[an error occurred while processing this directive] The Sims 3 :: System Requirements
Windows PC Windows XP System Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • 2.0GHz P4 processor or equivalent
  • 1Gb RAM
  • A 128Mb Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
  • The latest version of DirectX 9.0c
  • At least 6.1Gb of hard drive space with at least 1Gb of additional space for custom content and saved games
  • Windows PC Windows Vista System Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1
  • 2.4GHz P4 processor or equivalent
  • 1.5Gb RAM
  • A 128Mb Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
  • At least 6.1Gb of hard drive space with at least 1Gb of additional space for custom content and saved games
  • Windows PC Supported Graphics Cards for Windows PCs
    For computers using built-in graphics chipsets under Windows, the game requires at least:
  • Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA 3-Series or above
  • 2.6GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
  • 0.5Gb additional RAM


  • NVIDIA GeForce series
  • FX 5900, FX 5950
  • 6200, 6500, 6600, 6800
  • 7200, 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950
  • 8400, 8500, 8600, 8800
  • 9300, 9400, 9500, 9600, 9800
  • G100, GT 120, GT 130, GTS 150
  • GTS 250, GTX 260, GTX 280, GTX 285, GTX 295


  • 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


  • Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA)
  • GMA 3-Series, GMA 4-Series


  • Laptop versions of these chipsets may work, but may run comparatively slower. Standalone cards that are installed in vanilla PCI slots (not PCIe or PCIx or AGP), such as some GeForce FX variants, will perform poorly.

    Integrated chipsets such as the ATI Xpress and the NVIDIA TurboCache variants may default to settings that are higher than what would be optimal for them. Graphics settings can be lowered to improve performance.

    The NVIDIA GeForce FX series is unsupported under Vista.
    Mac Mac OS X System Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
  • Intel Core Duo Processor
  • 2Gb RAM
  • ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT with 128Mb of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100
  • At least 6.1Gb of hard drive space, with at least 1Gb additional space for custom content and saved games
  • This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards
  • Mac Supported Graphics Cards for Macs
    NVIDIA GeForce series
  • 7300, 7600
  • 8600, 8800
  • 9400M, 9600M GT
  • GT 120, GT 130


  • ATI Radeon series
  • X1600, X1900
  • 2400, 2600
  • 3870
  • 4850, 4870


  • Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA)
  • GMA 3-Series
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