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The Sims 3 – Hardware Requirements

sims3_imageA few people have mentioned that the Sims 3 has some heavy duty hardware requirements, so I looked into it. Here’s what is says on the box:

Minimum System Requirements:

OS:
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition

Processor:
Quad Core Intel® Xeon® Processor E5540 2.53GHz,8M L3, 5.8GT/s,turbo

Memory:
192GB, DDR3 Memory, 1066MHz, ECC (3 DIMMS)

Graphics CARD:
Dual 4.0GB NVIDIA® Quadro® FX 5800, QUAD MON, 2DP & 4DVI

Hard Drive/Controller:
PERC6/i SAS/SATA Hardware RAID Card
4 x 450GB, 3.0Gb/s, SAS, 3.5 inch, 15K RPM Hard Drive

Monitor:
VGA 640×480 Maximum.

Blimey!

I checked this out on the Dell Website and have come up with an appropriate machine, it does seem a little expensive though:

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I suppose it’s a small price to pay to watch 3D ray traced virtual people piss their (virtual) pants.

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