Test my pc for gaming: What Can I Run · System Requirements Test

CPU, GPU, Motherboard, & RAM

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your PC and you need your system’s specs to know what kind of new PC hardware you can buy, or you’re going to sell your current system and you need to know what specs you have so you can list them in your ad, checking your computer’s specs is actually a pretty easy task.

In this easy-to-follow guide, we’ll walk you step-by-step through how to quickly check your computer’s specs so that you can get the information you need.

Table of Contents

1. How to Check Laptop Specs

2. How to Check What CPU You Have

3. How to Check What GPU You Have

4. How to Check What Motherboard You Have

5. How to Check How Much Memory You Have

6. Third Party Tools to Check Your PC’s Specs

How to Check Specs of A Laptop?

While this post might seem more geared towards people who have desktop computers, the methods outlined below will work for laptop owners as well.

If you’re a laptop owner and you’re looking for more information on your laptop’s configuration, check out the following guide: What Kind of Laptop Do I Have?

How to Check What Processor (CPU) You Have

If you’re wondering what kind of processor you have, you can easily find out that information on a Windows computer in two clicks.

To find out what CPU you have, simply do the following:

1. Right-click on the Windows start menu icon on the bottom left-hand side of your screen.
2. Click on ‘System’ in the menu that pops up.
3. Next to ‘Processor’ it will list what kind of CPU you have in your computer.

Easy, right?

Also Read:

  • How Much Does Your CPU Affect FPS?
  • How to Lower Your CPU Usage
  • What is A Safe CPU Temperature?

How to Check What Graphics Card (GPU) You Have

If you want to find out what kind of graphics card you have, the process is similar to finding out what CPU you have, but checking to see what GPU is in your system is 50% more work than checking to see what your CPU is. (Beause you have to click 3 times, instead of 2.)

To find out what GPU you have, simply do the following:

1. Again, right-click on the Windows start menu icon.
2. Click on ‘Device Manager’ in the menu that pops up.
3. In ‘Device Manager’ click on the arrow next to ‘Display Adapters’
4. Your GPU will be listed there.

It should be noted, though, that it might show two options under the ‘Display Adapters’ tab. If it shows two, that means it is showing both the integrated graphics on your processor and the dedicated graphics card on your laptop.

The one that you are looking for is the dedicated graphics card, as it is the more powerful (and the one your system uses) of the two.

And, your dedicated graphics card will typically be the second option listed. If you have an Intel processor, the integrated graphics will be named something like ‘Intel HD Graphics 4000.’ In that case, the other option will be the one you want to.

And, it will likely either be something like NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700M or AMD Radeon (or HD) R9 M470. Just note, though, that if you have an AMD processor in your system, the integrated graphics will also likely be ‘AMD Radeon…” But in that case, just go with the 2nd option, as that is likely your dedicated graphics.

Also Read:

  • What is a Safe GPU Temperature Range?
  • LHR vs Non-LHR GPUs: What’s the Difference?
  • GPU vs Graphics Card: What’s the Difference?

How to Check What Motherboard You Have

To find out what type of motherboard you have (and, really, who manufactures your motherboard and what socket and chipset it is), the process is a bit different than above.

You could of course open up your desktop (if you have a desktop and not a laptop) and check and see who manufactures your motherboard and what the model name is on the board.

However, motherboard’s are typically named something like ASUS Z690-A, or MSI B550M, or Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming5, where ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte are motherboard manufactures, and Z690, B550, and X370 are the motherboard chipsets (which can also lead you to the socket type of the motherboard as well. )

So, if you’re not somewhat familiar with who the main motherboard manufacturers are and what string of letters and numbers to look for that designate the chipset and motherboard name, you might want to go with an easier option.

For some users, you can try the following:

1. In the Windows search bar, type in ‘System Information’
2. Scroll down on the System Summary tab (opens on the left side of the window) until you find ‘Motherboard Manufacturer’, or ‘BaseBoard Manufacturer’.
3. The information next to ‘Motherboard/BaseBoard Manufacturer’, ‘Motherboard/BaseBoard Model’, and ‘Motherboard/BaseBoard Name’, should give you the information you are looking for.

