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Monday, 3 February 2014

Can I run DayZ standalone on this old PC?

Can I run DayZ standalone? What are the technical specifications for DayZ standalone? Can an old computer run DayZ standalone? Can a laptop run DayZ standalone?



I've had quite a lot of people ask me what computer is needed to run DayZ standalone. I made a video showing it running on quite an average PC and many people have commented asking if it will run on their computer. So I'm making this article to help people answer this question for themselves.

Before I start, I have to emphasise that DayZ does not run like other games. Most games these days heavily rely on the graphics card to do most of the work, but DayZ mostly uses the processor and gets very little benefit from the graphics card. It's been like this with all the ArmA games and DayZ standalone uses the game engine from Take on Helicopters - the Real Virtuality 3 engine - which is an updated version of the engine used in ArmA 2 and Operation Arrowhead. It's because of this that DayZ very much relies on the processor to do all the work. So if your processor isn't up to the job, you won't be able to run DayZ standalone well.

What processor do you need to run DayZ?

Well, you need one with at least two cores. The more cores the better. Bohemia specify an Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz. Bear in mind that these are minimum specs and will run the game at the lowest graphics settings. If you've got two cores, you need 2.4GHz of clock speed, if you've got four cores or more, then clock speed doesn't really matter.

Also remember that laptop CPUs tend to be a bit weaker than their desktop counterparts. Due to lack of space, laptops don't have big heatsinks and fans for their processors, so they need one that runs cooler and uses less power. So a dual core laptop CPU running at 2.4 GHz is going to be a little weaker than a desktop dual core CPU at the same clock speed.

In the video, I'm using an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 running at 3 GHz and it runs the game acceptably. You can use this tool from CPU Boss to compare any processor with that one. Halfway down the right side of the page, you can enter your CPU model and it'll show you a comparison. The main stat to look at is the one marked Performance (Benchmark performance using all cores) as that shows you the overall performance level of the CPU. If you've got better performance than the E8400, your processor is up to the task of running DayZ.


What processor do I have?

Surprisingly, a lot of people don't seem to know what CPU is in their PC. It's quite easy to find out by using the System information display in the Control Panel. 


If you don't know how to find and bring up this window, here's how to do it in Windows 7.



How much RAM do I need?

Bohemia say you need 2 GB as a minimum, but I really would recommend 4 GB. 2 GB will run it, but it leaves almost no slack. You need to close absolutely everything that is not essential to keeping your PC running and I would recommend a fresh boot beforehand just to maximise the amount of available memory. If Windows runs out of RAM, it will start using virtual memory - to make space in the RAM, Windows will copy some of its contents to the hard disk and copy it back again when it needs it. This can lead to serious thrashing of the hard disk and slow down the game. RAM is about a thousand times faster than a hard disk, so you really want to avoid any virtual memory activity when playing DayZ.

4 GB is a lot more suitable for running DayZ. Although the game will only use about 1.5 GB of RAM, Windows always needs some memory for background tasks and keeping the PC running. 4 GB is enough for all that with a bit left over.

Also, some built-in graphics don't have their own memory and use system RAM further cutting into the memory you need to run the game.

What graphics card do I need?

Oddly, it doesn't matter very much. I've tried a variety of graphics cards with DayZ and it barely uses any of them. DayZ does need a certain level of card because it uses features that aren't present on every card. Bohemia say you need an NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD 3830 or Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 512 MB VRAM. I have actually managed to get the game running on Intel HD graphics 3000, so Bohemia are being a little pessimistic.


It's very difficult to understand which graphics cards are more powerful than others, so I would suggest that you consult this list of relative performances:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

It doesn't list every graphics card and the results are approximate, but you'll be able to see roughly where your card stacks up. If your card falls below the minimum, realise that you probably will not be able to run DayZ. It barely uses the card, but it relies on certain features to be able to run. For instance, if you try to run it on Intel HD Graphics or Intel HD Graphics 2000, you'll get an error about the shader mode not being supported and the game will refuse to run. You can't negotiate your way past this - if it doesn't support the shader mode, it doesn't support the shader mode and the game cannot run at all.

