Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Check its Windows Experience Index score
The Windows Experience Index is
a measure of how capable your computer is. To calculate it, Windows analyzes the hardware and software on your
PC and then assigns it a score. The higher the number, the more likely your PC
can handle games and other demanding programs.
When you buy a game, make sure the minimum score recommended by
the publisher (typically printed on the box) is less than,
or equal to, the Windows Experience
Index for your computer. That's one way to ensure it will run smoothly.
Check its hardware requirements
Even if your computer's Windows
Experience Index score is good enough for a particular title, it's possible that
an individual piece of hardware-a video card, for example-on your PC isn't.
That's why it's also critical to study the minimum system requirements listed on the game packaging
and confirm your computer meets or exceeds them. Few programs put a heavier
demand on your computer than games. If your computer's specs fall short, a game
might run sluggishly-or not at all.
The components game publishers are typically most concerned with
Central processing unit
(CPU): Make sure both the CPU speed and model meet the game
Random access memory
(RAM): Many games now require at least one gigabyte of RAM.
Video card: Your video
card must have a certain amount of memory and have a compatible chipset (publishers usually list the make and model of
compatible cards). Cards must also typically support DirectX 9 or later.
Hard disk: Most games
require a certain amount of free space.
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