Although, in a lot of cases, the information you’ll find in these tabs might be kind of vague. For instance, on my desktop, the BaseBoard Manufacturer is ‘ASUSTek COMPUTER INC.’, the BaseBoard Model is ‘Not Available’, and the BaseBoard Name is ‘Base Board’.

It’s not really a whole lot to go off of, but it does at least let you know who manufactured your motherboard. And, it could help make it easier to find the information you’re looking for when you open up your computer to check.

Also Read:

  • What Motherboard Do I Have?
  • What Are Motherboard Standoffs?
  • Micro-ATX vs Mini-ITX vs ATX: What’s the Difference?

How to Check How Much Memory (RAM) You Have

Checking how much RAM you have in your computer is another very easy task. In fact, you can find how much memory you have on the same screen that lists what CPU you have.

1. Right-click the Windows start menu icon.
2. Select ‘System’
3. Scroll down and it should list how much memory you have.

You can also find out how much RAM you have by looking in ‘System Information’ on Windows as outlined in the section above on how to find out what type of motherboard you have.

Also Read:

  • 8GB vs 16GB of RAM: How Much Should You Get?
  • Is 8GB RAM Enough for Gaming?
  • Can You Use Different Brands of Memory?

Third Party Tools

While the methods above will easily all you to check your computer’s specifications, you can also use third-party hardware monitoring tools to help you find necessary info about your system.

We recommend the following tools to help you monitor you computer’s performance, as well as give you information (like what CPU and GPU you have, as well as how much RAM you have):

  • CPU-Z
  • Speccy
  • Core Temp (CPU only)
  • HWInfo
  • MSI Afterburner

After You Check What Computer Specs You Have…

Now that you know what specs your computer has you can make a better decision on whether or not your current system is worth upgrading or not. However, it should be noted that if you are looking to upgrade your components, it isn’t as simple as just picking out a new and better component and putting it into your system.

Your current components will dictate what new components you can buy. For instance, if you have an older motherboard, you can’t simply go out and upgrade to the newest processor, because your motherboard and the newest processor probably won’t be compatible.

You also can’t go out and upgrade your graphics card to the biggest and best option available if your existing power supply doesn’t have enough power supply to accommodate the new GPU.

In fact, in a lot of cases, if you have an older system, it might make more sense to just buy or build a brand new system, as your older system might not have any components worth keeping around. If that’s the case, check out our buyer’s guide on buying/building a cheap PC, or if you want to spend more, our buyer’s guide on buying/building a high-end computer.

How to Know if a PC Is Low-End or High-End

Shopping for a new PC is both super exciting and super stressful. When you think you finally found a high-end gaming setup at a great price, your friend looks at the specs and says, “You can’t game on that. ” Is there a way to tell if a PC you want to buy is a high-end gaming beast or your average office computer?

Table Of Contents

  • 1. Check the graphics card model
  • 2. Look at the CPU model
  • 3. Review the capacity, speed, and latency of the RAM
  • 4. Inspect the storage device types, speed, and capacity
  • 5. Check the CPU cooler and case fans
  • 6. Research the power supply model
  • 7. Look at the PC peripherals (Monitor, Keyboard, etc.)
  • 8. Test the PC’s Performance in Video Games
  • 9. Run a benchmark to analyze the performance of the PC
  • What Is a Low-End PC?
  • What Is a High-End PC?
  • Final Thoughts

Here are a few ways to know if a PC is low-end or high-end:

  1. Check the graphics card model.
  2. Look at the CPU model.
  3. Review the capacity, speed, and latency of the RAM.
  4. Inspect the storage device types, speed, and capacity.
  5. Check the CPU cooler and case fans.
  6. Research the power supply model.
  7. Look at the PC peripherals (Monitor, keyboard, etc.).
  8. Test the PC’s performance in video games.
  9. Run a benchmark to analyze the performance of the PC.

