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Minimum requirements are the recommended minimum system and hardware requirements of a computer necessary in order to play a certain game. Requirements for several Maxis and Electronic Arts games are below:

The Sims and ExpansionsEdit

  • Microsoft Windows
    • Windows 98 and up, 233 MHz Pentium II or faster, 64 MB RAM, 4x or faster CD-ROM drive, DirectX 6.0-compatible sound card and graphics card (card must have 2 MB on board memory and able to display at 800x600 with 16-bit color)
  • Linux
    • Linux Kernel 2.2 or higher, Glibc 2.1.3 or higher, XFree86 4.0 or higher or equivalent, 350Mhz Celeron/Pentium II/Duron/Athlon or faster or equivalent, 64Mb of ram, 128 recommended, sound card supporting OSS or ALSA, video card capable of 16 bit color and 800x600 resolution, nvidia GeForce GPU recommended with 16mb of video ram. (NOTE: This is the ported Linux version from TransGaming)
  • Apple Macintosh
    • Mac OS X 10.0.3 or later -or- Mac OS 8.6 or 9.x with CarbonLib 1.2.5 or later, 233 MHz or faster PowerPC G3 or G4, 64 MB RAM (Mac OS 8/9) or 128 MB RAM (Mac OS X), G3/333 MHz recommended; 128 MB of RAM

The Sims 2 and Expansions (Up to date)Edit

  • Microsoft Windows
    • OS: Windows 98/98 SE/Me/2000/XP/Vista (if patched)
    • CPU: 1.8 GHz (2.4 GHz for Vista and above)
    • RAM: 512 MB (1GB for Vista and above.)
    • Disc Drive: 8x CD-ROM/DVD drive
    • HDD: 3.5GB free space
    • Video: 32MB DirectX 9.0 and T&L compatible
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible
  • Apple Macintosh
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.3.8+
    • CPU: 1.2 GHz PowerPC G4/G5
    • RAM: 256MB
    • Disc Drive: DVD drive
    • HDD: 3GB free space
    • Video: 32MB ATI Radeon 9000/nVidia GeForce FX5200

The Sims 3Edit

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Windows XP (SP2)
    • 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
    • 1 GB RAM* 1.5 GB RAM**
    • 128 MB Video Card
    • 6.5 GB of hard drive space
    • 1 GB additional space for custom content
  • Windows Vista (SP1) & Windows 7
    • 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
    • 1.50 RAM* 2 GB RAM**
    • 128 MB Video Card
    • 6.5 GB of hard drive space
    • 1 GB additional space for custom content

* For Desktops with Add-on chipsets (graphic cards)
**For Desktops with integrated chipsets (graphic cards) or Laptops

  • Apple Macintosh
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5.7 (Leopard) or higher
    • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • RAM: 2 GB or greater
    • HDD: 9.6 GB of hard disk 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

* Please note that this game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac).