6 Best Laptops For Sims 4 2021 – (All Expansions Packs CC & Mods)

The best laptop for Sims 4 should not only prevent the game from crashing but also make the animations run as smooth as butter.

If you’ve played the game long enough you know how depressing it is to have your computer crash after you’ve spent days trying to build a house. 

If you want to avoid this from happening then you need to get yourself a computer that isn’t bottlenecked by lack of hardware resources. 

In other words…

You need a good gaming rig that can give you decent and most importantly STABLE framerates (~50ish) regardless of all the expansion packs,mods and custom contents you’re using.

Unfortunately…

That’s not what you read online.

A lot of people will tell you to buy cheap laptops and even go as far as swering that they will handle the game no problems. 

That may be true for those who just want to run the base game at low settings with 30FPS but that doesn’t mean the graphics/gameplay will be buttery smooth nor does it mean you’ll be able to play the expansion packs or any extra content without severe framerate drops.

No worries…

In this post we’ll go over everything you need to know about the hardware you need to enjoy it to the fullest. 

But….

Because I know most of you just want to pick up a laptop and avoid reading about hardware, I’ll list the best laptops that can run the game first then I will tell you about the selection process and all the details you need ot know to pick up a laptop for sims 4 on your own. 

I will not only tell you what framerates you can expect from each laptop (what settings, expansion packs, framerates,etc) but also what expansion packs/settings/versions of the game it can handle.  


Top 6 Best Laptops for Sims 4

EA’s hardware requirements has two parts: 

1.Minimum requirements: to run the base game only:
Dual Core Processor with +2.3GHz , 4GB RAM, Intel HD 4000+

2. Recommended Requirements: to run all the available expansion packs.
Quad Core Processor with +3GHz , NVIDIA GTX 960M or 1050 and beyond + 8GB RAM.

My advice: Go with recommended requirements but add a CPU with +4GHz. This will make sure your laptop will be able to support the entire game w/ new patches or eps that are added to the game. 


1. Lenovo L340

Best Budget Laptop For Sims 4 w/ All Expansion Packs + Mods

  Core i5 9300H

  8GB DDR4

   NVIDIA GeForce 1650 4GB vRAM

  256GB NVMe SSD,

  15.6” 60Hz Full HD IPS

  6.93lbs

  5 hours

If you want your laptop to handle ALL expansion packs and custom-content mods you’re going to need a dedicated GPU.

This is not the cheapest laptop with a dedicated GPU, you can still find MX350/1050 laptops for about the same price but that’s the whole point. 

Despite being only sligihtly more expensive or as of Jan 2021 (cheaper than MX350/1050 laptops), it has a much more powerful dedicated GPU which you only usually find on laptops above 700$.

The 1650GTX is enough to push the game to high settings and get those framerates into the 80s with ALL the expansion packs and mods.

It’d be nice if you could at least buy this one or…

If cash is not a problem, the Acer Predator(which will go over soon). It should be future proof for several years and new versions to come.

If a laptop with a dedicated GPU is expensive for you then you’d have to settle with an integrated GPU which will only handle low settings.

If this model is out of stock, see if you can afford any of these. I’d suggest you avoid the first two on this table unless you are on a extreme budget. We’ll go over some of these models next.

Amazon Link CPU GPU Display Price
ASUS VivoBook R5 3500U 1050GTX 60Hz 650$
HP Pavilion R5 3550H 1050GTX 60Hz 665$
HP Pavilion  i5 9300H 1650GTX 60Hz 686$
Acer Nitro i5 9300H 1650GTX 60Hz 700$
HP Pavilion R5 3550H 1650GTX 60Hz 700$
HP Pavilion i5 9300H 1650GTX 60Hz 700$
ASUS TUF R5 3500U 1650GTX 120Hz 737$
ASUS TUF R5 3550H 1650GTX 60Hz 750$
Lenovo 3 i5 10300H 1650GTX 120Hz 750$
Dell G3 i5 10300H 1650GTX 60Hz 750$
Lenovo L340 i5 9300H 1650GTX 60Hz 628$
HP Pavilion R5 4600H 1650GTX 60Hz 659$

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2. ASUS VivoBook 15

Cheap Laptop For Sims 4

  AMD Ryzen 3 3200U

  8GB RAM DDR4

  AMD Radeon Vega 

  128 GB PCIe NVMe SSD

  15” IPS full HD 1080p

  3.75lb

  8 hours

 Performance

This laptop doesn’t have the recommended requirements but it is stil labove the minimum requirements and I believe this is the cheapest of the cheapest laptops you should try to play the game on. 

Luckily, we are in the year 2021 and even the cheapest machines have insane clock speeds. The processor here is at 3.5GHz which was considered super high 2 years ago.