This article will go over everything that can help you tell the performance of a computer without even turning it on. I’ll also share a few ways to check the performance of a PC if you have the chance to test it.

1. Check the graphics card model

A graphics card is synonymous with gaming, video rendering, and other graphical processing tasks. 

People often refer to it as the GPU (graphics processing unit). But that’s only the processor chip part of the graphics card.

Whatever you call it, it’s the most important part of your computer for gaming.

You can often tell if it’s a high-end or low-end graphics card from the price alone.

But familiarizing yourself with AMD’s and NVIDIA’s nomenclature helps too.

For example, NVIDIA has the “RTX” and “GTX” lineups. RTX cards support ray tracing technology, so they tend to be higher-end.

The first two numbers in the model name indicate the generation. Newer graphics cards are always significantly more powerful.

The last two digits tell you how powerful the graphics card is within the generation. Here’s what they roughly mean:

  • 30, 40,50: Low-end
  • 60, 70: Mid-range
  • 80, 90, Titan: High-end

Note: the “Ti” suffix indicates a more powerful version of the same card.

AMD uses similar names for their Radeon graphics cards. The first number is for the generation, and the last three digits indicate how powerful it is. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • 300, 400, 500: Low-end
  • 600, 700: Mid-range
  • 800, 900: High-end

Note: Like with “Ti,” the “XT” suffix means it’s more powerful than the standard version.

When comparing graphics card models, check online benchmarks. It’s a good way to check the performance.

Although a powerful graphics card alone isn’t a clear indicator of a high-end PC, it often is.

Many people cram powerful, expensive graphics cards into their 5-year-old systems. 

However, this doesn’t transform that old machine into a brand-new high-end PC. We’ll talk about why that is later (Hint: It’s because of the CPU bottleneck).

2. Look at the CPU model

The processor, central processing unit, or CPU for short, is also very important for gaming and productivity performance. 

A low-end CPU can’t keep up with a high-end GPU. This is known as a “CPU bottleneck.”

A weak CPU can’t send data fast enough to the graphics card for rendering.

Be wary of this because some PC stores combine powerful graphics cards with very old and weak CPUs to trick their customers. You can’t have a high-end PC with a cheap CPU.

Thankfully, you can easily tell the difference between CPUs. They use simpler names compared to graphics cards.

Both Intel and AMD use similar nomenclatures. AMD uses “Ryzen” and Intel “i” to indicate the model:

  • Ryzen 3, i3: Low-end
  • Ryzen 5, i5: Mid-range
  • Ryzen 7, i7: High-end
  • Ryzen 9, i9: Enthusiast

The numbers and letters that come after the model are easy to understand. 

The first number is the generation. A newer version of a less powerful model roughly matches the older, more powerful one (e.g., a new Ryzen 5 is similar to a previous-gen Ryzen 7).

The last three numbers tell you how powerful the CPU is within the generation and model.

If there’s an “X,” “XT” (AMD only), or “K” (Intel only) at the end of the name, it’s a slightly more powerful version.

Benchmarks on YouTube can help you when comparing two CPUs.

3. Review the capacity, speed, and latency of the RAM

After the graphics card and CPU, RAM has the biggest effect on your computer’s performance.

Although there are dozens of RAM models, they’re all very similar. Stuff like RGB and heatsinks improve the esthetics but do nothing for performance.

Instead, look at stuff like the capacity, frequency, and latency.

Let’s first go over the size of RAM sticks. More is always better. Here’s a quick and easy way to tell what RAM size means for the PC:

  • <16 GB: Low-end
  • 16-32 GB: Mid-range
  • 32+ GB: High-end

A computer might have a mid-range CPU and graphics card. But if it doesn’t have at least 16 GB of RAM, you’ll experience a lot of stutter in games.

If you want to get more technical, look at the RAM frequency and CAS latency. 

RAM frequency is expressed in MHz and describes how many commands the stick processes in a second. The higher the number, the better.

CAS latency, CL, or ram timings indicate the delay between clock cycles to access data. A lower CL latency means the RAM is better.

