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Newbie Steam Question

#1SliderSlapshotPosted 3/27/2014 4:02:08 AM(edited)
Hello All,

I've never really played anything other than simple games on my computer and I was thinking of downloading a more advanced one from Steam, but I'm not sure if my computer can handle it since it is not really powerful. It has a dual core processor with 2.3 GHz speed, and the game I am looking at has a minimum requirement of 2.4 GHz speed. Does that mean the game just won't work on my computer? Would it just have a lot of stuttering and lag, and/or an overall decrease in quality? Or is it close enough to the minimum that it would be okay?

I did a little internet searching and couldn't find a definitive answer, so I thought I would post here to get some help since I am not very intelligent with computer specs. Thanks in advance for any information anyone can provide!!
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#2arleasPosted 3/27/2014 4:09:03 AM
The difference between 2.3 and 2.4ghz is pretty negligible. Also, processor speed isn't even a good way to measure CPU power since there can be various factors that change how much work gets done per clock cycle.

I'd say that if everything else fits the minimum requirements (or better) and the only thing holding you back is 1/10 of a Ghz, go for it.

Then again, you said you're not very clued in to system specs so there's a fair chance you're using some prebuilt computer bought from best buy for $350 and it would barely play Bejeweled without lagging.

Get something like speccy to find out your computer's actual specs and make sure that if it won't work well, it'll at least work in the first place.

http://www.piriform.com/speccy/download
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#3Ch3wyPosted 3/27/2014 4:11:50 AM
arleas posted...

I'd say that if everything else fits the minimum requirements (or better) and the only thing holding you back is 1/10 of a Ghz, go for it.

This.

Although there's a good chance that's not the case, we don't really have enough information here.
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#4SliderSlapshot(Topic Creator)Posted 3/27/2014 4:16:45 AM
Thanks!! I'll check out speccy to get the info on my computer.

It is actually from Dell, and probably the most advanced game I've played on it is BloodRayne 2, with no noticeable issues. I also have a SNES emulator that runs flawlessly on it (at least, from what I can tell).
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