Will Skyrim run on my machine?
November 10, 2011 6:25 PM   Subscribe

Can I run Elder Scrolls: Skyrim on my laptop?

I can't believe I'm using my question on this, but I don't really understand the internal specs on my computer and want to know if I can play the PC version of Elder Scrolls: Skyrim on my computer. Because I really want to play it tomorrow. When it comes out. Because I'm a nerd. Right.

Computer's specs:


Intel® Celeron® Processor 900
Operating System*
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)*
Graphics Engine*
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M
Graphics Memory*
128MB-1340MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory

Memory and Storage

3GB DDR3 800MHz memory
Hard Drive*
250GB HDD (5400rpm)
Optical Drive*
DVD-SuperMulti drive (+/-R double layer)

Link to actual computer specs here:
posted by juniperesque to Technology (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

According to the system requirements found here, yes.

It might be a little bit choppy since the recommended amount of RAM is 4gb and you only have 3.
posted by astapasta24 at 6:32 PM on November 10, 2011

(oops. please disregard my answer!!)
posted by astapasta24 at 6:33 PM on November 10, 2011

Best answer: The short answer: no.

The long answer: nooooooooo.

I don't pick up my copy until tomorrow morning, so I can't speak from direct experience. However, the specs of your computer are pretty low for the current generation of games. Unfortunately, I think you'd have difficulty having a great experience with Oblivion (the prior game of the series as you probably know), much less a brand new release that probably has more demanding requirements. Minimum specs for Skyrim as per Bethesda's blog are:

Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
2GB System RAM
6GB free HDD Space
Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM

You're coming up short on processor and video card (none of the Intel Graphics parts are up to snuff for current-generation graphically demanding games).

Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but I hope this at least answers your question.

The good news is, if you really want to play Skyrim, the competition among hardware manufacturers is so strong that you can build or buy a current-gen capable gaming rig (desktop) for less than ever before. If you want component advice, feel free to PM me and I'll be happy to help.
posted by EKStickland at 6:34 PM on November 10, 2011

Best answer: For future system requirement questions, you can use the free scanner at SystemRequirementsLab.com to find if your machine is up to snuff for any particular game (and what you need to upgrade to make it work).
posted by Rhaomi at 6:43 PM on November 10, 2011 [6 favorites]

Unofficial Video Chipsets Specifications - pretty good roundup of what-you-can-expect depending on which graphics card you have.

A was running a GTS 250 which rates medium/high and played through the intro piece pretty good on high, but it isn't particularly smooth. Stupid back orders, won't be able to see how it runs on extremely high until Saturday.
posted by porpoise at 6:59 PM on November 10, 2011

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