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    How to Quickly Check If Your Computer Can Run a PC Game

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    the games for PC are not as simple as console games. If you have a laptop with poor graphics hardware or an old PC, it's important to check that your computer can handle a game before you spend your hard-earned cash.

    The good news is that gamers PC they don't need to update their hardware as often as they used to. even a PC for games built years ago should be able to handle newer games just fine. 

    And even then, a newer graphics card might be all you need to get started with the latest games. Laptops not made for gaming and older PCs are a different matter.

    Beware of Intel Graphics

    First of all, a big warning: if your computer uses Intel's integrated graphics instead of a dedicated graphics card NVIDIA ou AMD, you will likely experience problems when running newer games with high graphics performance.

    Most laptops that are not specifically billed as gaming laptops use Intel's integrated graphics, which are cheaper and consume less power. These gaming laptops typically offer integrated Intel graphics and a dedicated graphics card, switching between them based on what you're doing.

    Many desktops also use Intel's integrated graphics to keep costs down. With a desktop though, it's usually pretty easy to buy and install a dedicated graphics card to boost the game.

    Intel's integrated graphics performance has improved over the years, but not enough when it comes to gaming. Even the latest graphics hardware from Intel is much slower than using a dedicated graphics card from NVIDIA or AMD. If you only have Intel graphics, you may not even be able to play the latest games at the lowest graphics settings.

    Check your PC specs manually

    We'll cover a more automatic method later, but first we'll look at the manual method. You'll need to know your computer's hardware - particularly the speed of the CPU, the amount of RAM and graphics card details. You can find this information in a variety of ways, including your laptop's specs online.

    The easiest way to find all these details, however, is with a system information tool. We recommend Speccy (the free version is fine), made by the same company that makes the excellent CCleaner. Download and install Speccy and then launch it.

    The main summary screen shows you what you need to know:

    • The type and speed of the CPU, in GHz.
    • The amount of RAM, in GB.
    • Your computer's graphics card model and the amount of RAM the graphics card has.

    Then see the system requirements for the game you want to run. You'll usually find this information on the game's website or on the website of whatever store is selling it. It's at the bottom of every game's page on the Steam store, for example.

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    Compare the information shown in Speccy with the details listed for the game. Pay special attention to processor, memory, and graphics card requirements. Once you can remember the basic hardware your computer contains, checking the system requirements is as simple as looking at them and comparing them from memory.

    You'll want to note the difference between the minimum and recommended requirements. Minimum requirements are necessary to start the game. Typically, you'll have to run the game on the lowest settings and it might not be a very fun experience. 

    If your PC meets the recommended specs, you'll have better fun. You may not be able to crank all the graphics options up to their maximum settings, but you should strike a good, playable balance.

    Automatically compare your PC specs to a game

    While it's not too difficult to figure out your PC's specs for yourself and then compare them to the game's requirements, you can often have your computer do it for you. 

    To check system requirements automatically, use the Can You Run It website. This site is endorsed by a variety of major companies, including AMD.

    Before using this site, we recommend running the System Requirements Lab Detection desktop application. Otherwise, you will only be asked to run it the first time you search for a game. 

    Install this application and it will scan your computer's hardware before sending it back to the website, setting a special cookie that identifies your hardware. That way, you won't need to install any Java or ActiveX applets.

    After running the tool, visit the Can You Run It website and start typing the name of the game you want to check in the “Search for a game” box. The field will automatically suggest titles so you can choose the right game. After selecting the game, click the “Can You Run It” button.

    The results page lets you see how your PC compares to the minimum and recommended requirements for the game, including CPU, graphics card, RAM, Windows version, and free disk space.

    And now that you have the detection tool installed, you can scan as many games as you want in the future. Please note that the detection tool works by storing a cookie so that your browser can obtain the hardware information. If you clear your cookies, you will have to run the detection tool again.

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