A cool thing about this laptop despite being cheap is that it’s already upgraded to 8GB of RAM and a PCIe NVMe SSD so there’s nothing else you have to do it to make up the lack of “GPU power”.

Yes, the GPU unfortunately, is not a dedicated one you’ll only find them on laptops above 600$.

Please beware of how you will be limited with an integrated GPU:
– Laptop mode at a 50FPS lowest settings and 30-40FPS at medium (768p resolution). 

Here’s the video of a laptop with the same specs.

If you are planning to play Sims 3 on it, then it will handle it much better. You can add  expansions like Ambitions, Late night and Seasons.

However if you try to add any heavy custom content, it’ll struggle and overheat massively making it totally unplayable again because it doesn’t have a dedicated graphics cards.

  Design

It’s just a bummber that even in 2021, we can’t buy a laptop with a dedicated GPU at this price range.

The FHD resolution will not be useful to play the game because it is very likely that you’ll have to set it down to 728p to make it playable.

Again,t you won’t be able to run all the expansions, if not most expansions, especially Pets and Paradise.

Some less demanding expansion packs will be playable as long as you keep the settings to low settings at 728p on laptop mode.

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3. Lenovo IdeaPad 3

Best Laptop for Sims 4 under 400

  Intel AMD Ryzen 3 3250U

  4GB RAM

   Intel UHD

  256GB SSD NVMe PCIe

  15” HD 

  4.07 lbs

  8 hours

This lenovo is even cheaper than the HP 14. Pretty much the same performance and all but  there’s one big catch: it’s only got 4GB RAM.

If you think you can do the upgrade yourself to 8GB by getting your own RAM stick you could save yourself quite a lot of money ~70 bucks because buying a RAM stick will cost you 30$. It is likely you have one in your house though or you could just take it out of an old laptop 

This Lenovo Idepad 3 comes in two versions, the other version which is 100$ more expensive has a slightly faster CPU and a better GPU than the Ryzen 3 3200/Vega. It’ll squeeze out +10-15FPS when playing the game at low settings to a total of 60-65FPS at medium settings HD resolution.

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4. MSI GF63 THIN 9SCX-005

Best Gaming Laptop For Sims 4 w/ all Expansions

MSI GF63 THIN 9SCX-005 - Best laptop for sims 4

  Core i5 9300H

  8GB DDR4

   GeForce GTX 1650

  256GB PCIe SSD

  15.6” 60Hz Full HD IPS

  7.78lb

  5 hours

Just like the first laptop above, this one can handle the game at high settings with high framerates  ~80FPS and just like the first laptop it has enough juice to handle pretty much every expansion. 

The only real difference is the brand. MSI is known to specialize in making gaming laptops. Whether you choose this model or the Lenovo L340 is really up to you.


5. ASUS TUF FX505DT

Best Gaming Laptop For Sims 4 w/ 120Hz All Expansions

  AMD Ryzen 5 R5-3550H

  8GB DDR4

   GeForce GTX 1650

  256GB PCIe SSD

  15.6” 60Hz Full HD IPS

  4.85lb

  5 hours

The ASUS TUF is actually my favorite laptop on this list and it’s been my favorite laptop since the start of the year. Yes it was released a while ago but still offers what no other laptops as of January 2021 can offer: a 120 Hz and only for an extra 40 bucks. (120Hz display usually adds 100$ to the cost but this one has stayed cheap during the year).

If you take a good look at the specs and compare them to the MSI, you’ll notice pretty much every spec is the same except the CPU.
But fear not, the AMD Ryzen 5 3550H is only about 10% less powerful than the Core i5 9300H. Yes, you’ll get slower framerates Probably 10 FPS.

But…

You’ll actually feel the game run smoother because the MSI/Acer Nitro 5s with a Core i5 9300H only have a 60Hz display which limits the framerate your eyes can see to 60FPS. The 120Hz display obviously has a bigger cap at 120FPS which you’ll definitely need as you’ll be easily going past 100FPS at low to medium settings and hit nearly 80 at high settings.

If you can push your budget a lil’ higher (about +50$), you can get the new ASUS TUF which has a 4th generation Ryzen Processor whichi is much faster than any of the laptops we just went over and even higher refresh rates

Ryzen 5 4600H + 144Hz Display – ASUS TUF GAMING A15 


6. Acer Predator Helios 300

The Best Laptop For Sims 4 and Sims 5 

  Core i7-10750H

  16GB DDR4

   NVIDIA RTX 2060 

  512GB PCIe NVMe SSD

  15” full HD 144Hz IPS

  5.07

  4 hours

I think the Acer Nitro/MSI/ASUS TUF with the 1650GTX GPU hits the spot for the game to run at all settings with high framerates, it should be enough. I wouldn’t advice to get a laptop anymore powerful than those.

