Computer Specs Question

Hi all,

well i have been interested in this game called ARMA 3 and downloadable pack called Prairie Fire which is about the Vietnam war.

so my question is this, is my tired old PC good enough to run the game or am i gonna have to splash out some cash for a new PC? below are the game specs followed by my PC info and graphics card details?

let me know what you think.

my specs.


I’m not very familiar with AMD stuff but it seems like it should run ok. Maybe if you want to use higher quality graphics or have higher fps you might want to get more RAM or a better processor. I’d also recommend upgrading to windows 10. 7 is way out of date and is no longer supported by Microsoft so you aren’t getting the latest security patches or updates.

You should give it a try- scale the graphics back to their lowest if you get any real trouble running it. The ARMA series is top class- I’m sure you will enjoy it. The modding community is awesome too- all sorts of additional content is available. Let us know how you get on with it.

In case you might be interested to know, the studio, Bohemia Interactive, used their first game Operation Flashpoint or ARMA Cold War Crisis as it’s now known, to create a military simulation that went on to be used by forces around the world and the military simulator arm of the studio company was spun off as a stand-alone. BAE bought it over last year.

@MikeyBugs yeah i know, i have an on PC and i think it’s about time i updated it but the cash isn’t there right, now, maybe at the end of the year.

@Karl187 yeah i had heard that it was used for military training but i am only interested in the Vietnam mare part of the game called Prairie Fire as it’s all about SOG

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I don’t think you need to update much just yet.

You will definitely want to have more RAM. Even though it requires 4GB and you have 4GB you need room for it to breathe, along with all your background processes. Otherwise, your CPU is going to be juggling which program gets priority at any given second, causing system lag and slower frame rates.

Your processor and GPU specs are all above the minimum the game asks for which it should be since the game is a little older than your system; your actual performance will be determined by drivers and settings at this point but you should be able to play.

If I didn’t know how old Arma was I’d almost think this was a troll based on those specs; so ancient by today’s standards. Pretty sure there are phones that could play this if you wanted a lame tiny-screen Arma experience.

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There is no such thing as having too much RAM. A computer - nerd friend of mine explains it like this: would you rather pull a loaded trailer behind a small compact, or a beefy pickup?

Not a games player so can’t comment on the video aspect.

You DEF need more RAM. As a pro IT Tech, please consider 16GB.
The problem is that the specific memory modules you need may not be available for older pc’s, or only at higher prices.

I trust crucial (dot) com, UK or US, they have a widget you can download which will tell you, a) what you have fitted, (1x4MB, 2x2MB, 4x1MB, etc) and the exact type and spec of RAM you will need, and a price for them, IF they have it in stock.

You can go to Microsoft and do an upgrade check to see if your pc ‘could’ run Win 10 or 11, (def more RAM needed), but check if your game will run in Win 10 or 11 first.

At the time Win 10 came out, you could download it for free when using Win 7. But I guess those days are gone…

Yes, those days are beyond gone.

I am staying at 10 as long as I possibly can; less than thrilled with the changes in 11. Once I stop gaming I may switch to some form of Linux and say goodbye to the spyware once and for all.

More RAM as mentioned.

This might be another area to band aid…
What sort of hard drive? Had an old Vista laptop several years ago. Replaced the old hard drive with a SSD hard drive. Was shocked at how much speed the old laptop picked up at everything with that one change.

If physical space and ports are not a concern, HD’s for operating system and apps, SSDs for files, personal data, and everything else. At least that’s how I’d do it if I had a tower PC but I use a thin workstation laptop.

The general consensus is the other way around: files do not require so much speed, yet the OS does and will gain a massive speed boost! So SSD for the OS and a HDD for the storage of files such as photo’s, videos, etc.


all this techno talk is going well over my head.

Nearly all PC’s and laptops that came with Win 7 will also have a traditional hard drive with magnetic disc platters and read heads. It’s a mechanical design that works well enough. However, it is VERY SLOW compared to an electronic SSD drive that doesn’t have moving parts. The SSD drives will easily boost overall performance of a WIN 7 PC in my experience.

We used to slap SSD drives in older Win 7 machines at work to squeeze a few more years out of them instead of replacing PC/work stations.