How up to date is my computer and can it play the newest video games?

by on May 12, 2011

Q: hey can my computer handle something like Crysis 2? i just bought it and now that school is coming to an end I have some time now to game on my computer and xbox 360. Yes, Ive looked at a few websites that rate your computers performance on a bar graph and what-not,and compare it to the best settings the game can do, but i’d like to hear from a human just how up to date my computer is with technology and your opinion šŸ™‚
Here is a quick overview of my system:

I run on Windows vista Home Premium 6.0

I use an hp pavilion

My processer is a intel core 2 Quad Q6600 (4CPU) @ 2.4GHz

I have a 4GB memory card

I got 200GB of free space on my hard drive (if that matters.. I don’t think it’s a solid state as it makes a lot of noise..)

I run on directX 11 (crysis 2 runs on DX9 for now but they have said that they will come out with a patch for DX11… dont know if that matters..)

My graphics card is a NVIDEA GeForce 9800 GT, integrated RAMDAC, approx. total memory is about 2.79 GB

And I display on a 1920×1080 32bit 60Hz HP 2509 moniter (does the 32 bit mean im not running at the 64 bit thing vista said it was running at?)

I bought my computer brand new about 4 years ago for 1.4k and haven’t changed a thing. Never cleaned it out eather, will getting dust out help at all? I don’t really have a problem thinking about putting 100-200 into it for a upgrade, though I did just spend about 80 on Crysis 2 and a Xbox 360 wireless controller adapter for my pc so my wallet is hurting a little lol. (I think controllers are easier then the keyboard and mouse so well see how that works..)

If you need any other info its all good I can pull up dxdiag on my computer for you :]

I’m really not that smart with technology computer wise but im not entirely clueless lol

3 Responses to “How up to date is my computer and can it play the newest video games?”
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    Crysis 2 will run fine with the 9800GT. I suggest just playing the game with the PC as is and if you’re happy with how things look and run, then you’re all set. The only thing I’d really consider upgrading would be the video card. Iā€™d suggest something out of the AMD Radeon 6000 series: I wouldn’t really suggest doing any other upgrades.

    As for your 32bit, 64bit question about the monitor:

    Your display is talking about 32bit color, this is quite different from Vista running as a 64bit operating system.


    Thank you very much, I greatly appreciate your input! I’d like to run the game on its highest possible settings (1920×1080, 1080p, all that shiznat) and id like to be in a good configuration with my system so it can handle whatever technology can throw at it for the next 2 years or so at least. I’ve been looking at this GPU card; any comments on it? This is pretty much my budget maxed out at about 250, I can probably afford it an about a month or so:

    Would you recommend anything cheaper or from a different manufacturer? I’m a little confused as to why there are different versions of the same thing; I would assume AMD just makes its own but all I see are MANY different looking Radeon HD 6950’s from different manufacturers such as “Sapphire”, “XFX”, “ASUS”, ect. some with multiple fans, some with feedback on how often they crash… Any thoughts on who I should buy it from should I take that avenue, and would everything else on my system still be acceptable for what I want em’ to do for the next 2 years?

    Final thoughts; I don’t use multiple monitors and I could care less about how much noise the card makes šŸ˜›


    Here is how the video card market works. There are two major designers of video cards/video card processors. AMD (formally ATI) and nVidia. Neither company sells gaming cards directly to consumers. Instead they just design and build the chips as well as create a reference design for the card that they then license/sell to other manufacturers. From there, these manufacturers do various tweaks, like different cooling or different ports.

    So if you want to buy a card with the Radeon 6950 chipset, regardless of the final manufacturer, they’re all going to perform basically about the same. Only other difference might be the warranty support if you have any issues.