Almost every game relies on the graphics card to do a lot of the work, but the DayZ standalone does not. It will barely use any of your graphics card's power as thigns stand at the moment.

What graphics card do I have?

Again, it's surprising how many people don't know what graphics card is in their PC. You can find out what it is by using the guide in this article:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2406120,00.asp

What graphics settings should I use?

This is a subjective thing. Setting the right level of graphics is a trade-off between framerate and prettiness. The game will run at a higher framerate in open areas than it will in the middle of a big town like Cherno or Electro. Experiment with all the graphics settings in order to get the best level of performance for yourself. Here's a list of all the settings:


This is the main video settings window. Select Custom for overall quality and you'll be able to change all the settings individually.

The Rendering Resolution should always be set to 100%. DayZ allows you to change the resolution that 3D objects are rendered at. What this means is that it keeps the same screen resolution and renders objects at a lower resolution and scales them up. Depending on your graphics card, this can cause extra work for your computer and may make things even slower than if you use 100%. So keep this at 100% unless you have tried everything else - it will make your game look ugly and it probably won't help.

Tearing - click to view full size
VSync is much misunderstood. What it does is synchronises the game's framerate to that of your monitor. A lot of people like to boast that their computer can run a game at 200fps or something like that. It's pretty pointless as almost all monitors can only display 60fps. So vsync just locks the framerate to match your monitor. If you let a game run higher or lower than the monitor's framerate, then you can get 'tearing' - this is where the graphics card is only halfway through drawing a frame before it's time to draw the next one. See the image above for an example.

So vsync is a good thing? Mostly, yes. But vsync needs your computer to do a little extra work to check when the time is right to draw the next frame, so vsync will slow down your computer a little. And if you're getting less than 60fps, it not only won't help, but it can drop your framerate a little lower. So turn it off unless you're running way above 60fps.


The Quality settings are mostly obvious. The settings for Objects, Terrain and Shadows do just what you'd think and control the level of detail used in the polygon meshes for those things; the lower they are, the faster the game runs. The setting for Clouds is worth looking at as they do seem to have a disproportionate effect on framerate. In the tests I've run, it seems that clouds affect lighting, so turning them off can lead to surprising jumps in framerate.


The Textures settings affect how things look in the game. Video Memory should be set to Auto by default and you should keep it at that. It's possible that DayZ will not correctly measure your graphics card memory, but I haven't seen it get it wrong yet. So don't touch this.

Texture Detail and Texture Filtering are settings that can have a profound effect on how the game runs. Some graphics cards have the ability to handle texture filtering themselves and some don't. Those that don't are passing that work to the processor and, with DayZ already getting the processor to do just about everything, this can really slow down your game. Set both of these as low as you can put up with and revise them upwards until it starts to affect your framerate.


The Rendering settings affect how the game looks and how it runs. A lot of them are unnecessary. I recommend turning off postprocessing and rotation blur (motion blur) - they may look pretty, but they really disrupt your ability to see. A lot of the time, you're going to be identifying potential enemies from a couple of pixels, so anything that blurs these can lead to you missing a guy who's going to shoot you in the face. With HDR, antialiasing, etc it's mostly personal choice, but they all have an impact on framerate, so try turning them on and off and see what you're happy with.

How do I improve framerate?

The short answer is that you can't. Changing the settings will help but, if you're already running at the lowest settings, there's nothing you can do to improve things. Yeah, there are loads of videos on YouTube that claim to be able to provide miraculous boosts to performance if you just change a few settings in a confirguration file, but they're all bullshit. By mucking around with the config files (changing the number of rendered frames ahead, etc) you might at best be able to get an extra frame or two per second, but you'll get nothing like the performance boosts that the video creators claim. Those YouTubers are just making videos that will attract a lot of views in order to earn themselves advertising money. Notice that they don't reply to the hundreds of comments below their videos saying that nothing helped.

