If you’re sitting on your couch watching TV and suddenly you get this idea of buying a new PC or upgrading your current system. To improve your existing system or to buy a new one, you’ll need to check the current specs of your system to get an idea of what to look for in your new machine or what things do I need to buy to upgrade my current PC.
In this article, we’ll tell you all you need to know about how to check your computer specs. We’ll show you every step, so you don’t get confused in the middle of the process.
How to check your Processor (CPU)
First, we’ll show you how to check your computer CPU because it is the most critical piece of your system. You can quickly get all the information about your CPU by merely doing the following;
- Please hover your mouse over the Windows start menu icon and right–click on it
- Now select the System option from the list that just appeared
- A new window will open; you can check all the information about your processor in the Device specifications area.
How to check your Graphics Card (GPU)
Checking your GPU is almost the same process as checking your CPU, you need an extra click or two to see what kind of Graphics Card you own. To check what kind of GPU you have, follow these steps
- Hover your mouse over the Windows start menu and right–click on it
- Select the Device Manager option from the list
- In the Device Manager window that just appeared, click on the arrow that points towards Display Adapters
- By clicking on the arrow, you’ll see the name of your Graphics Card that you have in your system
If you see two names underneath the Display adapters tab, it means that one is your integrated graphics card and the other one is the dedicated card on your system. You should check the dedicated graphics card on your system; it is more powerful than the integrated one.
The first name under the Display adapters tab is probably your integrated graphics card, and it will be named something similar to like Intel HD Graphics. The second name on the list is your dedicated graphics card, and it will be called something like AMD Radeon R9 M470 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700M. If you own an AMD processor, the name of your integrated graphics card will also be named something like AMD Radeon.
How to check your Motherboard
To check all the information about your Motherboard is a bit complex than checking your CPU or GPU. If you have a desktop, you can simply open your desktop and check the model name and manufacturer of your Motherboard.
These boards are usually named something like MSI B350M, ASUS Z370-A or Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming5. You can find out the manufacturer of your Motherboard from the first words like ASUS, Gigabyte or MSI whereas the B350, X370 and Z370 are the chipsets.
If you don’t get an idea from the bunch of letters or numbers, there’s another way of finding out the chipset and manufacturer of your Motherboard;
- Go to your Windows search bar.
- Type System Information in the search box and press Enter
- In the System Information window, open the System Summary tab that usually begins on the right side of your screen.
- Find the option that says, Motherboard Manufacturer or BaseBoard Manufacturer.
- The names are written next to Motherboard Manufacturer, or BaseBoard Manufacturer should give you all the information about your Motherboard
You may find this information confusing because in some cases, the info next to BaseBoard Manufacturer is not available or something like BasesBoard. It does not help you in any way. My advice is that you open up your computer and check the bunch of letters and words to get the complete information.
How to check your RAM
To check how much memory you have on your system, follow these steps;
- Please hover your mouse over the Windows start menu and right–click on it
- Select the System option from the list
- Search for Installed RAM in the Device Specifications area to see how much memory you have on your system.
You can also check the amount of RAM you have from System Information. You need to open the System Information window and search for the option that says Installed RAM in the System Summary tab.
After checking your Computer Specs
After you have checked your Computer specs, now you have an idea of what your computer is capable of and if it is worth upgrading. You can also make a decision of getting rid of it and buying a more robust system.
You need to keep one thing in mind that you don’t need to buy powerful components and install them in your system because they won’t be well-matched with each other. For instance, if you have brought a new and powerful GPU, your computer might not have enough power to lodge the new GPU. Even if you buy a new processor, your Motherboard might not be compatible with the processor that you just brought for hundreds of dollars. You need to be very careful before buying new hardware for your system.
Old systems are not worth upgrading; you need to get rid of it and buy a new one because the old components of your system won’t be able to match the new hardware that you just brought. In my opinion, either buy a new system or upgrade your system when you’re of sure of its compatibility with latest and powerful hardware.