Since hanging out a bit more at Living Sims, I've become a CC junkie yet again. I really must stop at this point. It's getting ridiculous.
I spent part of my morning making four .package files out of tons of others, trying to organize them in a way that made sense, but not sure I've achieved that. Anyway, I knew I needed to do it since my game was lagging pretty badly.
I have also spent time in the last couple of days installing Twallan's Overwatch mod - ran the game once since installing and it cleared out a bunch of cars for me, so that's cool. And I saw someone mentioning something called "TuneUp" on some forum somewhere as being a helpful program for optimizing your computer and helping with laggy game play, so I went to check it out. I've installed the 15-day trial version and have just spent the better part of an hour going through the settings and optimizing my entire computer.
I know that sounds onerous, but here's the thing: TuneUp runs in the background and you can set it to "Turbo Mode", which shuts off all your non-essential services so that you have more resources devoted to whatever you're working on. ("Working" on... right. Or playing, as the case may be...) It never turns anything essential off, just stuff you wouldn't need for short periods of time.
So with this program, I've cleared out a bunch of crap from my registry, I found out I could tweak my browser and internet settings to match the actual speed of my connection (I had no idea!) and yes, I'm getting faster surfing happening! It only took me so long because I'm both picky and paranoid when using these kinds of programs. However, so far, so good, and I'm pretty pleased with it. I may end up shelling out the bucks for it if the next 15 days show marked performance improvement. :)
I'd launch The Sims and give it a good test run now that I've compacted all those files and can use Turbo Mode - but my daughter would kill me. I'm supposed to be doing Christmas prep. LOL Good thing she's around to keep me on track!
I'll be sure to report back on how this has all worked out for game play!