If you have more than one graphics card, I would suggest that you try disabling all but one. DayZ doesn't seem to like SLI or Crossfire very much and it seems to actually run slower with two cards than with one. This situation might be improved with future updates (Rocket has said that he'd like to use graphics cards a bit more) but right now it's worth trying to run on one card to see if it helps. Using some Nvidia 660 Ti cards in SLI, I found that they ran 50% slower than with just one card on its own.


Help! I still don't know if I can run the game

If you'd like to leave me a comment below, I'll do my best to reply to you. Please leave as much information as you can. At a minimum, I need to know what processor you have (and be specific - just saying "3GHz dual core" isn't much help), how much RAM you've got and what graphics card or built-in graphics chipset you have.

Please do try to go through the article to check if your graphics card and processor are up to running the game. I get up to a hundred emails a day about DayZ (I have an installation guide for the mod and many articles and videos about running the single player mods that my programming team put together), so I would prefer it if you can answer your own question. But if you're stuck, leave a comment and I will get back to you.

54 comments:

  1. Hi! i have read your essay about dayz standalone but i still dont know if i can run the game i have a laptop compaq presario CQ61 processor:intel core duo T6600 2.2 GHz RAM 3GB 32-bit operating system Graphics card:Nvidia Geforce G103M please tell me will my laptop run dayz standalone on low settings? thank you for creating this forum!

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    1. The T6600 processor is okay, very similar in performance to the one in the video embedded in the article. And although the G103M isn't a graphics powerhouse, it's good enough. Yes, I think you can run DayZ. You'll have to run at low settings, but you should be okay.

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  2. HI there, I have a Intel Core 2 duo 2.4ghz with a Nvidea gts450 1 gig and 2 gigs of Ram, do you think I can run it and on what settings?
    Thanks in advance :P

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    1. Okay, let's have a look. A 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo is quite borderline, but it should work. I used a 3GHz Core 2 Duo in the video and it's fine, so a processor that's a little weaker than that ought to be okay too, but it's right at the minimum.

      The GTS 450 supports the right shader model and you've got enough video memory. So the graphics card is fine. 2GB of RAM is the very minimum - DayZ uses around 1.5GB when running and Windows needs some to keep going in the background. You'll need to make sure you close everything unessential before running DayZ to free up as much RAM as possible.

      Because your system is quite borderline on the minimum specs, I would suggest, if you can, a test run before buying. If you've got a friend who already owns it, borrow their Steam account for a couple of hours to give it a run on your system. You could always try a pirate copy if you're stuck.

      I think you should start off on the very low graphics preset. Then I would turn off several things: anti-aliasing, post-processing effects, rotation blur and clouds. They don't really help you play the game and they suck away framerate. Then I would turn several things down to their lowest settings (but not off): shadows, object detail, terrain detail, texture detail. The game should then be running just fine, so you can try turning up things like texture detail, terrain detail and object detail one notch at a time until you get the best balance of looks and speed.

      One nice thing about Day is that you can change just about every graphics setting from in-game, so you can immediately see the results of changes.

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  3. Hey there, thanks a million for the settings and explanations you've put forward here. Changed the gaming experience for me from "hopelessly swatting at zombies" to "finding guns and accurately doing whats necessary without lag". Seems I screwed around too much with settings not knowing fully what I was changing. Anyways, Much appreciated!! Thanks ~ Sarge

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  4. Hello can my pc run this game, these are my specs
    intel pentium dual core 2.8ghz
    4gb ram
    2gb graphics card
    500gb hdd
    Thanks :)

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    1. Yes, you can run it.

      I think you should start off on either the low or very low graphics preset. Then I would turn off several things: anti-aliasing, post-processing effects, rotation blur and clouds. They don't really help you play the game and they suck away framerate. Then I would turn several things down to their lowest settings (but not off): shadows, object detail, terrain detail, texture detail. The game should then be running just fine, so you can try turning up things like texture detail, terrain detail and object detail one notch at a time until you get the best balance of looks and speed.

      One nice thing about Day is that you can change just about every graphics setting from in-game, so you can immediately see the results of changes.

