November 12, 2007 by Martin

In case you missed here are the system requirements for SimCity Societies.

Windows XP SP2
1.7 Ghz Intel CPU or AMD XP 2100+
512 MB RAM
2.1 GB hard drive space
128 MB video card, NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900, ATI Radeon 9600
4x DVD drive
DirectX 9.0c

Windows Vista
2.4 Ghz processor or equivalent
2.1 GB hard drive space
128 MB video card, NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or better, ATI Radeon x600
4x DVD drive
DirectX 9.0c

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46 Responses to “System Requirements”

  1. #1 RR
    November 13, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    minimum or recommended??!!

  2. November 13, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    The source is EA Store. It isn’t mentioned, but they are most likely recommended. Having these as minimum seems like a stretch.

  3. #3 Juan
    November 14, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    I just bought it, thinking that I might be able to play it, but it will not run.
    My system’s hardware is too old, so now I am stuck with this game!

  4. #4 Abdu
    November 15, 2007 at 5:58 am

    will the game work on my ATI Radeon 9200SE

  5. #5 luke
    November 15, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    would it work on this: ?

    pentium M 740 1.8ghz
    512MB ram
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 (or sth like that)
    direct x 9.0c

    note that i only need to be able to run smoothly, not play with best graphics.
    so will it work?

  6. #6 dada
    November 16, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    you should be able to run it, but with the lowest settings

  7. November 16, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    Check this pdf at the official site for a list of supported and unsupported setups:

  8. #8 givetheninearide
    November 18, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    For those with the game;
    This system appears to meet the requirements for the game, but would it run it well?
    Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2
    Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) 2800 , MMX, 3DNow, ~2.0GHz
    Memory: 1536MB RAM
    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce 7600 GS
    Display Memory: 512.0 MB

  9. November 25, 2007 at 2:06 am

    Don’t forget .NET 2.0

  10. #10 Christian traylor
    December 27, 2007 at 3:39 am

    2 q’s my computer is 2.4Ghz 5200Nvidia Geforce 1.2GB of ram 192GB’s of hard drive-Vista home premium. And was the rec. or min.?

  11. #11 Jony
    December 29, 2007 at 3:59 pm
  12. #12 javaman
    January 2, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I’m running it with a 2.4 ghz system, 2 gigs of ddr800 ram and a nvidia 7900 gs video card and this game is a resource hog. Even at the lowest settings it staggers at times. I’d be careful about the minimum requirements here and expect some speed issues on a normal system.

  13. #13 Rasheed
    February 4, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    I have a system of 1.81 ghz,895 mb ram,63 GB of free hard drive space and Nvidia 6100 graphics card with 256 mb of display memory,can simcity societies run on my system fast?…..Please Let me know ireally want to play this game…Thank You.

  14. #14 Harry
    February 5, 2008 at 3:02 am

    u have the right specs, whether u can get it to actually work or not seems to be a matter of good luck…

  15. February 13, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Siomply putyou can play this on a ‘recomended’ machine ok as long as you a:) dont mind pitifull resolutions and b:) dont like to build big cities. And as a side note the damned thing wont utilise more than one cpu so forget your quad core upgrade giveing you a boost, It aint there.

  16. #16 Total ownage
    June 1, 2008 at 6:15 am

    Will it work on
    Windows Xp SP3
    3.6 Ghz Dual-Core Processor (heatsink)
    8 Gb RAM
    2x nVidia GeForce 9600GTS (overclocked)

    I really want to play this game.
    Why did my friend sent me this link…

  17. #17 2easy4insane
    July 22, 2008 at 12:51 am

    i’am windows xp sp3 1,8 ghz 512mb ram 128 video card

  18. #18 andy
    August 27, 2008 at 7:20 am

    wouldnt work on this – i am going to go upgrade my ram and see.

    – 2.4 GHz AMD Athlon 64 3300+ processor, 256 KB L2 cache, 1600 MHz FSB
    – 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM memory, expandable to 2 GB
    – 160 GB 7200 RPM Ultra DMA HDD
    – 48x CD-RW, 16x Double-Layer DVD-RW
    – Integrated SIS Mirage 2 graphics card with 128 MB shared video memory

  19. #19 Ryan
    October 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    I ran the demo on my PC, and it looked great. unfortunately it ran very slowly. Here are my system specs.

    -2.4 GHz Pentium 4
    -2 512MB DDR SDRAM Cards
    -80GB HDD
    -Nvidia GeForce FX 5500 Graphics Card with 256MB DDR

    I’m going to assume that because my specs are far more than required for this game that it might simply be the age of my PC that’s causing the game to run so slowly. After all, I’ve had this PC for close to 7 years.

  20. November 18, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Even though my old laptop was less than a year old, I specifically bought the most pumped up new laptop (4gb) I could buy 6 months ago…with the specific goal of being able to play SimCity high res, without crashing. It still crashes when my city gets large or the least bit complicated. I don’t want to hear about the “recommended specs.” I want someone who can play the current version of SimCity, at high res, complicated cities, without crashing, to tell what system he is running it on! I can’t afford to keep buying new laptops that I hope will work.
    SimCity Lover in IOwa

  21. #21 dipshit
    November 25, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    my system is saying im running the min.
    i have the Nvidia GeForce 9600 gt. thats shit

  22. #22 Simaniac
    December 24, 2008 at 3:59 am

    can’t seem to run it on my desktop AMD 3.something GHz, 512MB, Radeon 9200

    but do run smoothly in low version on my laptop AMD Celeron 1.6 GHz, 1GB Ram, Radeon 9600

  23. #23 Smokii
    February 7, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I bought this game and upgraded my computer around the same time 4 years ago.

