Welcome back! Now that we’ve covered the basics of the requirements you need to meet if you’re looking for a laptop for Sims 4, it’s time to break down what you should expect to find at every price point. It’s not rocket science but even if you’re just looking for a cheap laptop to play Sims 4, it will help you to better understand the field and narrow down your search. I’ve broken down laptops by cost and included what you should expect to see for each one. Let’s go!!!
- when it comes to Sims 4, any laptop will do (it’s not very demanding)
- GPU doesn’t really matter (but you’ll still need a dedicated one)
- if you’re just looking for a cheap laptop, the laptop doesn’t need to be great but you’ll still want at least an i3/Ryzen 3 processor
Requirements for a Sims 4 laptop
Major Picking a good memory
The Sims 4 is a single-player game, so the requirements for RAM are much less complicated than for other games. The total amount of RAM will largely depend on how many Sims you want to create, and the complexity of their lives.
Minimum (8 GB)
A mere 8GB RAM should be enough to get you through the game, but I would consider upgrading in case you’re planning on adding more content. And if you’re in need of extra space – like I am – then there’s always that option. You can either upgrade your laptop’s RAM or add an external stick.
Recommended (16 GB)
At 16GB, you’ll have plenty of room for additional Sims and households. The game will run smoothly and won’t take much time to load when switching between families or saving files. 16GB is also enough for most players’ needs when it comes to multitasking – unlike when playing games with an open map, where I’ve needed 32GB to comfortably handle all the apps I wanted to have open at once.
- minimum 8GB should be enough to get you through the game
- 16GB is recommended for most players’ needs when it comes to multitasking and Sims 4 content
Major Choosing the right processor for Sims 4
There’s a lot of debate on whether to buy a gaming laptop or a PC. The answer is: it depends. The Sims 4 doesn’t demand anything extraordinary from the processor, but there are plenty of other factors to consider, such as price, the graphics card, the RAM and storage.
If you’re not looking for a top-of-the-line laptop and you’re not interested in tinkering with the Sims 4 configuration files – I recommend opting for a Core i3/i5 processor at the minimum. With that said, you’ll need to keep an eye on your budget – anything lower than an i5 will probably bottleneck your GPU. A mid-range Core i5 would be a better choice if you can afford it.
If your budget allows for it, I’d recommend going for a Core i7/Ryzen 7 – those offer better performance at higher resolutions and refresh rates. But if your ultimate goal is play Sims 4 on max settings without any FPS drops – I recommend going for a Ryzen 9 4700U or an Intel Core i7-8705G processor.
What about Core i9? It’s tempting to go for one of those expensive high-end models, but unless you’re going for an overkill configuration with a 144Hz screen and a beefy GPU – it’s unlikely that Core i9 will improve your gameplay experience. And that’s saying something given its powerful specs!
In short, I’d recommend one of these CPUs:
- i3-1005G1 – bare minimum for playing Sims 4
- i5-1135G7 – more powerful than an entry level CPU
- Ryzen 7 4700U – the best balance between power and affordability
- when it comes to Sims 4, any laptop will do
- Core i3/i5 is a good start for playing Sims 4 on low settings, but you’ll need a Core i5 for playing Sims 4 on high settings
- Core i7/Ryzen 7 is the best balance between power and affordability for playing Sims 4 on high settings at high resolutions and refresh rates. Core i9 is overkill unless you’re going for an overkill configuration with a 144Hz screen and a beefy GPU.
Major How to choose the right graphics card for playing Sims 4?
Minimum graphics (under $1000)
If you have a low budget, then you should consider getting a laptop with integrated graphics. If that’s not an option, then you’ll need to invest in a card like GTX 1650 or AMD Radeon RX 5600M. These cards will offer playable framerates at medium settings and might even reach 60 FPS at high settings – albeit at reduced quality levels.
Recommended graphics ($1000 – $2000)
For those with medium budgets, GTX 1660 Ti is the first recommendation worth looking into. It offers respectable performance at 60 FPS on high settings – an accomplishment no other card under $2000 can boast of. AMD Radeon RX 5600M comes close and should be your second choice for Sims 4 gaming as well as an alternative if GTX 1660 Ti is unavailable in your region or hard to find.