Both RAM frequency and CAS latency affect the performance of your RAM. You can expect a 2-10 FPS difference in games with AMD processors. The difference is less clear with Intel CPUs.

Lastly, there’s a difference between DDR versions. DDR5 is faster than DDR4, which is faster than DDR3, etc. 

Each new generation roughly doubles the bandwidth and RAM frequency. If you want a high-end PC, always get the latest generation.

4. Inspect the storage device types, speed, and capacity

There are two main storage device types: solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs). 

SSDs are often 10 to 15 times faster than HDDs, if not more. Almost all mid-range computers have some type of SSD in them.

A high-end PC should have at least one high-capacity SSD. To be more specific, it should be an NVMe M.2 SSD.

NVMe is a type of ultra-fast memory that uses the motherboard’s PCIe M.2 slot for faster bandwidth. Note that an SSD can use the M.2 slot without being NVMe.

PC builders rarely put an NVMe into low-end PCs. They usually only have HDDs.

If they do have an SSD, it’s likely a slower SATA SSD. 

However, having an SSD doesn’t mean the PC automatically qualifies as a high-end PC.

5. Check the CPU cooler and case fans

Low-end computers seldom have an aftermarket CPU cooler. There’s no reason to pay additional money for lower temps. 

A low-end CPU doesn’t get hot on a stock cooler even after overclocking.

A mid-range computer can get away with a stock cooler, but not high-end PCs.

High-end PCs use custom water loops, AIOs, and beefy air coolers to chill the powerful processor.

Case fans are a different story. Some computer stores put cheap low-end RGB case fans into low-end PCs to make them more appealing.

They sometimes even go one step further and put the weak PC into a fancy-looking computer case.

That’s how they get away with charging top dollar for low-end PCs.

But here’s the thing – looks don’t always matter

Thanks to the relatively standard dimensions of computer parts, you can cram thousands of dollars worth of components into a case from the 1990s.

If you see someone selling a “sleeper build” PC online, that’s what it means.

6. Research the power supply model

Although the PSU (Power Supply Unit) doesn’t affect performance, it does reveal a bit about the computer. 

You can put a 750 W power supply into a low-end computer. But it’s not common.

Low-end computers usually use power supplies from unknown brands. They’re often rated for around 400 to 500 watts.

High-end PCs have power-hungry graphics cards and processors that can draw well above 500 watts alone. 

You need a branded (preferably 80 Plus certified) power supply rated for 700 W or more to power top-shelf hardware.

7. Look at the PC peripherals (Monitor, Keyboard, etc.)

If you’re buying a whole PC setup, the peripherals matter a lot.  

The monitor is the most important piece. It affects how your games look and feel immensely. A low-end PC can only run games at a resolution of 1080p (or even less).

High-end machines are made for 1440p and 4K gaming. The computer should maintain 60-90 FPS in demanding games at 1440p. For 4K, it should be around 40 – 60 FPS.

The monitor’s refresh rate matters too. In a nutshell, the refresh rate describes how many frames (pictures) the monitor can display in a second.

Most low-end PCs can’t go above 60-70 FPS, so they’re seldom bundled with a 144+ Hz monitor.

A high-end PC can run the latest AAA games at 100+ FPS at 1080p. Some older eSports titles should easily run at over 200 FPS, justifying a monitor of 240 Hz or 360 Hz.

If multiple monitors are present, it’s a likely indicator that extra money was invested for extra visual immersion.

If the PC comes bundled with a branded gaming keyboard, mouse, headphones, speakers, etc., that’s also a plus.

8. Test the PC’s Performance in Video Games

If you’re trying to determine whether your PC is low-end or high-end, play some video games! 

Download a few of the latest AAA titles, turn on the FPS counter, crank up the graphics, and start playing.

A high-end system should have no trouble running any AAA title well above 60 FPS at 1440p. If you have a 1080p monitor, it should be around 80-90 FPS.

A super low-end system can’t even run AAA games, let alone at a playable framerate. If it’s a low to mid-range computer, expect around 30 FPS at low settings.

