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Sims 3 Minimum Requirements

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I know there are some of you out there who still don’t own Sims 3 and if you’ve come here to learn what kind of innards your computer needs to be able to run Sims 3, you’ve come to the right place.

First things first, the technical “official” requirements. These are requirements EA put out and you can check to see if you system meets these requirements by typing “System Information” in the search window when you click the Window’s button. That’ll bring up all the stuff that’s on your PC and you can compare this list to what you have and figure out if you’re good to go.

Windows XP

  • Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
  • 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
  • 1 GB RAM
  • At least 6.5 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content
  • 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0

Windows Vista

  • Windows Vista (Service Pack 1)
  • 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • At least 6.5 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content
  • 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0

Computers using built-in graphics chipsets

  • Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA X3000 or above
  • 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
  • 0.5 GB additional RAM

MAC OS X

  • Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
  • Intel Core Duo Processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100
  • At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games
  • Sims 3 will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards

Supported Windows Video Cards

NVIDIA GeForce series

FX 5900, FX 5950, 6200, 6500, 6600, 6800, 7200, 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950, 8400, 8500, 8600, 8800, 9600, 9800, GTX 260, GTX 280

ATI Radeon™ series

9500, 9600, 9800
X300, X600, X700, X800, X850
X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
2400, 2600, 2900
3450, 3650, 3850, 3870,
4850, 4870
GMA X3×00 series

Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA)

GMA 3-Series, GMA 4-Series

Holy crap that’s a lot of stuff and you might not know what it means. SO, to make it much easier on yourself, you could just head over to YouGamers and run their nifty little program to see how your system measures up. Here’s the link to test your system for The Sims 3.

If your system is newer then you shouldn’t have any issues. And I just want to note that I’m running Sims 3 on a Windows 7 laptop and have now issues so if you upgraded to Windows 7 and meet all the other minimum requirements, you should be fine.

Good luck and happy Simming!

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