How to Check your System Specifications

How to Check your System Specifications


Whenever you buy a new computer game, it's likely that it'll have minimum system requirements for CPU, RAM, Graphics card, etc. If you're not sure what your system specifications are, Windows 10 has some built-in utilities to let you know a lot more information about your hardware.

System Information Tool:

The best and most comprehensive way to view your system specifications is to use the msinfo32 application. You can run this by right clicking the Start button and selecting Run (or press Windows Key + R).

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Then type msinfo32, followed by OK:

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The System Information panel will now load, which contains a huge amount of information about your system. Most of the useful information will be available on the System Summary page. The important lines to read for system specifications are as follows:

  • Processor
  • Total Physical Memory
  • Baseboard Product (motherboard model)
  • Components > Display > Name (graphics card model)
  • Storage > Drives (storage devices + free space)
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System Properties Panel:

If you would just like a very basic overview, you can use the System Properties page in Control Panel. You can quickly access this by pressing Windows Key + Break or right click the start button and select System:

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You'll then be presented with a panel that shows you some of the most important system statistics, such as CPU and Memory:

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3rd Party Tools:

There are also a few excellent system specification tools, which present this information in an easier to understand way:

Speccy:

https://www.ccleaner.com/speccy - This is our favourite. It includes useful things such as CPU temperature and is simple to understand.

SIW:

https://www.gtopala.com/ - This tool has been around for a long while and includes some very detailed information that may be overkill for casual users (but advanced users may love it!).

HWiNFO:

https://www.hwinfo.com/ - Another longstanding tool which provides lots of detailed system information.
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