All games on Steam are not created equal. Some games are pretty old and have very basic system requirements. Other, newer titles require more RAM, more disc space, and a better GPU. If your system doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements for a game, your purchase could go to waste. If your system meets the minimum requirements for a game, you’ll be able to play with some compromise in game play. Fortunately, all Steam games explicitly mention the minimum system requirements for playing it. As long as you check the system requirements for a game, you won’t ever go wrong.
Visit the download page for the Steam game that you want to download. You can check system requirements for a Steam game on both the Steam website, and the Steam client. The Steam Client more or less just loads the website when it comes to showing you details of a game.
Visit the game page and scroll down past the description and the reviews. There’s a dedicated section called ‘System Requirements’. This section lists the minimum hardware requirements needed to play the game. It also has a ‘Recommended’ section which will tell you what hardware or software component will give you a better gaming experience.
Use the minimum system requirements for a Steam game as your base and compare them to the hardware configuration of your own system. If you have hardware components that match or that are better than those listed, you will be able to play the game.
If you’re looking to play the game at the highest settings, you’re going to have to do a little more research. Look up what hardware the developer or other players recommend for getting the best possible gaming experience. You should also check out blogs and websites that cater specifically to news about games and gaming PCs. They too will be able to tell you what hardware you need to play a particular game at ‘high’ settings.
Games will run perfectly if you have good hardware. No game restricts you to a particular GPU make and model. It tells you what model or series at the minimum you should have and anything above that means a better gaming experience. If you’re looking to build a gaming PC, check out what games you want to play, and find hardware requirements that allow you to play your games at their best/highest settings. That will, in most cases, allow you to play most other games.
If you’re an avid gamer you’re likely going to want to go for the latest/newest hardware that’s available but for an average or hobbyist player, a system that meets the general requirements of popular games will last a few years.