 The game will look and feel awesome with just 60FPS at high settings and if you lower down the settings, then it’s even less likely almost impossible to ever crash.

However….

I know there are people here with deep pockets and want to get the best they can to play their fav game. This is why I decided to post a 2060RTX laptop with one of the most powerful processors.

The truth is is that…

It’s really overkill for the game but at least it will make sure you’ll run it at the highest settings with +150FPS  without ever having to worry about the blue screen of death right in the middle of your most creative achievement.

 Performance

Anything with a 2060RTX and a 9th/10th generation Core i5/Core i7 CPU will get you ~130FPS when designing/building and 60-90FPS when interacting with people at ULTRA settings.

Another reason to get a laptop like this one is that it will surviva every expansion that’s coming up and every new edition of the game, it’s just way too powerful for most games made this year.

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If you still want to find more options, check our post : best gaming laptops under 700.

It is weekly updated and you may find something cheaper with a dedicated GPU, it is very likely you’ll find a few of the laptops listed here on that post because we update both posts constantly.

Just double check and see if you find something more affordable.


How To Buy The Best Laptop for The Sims 

There are many sources to find systems requirements for the sims 4. It’s best to check the official website  and then compare them with other sources such as: Carl’s sims 4 guide website.

Before going into the details of the specifications you need to look in  a laptop. You need to be aware of the following (especially if you are new to the game).

Versions, Expansion packs, Mode, and CCs

Be aware that  different versions of the sims, the mods, expansion packs and ccs will affect how smooth your laptop can run the game.

Versions

Sims 1 and 2

The first two versions do not take anything special to run them on. They are so old that you can play them on any laptop even the lowest end HP and Dell you can get your hands on.

That is because their graphics and textures are nothing compared to the current versions Sims 3 and 4. 

Sims 3 
 
This is the version that has huge issues running on laptops. If you are trying to play the Sims 3 on a laptop, give this section a read if not skip over(it’s long).
 
The Sims 3 uses more hardware resources than the current version and it was midway through the game that the problems with laptops started.
 
I suppose EA just did not care much about how the comaptible Sims 3 would be with laptops at that time. You could say launching the game for console was more important back then. That’s not to say you can’t play the Sims 3 flawlessly on a computer, you can on a desktop but it can be a huge issue on a laptop.
 
Why? It’s not just that the game is very hardware demanding but the game might not even recognize current graphics cards (I think it does up to GTX 680).  So, if you buy a laptop today, you would have to make the game recognize your graphics card manually. This is a really good tutorial for getting the card recognized. Another way to deal with the Sims 3 is to find a laptop from the late era of Sims 3, 2012-2014 so the game will recognize its graphics card.

If you want a modern laptop to play Sims 3, look up Carl’s Sims 3 guide to buying a laptop for TS3(the base requirements are demanding). Basically, you are going to need a discrete card, a quad core CPU and +8GB RAM as the minimum. Even if you get the best computer out there, it will never run the game perfectly. The game itself is more prone to crash and corrupt your saving files. That’s just part of the game but it’s playable and many simmers still play deal with it (constantly save their progress).

Low end budget laptops: While there are a few lucky souls that can run the Sims 3 on integraphted graphics card and cheap laptops such as the first one on this list.
 
I’d recommend not buying a low end laptop unless you’ve read a review that clearly states how well the game can run . As mention before, newer hardware will become more of a problem as the game will not recognize it.  The addition of Pets, which can be considered a totally different game, might make the game unplayable. Island Paradise, Into the Future and Seasons are not far behind.

I am going to stop here and recommend you get a desktop or play the sims 3 through a console for the game to run smoothly. If not just remember. You can try the following to make the game run better (if it does on your current laptop):

  • Disable vertical sync throug the graphics card control panel (FPS can go nuts on new comptuers if you don’t)
  • Make sure your graphics card is recognized by the sims 3.
  • Use mods online such as Naars that will help with some of the problems the game has. 

Sims 4

Luckily, the Sims 4 is much less hardware demanding.Although it is a much better improvement than the Sims 3 it is still poorly optimized compared to other games. 

Laptop Mode: The Sims 4 however has a laptop mode which allows you to run tne game on cheaper and less powerful machines at the lowest settings possible.Keep an mind not all systems out there can run the game smoothly even on laptop mode.  With the laptops shown here , the cheap ones, you won’t have to resort to this option. 