Granted, you don’t have to run a game at a million frames per second, and the Ultra graphics preset. What matters is that you’re happy with your PC.

9. Run a benchmark to analyze the performance of the PC

I’ve already mentioned how you can easily find CPU and GPU benchmarks online. 

But you’ll hardly find a benchmark with the exact specs you do. So, it’s best to test it yourself!

If we’re talking about a high-end gaming computer, run an in-game benchmark after setting the graphics preset to Ultra.  

If you’re on a 1080p monitor, you should get close to or above 100 FPS, no matter what game.

A low-end PC will struggle with the benchmark, though. It’ll output less than 30 FPS at the Ultra preset.

A typical mid-range computer will land somewhere in the middle of the pack.

What Is a Low-End PC?

A low-end PC is a computer with relatively weak hardware and performance. A typical low-end PC has a Ryzen 3 or i3 processor, 8 GB or less RAM, and sometimes a budget graphics card. Although gaming on a low-end PC is possible, it’s often not an enjoyable experience.

A low-end computer may run eSports titles and older games. But it’s nothing compared to the gaming behemoth, a high-end PC.

What Is a High-End PC?

A high-end PC is a computer with top-shelf hardware. It combines a powerful graphics card with a fast 8-core (or more) CPU with high-capacity RAM to deliver the best gaming experience available on the market. High-end PCs are assembled for high refresh rates and high-resolution gaming.

You can tell that a PC is high-end from the specs alone. High-end PCs have the most expensive, most powerful consumer hardware available.

Final Thoughts

You can know if a PC is low-end or high-end by looking at its specs. 

A typical low-end PC has a weak Ryzen 3 or Intel i3 processor, less than 16 GB of RAM, and sometimes doesn’t even have a graphics card.

A high-end PC has all the latest bells and whistles available to consumers. It has high-end air or liquid cooling, a powerful graphics card, a highly-rated PSU, and over 32 GB of RAM.

How to check the game for compatibility with a computer online or with a program?

To avoid the fact that you bought or downloaded the game, but it does not play, it is better to first check its compatibility with your PC. This can be done in various ways.

There are three main options for checking whether a particular game can be played on a PC:

  1. Compare system requirements;
  2. Using a special program;
  3. Checking on a special site.

You should only check games released after 2012-2013 if your PC is running Windows 7 or later. On earlier versions, these games will not be played. You can be sure of this right away. If the operating system is not old, you can use one of the ways to check compatibility.

Comparison of system requirements

The first method will require a little time and patience, since you will have to compare the computer and the game in several ways, namely:

  • check processor power — will it be able to «pull» the game?
  • amount of RAM — enough for the game?
  • graphics card settings — designed for games?
  • disk space — will the game install?

To see the capabilities of the computer and compare them with the requirements of a particular game, go to the menu «Start» — «Control Panel» — «System and Security». Then click «System». Here you can see the version of the operating system, which processor, the amount of memory. You can read in more detail and learn the main ways to determine the characteristics of a computer in our article «How to view the characteristics of a computer.»
Source: https://comprost.ru/obshchaia-informatciia/kak-posmotret-kharakteristiki-kompiutera-na-windows-linux-i-macos

If the processor frequency is slightly less than required by the system requirements of the game, but otherwise parameters, it goes to the PC, you can try to run it. When the computer has to perform complex tasks, it itself «accelerates» performance a little.

When checking memory, please note that it can be operational and physical. We check the first one. Most often it is marked as RAM.

To check the video card, go to the «device manager» and click on «video adapters». If only a line with Intel appears, your PC is not designed for games. If the second line appears, you have a video card. You can safely install the game.

Finally, check how much memory is on the disk. To do this, go to «my computer» and look at the amount of free memory under the name of the disk.

Checking the compatibility of the game and the computer using special programs

We have already found out that in order to find out if the game will run on the computer, it is necessary to conduct a performance test. It is also called a benchmark. This can be done using various programs. Most Popular:


3DMark — allows you to check the video card and processor using several tests. After they are held, detailed data on the system features of the PC will be available and you can understand whether the game is suitable for it or not.

