It’s important to know what components you have inside your computer so you can accurately gauge software suitability, programme performance and overall quality of your machine.
It’s important to know the technical specifications of your computer. It means you can make an informed decisions on what type of software and programmes your system can safely run. But how do you find out what the technical specifications are?
Well it’s pretty simply all you need to do is open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool (dxdiag)
The dxdiag box is basically a running measurement of your computers specifications. To access it you need to follow these steps.
- Click Start.
- Depending on what version of windows you have, either click “run” to open a new box or simply type in the open box at the bottom of the menu.
- In the Open box, type dxdiag then click OK or enter on your keyboard.
- The DirectX Diagnostic Tool should open
- On the “System Tab”, information about your Processor, Ram and Operating System is shown in the text below.
- Sound options are shown on the “Sound Tabs” and Graphics Card Info is on the “Display Tab”.
Why do I need to know this?
There’s no point in buying programmes or software your computer cannot handle.
Many programs require a certain standard of technical specifications to run effectively on your PC. For example a modern first-person shooter game will require a high-end processor, at least 4GB Ram and probably a graphics card. Anything less will slow the computer down and in some cases halt the game completely.