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General Tips

One of the most frequent question I get from people is whether or not their computer can run a certain game, or not. Recently, people are concerned whether The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will run on their machines.

Below I will give you a few general tips on how to relieve your computer anxiety.

1. To play non-demanding computer games that have been released after 2006, I would recommend the following:

- A multicore CPU (at least dual core) at 2 GHz + frequency
- 2 GB RAM (at least DDR 2)
- PCI-E Graphics card, something like the Nvidia 9800 GT which has about 57 GB/sec memory bandwidth.

2. To play more demanding games, such as Crysis, as well as the latest games such as Skyrim, I would recommend the following:

- A multicore CPU (at least quad core but six core would be better) at 2.6 GHz +
- 4 GB RAM DDR3 (but 8 GB would be better)
- A GPU with 120 GB/sec + memory bandwidth. For example the ATi Radeon HD 5850 or the nVidia GeForce GTX 470

3. But really, the more you can afford to spend, the better. As far as gaming on your PC is concerned, you do get what you pay for. And make sure to check out the 'useful resources' section below, before you buy a game or GPU.
Useful Resources
To find out how much a GPU's memory bandwidth is, just go to this website which has a decent database. If your card is not listed, then do a general web search with the key words 'memory' and 'bandwidth' next to your cards name.
You can also go to this website, which will test your computer for you. You will need to install an Active X control for this to work, but don't worry, I have used this site countless times with no problems, but like everything in life, use at your own risk.
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