Can’t Play The SIMS 3 on Your Computer?



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Sims 3 is 100% compatible with the new Windows 8. It is also compatible with Windows 7 32 and 64-bit. It has the same system requirements as Windows Vista which are posted below. (Sims 2 is also compatible with Windows 7.) Please Note: If you do not download all of the latest updates for Sims 3 it will not be compatible with Windows 8. So fully update Sims 3 please if you are running Windows 8.


I have seen a lot of computer problem complaints the past couple of days on Twitter that were due to people not being able to play the new SIMS 3 game on their Windows computer. The #1 reason The Sims 3 will not work on your computer is due to a lack of Graphics Processing Power. Before I get into this issue I want to make sure you have all your other bases covered.

The following are the MINIMUM system requirements for SIMS 3 (courtesy of TheSims3.com). If you are unsure of any particular computer specification you may have that is not a problem. Just follow this tutorial and it will show you how to find your important computer system specs.

The Sims 3 PC MINIMUM System Requirements
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows XP Service Pack 2 or better, Windows Vista service pack 1 or better, 7 and 8
CPU: 2.6 GHz Pentium D, 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, equivalent OR Faster
RAM: 1.5 GB RAM in Windows XP, 2 GB RAM in Windows Vista, 7 and 8
GRAPHICS CARD: Intel, nVidia and ATI integrated/built-in video cards: Intel Extreme GMA X3x00/X300, ATI Xpress and higher, nVidia TurboCache and higher

The Sims 3 MAC MINIMUM System Requirements
OPERATING SYSTEM: Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
CPU: Intel Core Duo processor or equivalent
RAM: 1 GB RAM
HARD DRIVE SPACE: 7.1GB of space
GRAPHICS CARD: ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of video RAM or Intel Integrated GMA X3100 Supported nVidia Video Cards for the Mac: 7300, 7600, 8600, 8800, 9400M, 9600M GT, GT 120, GT 130
Supported ATI Video Cards for the Mac: X1600, X1900, 2400, 2600, 3870, 4850, 4870
Supported Intel Video Cards for the Mac: GMA X3×00 series


Some of you may have paused at the above spec “128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0” and thought, “WTF is a Pixel Shader 2.0?” Don’t worry, I’ve been an avid PC Gamer since the 90s and know a lot about computers but I am a little embarrassed to admit I was glossy-eyed while reading that spec, lol. Below are a list of video cards that are compatible with The Sims 3.

For nVidia video card owners: FX 5900, FX 5950, 2400, 2600, 2900, 3450, 3650, 3850, 3870, 4850, 4870 and all GeForce 6 series and above are compatible with The Sims 3

For ATI video card owners: 2400, 2600, 2900, 3450, 3650, 3850, 3870, 4850, 4870, Any 9500 and above card and any X300 and above cards are compatible with The Sims 3.

IMPORTANT! If your desktop or laptop has an integrated/on-board video card your MINIMUM System Requirements are Higher!

GMA 3-Series Mac Owners Please Note! If you own a G3, G4 or G5 PowerPC AND/OR an integrated Intel GMA 950 series video card, The Sims 3 will NOT work with your system. You need to purchase a new Mac if you want to play The Sims 3.

If you have any QUESTIONS about INSTALLING The Sims 3 or are not sure if your computer is COMPATIBLE with The Sims 3, feel free to ASK FOR HELP BELOW!
Newbie Questions Welcome! :-)



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