Honestly? The only machines that come to mind are netbooks, and they aren't exactly built for gaming. If you want a decent laptop for games, you're expecting to shell out AT LEAST 800-1000 dollars I believe. Also if you want windows 7, you may have to buy a copy of the OS seperately from a seller. I don't think stores carry old operating systems.
Not a chance of getting a game like the Sims 3 to run smoothly on something that cheap I suspect.
As a guy above said you'll probably want something with NVIDIA for gaming, mainly because from what I gather it's often impossible/very difficult to change a laptop's graphics card because they're soldered to the motherboard.
That said, AFAIK there's nothing wrong with Intell's processors for gaming, just their graphics cards. I've never really heard of Nvidia CPUs anyway, just GPUs...
You should really consider buying a used laptop off of Ebay or Craigslist, especially if you want Windows 7. There aren't really gaming laptops, or even many full sized new laptops at that price. Also, this is in the wrong section, post it in the Science and Technology section. You could also consider a desktop, if you don't need a laptop for anything, you could easily build one that would suit your needs at $250.
you could easily build one that would suit your needs at $250.
Normally I'd recommend this but since OP doesn't like Windows 8 (I don't particularly like it either, but for $20 you can have it look and act exactly like Windows 7) he'd need to raise his budget and get something from Sager or whatever.
There aren't any computers that are good for gaming in that price range. Just save up and get a good, decent priced laptop.Oh and OP, I found a 300 dollar laptop on newegg that should run sims on low to medium. and minecraft with about 40 fps.