Pros of the program:

  • provides detailed information about the performance of the video card;
  • gives information about processor performance;
  • has a simple interface;
  • can be downloaded without registering and entering email.


  • interface is not available in Russian;
  • there are no advanced options for configuring the program parameters — as it is, it should be used.

You can download 3DMark on the official website or from another trusted resource. But in the second case, it is recommended to pre-check the file for viruses.

Each version of Windows has its own version of the program, so you should be careful when choosing a file. Also keep in mind that for its correct operation, you need at least 1 GB of RAM and a processor operating at a frequency of at least 2.5 GHz.


FurMark is a program that allows you to test the performance of your computer’s video card and thereby determine whether it is suitable for a particular game. The program is easy to use and performs its function both in full screen mode and in minimized window mode — while you are doing something else. The main task of FurMark is to evaluate the stability of the cooling system, video card and its performance. Unlike many other utilities, FurMark is compatible with all versions of Windows, including Vista and XP.

As for the interface language, there is a program in Russian, but they are not working on it so carefully. It is rarely updated, it is not stable, so it is recommended to use the English version. Everything is simple and accessible for the average user.

Pluses of the program:

  • simple interface;
  • the ability to check the video card and processor for compatibility with the game in two modes — full-screen and with a minimized window;
  • the ability to save the test result;
  • the ability to check the efficiency of the cooling system;
  • Determination of the maximum capabilities of the video card after overclocking.


  • There is no stable version of the program in Russian.

FurMark can be downloaded from the Geeks3D developer site. Additionally, it is recommended to install a utility on the PC to monitor the temperature of the video card and processor.

Heaven Benchmark

Heaven Benchmark is a utility developed by the Russian company UNIGINE Corp. , designed to test the system capabilities of a computer. With its help, you can find out the performance of the video card and processor.

Pluses of the program:

  • possibility to choose test parameters;
  • the ability to select image resolution;
  • video card temperature check;
  • saving test results.


  • is not available in Russian.
MSI Kombustor

MSI Kombustor is a program for checking the performance of a video card. Its main task is to determine the maximum capabilities of video adapters.

Pluses of the program:

  • the ability to monitor the stability of the card;
  • cooling system monitoring;
  • processor warming up.


  • not as powerful as other similar utilities;
  • is not possible to download in Russian.

How to find out if a game will run on a computer online

The fastest and most convenient way to find out the compatibility of a game and a PC is to conduct an online check. You can do this on special service sites. Consider the most popular.

Service www.systemrequirementslab.com

To check, do the following:

  • go to the site and enter the name of the game in the search bar on the main page. As soon as you start writing, games with similar names will appear in the drop-down box, you can select there.
  • click «Can You run it».
  • we choose one of the verification options — online, downloading the program on a PC or self-comparison of system requirements. That is, this site combines all three possible ways to check if the game will go to the computer.

Online check is the Automatic Detection item. To use it, click on Begin Detection. After that, the system will ask you to download a special script. After downloading, it will begin to collect information about the system capabilities of the computer. Personal data (passwords, for example) will not be recorded anywhere.

After verification, the data will be displayed on a new page on the site where we originally entered. The system will automatically take you to this page. The result is displayed as a scale with a mark. If this mark is on the right side, the game is compatible with PC. If it’s on the left, no. But it is worth trying to establish, even if the mark is not quite at the end of the scale, but already closer to the right side than to the left.

You can also determine compatibility by paying attention to intermediate values. If the checkbox is close to Recommended, the game is compatible with PC. If the mark is close to the Minimum value, the game is compatible with the PC in only one or two ways. This does not mean that it is impossible to play. Worth a try. No need to even try only if the mark does not go beyond the red sector of the scale.

Together with the scan results, the site displays all detected computer settings. If there is incompatibility for some of them, recommended for compatibility are given.

To download the program for testing on a PC, select Desktop Application. Then click Desktop App. The standard download instructions will appear on a new page.

After installing the program on the computer, open it and click Run Detection. There will be a scan, and then the system will take us to the results page on the site. Here everything is exactly the same as when checking online.

