GMA HD and ATI Mobility Radeon 5650 with manual switching
23rd Dec 2011, 06:56 AM
I don't know for sure so I think I'll let someone else answer this. All I can say is when I used to play The Sims 2, my resolution was similar to the one your laptop had, I had a worse CPU (3.0Ghz single core) but a better graphics card and 2GB of RAM and I could play at high.
Additionally, take a look at this list: http://simswiki.info/wiki.php?title=Game_Help:System_Requirements/MTS2_Recommendations
It's a list of a lot of video cards from the two major manufacturers and if they will play the sims 2. Mind you, it only says if they will play or not, but not how well they will do it. Look at the section listing the "ATI Dedicated Graphics Card" and you'll see that your Mobility 5650 (which is roughly equal to a Radeon HD 3800) sits in the middle of the list. In general, the lower it is in the list, the better it will play The Sims 2. There are exceptions but in your case I'd say your card is about good enough for the sims 2.
So based on that, I would guess that it'll be able to play smoothly, even if you have to lower your graphics a bit. Just make sure you use the Mobility 5650, and NOT the Intel.
26th Dec 2011, 04:34 AM
Thank you so much, i have been struggling to see if i will have a good laptop or not. when you mentioned that your CPU is 3.0GHz "single core" what does single core mean? sorry im not too familiar with thiscomputer stuff too well.. also why should i use mobility 5650 and not intel? thank you =]
26th Dec 2011, 12:37 PM
Single core is less powerful than dual core. Think of it as the equivalent of having a cart pulled by horses. A single horse pulling a cart won't have the power of two horses, or four horses, so you won't be able to pull a very heavy cart that way.
Integrated Intel is -very very weak- and a real bad idea to use for pretty much any games that are more powerful than stuff like Bejeweled. Just not made for gaming.
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