Posted 09 November 2009 - 10:30 PM
With games, the minimum specs are for playable. If you have those minimum requirements, the game will at least run, although slowly and won't look nice. Under recommended specs, the game will run well enough to offer, hopefully, a somewhat fluid experience with a bit of eye candy turned on. I just bought a game, Dragon Age, which runs fine on my PC but I cannot run with anti-aliasing on and I do get a slowdown in some areas. Overall, the game runs well with a PC that has far more performance than what the game recommends, but some higher-end features would severely slow it down. Technically, looking at the back of the game box, the PC above meets the recommended levels for Dragon Age, but it would not run nearly as smoothly as mine. In short, just because you may have the recommended specs, doesn't mean that your computer will run the game smoothly. If you're planning on getting any newer games, now or later on, it might be a good idea to get a better PC. First, that processor is decent, but the Phenom II X2 is better, and the quad core Phenom II X4 would do nicely for newer games since some can use all four cores. A full ATX motherboard would be better, especially if you get one with more than one PCI-Express X16 slot. Having more means you can use two or three graphics cards. If you're going for the more budget-friendly AMD, an AM3 motherboard would be ideal since you can use the cooler (thermally) DDR3. The graphics card is a very mid-range card, but if you play shooters, you may want a more powerful Radeon 4870 or 4890, or perhaps the 5770. You will also want Windows 7 64-bit, which RainbowSix included, since you can use 4GB of memory. That setup will run the games, but it might be slow and you will have to upgrade again soon if you want to run newer games smoothly.