To compare computer specifications and game requirements yourself, select View Requierement. A new page will display the PC settings required for the game to run on it. Compare them with your computer settings.

So, you can find out if the game will go to the computer. And it can be done in different ways. For users who do not want to bother, online verification is suitable. There is practically nothing to do here. Unless you just choose a service. Then he will do everything himself and give the result. If there is no possibility of online verification, you can download a special program to your computer. For advanced users, comparing the characteristics of the game and the PC is suitable. It will take even less time than checking on the site, if you know where to look for which parameters.

Will the game work on a PC: all the ways to check the compatibility of the game and your computer, will the computer run the game

Every year new PC components are released, and with them hundreds of fresh games. How to understand if a newly released toy will work on your computer? To do this, we must at least know the characteristics of our hardware. But where can you see them? No panic! We will tell you how you can quickly check if the game will run on PC using third-party programs, online services, or built-in Windows tools.


  • Checking the minimum and recommended system requirements of the game
  • Where to see the characteristics of your computer
  • Ways to check the compatibility of your PC and game

    • Check parameter manually
    • We compare the parameters of the game and the PC using special programs
    • You can check if your computer will run the game online
  • What is the result

First of all, you need to familiarize yourself with the system requirements of the game. These are important characteristics that are usually always indicated in the description itself. For example, using Steam, we can see the system requirements before the reviews. The minimum and recommended parameters are also indicated there, by which we understand whether the computer will run the game.

In Epic Games, system requirements are also placed in a separate block. If we select a specific game and start scrolling through the description, we will almost immediately stumble upon the list we need. It is impossible to miss them

So, we found out where to look at the system requirements for computer games. Now it remains to find out where to look at the characteristics of the PC.

There are several ways to find out the specifications of your own PC. To do this, we can use:

  • Built-in Windows tools.
  • Third party programs.

There is, of course, a third option — to look for boxes from purchased components. But you must admit that you certainly will not be doing this (and who knows where these boxes are now).

So, if you decide to use the built-in Windows tools, then do the following:

  • Open Explorer and find your computer on the left, it can be called «My / This Computer». Right-click and select «Properties» from the drop-down menu.
  • A window will open where we will see information about the characteristics of our PC. This includes the processor, RAM, and system type. To find out the rest of the characteristics, go to the «Device Manager» (in the menu on the right).
  • Device Manager provides more detailed information about all computer configurations. But we just need to look at the section of video adapters and processors to understand whether the game is suitable for a computer.

We figured out the built-in tools. And then we will consider several programs with which you can see the configuration of your PC.


First we need to download and install the program from the official website. It is completely free, there are no trial periods. We launch CPU-Z and see a small window with many tabs and options.

The first tab, CPU, shows the CPU configuration.

In the second tab, Mainboard, we will find information about the built-in motherboard.

The third section will talk about RAM, including its frequencies.

The SPD tab contains information about all installed memory modules.

Graphics includes graphics card data.

CPU-Z is one of the best programs to learn information about your own PC. Here are a few key benefits:

  • Simple interface and use.
  • Displays all PC configuration information.
  • Completely free.
  • If you overclock, CPU-Z will help you monitor frequencies.

Of the minuses, only the lack of the Russian language can be distinguished. Although the interface is simple, so this is unlikely to be a problem for someone.


This is perhaps the most popular and advanced software. The presented program is a direct successor to the old, but very useful Everest utility (now no longer supported). Aida64 is designed in such a way that even a beginner can understand it.

Install the program and run it. At the start, we will be warned about a trial version lasting 30 days, after which we will be asked to pay for a license. This is the main drawback.

In all other respects, it will be very difficult to find fault with Aida64. Here you will find detailed information about the characteristics of your PC. On the left there is a special menu where we select the tab of interest. For example, in «Motherboard» we can find out about the processor, and in «Display» we can find out about the video card.

If we go to the «Computer» tab and select «Summary information», we will immediately see the entire installed configuration.

