Possible new netbook/lappy for me.
1. CPU - if it's a single core - it needs 3MHz
2. RAM - it needs 512Mb
3. GPU - 32Mb
This one is a dual core at 2.4MHz = 4.8MHz - big tick.
It has 4G ram - big tick.
GPU = max 328Mb - which is kind of a tick... I'll explain why.
According to - http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Graph...883.0.html - it can only cope with Sims3 on low detail. it's struggling on medium, and it goes poof on high.
Now Sims 3 base game is more needy than Sims 2 graphically, but only just. What that means for us, is that you'll be able to run the Sims 2 on high on this notebook, but you will have to be careful about how much you play, and how much CC you add, because it will start going crunchy if it's overloaded. But none of these effects will occur straight away - it'll be a long term degradation. Summary? Your notebook will not last as long.
The other thing about it, is that it isn't dedicated memory, so as you fill up your notebook with stuff, it will start competing with paging when you get close to the upper limit. (Lag problems). So you'd have to keep your CC lean, and make sure that there is at least 5-6G available.
It would be a great notebook for Sims2 Life Stories (pet, castaway)... but if I was getting it for Sims 2 - I probably wouldn't, I'd be looking at finding one with a little more Graphics Processing Unit grunt. For sims, I'd be looking at least 500Mb or greater.
Truly all I want is to play/build with minimum CC and all EP/SPs. I don't really even need internet...
I'll keep looking. Thank you for giving some clear guidelines on what to be looking for.
I've read all the stuff over at MTS2 about getting an appropriate machine - and it all got confuzzled in my brain. I really appreciate your help
It may be worth asking if you could upgrade the GPU a bit to see how much more it would cost. Even if you could get a card that had dedicated memory that would be an improvement.