Best Laptop for Sims 4 [Updated for 2018]

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Best laptops for Sims [2018]

I have been playing the Sims series since the Sims 2 days (good times) and have been a fan of the Sims games ever since.

One of the best ways to enjoy Sims is with a nice laptop. But if you pick the wrong laptop, the loading screens will be almost unbearable. And that’s not even considering the lag and crashes the wrong laptop will cause.

So to help you pick the best laptop for Sims (no matter if it’s for Sims 1, Sims 2, Sims 3 or Sims 4) I created this easy-to-follow guide.

It will tell you exactly what to look for, what to avoid and what you can save money on.

But if you are in a rush and just want to know what are the best laptops for Sims now, check out this list:

Laptop NameLaptop TypeGraphics CardRAMPrice
Acer Aspire E5-576G-5762Mid-range laptopNVIDIA MX1508GB DDR3Check Price
Asus Swift 3Mid-range laptopNVIDIA MX1508GB DDR4Check Price
Acer Nitro 5Budget gaming laptopNVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti8GB DDR4Check Price
Apple Macbook AirMacbookIntel HD 60008GB DDR3Check Price
ASUS FX503VMGaming laptopNVIDIA GTX 106016GB DDR4Check Price

How to Choose the Right Laptop for Playing Sims


A sim playing sims

What are The System Requirements for the Sims Series?

If you are not a computer geek like me, the requirements below might not really say much to you. But don’t worry about that. I will guide you through this and tell exactly what you need to look for in an easy to understand manner.

But if you are tech-savvy look at these requirements and you’ll know exactly what the specs you’re going to need for your next laptop for Sims.

What To Look For in a Laptop for Sims

By today’s standards in computers, you don’t actually need much when it comes to hardware to fully enjoy Sims 4 without lag. There are some key things that you should be on the lookout for:

  • Portability and a low weight so you can easily bring it with you
  • A nice keyboard and touchpad
  • At least 8GB RAM
  • A decent screen
  • A good processor, preferably an Intel Core i5 or better
  • And a long battery life

But there’s still one thing, even more important than the points above. you need if you want to experience smooth frame rates and no lags playing Sims.

What is the Number 1 Thing to Look for In a Laptop for Sims?

A dedicated graphics card. I’m not talking about high-end graphics cards you only find in the very best laptops; The games in the Sims series will run smoothly with a decent graphics card, you don’t have to spend much on the graphics card. But make sure to get a get a dedicated graphics card capable of gaming.

All the laptops I recommend below have a dedicated graphics card. And if you’re thinking about buying another model and are unsure if the graphics card is good enough then this is what to look for:

  • Look at the specs: If you have a look at the hardware specifications of the laptop and look at the graphics card and you something like Intel HD, Integrated, or AMD Radeon r5,6,7 or 8 then you can be sure it won’t run Sims well on high or better graphics.

Another good option is if you know what graphics card it has, look for it on this list.

Once you found the graphics card, you can click on it:

Finding the right GPU for Sims 4

And many cases it has benchmarks for Sims 4:

Sims 4 Benchmarks

How much do I need to pay for a Sims laptop?

If you want to play Sims, no matter if it’s Sims 2, 3 or 4, you don’t have to pay more than 1000 dollars for a laptop. And if you are okay with not playing it on the best graphics settings, you can get a decent laptop for as low as around 600 dollars. You can run Sims on laptops for less than 500 but then the graphics will be low and the game might load for a long time with occasional freezes.

Is there anything I can save on?

Yes! If you know what you might not need, you can save a lot of money on your next Sims 4 laptop. So what are the top 3 things, you can skip and get a better price for your next laptop for Sims?

  • Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen might be a must-have for some people but the fact is that touchscreens are expensive. So if you can skip the touchscreen you can often save 50-200 bucks off the laptop price.
  • SSD: A solid state drive is amazing for blazing fast load times, but if you are on a short budget an ordinary HDD will work just fine. You just have to wait a bit longer for the game to load.
  • Excessive amounts of RAM: A common misconception is that more RAM is always better. But you only need 8GB of RAM to play Sims 3 or Sims 4 smoothly and without lag.

