howtogeek — 2013-07-31T06:41:00-04:00 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/168915/how-to-determine-if-your-computer-meets-the-minimum-specifications-for-a-pc-game/
PC gaming isn’t quite as simple as console gaming. If you have a laptop with weak graphics hardware or an older PC, it’s important to check whether your computer can support a game before you spend your hard-earned cash.
acf — 2013-07-31T09:09:57-04:00 — #2
Almost any computer can run a game, the issue is how well. And "how well" is subjective. Some people consider max settings mandatory, while others are perfectly fine with "medium" settings.
nanogeek — 2013-07-31T10:41:04-04:00 — #3
If anyone has any questions about this stuff, I am happy to answer!
nsdcars5 — 2013-07-31T10:43:43-04:00 — #4
Very true. I, for one, will not run any game on my laptop if it doesn't on 1280x720 or 1366x768, with 4xAA. But, on 640x480 and minimum, I can easily play DiRT 3 on an old P4. (at 12-15 fps with GeForce 8400GS and 1GB RAM)
nanogeek — 2013-07-31T10:44:47-04:00 — #5
In the words of raph: (LOL)
abysswalker — 2013-08-01T13:25:55-04:00 — #6
Ok hope you can clear my question. What exactly is the reason an onboard chip (IntelHD) can't run some games. Is it something about the instruction set? shaders? memory type?
danbyization — 2013-08-02T04:19:15-04:00 — #7
So shared graphics on laptop's is not good. Well that is probs why my laptop doesn't run my game very well but how can i make it run the game better?
nanogeek — 2013-08-02T08:07:51-04:00 — #8
Think about it this way: Intel Graphics 4000 is built onto the CPU... it serves as the side function. Instead, having a dedicated GPU means that the entire structure can be used for graphics. Also, Intel does not manufacture graphics cards and is lacking in these areas of expertise. They also don't release drivers for games, which would optimise your graphics card for the games.
At the end of the day Intel makes CPUs not GPUs and that is why it is always better to have a dedicated Graphics Card
nanogeek — 2013-08-02T08:08:31-04:00 — #9
Lower the settings of it... Also I would recommend adding more RAM to get at least 6GB
danbyization — 2013-08-02T08:39:07-04:00 — #10
I already have the game on the lowest settings possible and occassionally i still get lag. 6GB!!!!!!! wow i only have 1gb but that's DDR3. So guess i need more RAM and what bout my processor it is 2.2GHZ is that good?
nsdcars5 — 2013-08-02T08:44:33-04:00 — #11
What @NanoGeek said, plus the fact that GPUs usually come with at least 40-80 cores. Your CPU has what, eight cores? Four? Two? And the Intel GPUs use your RAM. A regular DDR3-1333 RAM stick will give you an 667 Mhz GPU (DDR = Dual Data Rate). Most mid-level GPUs have better speeds. Also, the Intel GPU will try to use the minimum possible amount of RAM. This leads to frequent memory reallocation. Dedicated GPUs can use all the RAM they have, so they don't use processing power on reallocating memory, but to play games.
nanogeek — 2013-08-02T10:43:06-04:00 — #12
DDR3 is the norm for RAM... gaming would need about 6GB of 1600Mhz RAM and if you post the exact processor you have and the games you want to play I can help you more.
danbyization — 2013-08-02T11:03:52-04:00 — #13
Ok my system specs are:
type : AMD V120
clock speed : 2.2 GHz
2nd level cache : 512 KB
standard : 1,024 (1x) MB
maximum expandability : 8,192 MB
technology : DDR3 RAM (1,066 MHz)
type : ATI Radeon™ HD 4250 Graphics
memory amount : up to 381 MB shared memory with 1 GB system memory installed, and up to 3,067 MB with 8 GB system memory, (with pre-installed 64-bit operating system)
memory type : shared
And the game i am trying to play is:
Euro Truck Simulator 2 - System Requirements:
CPU: 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon MP (multiprocessor variant or comparable processors)
RAM: 2 GB RAM
VGA: graphics card with 256 MB memory (GeForce 7600 GT-class equivalent or better)
abysswalker — 2013-08-02T11:08:50-04:00 — #14
@NanoGeek @NSDCars5 I guess it kinda sounds pretty obvious now with your replies but it's nice to know there are a bunch of little details involved. Thanks for your answers.
nsdcars5 — 2013-08-02T11:23:27-04:00 — #15
danbyization — 2013-08-02T11:58:40-04:00 — #16
I thought that was gonna be the answer but the question is how much of an upgrade would it be better to buy a completely new laptop or to upgrade this one bearing in mind it is about two/three years old.
nsdcars5 — 2013-08-02T12:15:07-04:00 — #17
The only things that can be upgraded in most laptops are the HDD and the RAM. None of these will help, because your GPU+CPU need to be replaced as well. Since these parts cannot be changed (with different ones), you need to get another laptop. You see, you need to research which laptop to buy. When I started my laptop hunt, I was looking for something around Rs. 25000 (~$400). My laptop, after researching, came at Rs. 34599 (~$566). A good laptop for basic gaming will cost around that.
danbyization — 2013-08-02T12:31:02-04:00 — #18
Right well i'm looking for one about £350 (im in UK). So what kind of specs am i looking for and most importantly how can i tell if the laptop will be able to cope with Euro Truck Simulator especially in terms of graphics?
nsdcars5 — 2013-08-02T13:16:48-04:00 — #19
Look for something with:
Intel Core i5 or AMD APU A10
4 GB RAM
AMD/NVIDIA graphics (look for at least 1 GB dedicated memory)
For example, this: http://www.flipkart.com/lenovo-ideapad-z585-59-347937-laptop-apu-quad-core-a8-4gb-1tb-win8-2-5gb-graph/p/itmdk2jyjgq9sbfm?pid=COMDK2HUSUAC9PDK&ref=7f43551d-ec9f-4fdd-8a41-641500981e55
I know this is in India, but it's only an example.
danbyization — 2013-08-02T14:10:05-04:00 — #20
Thank you for that.
I shall start looking and hopefully soon i will be able to play the game without any lag or anything.
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