Well, my rule of thumb usually is. Worry about the hardware before you get into software compatibility. What is this “Old laptop” packing when it comes to hardware? Here are some tips to find out on a windows PC.
- Go to search and type in “Device Manager”. Click on the result and a list of expandable tabs should pop up in a small window. First find “Graphical Processor” (Or something like that, I actually forgot the exact wording). Click the arrow next to it, highlight the contents, and copy/paste them here. To find your CPU, just find the processor tab, expand it and do the same thing. If there are multiple processors, be sure to let us know how many there are.
- The more commonly known way to look at your hardware, is to go to your start menu (THIS WON’T WORK ON W8), find the computer button. Right click on this and click properties. It will take you to a small window where you can see your computers rating, processor, RAM, and OS version. Be sure to give us this info as well.
Considering buying a desktop? Well, being that you are a student and all, I am sure you would love to save a bit of that cash, or get a better deal. So don’t buy it, build it. Building a desktop is very easy and will get a little bit of PC experience under your belt. Companies that sell prebuilt computers charge more for them than they are worth. If you buy a $500 desktop from your local Best Buy, odds are it won’t run battlefield 4, or possibly even StoneHearth. But if you build your new desktop, you can run most games on low-medium graphics settings while getting a good FPS (30-60+). If you need any help or are interested, just let me know. I just finished helping @SteveAdamo pick out the parts for his next build a few days ago, and have been itching for a new job.