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    2. Wicked! Thanks very much for your help :) is their any much difference between
      intel pentium dual core and Intel core 2 duo?
      Should I be able to run the games on steam that say it has"Intel core 2 duo?"

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    3. There's not a lot of difference between a Core 2 Duo and a Pentium Dual Core. Effectively, Intel developed the Core 2 Duos as the first mainstream dual core processors, so they're based on older technology. Although the Pentium range was older, Intel brought the name back to fit a range of processors designed for light tasks.

      Core 2 Duos were designed as high end processors at the time and are quite power-hungry. Pentium Dual Cores are designed as low end processors, but are based on more advanced technology and don't use nearly as much power, so they're suitable for smaller PCs, media PCs, etc. They weren't really designed for playing games as such, but they do a perfectly good job of it.

      They're not directly equivalent, so you have to be slightly wary of assuming that a 2.8GHz Pentium Dual Core is the same as a 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo.

      If you have a look at the comparison below, the Pentium performs almost exactly the same as the Core 2 Duo, although the Pentium is 2.8GHz and the Core 2 Duo is 3GHz. However, in single core performance, the Core 2 Duo does a bit better. This is because it's based on high-end (albeit older) technology. The E8400 Core 2 Duo is cheap as hell these days, but it was a very expensive processor when it first came out.
      http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Pentium-E5500-vs-Intel-Core2-Duo-E8400

      One thing I find important is to know the model number of the processor you're using. Back in the day, clock speed (the 2.8GHz part) was the most important thing when it came to differentiating processors. When we were all using 486 chips, the difference between them was pretty much down to the clock speed. You could be sure that a 66MHz 486 would be beaten by a 100MHz 486. It was easy because there was only one range of CPUs available. But now with many different ranges of CPU available at the same time, clock speed isn't the best way to discern performance.

      Just to add to the mix, we've also pretty much hit the buffers with clock speed. You'll see lots of chips around the 3GHz mark, perhaps even a couple up nearer to 4GHz, but not so many of those. You'll not see anything beyond 4GHz though. That's because we've hit the physical limits of what can be achieved. Any faster and you start to hit the speed of light (no, really) and you start losing too many electrons during transitions (effectively when the electrons pass through a component of the CPU). I think IBM managed to make a 5GHz chip, but that's a very specialised CPU that you'll never see in a computer shop.

      Without clock speed as a guide, distinguishing between different processors can be a chore. So I recommend finding out your model number. This page tells you how:
      http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-What-Kind-of-Processor-You-Have

      Then I suggest using a comparison site like that CPU Boss one I used earlier:
      http://cpuboss.com/

      You can compare your processor by model number with whatever Steam specifies as the minimum spec. I get several people a day asking me if their computer can run DayZ (mostly in the comments section of that embedded video above). The main thing I do is to look up their processor model number against the Core 2 Duo E8400 - because that's a low-end chip that I know runs DayZ well albeit at the lower end of the graphics settings. If their processor compares favourably to the E8400, then I know it can run DayZ.

      This has become a bit of a lengthy answer but, in short, you can generally compare Dual Core Pentiums with Core 2 Duos. If in doubt, look up your processor model number and run it through CPU Boss (or a similar site) to see how it matches up to a minimum specification Core 2 Duo or whatever Steam lists.

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    4. Can i run DayZ?

      My pc specs:
      Intel Core i5-3230M
      CPU 2.60GHz
      8GB RAM
      Nvidia Geforce GT 640M
      Windows 8.1

      Thx for the guide and thx for any answer

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    5. Elias, you can run it. The i5-3230M is a perfectly capable processor, slightly stronger than the one in the video. I think you can run it on low (perhaps even medium) settings.

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    6. Thanks a lot, really appreciated, and again thx a lot for the guide :)

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  5. Ok thanks abit complicated but will I deffo be able to play dayz and what fps would it be running at on low settings? Would it still play fast?

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    1. Yeah, sorry. I've got a report to write for work about the recent European Union summit meeting. Dull stuff, so I'm rather procrastinating.

