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  1. Yes, I think I will. I'll be sure to report back on how SC4 behaves. Thanks for all of your help!
  2. Tropical Paradise

    A really adorable little vacation town. Really nice job!
  3. This is the ideal config, few laptops have 4 sockets, but many vendors use cheaper smaller sticks and fill the slots to start with. Buying another 16GB stick in future will be cheaper than having to buy 2 to replace two 8GB sticks, so it's the best solution. Frankly, you may find the upgrade is simply never needed, but it's useful to know you can. That eases my mind. Now I'm getting excited about this new system! I think I've decided on the 15" 7000 gaming Dell system: i7 (7th gen) Quad with 16GB ram, GTX 1050 w/4Gb, 128 SSD +1T HD, 1920 x 1080 res. Really good cooling feature, too. I'm not really going to obsess about the ports--the USB 3.0 should be fine for what I need to do vs. Thunderbolt 3 on the XPS (though I do love that InfinityEdge display!) My heartfelt thanks for all of your help and comments, everyone! You're the best!
  4. "Faff" as in "mess?" (Yes I had to look up that term, lol) If so, yes I agree. Soooo laggy. But, that said, I know I bought the XP VM when I purchased this present system--I would just need to find software. I'll explore how to use a VM when I finally get around to testing that mod (another thread). And I wouldn't dream of having a system without Win Pro. Great info! Thanks, @rsc204!
  5. That could depend on how you configure the virtual machine. Your physical machine may be connected to the internet, but the VM could be told that it has no IP config whatsoever (and its firewall could be made impenetrable). I don't know if Win10 could further insulate it by not allowing the VM to serve any ports. Yeah, I confess I really don't know how to do that. In fact, I looked at using the XP VM to test a mod I downloaded and I was lost, but that's another subject that I'll pursue at a later date. Thank you for the advice @jeffryfisher. It will come in handy when I take on testing that mod.
  6. @rsc204 Thank you for the playability comparison of your system. I feel more at ease. As to the RAM I just checked with Dell and the system has a two slot configuration, with 16Gb in one slot. Not the most cost-effective config, but I don't believe I'll need to expand for a while, giving me time to save or for the price to come down. I also checked with Dell regarding the GTX 1050/1050Ti OpenCL compatibility and they said it wouldn't be a problem. Actually, I don't have any Adobe on this present system with the exception of Acrobat DC, and that is why I was asking these questions, albeit basic questions. I haven't done graphics for a number of years but find I will need it for some dtp and image editing--resizing photos and simple ads, nothing major. In fact. I may scrap Photoshop altogether and just use GIMP. Thank you for all of your very helpful information and feedback. I really appreciate your time.
  7. WOW! Such great information! Thank you! Yes, good points @Prophet42! I do like the idea of a pure SSD, but the price is giving me pause. I'm kind of leaning towards one of the 128 SSD with 1T HD. That way, the OS and programs could be on the SSD and data would be stored on the HHD. As to the number of writes, I really don't know how much I would need to write to the SSD-I've never thought about it. But I guess I would rather have more than I need than not enough. I did check with Dell and they assured me that the 128GB SSD +1T HHD is a dual drive and not a hybrid. @rsc204, you make a very good point about the advantage of having a HHD and an SSD, on the chance that the SSD dies. I could also backup the OS on the internal HHD, or on an external HHD, just in case the SSD dies. I also checked with Dell, and the agent assured me that the 128GB SSD would be enough to run the OS, Adobe products, C:S,and Office. All data would be on the HHD. Good point also about the rpm. I must have been thinking of my last computer, which was a desktop. Oops! I've done a bit of research and it seems that both the GTX 1050 and 1050Ti would work well with C:S. Am I right? I know that it's a lower end card and that the GTX 980, 1060 and up would work really well, but I really can't pay that much right now. I will equip the machine with 16GB ram at the start and I can upgrade later up to 32GB. Would this GPU and memory be sufficient to play the game and not "melt" my new pc? Great! Yes, according to my research, the OpenGL should be compatible with either the GTX 1050 or 1050Ti. SC4, I know, is another matter due to the age of the game and lack of updating to keep pace with the progression of computer technologies. It is a "catch as catch can" situation. I just wanted to know if there was something I was missing--a very good probability--in selecting a card. You can ask, but even if someone else managed it, that's no guarantee you'll get the same experience. There are too many variables to give you an absolute without actually testing the game on a specific set of hardware. In theory it should though, but it's mostly down to the drivers. Worst case scenario you could make it work with software rendering, so the game should at least be playable. But other than that, you just have to hope the drivers you can get for the card play nicely with the DirectX 9.0 compatibility modes needed by SC4. Ah! Yes, very good point! Right now, I have DirectX12 and the game runs well with the Radeon HD graphics card that came with the system. I'll just have to see if the game works with the new graphics card. If it doesn't work at all, even with configuring, I could at least play the game on the present machine I'm using. Thank you for all of your help. Trying to configure a new computer has been a bit confusing in light of what I want it to do. I guess SC4 isn't the only thing that hasn't kept up with newer technologies. Lol! You've all added to my education and certainly made it a bit easier. Thank you!
