The Sims 3 System Requirements: Can You Run It?

The Sims 3
The Sims Studio
Electronic Arts
Release date:
2 June 2009 (14 years ago)
User score:
4.2 / 5 (258 votes)
Hardware demand level:
0.1 / 10 - not demanding

Official The Sims 3 system requirements for PC

These are the PC specifications advised by developers to run The Sims 3 at minimal and recommended settings. Although these requirements are usually approximate, they can still be used to determine the indicative hardware tier needed to play the game.

PassMinimum requirements

Pass Graphics card:
Graphics: GeForce FX 5900 / Radeon 9500, Graphics Ram: 128 MB
Pass CPU:
XP (Service Pack 2): Pentium IV 2.0 GHz / Athlon XP 2000+ Vista (Service Pack 1): Pentium IV 2.4 GHz / Athlon XP 2400+
Pass Memory:
1 GB (XP (Service Pack 2)) 1.5 GB (Vista (Service Pack 1))
File size:
At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games
Operating system:
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1
The latest version of DirectX 9.0c

Recommended requirements

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The Sims 3 performance on your PC

The Sims 3 performance on your GPU

GeForce RTX 3060's performance compared to the game's official system requirements.

RTX 3060
30 fps @ low
60 fps @ medium
60 fps @ high

Projected FPS in various settings and resolutions

The Sims 3 FPS calculator: average frames per second on GeForce RTX 3060 (according to our approximations). FPS may vary depending on your operating system and other factors.

low settings / 600p
700−750 FPS
medium settings / 768p
290−300 FPS
high settings / 1024p
180−190 FPS

The Sims 3 performance on your CPU

Core i5-12400's performance compared to the game's official system requirements.


Community ratings

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4.2 258 votes

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