      You'll definitely be able to play DayZ. The framerate varies across the game because it isn't optimised. In large towns, the framerate can drop quite a bit. When I suggests graphics settings for people, I'm basing it on maintaining around 30fps on average. It'll be a bit higher in places and a bit lower in other places.

      Some people are adamant that nothing less than 60fps is playable. But almost all console games, both from the past and now, play at 30fps and everyone's fine with that.

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  6. Ok sorry for all the questions aha but will I be able to play games like counter strike go and rust?:)

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    1. No worries. Ask away. If I can help, I will.

      Counter Strike is a lot more kind to your computer and requires a more general state of performance. As a faster paced game than DayZ, framerate matters a bit more. But the minimum requirements are quite low. It asks for a Core 2 Duo E6600. That's less performance than a 2.8GHz Dual Core Pentium. So you ought to be fine with that.

      With Rust it's a bit harder to say. Although I think you can run Rust as it stands at the moment, the developers have recently announced that they're going to start all over again. They'd reached the point in the game design where they were being limited by poor decisions they'd made in the past and that it had got to the point where they were better off starting again than trying to patch up bad code. So I don't know what the requirements of Rust will be when they do that.

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  7. Hi i have a AMD A4-5000 APU with Radeon(TM) Hd Graphics 1.7 Quad Core processor.
    8 GB of Ram
    I was wondering if i can run Dayz
    Thank you.

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    1. Sadly, I don't think you can run it. DayZ is very demanding of the processor (it barely uses the graphics card) and I think the A4-5000 is just not enough to run the game comfortably. I think you'd get around 20fps in open ground and less than 10 in a large town. DayZ is very poorly optimised (ie not at all) at the moment. It may be possible for you to run it in the future, but not right now. Sorry.

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  8. 780ti oc 3gb, 4790k 4ghz hyperthreaded quad core, 16 gb 2133 mhz ram. Hope I can run it on this toaster.

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    1. Yeah, you can run it. That's probably about the best PC you can build with off-the-shelf parts. You'll have no problem at all running it at the higher settings.

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  9. hi,ive been wanting to play dayZ for a WHILE and was wondering if my specs would play the game so it was atleast worth playing,

    AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 6.00 GB
    Processor AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, 1400 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)


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    1. I'm afraid not. Although your graphics card is fine and you've plenty of RAM, that processor just isn't going to run DayZ well. DayZ is very processor-intensive and the E1-1200 just isn't up to it. Sorry.

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    2. awwwwwww,thanks anyways appreciate the reply

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    3. One thing I would suggest is to try Unturned. It's a bit like DayZ and it's free and will run on almost anything. Good to play with friends.
      http://store.steampowered.com/app/304930/

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  10. Think I can run Day-Z? A4-5300 3.4 GHz dual core, 6 gb ram?

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    1. Yes, I think you can run it. The A4-5300 has almost identical performance to the Core 2 Duo E8400 I used for the video, so you should get similar results. I'm presuming you're using the built-in HD7480D graphics card.

      I think you should start off on either the low or very low graphics preset. Then I would turn off several things: anti-aliasing, post-processing effects, rotation blur and clouds. They don't really help you play the game and they suck away framerate. Then I would turn several things down to their lowest settings (but not off): shadows, object detail, terrain detail, texture detail. The game should then be running just fine, so you can try turning up things like texture detail, terrain detail and object detail one notch at a time until you get the best balance of looks and speed.

      One nice thing about Day is that you can change just about every graphics setting from in-game, so you can immediately see the results of changes.

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  11. Bought it for college, doubting it but would like to know whether or not DayZ will run on this. I have no clue when it comes to pcs

    Asus, Intel Core i7-4500U 1.8 GHz (turbo to 3.0 GHz).
    750GB Hard Drive, 8 GB RAM.

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    1. Just looked at my actual stats on my laptop. dual core... i guess one is 1.8 and the other is 2.4???? and those are suppose to be able to boost to 3? idk.

