Best laptop for Sims 4 2024

We look at the best gaming laptops to play The Sims 4 – covering three different resolutions and price points

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If you’re looking for the best laptop for The Sims 4, based on the most recent specification requirements for the game, then below we’ll tell you everything you need to know, including whether or not your current laptop is able to play the game, or whether you’ll need an upgrade.

In the case of the latter, we’ll be listing three different gaming laptops capable of running the game natively at three different resolutions, all of which think are the ideal choice for this title.

Will my laptop run The Sims 4?

Below we’ve listed the official recommended specs from EA which are what you should aim for in any desktop PC if you want to ensure respectable performance. However, when it comes to laptop gaming, you’ll always want to aim one SKU above these results, as laptop processors and graphics cards are always weaker than their desktop counterparts. See further down this guide for our suggestions.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 (4 cores) / AMD Ryzen 5 or better
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 650 / AMD Radeon HD 7750 or better (1GB+ of VRAM)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: >51 GB available space
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit

Best laptop for Sims 4 at 1080p resolution

MSI GF75 Thin (GTX 1650)

CPU

Intel Core i5-10300H

Graphics Card

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650

RAM

8GB

Max Refresh Rate

120Hz

Resolution

1920 x 1080

Screen Size

17.3”

The MSI Thin GF63 has consistently ranked highly in our budget gaming laptop recommendations for several years and is currently leading our list of the best gaming laptops under $500.

While its Nvidia GTX 1650 dedicated graphics card may be older, it’s perfectly suitable for playing games like The Sims 4 at 1080p resolution. Additionally, the Intel Core i5-9300H CPU, while not the latest model, still delivers reliable performance.

The display on this laptop is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, which should be more than sufficient for a slower-paced game like The Sims 4. However, if you desire a smoother gaming experience for other titles, you may want to explore other options.

Best laptop for Sims 4 at 1440p resolution

ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition (165Hz 1440p)

CPU

AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX

GPU

AMD Radeon RX 6800M

RAM

16GB

Storage

512GB SSD

Screen Size

15.6″

Max Refresh Rate

165Hz

Playing The Sims 4 at 1440p/QHD resolution on maxed-out settings doesn’t require as much power as the ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition offers, making it quite overkill for this specific game. However, finding a QHD laptop with a dedicated GPU at a lower price point can be challenging, and this laptop provides excellent value for what it offers. Investing a bit more than necessary can provide you with a laptop that performs exceptionally well in other games at this resolution.

For a fraction of the cost, you get a 165Hz 1440p gaming laptop that can match the performance of an RTX 3070-equipped machine (although it may have inferior Ray-Tracing capabilities, which aren’t crucial for The Sims 4). Keep in mind that this laptop doesn’t come with a built-in webcam, but you can purchase one separately if needed.

Best laptop for Sims 4 at 4K resolution

MSI Creator 17 (RTX 3060)

CPU

Intel Core i7-11800H

GPU

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

RAM

16GB

Storage

512GB NVME SSD

Screen size

17.3″

Max Refresh Rate

120Hz

Buying a 4K gaming laptop primarily for playing The Sims 4 can be a bit tricky, as most available options are overkill for the game’s requirements. The MSI Creator 17 with an RTX 3060 and 120Hz display is a suitable choice when it’s on sale for around $1,500. However, it’s not advisable to pay much more for it, especially not $2,000 or more, as there are other options available.

If you’re looking for substantially more powerful alternatives that can handle more demanding games at 4K, you might consider refurbished models like the ASUS Zephyrus S17 with an RTX 3080, the 144Hz Razer Blade 17 with an RTX 3070 Ti, or the 120Hz MSI Raider with the same GPU – all of which are excellent machines.

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