Is there anything I CAN’T save on?

As you probably have understood by now, you’ll want a good dedicated graphics card. So, don’t try to save by getting a poor graphics card. Another key aspect of running Sims smoothly is a decent processor, so don’t go for the cheapest processor you can buy.


The Best Laptops for Sims

Based on the advice above, I have handpicked 5 laptops perfect for playing Sims. They are all excellent choices and which one you should pick depends on what you want to use it for more than for Sims, what budget you have and what kind of design you find appealing.

I have sorted the list by budget, so the cheapest laptops are first. They all work great for Sims but if you want to play more demanding games as well you probably have to get a laptop lower down the list in order to play the latest games smoothly.


#1 The budget choice: Acer Aspire E5-576G-5762

If you have a small budget and just want a laptop that will run Sims and other graphically non-demanding games smoothly, then my number one pick would be the Acer Aspire E5.

The exterior of the laptop is made of black plastic and has a brushed texture on the back. It has a clean but ordinary look. It’s a quite hefty machine with a weight of 5 pounds (~2,3 KG).

The 15-inch screen is a decent screen but it’s darker than it’s competition and the colors sometimes look too faded.

It will run Sims smoothly with no frame drops or lag at ultra settings thanks to the included NVIDIA MX 150 graphics card. Have a look at the Sims 4 frame rates you’ll get with this laptop:

One thing to note with the graphics card is that even if it runs Sims 4 very smoothly, more graphically demanding games will only run well on low or medium settings, so if you want to play the latest AAA titles smoothly you’re going to need a laptop with a better graphics cards.

Another big plus with the Acer Aspire E5 is the 256GB M.2 SATA SSD. The solid state drive allows for a really quick startup of the computer and considerably shorter load times when you are playing Sims. But notice this is the only storage included in the laptop so if you’re going to store more files than 256GB, you’ll have to buy more storage in the form of cloud storage or an external hard drive.

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ProsCons
Runs the Sims games flawlesslyPoor battery life
Powerful Intel Core i7 processorOnly 256GB of storage
Affordable price for a gaming laptop


#2 The fastest laptop for Sims: Asus Swift 3

best laptop with an ssd

The Asus Swift 3 is one of the fastest mid-range laptops you can buy. It’s in fact ranked as the top choice here on LaptopBlogger if you want a fast laptop with an SSD.

But even if it’s a blazing fast laptop for an affordable price, the graphics card, the integrated Intel HD 620 graphics, is lacking. I have already explained that integrated graphics cards won’t run Sims smoothly and the Intel HD 620 is no exception, here are the frame rates you’ll get on Sims with this graphics card:

The fast 8GB DDR4 RAM, the 256GB SSD, and the fast Intel Core i5 processor make starting up the laptop and the Sims a breeze. It runs smoothly and thanks to to the fast SSD the loading screens are short. But as you saw on the framerates you can only play it on medium settings if you want to play on silky smooth 60 fps. And don’t even think of playing more demanding graphics games, you’ll going to need a better graphics card for that.

But if you are fine with running Sims on 30 fps on high or playing smoothly on medium settings, then should definitely consider the Asus Swift 3.

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ProsCons
Fast startup and short loading screensCan only run Sims 4 on medium settings with good frame rates
Affordable PriceDull design
Fast Solid State DriveSub-par screen brightness


#3 The budget gaming laptop choice: Acer Nitro 5

For those of you that want to play Sims but also the latest graphically demanding games, you’re going to need a laptop made for gaming.

The Acer Nitro 5 is one of the cheapest gaming laptops you can buy at the moment and even if it’s quite cheap you’ll get a ton of value for the money.

