6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 25, 2012 4:28 PM by dphoeb
RileyUrso Level 1 Level 1

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I've heard that The Sims 3 requires more GB and a stronger, more upgraded RAM. Knowing my computers system memory shown above, if I install The Sims 3, will it run smoothly? If not, what should I do to clean up my computer in order for the game to play smoothly without big problems?


Here is all the information on my macintosh computer:


Model Name:          iMac

  Model Identifier:          iMac5,1

  Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:          2.16 GHz

  Number Of Processors:          1

  Total Number Of Cores:          2

  L2 Cache:          4 MB

  Memory:          1 GB

  Bus Speed:          667 MHz

  Boot ROM Version:          IM51.0090.B03

  SMC Version (system):          1.9f4

  Serial Number (system):          QP64814UVUW

  Hardware UUID:          00000000-0000-1000-8000-0017F2C4139D

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Will the Sims 3 run smoothly?
Solved by Klaus1 on Nov 24, 2012 3:50 PM Solved

You really need to add more RAM - to at least 4GB.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    You really need to add more RAM - to at least 4GB.

  • RileyUrso Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you so much for replying back so prompt. I figured I needed to upgrade RAM. Do you have any idea where I can buy a new RAM for cheap? If not, no worries.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    Don't go for 'cheap'. Decent RAM costs little these days.


    Google for OWC and Crucial.

  • dphoeb Level 1 Level 1



    This is Phoebe Darlington of Portraits in Pencil in the USA. My 22 yr old daughter is a recent college graduate with a mountain of school loans with a 2008 Mac laptop OS 10.5.x she got as a freshman. It is antiquated and I'd like to upgrade it for her but can't afford to get her a new one. Can we essentially rebuild hers by getting additional ram from Crucial and upgrading the OS or do we need to take it to an Apple store and have them update it before we add more ram? Any recommendations? I'd appreciate your feedback. Many thanks,  dPhoeb

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    Hi Phoebe!


    Installing more RAM is the easy part, that can only speed up her Macbook. As for upgrading the OS from Leopard would depend on the exact specifications of the Macbook and whether it can actually handle Snow Leopard 10.6, and this is independant of the RAM question.


    One thing to consider is: can the present Macbook do what she needs? If the answer is yes, then leave it as it is - except for more RAM. Is the hard drive big enough to contain whatever applications and files she needs?


    Start by checking if it can run Snow Leopard:


    Requirements for OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard'




    If yes, investigate whether the applications she currently has will run on Snow Leopard and, conversely, if any new applications she might need can run on Leopard or if they require OS 10.6 or above.


    OS 10.6 Snow Leopard is once again available from the Apple Store:




    Once it is running Snow Leopard You can also purchase the code to use to download Lion from the same number (Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM, running the latest version of Snow Leopard), or you can purchase Mountain Lion from the App Store - if you can run that:



  • dphoeb Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks Klaus! I'll have her look into it. She's in Virginia and I am in New Jersey but she'll be home for the holiday so it may have to wait until then. Thanks loads for the detailed instructions.