Expansion Packs

The more packs you add to this game, the more demanding it’ll become in terms of hardware. Pets being the most demanding ep to this date, paradise, Into the future and seasons are not too far behind Pets. Highly detailed and old mods will might slow down your computer and make it unplayable. So It’s always best to stick with the recommended specs by the official website.

Sims 4 Laptop Requirements

CPU

The Sims 4 is one of the few games who benefit quiet a lot from processors with more cores. That is, processors labeled with HQ label (four cores) as opposed to dual core processors (U label).

For Low settings you can settle with the: 

i3-5010U, i3-5020U, i5-5200U, i5-6200U, i3-7100U, i5-7200U, etc.That is processors with the U label and the latest generations 5th,6th,7th,8th.

For high settings and best performance look for processors with the HQ labels

 i5-7300HQ, i5-6300HQ, i7-6500 HQ.

The sims 4 will crash much less frequently with HQ processors if budget is not a problem invest on an HQ processor.

GPU

The most important component of your set up its your graphics card. It will define how smooth your game will play and at what settings. The game can run on pretty much any modern GPU, but be aware of their performance:

Intel ‘Bay Trail’ HD

This is a lower card than the Intel HD series that you find regularly on budget laptops. They usually come with a Pentium Processor and surprisingly the game can run at 1280×720, Low settings, laptop mode with 20-60fps and nothing else installed on it (ep packs, ccs, mods). Laptops such as these can cost you lower than 300$.

Intel HD

These are the graphics you’ll come across frequently when shopping for laptos less than 500$. As long as your CPU is of the latest generations (the first number starts with a 5, 6 , 7: Intel Core i3-7100U), you’ll get an intel HD Card decent enough to play the game. However try to get the latest Intel HD cardsavailable:

Intel HD 550/520/530, Intel HD 620/630

You’ll be able to run the Sims at medium settings with 30-40fps. Of course the more expansion packs and patches you add, the slower it’ll become.

For the base game:

Core i7-6500U with the Intel HD 520: 1080p medium settings 30-40 fps.
Core i3-7100U with the intel HD 620: 1366×768 medium settings 30-40 fps.

Dedicated GPUs

Having a dedicated graphics card is recommended, with addition of more expansion packs, especially pets, lower end systems such as the ones shown above will perform much slower and even go as far as becoming totally unplayable even on Laptop Mode.

Plus Sims 4 is not complete and assuming you’ll get most of the collection and expansion packs it’s best to invest on a dedicated GPU. Here are the ones you’re likely to encounter:

 
GTX 940M

Can run the game without hiccups and several expansions too. If adding too many EPs severely lowers the average FPS of 38 – 39 at 1080p resolution and high settings, then you can always lower the resolution and / or graphic settings. 

GTX 960, 1050ti, 1060,1070,1080

These cards can run the base game and all of it’s expansions at ultra settings without issues. While the 940M and lower end cards might not survive the whole sims 4 game (as new expansions come), these are the recommended graphics cards by EA that will. 

If you come across an older model than the ones discussed here. You can check their compatibility and how well they’ll perform with the game in this post from the sims forums.

RAM

You would need at least 4GB RAM for the base game, the above recommendations are always assuming you have a 4GB RAM.

The more expansion packs and content you add,. the more RAM you’ll need, preferablt 8GB RAM. While this is not possible with low end systems, if you want to buy a laptop +300$ bucks, invest on extra RAM.You can always upgrade it yourself or have someone do it, it’s not expensive.

If you are buying a high end laptop it will naturally come with 8GB RAM.

Storage

Although the Sims 4 needs 10GB,  adding Expansion packs,CCs and mods to the game on a small hard drive will eat the space away very quickly plus you also need to leave a lot of free space for your laptop not to feel sluggish.

If you are just playing the Sims 4, a 256GB will be OK.

If you plan to play other games  get a hard drive with +256GB of memory.  Preferably +512GB as other games take around 50GB.

SSD(Solid State Drive)

Although it is not required for the game to be playable. It is a huge bonus.

If you have thousands of mods and plan on installing the expansion packs, the game will take long to load on regular hard drives. An SSD might make all the difference for the game to run better by rendering images faster as well.

Remember that if you want an SSD on your laptop, buy one that already has it at the time of purchase, installing one later on your own will void the warranty. 

MacBooks

If you have a MacBook Pro from 2014 onwards, it will run Sims 4 with all the expansions perfectly fine on low/medium graphic settings. However there will might be problems with the Sims 3.

The MacBook Air from 2015 onwards is also capable of running Sims 4 with almost every expansion at the lowest settings.

Comments?

I am aware this may not be entirely clear for those are not acquianted with computer tech.

So if you have any comments, suggestions, questions about a laptop you’ve come across or you think it can fit with our best laptop for sims 4 list. Please let us know in the comments below,.