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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?": http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri 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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What qualifies as "Broadband"? The term broadband refers to a telecommunications signal or device of greater bandwidth, in some sense, than another standard or usual signal or device (and the broader the band, the greater the capacity for traffic). Source Any good connection to the internet. Diablo 3, different from diablo 2 and diablo. can ONLY ...


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Usually broadband just means "not dialup". If you have even the lowest end DSL, it'll probably be playable, and anything faster than a megabit should be more than sufficient. I played the open beta on a 1mb/s connection without any problems. And wireless just tends to be buggy, especially with stuff like this where a few lost packets can make you jump ...


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Since Civ BE uses the same engine as Civ V, it's reasonable to assume that if your machine ran Civ V well, it should be able to handle Civ BE. In my personal experience, the two computers I ran Civ V on ran Civ BE just fine.


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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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By Broadband, they simply mean 'faster than dialup'. The 'some wireless connections are not true Broadband' is not referring to Wi-Fi networking, but rather to wireless internet connections provided by cellular providers. Many of these are still available at speeds well below 3G - much closer in fact to the sort of speeds you'd get over old Dialup, and ...


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I would think your DSL-3Mb would suffice. With regards to Wireless, it will probably be playable, but it can be very "unstable" because of latency, interference and signal strength issues. And 802.11b has a theoretical max of 11 Mbit/s, which can be lowered because of interference and signal strength. I would suspect Blizzard added that caveat to be able ...


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The least connection I have used thus far is a personal hotspot from my 3G iPhone providing a wireless signal for my laptop. The game was quite playable but I wouldn't try hardcore that way :-)


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And what could possibly be the issue with Wireless? If you are talking about 3G/4G then the answer is that its simply not fast enough. If we are talking about 802.11N then that of course is supported. 3G/4G is fine when you are talking small TCP packets that happen when you refresh a page; Diablo III will require continuous packets.


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The answer: Pretty firm. The game is playable on the lowest settings, but pretty choppy. Not an enjoyable experience, but at least it's doable. The CPU requirements seem to be basically the same -- you can run it on a fast single-core, but not well.


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Unfortunately there isn't really a concrete way to look at models numbers and know how they will perform or which is better. Model names are arbitrary and naming schemes may change from time to time. However, manufacturers have some incentive to have at least some kind of coherent naming scheme at any given time for marketing purposes. If you want to compare ...


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A lot of older video games used to query the driver and ask how much free video memory it had. Video memory sizes are large enough now that for some older games, it's causing the result to "wrap around" to a smaller value or occasionally even a negative value. Unless there are runtime checks to get available video memory that are running into issues, this ...


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Since you're on a laptop, it is very possible that you are using the integrated gpu, rather than the much more powerful dedicated nvidia gpu, because your laptop is more than capable of running the game at acceptable performance. You can change it in the nvidia control panel in the "Manage 3D settings" menu like this:


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Typically, your games 32-bit should be compatible with 64-bit systems, only that some restrictions exist, such as: Have a maximum (2GB) RAM allocation. Very small performance drop (compared to their 64-bit counterparts, but should be unnoticeable). As for the "keep all my personal files and apps upon reinstall" bit, it will preserve your inner system ...


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The biggest concern would be to ensure you have sufficient cooling. Gaming is intensive, and a lot of regular laptops are not designed with having their GPUs and CPUs maxed out constantly in mind. Of course, this may not be the case with a specific 'gaming laptop', but it still may be a good investment to get a Laptop Cooling pad, especially if you live in ...


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Turns out it had nothing to do with wrapping. During the installation, it must have noticed both my video card and my on-board video chipset. My chipset is a HD Graphics 4600. Strong enough to run the game flawless on default settings (although the FPS drop very quickly at 1080p). I suspect my chipset has 32MB video RAM. In the graphics options, I can't ...



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