How it works:
Once at the System Requirements Lab you will be asked to download a file that will determine you systems hardware and software. Next you are directed to choose the game you would like to analyze.
From here you choose the ‘CAN YOU RUN IT?’ button directing the program to do its “Lab Analysis”. In this case I chose World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Once it finishes analyzing you will be told whether your system passes based on the comparison of your system against the games Minimum, and Recommended System Requirements. As well, if your system does not pass, it will show the the specific categories of hardware / software that do not match the requirements as such:
If you are missing any of the requirements in the analysis picture above, then you are informed and told what you need to upgrade. One of the cons when using a database system like Systems Requirements Lab, is that you may be informed whether your system meets the minimum/recommended system specifications, but not necessarily at what settings. So when purchasing a new PC, or building your ownPC take into consideration what resolutions and graphics settings you want to achieve. In these cases you may want to do some research in order to find the right combination of parts to achieve what you want.
If you ever have any questions about system/hardware requirement compatability please leave a comment, and if you are looking for a new Gaming Build check out the Newb Computer Build’s Gaming Builds section.