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The Minimum Specs for RPG Games: What to Know and How to Find Them

Posted on 18 October, 2014  in New Laptop Guides

When it comes to PC gaming, as graphics engines and game performance improve, it’s important to keep in mind what you need to run your favorite RPGs. Here’s what you need to know about the minimum specs for RPG games and how to find them, so you’re always sure of what you can run well on your PC.

When looking at system requirements for any game, there are three main things you need to be on the lookout for:

1. CPU Speed (in GHz)

While a critical factor in determining a game’s playability, upgrading your CPU to a faster model will do less for running a game than adding more RAM or changing our graphics cards will. A dual-core processor with a speed of at least 2GHz is sufficient, but you really want to up the ante, consider looking into Intel or AMD’s more powerful lines of products (Core and Phantom, respectively).

2. System RAM (in GB)

While the CPU affects your computer’s speed, the RAM determines the workload it can take on. For example, a PC with 8GB of RAM can play a game with a higher FPS rate and with higher-res textures more smoothly than one with the same specs but 4GB of RAM.

3. Graphics Card Model(in MB)

This is one of the biggest determining factors in whether or not an RPG you want is playable on your PC. If your graphics card is incompatible with what you’re trying to play, the game simply won’t run or, worse still, crash, which can also be damaging for your computer. So, for gaming purposes, it’s ideal to have an ATI or NVIDIA graphics card with at least 256MB of memory to spare, but this is certainly not necessary for a smooth and immersive gaming experience.

There are a couple of main types of graphics cards: discrete and integrated. The former are independent of the motherboard and usually connected via the PCI bus or another port; the latter are integrated (hence the name) into the motherboard itself and use part of the system’s RAM to function. You see integrated graphics cards most often in cheaper desktops and laptops.

How do I find the minimum specs for the games I want to play?

These days, there are tons of websites (such as System Requirements Lab) and open source software that can check your system specs against the minimum needed to run just about any game. This is done by quickly scanning your system’s hardware information and comparing it to a database of specs for thousands of games, usually. You can also usually find your system specs on your computer for reference if the game you’re looking for is not conveniently found in a database of system requirements, but the specs required to run are available for comparison.

Never forget to take a few seconds to check if the minimum specs for RPG games that you want are compatible with your hardware–it will save you considerable amounts of time and money, and let you tailor your gaming experience to your hardware’s capabilities.

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