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System Diagnostic Utility

Discussion in 'Games' started by chrisbeery, Nov 11, 2002.

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  1. chrisbeery

    chrisbeery Thread Starter

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    Is there a way to gauge a PC system's gaming ability?

    Since video cards and add-on programs (Direct X, etc) are so fundamental to game play, if would be nice to have a utility that would give a yes or no on the question "Will this game work on my computer?"

    Bottom line is I don't know if my PC is 3D, GL rendering or what anymore since video card evolution is non-stop. A utility program to scan the computer's capability would help.

    3 year old PC:
    Pentium 3 533mz Katmai
    383 mb RDRAM
    32mb Nvidia geForce 4X AGP Graphics Card
     
  2. RandyG

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    That's actually built into Directx.

    Go to Start, Run type in dxdiag and hit enter.

    If that doesn't work, then do a search on your system for dxdiag and open it when you find it.
     
  3. Stos

    Stos

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    Also, you can go to http://www.3dmark.com/ its run by Madonion.com They have free and pay software that you can use to see how fast your graphics card is and maybe get a feel of the best settings to use. You can also compare your 'scores' to others with your same card to see if you're getting the performance you should be.
     
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