At the very top end of this price bracket, we find Nvidia’s latest cards: RTX 2070 and RTX 3060 (though one could argue that it belongs in the previous bucket). As such, they’re the best available options if money is no object for those wanting to play Sims 4 with decent framerates and good visuals without compromise.
- you can play Sims 4 with integrated graphics, but it’s not recommended (low quality visuals)
- if you want the best visuals, get GTX 1660 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 5600M (high quality visuals)
- if you want better visuals and good performance, get RTX 2070 or RTX 3060 (high quality visuals and high performance)
Optional requirements for a Sims 4 laptop
Optional Choosing a display
Whether you’re buying a laptop for playing Sims 4 or any other game, it’s not enough to get the latest hardware. The display quality should be your number one concern. But before I get into all the technical details – here are some tips on what to look for in a display.
With computers, bigger isn’t always better. A laptop with FHD resolution will be cheaper and use less power than one with 4K. This means that even if you’re not going for the highest-end graphics card – you can afford a higher refresh rate or response time. And if you are going for the highest-end graphics card – this is just an excuse to have the best laptop display possible.
A high refresh rate display allows for smoother animation and video frames. 60Hz is still perfectly fine, but 120Hz+ makes for buttery smooth visuals without being detrimental to gameplay performance. It’s also an excellent alternative to finding the perfect framerate. If you have enough money to burn – go for it! If not, don’t worry about it too much; but I recommend that everyone goes at least 144Hz (or higher). The downside? Some games don’t work well with high refresh rates; so do your research beforehand.
A response time of 5ms or less is considered “fast.” For competitive gamers, this is crucial; but if you like Sims 4 for its visuals – don’t worry about it too much (but I still recommend no more than 10ms). Keep in mind that if you buy a TN panel – response times are often around 1ms; but they can range from 2ms to 10ms in IPS panels (the lower end of that spectrum would be unacceptable). TN panels are relatively inexpensive and ubiquitous, while IPS panels are more expensive and less common. Keep in mind when comparing displays in person or by reviews.
Panel and image quality
Panel type doesn’t determine image quality per se; but it does provide some general clues about what you can expect from other metrics like contrast ratio and color accuracy. TN panels are faster than IPS panels but offer poorer viewing angles and color accuracy; meanwhile OLED displays can be beautiful but cost $2000+. So when choosing between two displays of the same resolution – I recommend picking IPS over TN as they tend to have better contrast ratios and color accuracy as well as wider viewing angles.
Optional My storage recommendations for playing Sims 4
Hey, so you’re here to learn about laptops with Sims 4? Sounds like a wise decision. I’ll do my best to fill in the gaps in your knowledge, if there are any.
How much storage do I need?
The answer to this question is dependent on what you plan on doing with your laptop. If you’re looking for a device that can serve as a general purpose workstation – a 256 GB SSD will suffice. If you’re playing a lot of games or running heavy professional applications – 512 GB should be more than enough. For everyone else, there’s plenty of space with 1 TB SSDs that go as low as $700.
And now for those interested in virtualization and large collections of movies, music, and games – 2 TB is the way to go. You can’t really go wrong with these drives as they are not too expensive at all. A 2 TB SSD might set you back by $800, but it’ll be worth it for the long haul.
And no matter what kind of drive you’re going for, always try to find one with NVMe connection over SATA III interface.
If you’re looking for good performance with no lag or slow loading times, then go with a Solid State Drive (SSD). You’ll also want an SSD if you want shorter loading times for applications or games installed on your computer.
5 Best Laptops for Sims 4
Pros and cons
- Terrific processor (Ryzen 5 5500U)
- Awesome display (15.6 IPS)
- Unexceptional graphics card (Radeon RX Vega 7)
- Ordinary memory amount (8GB)
Table of Best Laptops for Sims 4
|Acer Aspire 5 A515-45-R74Z||$470|
|Lenovo Flex 5||$590|
|Lenovo Legion 5||$830|
|Acer Predator Helios 300||$1840|
|ASUS ROG Strix Scar||$2770|