I used to be an avid gamer in the '90s and knew my specs and "tech talk" pretty well. Alas, life took over and I have been out of the game (no pun intended!) for a couple of decades. I just wanted to get up to speed with how things work now.
My Dad was my PC guru. he taught me a simple rule, "whatever the minimum system requirements are stated by the game developers, double it. Then your game will run smoothly". That advice served me well 20 years ago. How about now? What are "minimum requirements" these days? Can a game installed onto a machine with the minimum specs actually run WELL once you start playing it?
For example, I have played The Sims 1 and 2 to death. Now I want the third edition. According to systemrequirementslab, my laptop can handle Sims 3 easily! Yay! But I am dubious. The Sims 2 got a bit sluggish after I'd hammered it and had lots of families and expansion packs. Here's the Sims 3 minimum system requirements:
- 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent.
- 1.5 GB RAM.
- 128 MB Graphics card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0.
- Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
- At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games.
My computer's specs: