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How do I know if my PC can run a game or not?

#1green butterPosted 8/13/2013 3:27:13 PM
I want to buy Payday 2 but my PC is kind of old and I'm worried I won't be able to run it at passable settings.

I've got a Radeon HD 5770 in my PC and according to Steam, the recommended graphics card for Payday 2 is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 5850.

To me, that really doesn't mean anything. How would I compare graphics cards to know if mine is ok? Anyone have any tips on how to check how your PC matches recommended settings? I'd prefer to learn how you would figure this stuff out yourself, rather than just use a site or something since I want to become more knowledgable about PCs.
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#2NicodimusPosted 8/13/2013 3:31:24 PM(edited)
Recommended =/= minimum. You can almost certainly run the game. You may need to experiment with the settings to get the fps where you want it, though.

Also, this is a good resource to compare GPUs: http://gpuboss.com/compare-gpus


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#3Love_Me_SexyPosted 8/13/2013 3:31:03 PM
Whoever say "can u run it" is a terrible person and should NEVER suggest the site.

TC, read the specs of the game (minimum or recommended), check the specs of your PC. Compare. This won't give you specifics like optimization but it will give you a guideline.
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#4green butter(Topic Creator)Posted 8/13/2013 3:33:19 PM(edited)
Love_Me_Sexy posted...
Whoever say "can u run it" is a terrible person and should NEVER suggest the site.

TC, read the specs of the game (minimum or recommended), check the specs of your PC. Compare. This won't give you specifics like optimization but it will give you a guideline.


How would I compare? What kinds of things are important to look at when comparing graphics cards?

Nicodimus posted...
Recommended =/= minimum. You can almost certainly run the game. You may need to experiment with the settings to get the fps where you want it, though.

Also, this is a good resource to compare GPUs: http://gpuboss.com/compare-gpus



My main concern is running the game at a good FPS and not having it look like a game from 2005 or something by turning off everything that will make the game fun, you know? I'm interested in knowing what process you'd go through to see if your PC meets recommended settings or even minimum.

And thanks for the site! That's helpful.
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#5wildog2006Posted 8/13/2013 3:37:52 PM
The best way to learn how to interpret game requirements is to start familiarizing yourself with the hardware. In your example, a 5850 is recommended, which is more powerful than your 5770. However, a lowly HD2600 is listed as the minimum requirement to run the game, which your GPU is far superior to.

So you'll probably be able to run at mid-high settings, your GPU is toward the higher end of the scale in relation to min/required.

Then you have to extrapolate for the CPU. Divide by RAM capacity. Carry the 1. Multiply by HDD speed. Try to think of one more thing, then don't because you've taken it too far.
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#6NicodimusPosted 8/13/2013 3:39:00 PM
To be perfectly honest, I don't go through that process. I always assume it will at least work, because I upgrade my graphics card about every 3-4 years, and the GPU is almost always the determining factor in whether a game will run smoothly or not.

When I get a new game, I will pop FRAPS on for a few minutes and tweak the settings to get to 60+ fps whenever possible, but that's really all I do.
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#7DarkZV2BetaPosted 8/13/2013 5:57:44 PM
Nicodimus posted...
Recommended =/= minimum. You can almost certainly run the game. You may need to experiment with the settings to get the fps where you want it, though.

Also, this is a good resource to compare GPUs: http://gpuboss.com/compare-gpus



That is a terrible site that should never be used.

Use the anandtech benchmark section if you really need. But, the only way to know for sure is to run the game.
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#8NicodimusPosted 8/13/2013 6:48:38 PM
DarkZV2Beta posted...
Nicodimus posted...
Recommended =/= minimum. You can almost certainly run the game. You may need to experiment with the settings to get the fps where you want it, though.

Also, this is a good resource to compare GPUs: http://gpuboss.com/compare-gpus



That is a terrible site that should never be used.


Yo face is a terrible site that should never be used.
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