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    2. The cores of the CPU for the main part run at the same speed. They're set to run at 1.8GHz. If something more demanding is running they can raise that speed on one or both of the cores until they reach a maximum of 3GHz. Or you can look at it the other way and think of it as a 3GHz CPU that is throttled down to save battery if nothing needs full power.

      Regardless of all that, it's actually quite a decent processor. I'm presuming you're using the in-built graphics (Intel HD Graphics 4400). And, d'you know what? It's enough to run DayZ.

      I think you should start off on the low graphics preset. Then I would turn off several things: anti-aliasing, post-processing effects, rotation blur and clouds. They don't really help you play the game and they suck away framerate. Then I would turn several things down to their lowest settings (but not off): shadows, object detail, terrain detail, texture detail. The game should then be running just fine, so you can try turning up things like texture detail, terrain detail and object detail one notch at a time until you get the best balance of looks and speed.

      One nice thing about Day is that you can change just about every graphics setting from in-game, so you can immediately see the results of changes.

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    3. Awesome! Really appreciate someone who has dedication in helping people out like this, going to go get it now and try it out with your recommendations.
      Thanks again!

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    4. can i run with low detail with these specs?
      http://imgur.com/ql0knCw
      and
      Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.140303-2144)
      Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
      System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
      System Model: To be filled by O.E.M.
      BIOS: BIOS Date: 05/16/12 10:27:35 Ver: 04.06.05
      Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3450 CPU @ 3.10GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.5GHz
      Memory: 16384MB RAM
      Available OS Memory: 16264MB RAM
      Page File: 3971MB used, 28553MB available
      Windows Dir: C:\windows
      DirectX Version: DirectX 11
      DX Setup Parameters: Not found
      User DPI Setting: 120 DPI (125 percent)
      System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
      DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
      DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode

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      Display Tab 1: No problems found.
      Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
      Input Tab: No problems found.

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      DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
      DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
      DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
      DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
      DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
      DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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      Card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics
      Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
      Chip type: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
      DAC type: Internal
      Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0152&SUBSYS_D0001458&REV_09
      Display Memory: 1696 MB
      Dedicated Memory: 64 MB
      Shared Memory: 1632 MB
      Current Mode: 1280 x 720 (32 bit) (60Hz)
      Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor

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    5. Let's have a look. That's a Core i5-3450 with built-in Intel HD Graphics 2500.

      The processor is pretty good, significantly better than the Core 2 Duo E8400 I used for the video. The graphics are a little weak, but they're fine. Bohemia says you need at least Intel HD Graphics 4000 to run DayZ, but that just isn't true - I've tested DayZ on every type of Intel HD Graphics and it works fine.

      DayZ puts most of the strain on the processor, so the more power you have in that respect, the better. The i5-3450 is more than enough to run DayZ decently. Although the graphics let you down a little, they're still going to get the job done. I would say you can run the game on around medium settings.

      I think you should start off on either the medium graphics preset. Then I would turn off several things: anti-aliasing, post-processing effects, rotation blur and clouds. They don't really help you play the game and they suck away framerate. Then I would turn several things down to their lowest settings (but not off): shadows, object detail, terrain detail, texture detail. The game should then be running just fine, so you can try turning up things like texture detail, terrain detail and object detail one notch at a time until you get the best balance of looks and speed.

      One nice thing about Day is that you can change just about every graphics setting from in-game, so you can immediately see the results of changes.

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  12. Hello do you think I can run it with an AMD 7850K 3.7GHZ with dual graphics MSI r7 250 2gb of ram and 8gb of 1600mhz ram?

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    1. Yes, you can run it. I would say medium settings or better.

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  13. Hi, I have a intel core 2 duo t8300 2.4 ghz cpu with ati mobility radeon x2300 graphics card can I play dayz

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    1. Hmm. Well the T8300 is pretty much at the same level of performance as the E8400 in the video, so it's fine. What does concern me is the X2300 graphics. That's a very weak graphics setup. Although DayZ tends to be rather heavy on the processor and barely uses the graphics card, I think the X2300 would cause the game to drag.

      You can probably play on the lowest possible settings with a lowered screen resolution, but I don't think you'd like that. So on balance, I would say that technically you can run it, but that it wouldn't be worth doing. Sorry.