The graphics card you’ll find inside the Acer Nitro is the Nvidia GTX 1050. It will run all the Sims games smoothly with 60+ fps on ultra settings. It will also run most modern games with acceptable frame rates on medium-high settings. Check for yourself at the benchmarks in the middle of this article. But as you can see, if you want to play the latest games on high or ultra settings smoothly you’re going to need a laptop with a better graphics card, like the Asus FX503VM at the end of this list.

If you want a lot of processing power, the Acer Nitro won’t let you down. It has a 7th generation (latest gen) Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB DDR4 RAM. This combined with a 256GB SSD makes for some lightning fast performance. Just be aware that the 256GB SSD is all the storage included.

The biggest flaw of the Acer Nitro is the poor battery life. With a fully charged battery, you can only play Sims for around 2 hours before you’ll have to plug it in. But if you can play mostly plugged and want a really affordable gaming laptop for SIms, then go for the Acer Nitro 5.

 

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ProsCons
Runs the Sims games flawlesslyPoor battery life
Powerful Intel Core i7 processorOnly 256GB of storage
Affordable price for a gaming laptop


#4 Best Mac for Sims 4: Apple MacBook Air

Apple is known for their excellent design and when you use their product they just work. But a MacBook is not made for gaming.

You can play Sims 4 on a Mac and many people do, but the performance won’t match what the performance you’ll get in a similarly priced Windows laptop. Here are the frame rates you should expect on the Macbook air on Sims 4:

There are some more expensive Mac models with graphics cards that can actually run Sims on ultra settings smoothly but they cost over 2000 bucks, a price that’s simply not worth paying for a laptop for Sims.

One thing to consider before getting the MacBook air is the really small hard disk of 128GB. 128GB fills up easily and you almost always have to pay for a cloud storage service like iCloud or buying external storage if you, for example, want to save a lot of pictures or movies on the hard drive.

But if you’re fine with running Sims with a lower resolution on medium settings, then I won’t stop you from getting a MacBook. It is, after all, a really amazing laptop with a reliable design, fast performance, and tools perfect for creative people.

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ProsCons
Excellent designPlays Sims only on low or medium settings smoothly
Always keeps coolOnly 128GB of included storage
Long battery life


#5 Best high-end Sims 4 laptop: ASUS FX503VM

If you are looking for excellent gaming performance in not only Sims but also the latest PC games, then the Asus FX503VM is the clear choice.

The included Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card will run almost every new game on high or even ultra setting with high frame rates. Have a look yourself at the frame rates you’ll get on the latest games over here.

The biggest weakness of this laptop is the display. It covers only 56% of the sRGB gamut so the colors look dull. You probably won’t notice it if you are just gaming but if you do anything that demands accurate colors like photo editing you’ll probably notice it.

The RAM is of the latest generation of RAM, DDR4 and with 16GB of it, you can do all the multitasking you want without any lag. Another thing that makes the Asus FX503VM a really good choice is the CPU. The Intel Core i7-7700 inside is one of the best processors you can buy today and has an impressive CPUmark score of over 8900.

The FX503VM also has a combo of a 1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD. This means you can load things such as Windows super fast with the SSD and still have plenty of storage for files like images on the 1TB hard drive.

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ProsCons
Great gaming performanceDull display
Combo of 1TB HDD + 128GB SSDExterior prone to fingerprints
One of the best Intel Core i7 processor on the marketAverage battery life


Conclusion

Choosing a laptop for Sims is not just about picking the most affordable laptop you can buy. You need to consider what you’ll need in a laptop and then choose a laptop that matches your budget, design requirements and level of gaming performance needed.

The last step of this is simply picking the best laptop for Sims that will suit your needs. If you decide to pick any of the laptops I recommended above, you are sure to get an excellent gaming laptop for many good Sims sessions. And if you decide to choose another laptop, you should at this moment know exactly what to look for in a laptop for Sims 4.

Hope this article helped you and let me know in the comments if you have any thoughts or questions!

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