    Athlon 64 X2 3800+
    Nvidia 7800 GTX (bought this later)
    2Gb memory

    With this I could run a city with 300’000 people reasonably well, anything over 400 thousand and gameplay would be too annoying.

    Now I upgraded my computers insides again:

    Core I7 920 2.66
    Nvidia GTX 285
    6Gb 1600 DDR3

    The results were surprising, even on todays close to high-end computer, you cant play this game totally smoothly after 1 million population. My prediction is that after maybe 2 years you can have a reasonably priced computer wich will run this game…

  24. #24 Ken
    July 7, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Can I run it in Nvidia 5500 FX Series?

  25. August 25, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Will my coputer run this game ???

    Intel Celeron D ,2.53 GHZ,512 RAM,Nvidia GeForce MX4000 128 ram/64 bit ???

  26. #26 RYU
    September 15, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    will this game work without graphix card????

  27. #27 Ryan
    November 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    yeha im getting a new laptop and was wondering if these specs are enough to run this game : Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
    250 GB hard drive, 8x Super Multi Double Layer DVD, AMD Athlon 64 TF-20 processor @ 1.6 Ghz,
    2 GB RAM, Graphics Chipset :ATI Radeon HD 3200

  28. #28 JIM
    November 24, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    it will work. it will work better with the city details mod from simtroplis

  29. #29 mike
    December 28, 2009 at 1:55 am

    how about
    Intel 965 Express Chipset: Intel GMA x3100?
    does it work? i got a perfect processor and RAM and im not sure about my video card

  30. #30 InC
    May 31, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Hello i remember that i played SIMCITY 4 on P3 600Mhz 128MB Siluro FX 5200. And there was no lag!!! Idk how but it worked.

  31. #31 InC
    May 31, 2010 at 9:29 am

    i had 128MB of ram πŸ˜›

  32. #32 Lystfisker
    June 8, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Hmmm !
    Got a 2.1 amd triple processor 4 gb ram windows vista service pack 2 ati radeon hd 3650 graphiccard 512-1200 mb ram all updated ! game wonΒ΄t run LOL
    So after i even tryed with windows xp home edition service pack 3 i have come to conclusion that game aint compatible with : ati radeon 3200 HD and ati radeon 3650 HD.

  33. #33 sim player
    August 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Forget about min. requirements. I have Athlon Dual Core 2,2 x2 GHz, 2 GB DDR2 ram, ati radeon 4670 513 ddr3 ram and after having a small size city (around 15k population),game is unbeliveable slowing down on a moments. I`ve tried everything, from puting details from low to high the and reverse, problem remains.
    I think that recomended requirements for this game are: quad core CPU with 2,5GHz, 4GB+ DDR3 and VGA with 1GB+ DDR5 ram.

  34. #34 dan
    August 22, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    why are there so many requirements?! thats stupid, it was a waste of money

  35. #35 ysuh
    August 24, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Will this run on windows 7??
    The other system requirements r fine….

  36. #36 Aaron
    August 26, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Yes it runs on Windows 7. I have a Core 2 Duo @ 2.66, 4 gigs of ram and a GTS250.

  37. #37 dasmesh
    September 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    i have intel core i3 with nvidia gtx 480
    and vista with 8 gigs Ram so it runs very fine
    it crashes sometimes on windows 7

  38. November 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm
  39. #39 SimLover
    December 5, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I will be getting this labtop

    I was wondering if it will play the game without crashing because now seems like I can’t play the game because the DVD drive on my PC tower is broken and won’t open. I’ve heard of the game crashing when the city gets complicated on some computers due to low function. Will I have that problem on the labtop I’m buying?
    Please Help!
    Yours Truly SimLover

  40. #40 ******
    December 27, 2010 at 4:51 am

    I have a pentium 4 celeron dimension 4550 12gb ram windows xp sp2 intel inside 2.4 2002 version and the. CPU Won’t even try to read the disc it says please insert a disc i restarted my CPU turned it off let it reload and the piece of shit won’t even work but i love simcity so much and it won’t work….PLEASE HELP πŸ™

  41. #41 ******
    December 27, 2010 at 4:55 am

    P.S. it will for sure but u might have to get a new graphics card

  42. #42 Grrrrrrr
    December 27, 2010 at 5:07 am

    OMG i have a compaq presario with windows xp home professional edition with 1.8 16 gb ram sl graphics card amd semipron 1395 2005 i just got it and i wasn’t to buy the game because i am in love with simcity and i want to know if it will work can someone tell me plz thx..:(

  43. #43 james
    March 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    will my laptop run it

    prosseor: amd mobile sempron

    memory:34.2 gb

    direct x 10

  44. #44 Nicholas
    June 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Windows XP? I have this. Finding the graphics card for it Hell!

  45. #45 Jelle
    November 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I bought a new Erazer X6812 from Medion 2 weeks ago,

    Intel Core i5-460M 2,53Ghz
    Windows 7 64-bit
    4Gb DDR3 SDRAM
    Nvidia Geforce GTX460M (1,5Gb GDDR5)
    DirectX 11

    And even then the game is shocking if the city gets small to big, its very annoying but the system requirements are surely fake not tested… Although i’m trying to play the game on high graphs, didnt try minimum graphs yet πŸ˜›

  46. #46 conor077
    March 29, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I have a windows xp media center addition 2005 would it work.

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