Up until now I've been a console gamer. But I really want to become a pc gamer. I would really love to play skyrim with loads of mods. But I've never really done any research on pc gaming. My mom found her old pc in the attic. It's maybe 7 years old. I wonder if I'd be able to play skyrim on that thing, or do I need to buy a very expensive high tech gaming computer?
Most Helpful Girl
Just skyrim? Or do you plan on playing most of the upcoming games on the PC as well since you wanna become a pc gamer?
Skyrim (even if it's modded out) is not a demanding game, even my potato of a pc can run it perfectly fine. Just have a decent intel or AMD processor, and a decent video and sound card. I mean, the game is compatible with a windows XP OS so you can the idea of what you're dealing with here.
You can use this site on your old pc to check if the game meets the system requirements:
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Most Helpful Guy
PCs aren't like consoles. They don't all come with the same hardware. Usually the game will come with recommendations for the hardware you need to give you a tolerable experience. Usually it will be called the "minimum system requirements". You need to find out what's under the hood of that PC and what the minimum requirements are for Skyrim.
Chances are your average 7 year old PC will choke on modern AAA titles. However the nice thing about PCs is you can upgrade them and if you're smart about what kind of hardware you buy when you build them you can get a lot of life out of them. For example, my PC is about 7 years old as well but I sunk a lot of money into it when I built it and I've upgraded it over the years so it can barely squeeze out a tolerable framerate in FarCry 4 (if you can call 24fps tolerable). Not very good but not bad either for a computer at the end of it's useful life (well, for high performance gaming anyway).
Sadly, a really nice video card and a RAM and CPU upgrade will probably cost you about the same as a cheap XBox One anyway so if you're a console gamer, it's hard to justify.0