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Default System Requirements for TS2/TS3
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Sims 2 System Requirements:

Minimum system requirements for playing TS2 and each expansion can be found here. However, it is best to keep in mind that just because your computer meets minimum requirements, doesn’t mean that it will run TS2 well! The first section of the guide goes beyond what EA has recommended and states what experienced game players feel is more realistic.


It is recommended that for the base game you have at least:
  • A 1.5 GHz processor
  • A 128 MB dedicated video card
  • 512 MB of RAM.
If you are running Windows Vista you should have at least DOUBLE those specs for the base game!

It is recommended for expansions, especially Pets or later, that you have at least:
  • A 2.5 GHz processor
  • A 256 MB dedicated video card - a newer, better one (higher MIDDLE numbers = better. For example a Nvidia 7600 would be faster than the newer 8400. Newer does not necessarily equal better. Generally speaking, expect the previous series mid-range cards to perform similar to the current series low-end, and so forth.)
  • 1 gig of RAM (2gb Vista)

If you have questions about whether or not specific cards will run the game well, please view the above linked guide.

Please note that nVidia GO series cards (found in laptops) are widely thought of as being NOT compatible with Sims 2 and are not supported for use with Sims 2 or its expansions! While some people report no problems, it is far more likely that you -will- have problems running Sims 2 if you have a GO card. Updating drivers can help sometimes but usually not. If you already have a laptop with a GO card it will not hurt your computer to try to run the game on it, however it is certainly recommended that when getting a new laptop you choose one without a GO card. The best thing to do if you have a GO card and you would like to play Sims 2 is to pick up one of the Stories series games (Life Stories, Pet Stories, or Castaway Stories) which are specifically made for laptop gaming and do support the nVidia GO series cards.

Mobile GPUs which CAN play TS2/TS3:

NVIDIA GeForce series:
8600*, 8700*, 8800
9500, 9600, 9700, 9800
120M, 130M, 150M, 160M
230M, 240M, 260M, 280M
325M, 330M, 335M, 350M, 360M
480M

ATI Radeon™ series:
2600, 2700
3600, 3800
4600, 4800
5600, 5700, 5800

*Are known to be defective and therefore are not recommended.


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Sims 3 System Requirements

Minimum system specs for TS3 have just been released and are as follows (S2C recommendations are also noted in parentheses and underlined below):

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THE SIMS 3 AND WORLD ADVENTURES MINIMUM HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS

FOR WINDOWS XP
2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent (2.0ghz Core 2 Duo or higher is recommended)
1 GB RAM (2GB of RAM is recommended)
128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 (256 MB dedicated video card - mid-range or higher - is recommended)
The latest version of DirectX 9.0c
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games (9.6 GB if installing World Adventures with The Sims 3)

FOR WINDOWS VISTA/7
2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent (2.0ghz Core 2 Duo or higher is recommended)
1.5 GB RAM (at least 2.5GB of RAM is recommended)
128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 (256 MB dedicated video card - mid-range or higher - is recommended)
Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or Microsoft Windows 7
At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games (9.6 GB if installing World Adventures with The Sims 3)

For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires at least:
Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA 3-Series or above
2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
0.5 GB additional RAM


SUPPORTED VIDEO CARDS: (Underlined cards are ones which will most likely play the game well)

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
GT 220, GTS 240, GTS 250, GTX 260, GTX 275, GTX 280, GTX 285, GTX 295

Note: EA does not list the entire 200 series as being supported. However, we have expanded the list to include cards from the series which should work well.


ATI Radeon™ series:
9500, 9600, 9800
X300, X600, X700, X800, X850
X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
2400, 2600, 2900
3450, 3650, 3850, 3870,
4830, 4770, 4850, 4870, 4890

Note: The official list no longer includes the anything below the 4850 from the Radeon 4000 Series graphics cards. However, we have expanded the list to include some these cards which should work just fine.


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. Intel integrated chipsets featuring underclocked parts will not perform adequately.

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.

Please note that attempting to play the game using video hardware that isn't listed above may result in reduced performance, graphical issues or cause the game to not run at all.

The NVIDIA GeForce FX series is unsupported under Vista.


FOR MAC OS X
Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
Intel Core Duo Processor
2 GB RAM
ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100.
At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games (9.6 GB if installing World Adventures with The Sims 3)
This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.


MAC OS X Supported Video Cards
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NVIDIA GeForce series
7300, 7600
8600, 8800
9400M, 9600M GT
GT 120, GT 130

ATI Radeon(TM) series
X1600, X1900
2400, 2600
3870,
4850, 4870

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


Please note that these are BARE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS!

If you have the absolute minimums and the lowest listed graphics card, that does not mean the game will look good or play well - or even be decently playable at all! As with Sims 2, it is likely that Sims 3 will require a considerably stronger system than the minimum requirements for nice graphics and decent gameplay. Systems under the minimums will not be able to play the game!

It's also very important to remember that the requirements will only increase for expansions, so it would be extremely unwise to buy a new system or upgrade based on these stats without well exceeding the minimums! You can see the system requirements for TS3 with expansions here.
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#2 Old 17th May 2009 at 5:12 PM
Default What to include if you are asked to provide your "system specs"
What to include if you are asked to provide your "system specs"

FORM:
Quote:
OS:
CPU:
RAM:
GPU:
MANUFACTURER/MODEL:


Most of the information needed can be found by clicking on the 'Start Menu' -> 'Run' -> typing in 'dxdiag'.

The very first 'System' tab will always accurately tell you what processor you have, how much RAM you have, and what operating system you are running:





The 'Display' tab will tell you what graphics card/chip you have:






To find the manufacturer and model you can run this program:http://www.cpuid.com/pcwizard.php. Look to the left where there are several rows of icons. Click on the middle icon on the top row. Click 'Manufacturer' in the box that pops up next to it. In the box below, it should display the information under 'Product' and 'Version'.

If you have a custom built computer, you will probably see the motherboard manufacturer and model information listed. If you have purchased a prebuilt computer from a mainstream company, like Dell, HP, Emachines, Gateway, etc, it will display information somewhat differently. Do not be worried if you see something slightly different.



COMPLETED EXAMPLE:
Quote:
OS: Windows XP Professional
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
RAM: 2046MB (equivalent of 2GB)
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
MANUFACTURER/MODEL: GA-EP45-UD3R
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