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How to check system requirements before you buy the game

By TimeParadoX
Oct 19, 2006
  1. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Rookie Posts: 2,407   +6

    No kidding. However, SimCity 4 with integrated S3 Unichrome graphics runs about 0.5FPH :D

    Of course, that socket 462 Sempron may not help either...
     
  2. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,438

    Lol I know what you mean ;)

    Edited by Moderator: Removed quote. There`s no need to quote the post directly above your own, unless you`re only replying to a specific section, in which case you would only quote that section. ;)
     
  3. kenshinxian

    kenshinxian TS Rookie

    Wow for the first time I saw a great link that a good programmer had done :giddy::knock:
     
  4. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Posts: 196

    The only complaint I have with the Husdawg utility they use is that it's SO slow to load, and I have so many games I want to check. I've been using it for a long while, but I know my system specs well enough that they could probably just hand me a list of Minimum and Recommended requirements, and I could gauge my system myself.

    Not to mention, some of the requirements they list they check only for complete accuracy, and surpassing the requirement in one component won't led any weight to another that is deficient.

    For instance, my GFX card is a X1900GT, with 256MB of GDDR3. The requirements suggest that one should have a card with 512MB of any DDR level, but my GDDR3 could easily outperform a substantially higher amount of GDDR2 or DDR. Given, it can't store as many textures and whatnots as 512MB, but it can outphase ones that it isn't using much faster.
     
  5. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,438

    I agree Baron, but still it's better then wasting $50 on a game and end up not being able to play it :D
     
  6. MrGrim

    MrGrim TS Rookie

    NICE thx a lot for the link!
     
  7. Howard the Duck

    Howard the Duck TS Rookie Posts: 36

    This has been extremely helpful for me during several speculatative game purchases that proved to be pointless due to my crappy hardware. But soon I'm getting a new PC with better hardware, and I doubt I'll have need of it for quite some time yet. Thanks a lot nevertheless.
     
  8. afterfx

    afterfx TS Rookie

    great post, very helpful!
     
  9. you use a 286

    you use a 286 TS Rookie Posts: 112

    when u turn on your computer it tells you your ram, rocessing speed and everything you need to know
     
  10. you use a 286

    you use a 286 TS Rookie Posts: 112

    then u just check the cd for requirements duh!
     
  11. you use a 286

    you use a 286 TS Rookie Posts: 112

    like i said, it atomaticaly tells you
     
     
  12. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 2,031

    This is probably going to sound like I'm following you around, but anyway:

    you use a 286, please use the edit button

    Also, you don't need to put another reply in 3 days after your last one. Simply press the Edit button (this can be found next to the quote button on all of your posts) and enter your extra information, then press save. Simple as that!

    If you are posting multiple times to get a higher post count then you can earn yourself a temporary ban for doing so, so it is not advised for anyone who doesn't want to get banned.

    The POST has several things that it doesn't tell you, which you can find out from software. System Requirements Lab is a very good website and I have used it many times.
     
  13. HaLo2FrEeEk

    HaLo2FrEeEk TS Enthusiast Posts: 225

    I can play pretty much any game with my setup, but I need a little more Video RAM to play games like Crysis or BioShock, I only have 320 megs, I need to upgrade from the 8800GTS to the GTX or the Ultra! Other than that, I have pretty much a rape system.
     
  14. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TS Maniac Posts: 592

    Good site, when I was seeing if I could play The Sims 2 on this HP Pavilion 504n with the integrated graphiics. It recommended a video card at C-Net and KNEW THAT IT DIDN't have an AGP or PCI Express slot!
     
  15. Jake_c400

    Jake_c400 TS Rookie

    systemrequirementslab.com/referrer/srtest

    ^ sorry, can't post as link because my post count isn't high enough. A mod could edit it though :)

    Don't know if this has been posted before, but it's good and works.
     
  16. R-blade30

    R-blade30 TS Rookie

    Do I have enough RAM 504. To run wow smoothly?
     
  17. batigoal

    batigoal TS Rookie Posts: 75

    is the website ALWAYS busy??
     
  18. Problem_far

    Problem_far TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Of course

    Of course this site is busy.
    This is one of the things that made humans' life better!
     
  19. Problem_far

    Problem_far TS Rookie Posts: 19

    My computer sucks...Only 1.11 ghz
     
  20. Problem_far

    Problem_far TS Rookie Posts: 19

    heh..

    I checked would that Battlefield 2142 be working on my computer:
    (Minium)

    CPU
    Minimum: Pentium 4/Athlon XP or better
    You Have: AMD Athlon(tm) XP PASS
    CPU Speed
    Minimum: 1.7 GHz
    You Have: 1.11 GHz FAIL: Sorry, your CPU Speed does not meet this minimum requirement.
    System RAM
    Minimum: 512 MB
    You Have: 447.5 MB FAIL: Sorry, your computer does not meet this minimum requirement.
    Operating System
    Minimum: Windows XP with latest service pack installed
    You Have: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (Build Service Pack 22600) PASS
    Video Card
    Minimum: 128Mb DirectX compliant video card with Pixel shader 2.0 and above (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800+ [GF 6600 not supported] / ATI Radeon 9500+)
    You Have: SiS 661FX_760_741_M661FX_M760_M741 (SiS 741 Rev 00) FAIL: Sorry, your video card does not meet this minimum requirement. Upgrade to a more powerful video card will make all your applications look better. Click the 'We Recommend' button to see some great options.
    Video Card Features - Minimum attributes of your Video Card Video RAM: Required - 128 MB , You have - 64.0 MB
    Video Card 3D Acceleration: Required - Yes , You have - Yes
    Video HW Transform & Lighting: Required - Yes , You have - No
    Vertex Shader Ver.: Required - 2.0 , You have - 0.0
    Pixel Shader Ver.: Required - 2.0 , You have - 0.0


    Video Card Driver Version (DirectX)
    Your driver version number is: 6.14.10.3540 FYI: Your video card driver version is provided for your information, but it is not part of this analysis. But proper video card driver versions are important to the proper operation of your product.
    DirectX Version
    Minimum: DirectX 9.0c February 2006 edition (included)
    You Have: 9.0c PASS
    Sound Card
    Minimum: Yes
    You Have: C-Media Wave Device PASS
    Sound Card Driver Version
    Your driver version number is: 5.10 FYI: Your sound card driver version is provided for your information, but it is not part of this analysis. But proper sound card driver versions are important to the proper operation of your product.
    Free Disk Space
    Minimum: 2.2 GB
    You Have: 116.2 GB PASS
    DVD
    Minimum: 8X DVD-ROM (This game contains technology intended to prevent copying that may conflict with some CD/DVD-ROM, CD/DVD-RW and virtual drives.)
    You Have: HITACHI DVD-ROM GD-7000 PASS, but the Speed could NOT be analyzed
     
  21. God Of Mana

    God Of Mana TechSpot Paladin Posts: 502

    Nice find ;)
     
  22. kenpachi

    kenpachi TS Rookie

    Nice site!
     
  23. Dbass

    Dbass TS Rookie

    Thre are some features such as sound card which the test does not detect
     
  24. King Ping

    King Ping TS Rookie

    Cool that site is wicked sick. Thats one less of my problems now!
     
  25. bruce9001

    bruce9001 TS Rookie

    Still not sure

    I dont have a sound card atm and it says i pass everything.

    My game just opens up a blank screen and does nothing what can i do to fix this??
     
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