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Is there a service that I can use to check if my machine will be able to run a certain game?

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For Windows 7 / Vista you can use the Windows Experience Index score.

Or, for a more precise estimate, you can use "Can You Run it?":

This runs as a Java Applet that will actually benchmark your system and compare it to the performance of the game.

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Wow, thanks man! That place is really good for the stuff I need! – glasnt Jul 8 '10 at 0:30
It's still my number one place to go for questions like these. It's at least a good indication of whether it will run decent or not. – Mast Feb 3 '15 at 19:44

Demos, though increasingly rare (and massive) can be a good way to verify compatibility. Just remember that a prerelease demo may be poorly optimized compared to the final game.

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Demos may be becoming rarer, but 'Alphas' and 'Betas' are taking their place, although the same logic applies: an Alpha/Beta version of a game may be poorly optimized compared to the final game. – Robotnik Jan 5 at 2:00
I've noticed this trend. It's rather odd as it used to be that a demo is a final but not always feature complete release or time limited use. Now also look for 'early access' as well as beta, alpha. As a rule of thumb of programming, optimization is done last and so most alpha and even beta version will not be well optimized. If you can run a beta then you should be golden. If beta won't run don't assume final won't. – ydobonebi Jan 5 at 15:11

Most modern PC games will publish the recommended at minimum system requirements at some point in time before the game is released. For example, the game Witcher 3, released in North America on May 19th, 2015, released their system requirements in early January of 2015.

The System Requirements Lab linked by John Gietzen is an excellent resource, but if you are unable or unwilling to run that applet, the publishers' minimum requirements will be a good place to start.

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