How to Know What Games Will Work on Your Computer

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The easiest way to find out if a computer game will work on a computer is to go to Download a program that will analyze a PC's capabilities with help from a Web designer in this free video on computer tips.

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Hi, I'm Noah and today we're going to learn how you can know what games will work on your computer before you buy them. If you're into playing computer games, then often you'll be afraid of making a purchase for some game that won't be able to play because your computer isn't new and powerful enough. So it's always good to make sure that the game will be able to run on your computer before you purchase it otherwise you could be wasting sixty dollars. The easiest way to figure out if a game will work on your computer is to go to, which stands for system requirements test. Once you're on this website, you can just select any game from the drop down menu, for example, Grand Theft Auto, and then simply click on the "Can You Run It?" icon. This will bring you to a page where you'll be invited to download a very small program which will basically analyze your computer and check if you have the correct system requirements to run the game or not. So to confirm that you want to run the application, simply click on the little "Run" button in the far right corner of the pop ups. Now it will start downloading this little tool, and once it's done downloading, it will start analyzing your computer. Then the results of your test will display in your browser. Now a second way to check for a system requirements to see if a game will work on your computer is to do this manually. Now this is also quite easy to do. All you have to do is go to the "start" menu, then to the "Control Panel," and then from the control panel, simply double-click on the "System" icon. Here in the first tab that appears, you'll be able to see first of all how much ram you have. Now another important thing to check is your graphics card. To do this, simply go to the hardware tab and then click on "Device Manager." From the device manager window that opens, find the display adapters. Here, after clicking on the little plus sign to the left of it, two little things will unfold and we'll be able to see what our graphics card is. Here, and NVIDIA GeForce 4 MX 4000. Now that we've figured out what our graphics card is, how much ram or virtual memory we have and what our processor is, the last thing we need to check is how much free hard drive space we have. To do this, you can simply go to my computer. Once you open my computer, for example, Local Disk C:, and then right-click on it, and click on Properties from the fold out menu. Here you'll, we'll be able to see how much used space we have and how much free space we have, so five point thirty-nine gigabytes. Now that we have these four things written down, what we'll have to do is go on the Internet to where we'll be able to manually check what the req...requirements are for a specific game. to find the game you want, just go to the right hand side of the screen and either click on Game Requirements Full Index or on a certain letter set for a game you want. For example, if we're searching for Grand Theft Auto, we can check f through m. Here, we'll have the minimum requirements for the game, as well as direct menu requirements. The minimum requirements are what you'll need to be able to run the game at at a very low level, meaning that the graphics won't be the best looking and the game might lag a bit, meaning your character might move around in a kind of jumpy way instead of a fluid motion. So if you really want to have an enjoyable playing experience, you'll want to basically have the recommended requirements.


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