Crash course in computer stats:
CPU is the Central Processing Unit, aka the processor. This determines how much data a computer can handle at one time. CPUs are measured in Hertz, which is how fast they can run. A CPU might also have multiple cores, which doubles the amount of data they can run. CPUs often come with an integrated GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), but if you’re getting a gaming computer, then you’ll probably want to run your graphics through a graphics card instead so the integrated GPU is irrelevant. So anyway, for The Sims 4, you’ll probably want at least 2.5 GHz for your CPU and four cores.
RAM is Random-Access Memory. It’s sort of like a short term memory for the computer: it allows the computer to remember things, but it’s not permanent so the computer can still rearrange things easily. Because it’s a form of storage, this is measured in bytes like the regular storage. You’ll want 4 GB of RAM at minimum for TS4. You might also see DDR, which stands for Double Data Rate. This basically means that data is submitted twice on the clock rate. If it has DDR, then DDR3 and up is good.
Hard Drive/Storage: this is how much your computer can remember in the long term. As you said, you need at least 64 GigaBytes. Modern computers come with a lot of storage, so this probably isn’t an issue. You might end up with 500 GB or 1 TeraByte. (1 TB is 1000 GB, 1 GB is 1000 MB.)
The Video Card/Graphics Card/Graphics Processing Unit is probably going to be the most important part of the computer. This is what gives you the visual stuff in TS4. The rest of the computer runs the code, the graphics card makes it look pretty and reduces the number of visual glitches. In order to work, it has its own memory and its own processing. For best results, you’ll want one that is dedicated rather than integrated. An integrated card is using the processing and RAM of the rest of the computer. If the computer has 4 GB of RAM and an integrated graphics card is using 2 GB, then you have 2 GB of RAM left over for the rest of the computer. A dedicated card has its own stats, so if your dedicated card uses 2 GB RAM, then the rest of the computer still has 4 GB of RAM.
Anyway, now that the graphics card is explained, what you’ll probably want at minimum for TS4 is 1-2 GB of dedicated RAM, GDDR4 (Graphics Double Data Rate 4) or GDDR5, and 128 bit processing.
However, something like Medieval Dynasty has higher requirements. At minimum, it wants a 3 GHz processor, 8 GB of RAM, dedicated video RAM of 4 GB. For best performance, it recommends 4 GHz processing, 16 GB of RAM, dedicated video RAM of 6 GB.
Anyway, let’s talk about quiet computers. The biggest source of noise in the computer is heat. Computers have fans to keep them from overheating. The hotter the computer is, the faster the fan needs to be and the more noise it’ll make. So what you’ll want to do is find computers with components that produce less heat. Some examples:
- Find a computer with a SSD (solid-state drive) instead of a HDD (hard disk drive). SSDs are computer storage devices that are more expensive, but they run better, they don’t heat up as much, and they run silently.
- A passive graphics card (as in passively cooled) will also be quieter, but it’s really hard to find one that has high enough specs for gaming. I’ve heard that the newer NVIDIA GeForce (1000+) are also fairly quiet, so that might be something to look for.
- A liquid-cooled computer will also be quieter than an air-cooled computer, but that’s definitely going to make it more expensive. Also, I don’t think there are any liquid-cooled laptops, so you’d be limited to a desktop.
Desktops tend to be quieter than laptops in general, but to keep a desktop cool (and therefore quiet), you can point a fan at it. Laptops are hotter because their main way of getting heat out is either through the fan or through the bottom, and the bottom is resting on a surface. (And if it’s resting on your legs, it would actually be taking in heat). So you can buy a cooling pad for a laptop that’ll really help drain the heat from it. Should be around $25 to $40 CAD.
Anyway, I think that’s about all the information you’ve currently asked for. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.