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The Sims 3 System Requirements

What You Need to Play The Sims 3

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The official "The Sims 3" minimum system requirements are available and are as follows:

Windows XP

  • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
  • RAM: 1 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: At least 7.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content
  • Video: 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0

Windows Vista

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

* Notes: For NVIDIA ION™ computers, the game requires at least 2 GB RAM.
Supported Video Cards: Nvidia GeForce 6 series or better, and all NVidia G, GT, GTS, and GTX video cards. ATI Radeon™ series card 9500 series or better, and all ATI X, X1, and HD video cards; Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA): GMA 3-Series, GMA 4-Series

GeForce 6100 and 7100 cards are not supported.

Macs

  • OS: Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
  • CPU: Intel Core Duo Processor
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • DISC DRIVE:
  • Hard Drive: At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games
  • Video: ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100

*Note: This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or the GMA.

 

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