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System Requirements for The Sims 3

by: Sheri Newton ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

Want to play The Sims 3 but not sure if it will play on your computer? Not sure if your video card will work for the game? Find out what the system requirements are for this fun simulation game with this guide.

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    System Requirements for The Sims 3

    The minimum hardware requirements for The Sims 3 will be what is shown in this article. These are the requirements on a minimum level that are suggested from the developers of The Sims 3 to effectively run the game on your computer.

    If your system is better than what is listed, it should run it just fine if all updates on your system are current and running smoothly. For example, if you have a 1 GB video card and are running it on a Windows 7 computer, it should run just fine as the minimum requirements on a Windows XP for the video card are only 128 MB that supports Pixel Shader 2.0.

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    The Sims 3 System Requirements for Windows XP

    If you want to play The Sims 3 with a system that is running Windows XP, you will need to make sure that your system is running at least the following requirements:Sims 3 Toyota Prius  

    • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
    • 2.0 GHz P4 processor (or the equivalent)
    • 128 MB Video Card that also supports Pixel Shader 2.0
    • 1 GB of RAM
    • Have at least 6.1 GB of hard drive space for the game and also another 1 GB of space for custom content and your saved Sims 3 games.
    • The most recent version of DirectX 9.0c
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    The Sims 3 System Requirements for Windows Vista

    If you want to play The Sims 3 with a system that is running Windows Vista, you will need to make sure that your system is running with at least the following requirements:

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    • Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1
    • 2.4 GHz P4 processor (or the equivalent)
    • 128 MB Video Card that also supports Pixel Shader 2.0
    • 1.5 GB of RAM
    • Have at least 6.1 GB of hard drive space for the game and also another 1 GB of space for custom content and your saved Sims 3 games.
    • If your PC has a built-in graphics chipset for Windows, make sure that it is at least an Intel Integrated Chipset in the GMA 3 series or better, .5 GB of additional RAM, and have a processer of equal or better quality of a 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU or a 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo.
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    The Sims 3 System Requirements for MAC OS X

    If you want to play The Sims 3 with a Mac, you will need to make sure that your system is running with at least the following requirements:

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    • Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard (or better)
    • Intel Core Duo Processor
    • 2 GB of Ram
    • ATI X1600, Nvidia 7300 GT video cards with 128 MB of Video Ram, or an Intel Integrated GMA X3100 video card.
    • Have at least 6.1 GB of hard drive space for the game and also another 1 GB of space for custom content and your saved Sims 3 games.
    • The Sims 3 will not run on the GMA 950 class of the integrated video cards or on the PowerPC based Macs.

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