  8. Thank you all for your comments! Yes, Jeffryfisher, I totally agree that SC4 doesn't need all of the power that new machines offer. But I do plan on using this new machine for Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign (CC subscriptions), MS Excel and PP and eventually playing Cities: Skylines. So I will definitely be needing a fairly powerful machine. I've had to do a bit on configuring for graphics and for the game to run on a single processor on this Toshie machine, so I think I'm up to that task--at least I hope so. I'm just trying to determine whether a GTX 940MX, GTX 1050, or a GTX 1050Ti, all with 4gigs would work for all of the apps and games I'm needing to run. Thanks to both you and @CorinaMarie for the link. Thank you for the tip, Prophet42! Good to know and I believe all of the machines listed come with cards supporting that resolution. The drivers are another issue to be sure, so I was wondering if there is anyone in the community who has a newer machine with one of these graphics cards? If so, does SC4 run smoothly or did you have to tweak something? Can you get it to run at all? Yes, I have an Origin digital copy which I'm running on my present Win 10 machine. Went through that headache several months ago and all is running well, now. Regarding the graphics card, my problem/confusion is selecting a card that will work with everything I want to do. My gut is to go for the 1050, but I worry that it won't work for SC4 and/or the Adobe apps. That may not hold true if one installs and runs the "XP Mode" addon as described by Grumalg. One important note from his lengthy msg: The virtual machine runs only in Pro versions of Win7+, not home versions, so choose accordingly if you want VM compatibility. Thanks, Jeffryfisher. Actually I do have XP VM on this machine (Win7 Pro, Upgraded to Win 10 Pro), which I've used to run an early version of Dreamweaver (legit). Unfortunately I found it very laggy, and haven't used it since. I'm also worried that since MS doesn't support XP anymore I might open my computer to viruses and such--it's always connected to the internet. Another thing I would really appreciate help with is selecting the HD. I understand that SSD are more stable, quieter, lighter and lightening fast (very attractive to me). But they also have a limited number of times (about 10,000? ) that they can be read and written to. So, I wonder if I should I go for a hybrid (128GB SSD (Boot) and 1T 5400 HD (storage), a 256GB SSD, or a 512GB PCle (BIG bucks!). I'm shying away from a totally HHD since the rpms are only 5400. As I've mentioned before, I do plan on using some resource intensive programs. I also plan on keeping the laptop as long as I can. Thank you all for your comments and and any more suggestions you can make! I really, really appreciate it!
  9. Hello Simtropolis Community! I am looking to buy a new Windows laptop and I would appreciate your input. Along with the usual Office functions, my goal will be gaming (SC4, possibly Civ 3 and eventually Cities Skylines) and graphics/dtp (Adobe). These are the machines (all Dell) that I am considering. and I'm hoping to purchase a new machine this weekend, since there's a sale going on. Inspiron 5000 Gaming with Win10 Pro 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Quad Core (6MB Cache, up to 3.8 GHz) 8GB, 2400MHz, DDR4; up to 32GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 128GB Solid State Drive (Boot) + 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive (Storage) 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display 74WHr, 6-Cell Battery (Integrated) "optimal cooling" Ports 1 HDMITM 1.4a 3 USB 3.0 including 1 with PowerShare 1 2-in-1 SD (UHS50) / MMC 1 RJ-45 1 Kensington Lock 1 Headphone/Mic Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming with Win 10 Pro 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-7300HQ Quad Core (6MB Cache, up to 3.5 GHz) or 17-7700HQ Quad, 6MB up to 3.8GHz) 8GB, 2400MHz, DDR4; up to 32GB or 16GB, 2400MHz, DDR4; up to 32GB 256GB Solid State Drive or 128GB Solid State Drive (Boot) + 1TB 5400RPM Hard Drive (Storage) 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050Ti with 4GB GDDR5 74 Whr, 6-Cell Battery (Integrated) Ports and Slots: Combo Jack (Headset/Mic, USB 3.0 port, USB 3.0 Powershare port, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, Noble Lock Security Slot, Power, 8.USB 3.0 port, Media Card Reader front-firing speakers, a subwoofer and Waves MaxxAudio® Pro. maximum cooling feature Inspiron 17 7000 2in1 with Win 10 Pro--I'm considering two machines which share the following specs 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7500U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.5 GHz) 16GB, DDR4, 2400MHz NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 940MX 2GB GDDR5 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Truelife LED-Backlit Touch Display with Wide Viewing Angles 56 WHr, 4-Cell Battery (integrated) The differences are the HD and port/slots: 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive; Ports: SD, SDHC, SDXC Card Reader (specified), USB 2.0, Noble Lock Slot, DC Power In, USB Type C, HDMITM 1.4a (specified), USB 3.0 with PowerShare, Audio Jack 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive + 128GB Solid State Drive (for about $40 more); Ports: SD Card Reader, USB 2.0, Noble Lock Slot, DC Power In, USB Type C, HDMI, USB 3.0 with PowerShare,. Audio Jack XPS 15 