The Sims™ 3 System Requirements

Last updated: 25 July 2021

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  1. Right-click the Windows icon in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen
  2. Click on the ‘System’ Tab in the pop-up menu
  3. Your computer’s CPU name will be displayed under ‘Device Specifications > Processor’

  1. Right-click the Windows icon in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen
  2. In the opened menu click on ‘Device Manager’
  3. In ‘Device Manager’ click on the arrow next to ‘Display adapters’
  4. Under the drop-down, you will see the GPU that your computer is using

  1. Right-click the Windows icon in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen
  2. Click on the ‘System’ Tab in the pop-up menu
  3. Your computer’s RAM will be displayed under ‘Device Specifications > Installed RAM’

  1. Right-click the Windows icon in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen
  2. Click on the ‘System’ Tab in the pop-up menu
  3. You can see if Windows is 64 or 32 bit under ‘System type’
  4. You can see Windows version under ‘Windows edition’

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The Sims™ 3 Windows Requirements

The Sims™ 3 system requirements for Windows
Minimum Requirements
OS
OS
Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista (Service Pack 1)
Processor
Processor
(XP) 2.0 GHz P4 ; (Vista) 2.4 GHz P4
Memory
Memory
(XP) 1 GB; (Vista) 1.5 GB
Graphics
Graphics
128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
DirectX
DirectX
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Storage
Storage
At least 6.5 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content
Sound Card
Sound Card
—
Built-in Graphics
Built-in Graphics
Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA X3000 or above. 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, 0.5 GB additional
Supported Graphicss
Supported Graphicss
Nvidia GeForce series: FX5900, G100, GT 120, GT 130, GTS 150, GTS 250, GTX 260, GTX 275, GTX 280, GTX 285, GTX 295; ATI Radeon™ series: ATI Radeon 9500 series of greater, X300, X600, X700, X800, X850, X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950, 2400, 2600, 2900, 3450, 3650, 3850, 3870, 4850, 4870 series ; Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA): GMA 3-Series, GMA 4-Series

The Sims™ 3 minimum requirements for Windows assume having at least Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista (Service Pack 1) operating system. Your processor should be (XP) 2.0 GHz P4 ; (Vista) 2.4 GHz P4 or a more powerful one. The minimum RAM requirement is (XP) 1 GB; (Vista) 1.5 GB. As for a graphics card, it should be 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0. You also have to have At least 6.5 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content free disk space to install the game.

Game Details

The Sims 3: Create the perfect world with full customization at your fingertips. Refine personalities and help fulfill destinies.

Release date
27 January, 2021
Metacritic score
86/100
Category
Single-player
Genre
Simulation
Supported languages
Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish - Spain, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
Developer
The Sims Studio
Publisher
Electronic Arts
Official website
thesims3.com
Support website
help.ea.com
Steam page
store.steampowered.com

FAQs

Can I run The Sims™ 3?

You would be able to run The Sims™ 3 on your PC if it meets minimum requirements below. You can also use our free test tool to check it!

Minimum requirements for Windows are:

  • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista (Service Pack 1)
  • Processor: (XP) 2.0 GHz P4 ; (Vista) 2.4 GHz P4
  • Memory: (XP) 1 GB; (Vista) 1.5 GB
  • Graphics: 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
  • DirectX:
  • Storage: At least 6.5 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content
  • Sound Card:
  • Built-in Graphics: Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA X3000 or above. 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, 0.5 GB additional
  • Supported Graphicss: Nvidia GeForce series: FX5900, G100, GT 120, GT 130, GTS 150, GTS 250, GTX 260, GTX 275, GTX 280, GTX 285, GTX 295; ATI Radeon™ series: ATI Radeon 9500 series of greater, X300, X600, X700, X800, X850, X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950, 2400, 2600, 2900, 3450, 3650, 3850, 3870, 4850, 4870 series ; Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA): GMA 3-Series, GMA 4-Series

How much RAM does The Sims™ 3 need?

You need at least (XP) 1 GB; (Vista) 1.5 GB of RAM to run The Sims™ 3 on PC.

What processor do I need for The Sims™ 3?

(XP) 2.0 GHz P4 ; (Vista) 2.4 GHz P4 is a minimum requirement for PC to be able to run The Sims™ 3.

How many GB is The Sims™ 3?

At least At least 6.5 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content of disk space is required to install The Sims™ 3 on your PC.

What graphics card do I need for The Sims™ 3?

You need 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 or more powerful video card.

What version of Windows can I use to play The Sims™ 3?

Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista (Service Pack 1) or newer.

Can I run The Sims™ 3 on my laptop?

Yes, as long as it meets minimum requirements above.

When is The Sims™ 3 release date?

The Sims™ 3 release date is 27 January, 2021.

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