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Bulbousaur

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I'm trying to get into PC gaming (with my not very good laptop) and I have a question. On systemrequirementslab.com, which i am using to see if my computer is good enough for certain games. But for some games, in the video card section, it says I don't have the required specs, but by looking at it I have a higher rating for each of the areas given. I'll put a picture below, because I have no idea what I'm doing really :p

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Everything else meets the requirements. Thanks again :)

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Malkeor

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Well you aren't going to get performance with integrated graphics like that. It'll be minimal and most modern games recommend a discrete video card anyway.

To get an idea of how your Intell 3000 HD compares to the minimal/recommended card specs on the box check out this comparison chart.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-revi...

Your video is only as good as a mid ranged 6000 Nvidia...which is pretty old.

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Bulbousaur

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Oh ok then, no real problem. I was just wondering because of the Steam sale and all. I'll just stick to indie games and older games and use consoles for modern games :)

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Swiket

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I actually have that graphics card on my laptop. It can run some modern games on low/medium settings or on lower resolutions, but I mostly stick to my desktop. What game are you checking?

I had fun once and it was awful.

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Bulbousaur

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Really I was just browsing through various games, and quite a few of them came with the same results above. Ones I can remember are Left 4 Dead, Sonic All-Stars Racing and Sonic 4 Episode 1.

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irken004

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Source engine games like Team Fortress 2 and Portal might run fine on low-med, but other big-name games might not work so well.

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Malkeor

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You should be able to run L4D at the bare minimum, maybe higher if you tweak the settings.
The other two might be a bit laggy even if you went for the minimum. You might also have to opt for lower resolution than your native.
Keep in mind when I say run i'm talking 30 FPS minimum because I cannot stand anything lower than that, but you might be different.

Always check for a demo, and if there is none find access to a (free?) game with similar performance and test it out,

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Wheels2050

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I'd stick to some older games, or indie ones with lower requirements. Have a look on Steam or on Good Old Games - you'll be able to find plenty of brilliant games (although that might be a bit older) that will run perfectly well on your system.

GOG is a fantastic site, and it'd be a good idea to educate yourself a bit on the history of PC gaming, since you say you're just getting into it!

I used to have a blog link here. I'll put it back up when the blog has something to read.

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Bulbousaur

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Thanks for all the information! I'll just stick to low spec games and a few Source games (I already had TF2 anyway). Really I was just curious because of the Steam sale. Can't really complain about this computer because I basically got it for free.

Thanks anyway :)

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