with Win 10 Pro (priciest) 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor (6M cache, up to 3.8 GHz) 16GB DDR4-2400MHz; up to 32GB (additional memory sold separately) 512GB PCle Solid State Drive NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge, Non-touch Killer 1535 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 Battery: 97WHr Ports: SD card slot, USB 3.0 with PowerShare, Battery gauge button and indicator, Kensington lock slot, AC power, HDMI, Thunderbolt™ 3 (2 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3) supporting: Power in/charging, PowerShare, Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps bi-directional), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps), Native DisplayPort 1.2 video output, VGA, HDMI, Ethernet and USB-A via Dell Adapter (sold separately) | 8. Headset jack (I'm not planning on buying the Dell Adapter) I like aspects of each machine, bigger screen for one, SSD, cooling feature, (SC4 and flash games are dangerously hot on my present machine), and graphics card. I just wish they all came on one machine. I would consider upgrading my existing machine but the motherboard on my TOSH Satellite is pretty archaic by today's standards so much so that a previous Win 10 update knocked out the functionality of my native keyboard. I got a new one and it has the same issue, so I'm using a wireless one after breaking a USB keyboard. Thank you all for your help! Diana
  10. Thank you all for your comments. Sorry I've been absent--busy weekend coupled with a low pressure headache. Lots of great suggestions! As some of you have mentioned, I also ran a scan on the zip file with both Norton and MWB, and they gave it a green light. The version I downloaded is the 205_SU.zip version. I think I have a spare USB lying around, so I'd like to try your suggestion, @Odainsaker. Thanks! Yes, I absolutely agree. Just to reiterate, I've recently downloaded and installed other Pegasus files that contain executables through the Clickteam Installer without a problem, which is why I was puzzled about this incidence. And I absolutely trust everything on this site--I know well the reputation for utmost safety of this site, SC4Devotion, and, of course, Pegasus. My guess was that this incidence is more of a technical issue rather than a malware issue, and the comments from all of you have verified that. Now, of course, I could just scrap the idea of using Brigantine and search for another water mod. There are lots of good ones. But I do have my heart set on this one because I really want to use Peg's streams and ponds mods (which I've already installed without a hitch) and have a seamless transition with Maxis water. That is a very good idea, @Cyclone Boom! You know, with my propensity bordering near-paranoia about computer security, its amazing I've never explored sandboxing. A quick search brought up a number of free software, and I'm leaning toward Sanboxie or a virtual machine such as VirtualBox or Vmware, if they are very user-friendly. Would you, or anyone reading this thread, have a favorite you can suggestion for someone with some tech knowledge but certainly not expert or even high-middling? Thank you, everyone! You've eased my mind. I'll post back once I've tried your suggestions.
  11. Yes, WS.Reputation.1 is exactly what Norton is classifying this file. I am toying with the idea of restoring the file and running it through MalwareBytes, precisely because this file has a low rep only because not many have used it (because they can't). I've downloaded and installed numerous mod .exe files recently and never had a problem. I took a long hiatus from the game so I missed Peg's original release of this mod. And I was so sorry to learn that his website is no longer in operation. Thankfully, many of his creations still live here and at SC4Devotion. Thank you for your help and insight, Odainsaker.
  12. Ah! I can scan the zip file and Symantec does list this as suspicious. Someone should tell them there is such a thing as being *too* diligent. smh
  13. Thanks for the tip, Corina. So, you've never had a problem installing the file, I take it. Unfortunately I can't even get the file to test it. It's a shame because this mod would be just what I need to make a seamless transition from a stream to in-game water. Well, I guess the search continues . . . . Thanks again.
  14. Hello all! I have downloaded Peg's Brigantine Water Mod, but when I go to extract the files, my Norton AV declares its unsafe and deletes it. I have downloaded other Peg Mods with no issues (Streams, Ponds, Utopia, SPAM, etc.). Has anyone else had this happen and do you know a workaround? Simtropolis has an excellent reputation of keeping viruses and other bad things out of the community, so I find it hard to believe it could be a virus. If anyone would like to investigate this, here is the file Norton Insight removed and quarantined as a medium risk: http:simtropolis.community.com/file/file/11836-peg-water-mod-brigantine/?do=download and the .exe file: peg_watermod_brigantine_205.exe Thank you so much for your help!
  15. L1 and L2 Flex Flys break

    Ahhh! Okay, I was afraid that was the case. I'll just figure out something else (I may be back. ) I'm very glad I installed the extra cheats mod while I'm playing with/learning the NAM. I'd be bankrupt by now. Lol! Thank you so much for the explanation, rsc204. I see that adding at least a half million lines would be problematic. Yikes!!