Aida’s most useful feature is the sensors. The program allows you to monitor the temperature of components, control the values ​​of power, voltage, etc.

Thanks to such detailed information, you will be able to get to know your computer hardware in as much detail as possible.

We highlight the following advantages:

  • Convenient interface.
  • Lots of useful features that allow you to monitor the status of your computer.
  • Maximum PC information.
  • Russian language available.

Of the shortcomings — only a paid license.


Another good program from the developers of CCleaner, which will show all the characteristics of the PC, including information about the installed drivers. Of course, Speccy cannot provide the same functionality as Aida. But believe me, the available functions will be enough to find out your components.

Download the program and run it. In the window that opens, we will see a menu on the left. Wait a few seconds for the software to download the PC information.

Here we will see data on installed components, as well as a temperature indicator.

In the Operating System tab we will find everything about the operating system, battery status and other system programs.

The CPU section shows everything about the processor. Here we will find less information than in the same Aida, but this is quite enough to check with the system requirements of the game.

The RAM section shows everything about RAM.

And the Graphics tab shows data about the video card.

The Speccy has other information about the PC, but we are only interested in the main components, so we do not need the rest of the tabs yet.

In general, the following advantages of the program can be distinguished:

  • Detailed information about the computer configuration.
  • Simple interface.
  • Russian language available.
  • Free to use.


  • No stress tests offered in Aida.
  • Not suitable for advanced users who need more detailed configuration information.

So, we figured out how to view PC settings using third-party programs and built-in Windows tools. And now we suggest exploring ways to check which games a PC will run.

As we noted, there are several options with which you can find out the characteristics of iron. But how to check for compatibility with modern games? We have three ways!

We check the parameters manually

The first and most inconvenient thing is to check everything manually. Where to find the PC configuration and the minimum or recommended system requirements for a particular game, we reviewed above. It remains only to compare these parameters.

We compare the parameters of the game and the PC using special programs

To find out if the game will run on your PC, you can conduct a special performance test, or benchmark. To do this, we use third-party programs.


The presented program is also available for download on Steam. With its help, you can check the performance of your computer. Several different tests are available that will demonstrate all the data about the system, configuration. With the help of this information, you will understand whether the toy is suitable or not.

Let’s single out several advantages:

  • Pleasant and convenient interface.
  • Possibility to carry out various tests.
  • You can get full information about processor performance.
  • Free version available.


  • No Russian language.
  • The full version of the program costs money.


Here’s another great performance tester. It is completely free to download, no trial periods or restrictions. Download software from the official website, install and launch.

With its help, you can check the performance of your video card to see if it will run a particular game. The program is quite easy to use, although it is presented only in English. Its main task is to evaluate the stable operation of the cooling system, processor and video card. Plus, FurMark is compatible with any operating system, you can install it even on XP.

Main advantages:

  • Convenient interface.
  • You can save test results.
  • You can check the stability of the cooling system.

Among the shortcomings, we single out only the absence of the Russian language. Although today there is another version of FurMark, created by enthusiasts who translated the program into Russian. But we do not recommend downloading this version as it is completely unstable.

Heaven Benchmark

Heaven Benchmark is a utility from Russian developers that will conduct the necessary tests and evaluate hardware performance. It is enough to select the settings and click Run, and then just wait: at the end, the program will demonstrate the capabilities of the processor and video card.

Main advantages:

  • You can set your own parameters for the test.
  • You can monitor the temperature of the video card and processor.
  • It is possible to save the test results.
  • There is a Russian language.

You can check whether your computer will run the game online

The easiest way to check the compatibility of the game with your computer is to use online services. Yes, there are many sites on the Internet where you need to enter the parameters of your PC and select the game of interest. Let’s take a look at some of the more advanced ones.

Technical City

First of all, select the game — you can from the list, or enter the name in the search bar.

Next, specify the PC parameters.

Click «Rate my computer» and look at the result. The higher the values, the better.


Another useful online service that offers to check if the computer will run a certain game.

Everything is also simple here. First of all, select the desired game.

Next, specify the PC parameters: processor, video card and RAM.