We all spend thousands of dollars on getting the “right” computer for us, don’t we? Some of us need it for Gaming, some of us need it specifically for office use, while others for working with Graphics and video editing and so on.
So that’s what this article is about, we will deal with How to check laptop or PC specs? With all the modern models coming every day on top of each other, it’s pretty hard deciding which one to go with because of course all of them claim to be the best.
But once you know your specific PC specs, you’d know what you have (or don’t have), and you can upgrade accordingly, right?
Of course, I’ll be answering how to check laptop or PC specs, but I’ve always felt it’s better to understand the “why” before the how. Meaning, let’s first deal with “why” you’d want to learn how to find computer specs in the first place.
Why Check Laptop or PC Specs?
So there might be a hundred different other reasons why you might want to check your Laptop or PC specs, the most common reasons being:-
- To analyze your current system, so that you know what other upgrades you need for better performance.
- Your system might be slow, and you’re looking for the exact hardware to replace. Meaning, just because your system is slow doesn’t mean it’s always a RAM error, maybe your mother-board is too used up and you might be thinking how to check what motherboard I have? Or maybe your Hard-disk isn’t sufficient and so on.
- Running Games:- Well this one is my personal favorite. Before I buy any game, I go online and check it’s minimum requirements, and once I get a hold of the requirements, I’d need to know what are my computer specs and to know that, I’d need to learn How to view laptop or PC specs to assess if my system will be able to run the game or not, right?
How to Check Laptop or PC Specs?
So finally we’re down to the section you’ve been waiting for, let’s have a look at How to view laptop or PC specs.
Well, on most laptops, you might have stickers on the side of the battery which tells you your PC specs. (Unless you’ve already peeled it off).
So let’s go with a more “stable” solution for how to check your computer specs.
How to Check Laptop or PC Specs:- Memory, Processor and Operating System
Right-click on My Computer, and click on Properties.
Clicking on it will directly bring up your system properties. Here’s mine:-
Let me explain the metrics to you:-
- 1. Rating:- The Rating is the overall rating of your system out of 5. Mine if 4.5 so I’d say it’s one of the best specs you can get for a general laptop at my price-range (mine cost just 19,000INR / Around $300) As long as it’s above 4, you can be happy.
- 2. Processor:- If you’re checking out your specs for gaming purposes, this is the most important metric for you. Games have very strict processor requirements. 2.40 GHz is the CPU speed. The GHz controls the copy-pasting speed, file opening speed and stuff like that. My system is 8 years old, but today you’d get 3-3.5ghz CPUs easily.
- 3. Installed Memory:- This answers your question “How to identify RAM”. Because the memory shows you exactly how much of RAM your system got. In today’s market, 6-8GB is a general preference.
- 4. System type:- Well you probably already know that Windows has 32 as well as 64-bit versions right? They both have their own pro’s and con’s, for eg. on the 32 bit you can only have a max RAM of 4Gbs. But anyway this gives you your Windows bit.
#Method 2 to Check Laptop or PC Specs:-
This is method is comparatively simpler than the above one.
Just click on your Start button, and type “system information”.
Select the system information option at the top, and you’ll get a list that has almost every single bit of information that exists on your system.
It shows you your RAM, PC Model, Manufacturer, Windows-bit and everything else! In fact, if you look closely you’ll notice that it gives you more information about your processor than the above system properties screen.
How to Check which Graphic Card You Have?
I’m making this section separately because the system properties don’t list your “Graphics card specs” on the page.
Again go to My Computer > properties. And then click on “device manager”.
You should see “display adapters” just click on it and it would show you the graphic card your system owns.
How to Check your MotherBoard Make and Model:-
Well, the Motherboard is one of the foundations of your whole system. You might want to know this because just because you bought an 8 GB DDR3 ram doesn’t necessarily mean your motherboard will support it, the same goes for Graphic Cards or pretty much any other hardware.
So well, of course, you need to know which Motherboard you own and then upgrade it accordingly, right?
In order to check your Motherboard details, go to the start menu, in the search box type “cmd”.
This would bring up the command prompt. Type / Copy the following string exactly as it is there and then hit enter:-
wmic baseboard get product, Manufacturer, version, serial number
As you can see it’s a basic string to get the Product Manufacturer, version and serial number. Once you hit enter, you’d get all the details.
You’d get the version, model and every other detail that you need. Then you can just Google those details out to find what’s the maximum RAM or graphic card they support!
So that was all I had on How to check Laptop or PC specs folks. Hope this piece helped. If it did, I’d appreciate you leaving your feedback in the comments section.
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