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  14. intel(r) core(tm) i5-3210m cpu 2.50ghz 2.50ghz 8 gb of ram can it run>?

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    1. Let's see. Well that's a decent processor, a good bit more powerful than the one in the video. As you don't mention a graphics card, I assume you'll be using the built-in Intel HD Graphics 4000. That's a little weak, but it still passes the minimum graphics requirement for DayZ. And that 8GB of RAM won't hurt either.

      I would say you can run DayZ on medium settings.

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    2. thanks also will I be having fps problems when I get to like the woods, city areas? because I want to have 60 fps since I cant get use to 30 fps anymore, sorry for my poor grammar

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    3. I make my recommendations based on 30fps average. Forests are not a problem, but the centre of big cities can be. So I think you can run on around medium for 30fps. To run at 60fps, you'd need to use low settings.

      The graphics presets in DayZ are terrible. You need to change the individual settings to get good results. I would turn off several things: anti-aliasing, post-processing effects, rotation blur and clouds. They don't really help you play the game and they suck away framerate. Then I would turn several things down to their lowest settings (but not off): shadows, object detail, terrain detail, texture detail. The game should then be running just fine, so you can try turning up things like texture detail, terrain detail and object detail one notch at a time until you get the best balance of looks and speed.

      One nice thing about Day is that you can change just about every graphics setting from in-game, so you can immediately see the results of changes.

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  15. I was wanting to find if my laptop will play Dayz without any problems .
    Its a Intel Pentium processor CPU N3520 2.16Ghz & 2.16Ghz
    Ram 4.00 Gb

    Thanks :)

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    1. Hmm. Well, the Pentium N3520 is okay as a processor. It's almost identical in performance to the Core 2 Duo E8400 in the video, so it's fine for DayZ. You don't mention a graphics card, so I presume you'd be using the built-in Intel HD Graphics. There are quite a few different Intel HD Graphics (2000, 3000, 4000, etc) but yours is the original that some call the 1000.

      Although you've got enough RAM and your processor is good enough I think your graphics card lets you down. Bohemia state that the minimum graphics card required is the Intel HD Graphics 4000. Each HD Graphics is about twice the power of the once before it. So the 4000 is twice as powerful as the 3000, which is twice as powerful as the 2000, etc. Unfortunately, this means yours has about an eighth of the power of the minimum recommended graphics system.

      So unfortunately, I don't think you can play DayZ. I think your graphics card is weak enough that it will force the processor to do extra work. DayZ is already very heavy on the processor, so I think the added burden would slow it to a crawl.

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  16. Hi can i run day z?

    Amd a6 apu
    4gb ram
    500gb hard drive
    Windows 10

    Sorry thats all i know on it havnt brought it yet its also a notebook not netbook

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    1. Amd radeon r4
      4 cores 2ghz upto 2.4

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    2. Okay, forget what I just said. That's enough information for me to guess what processor it is. An AMD A6 with 4 cores running at 2GHz, boosting up to 2.4GHz is probably the AMD A6-7310

      And that is enough to run DayZ. It won't run it at the highest details (I'd say medium to low) nor will it run at the highest framerate (30fps is realistic). But I think it will be able to run DayZ.

      Bear in mind that the DayZ standalone has changed a lot since it was released. When I tested a lot of systems, it was back in 2013. I haven't conducted tests on the new game engine in DayZ, so what I'm saying is an estimate based on my experience.

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  17. Hey I'm considering buying a acer aspire e15. It has a Intel Core i5 6200u processor with a Nvidiea GeForce 940mx graphics card and 8GB of RAM. Will this laptop run DayZ standalone.

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    1. Yes, it will. It wont run it spectacularly, but it will run it. If you don't mind 30fps at low-ish settings, then you'll be fine. Do note that the DayZ standalone has been improving a lot as it changes game engine, so it runs a lot better now than it did before. Previously I might have suggested that machine was borderline, but now it will run it better than before.

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    2. Thanks for being so fast I see I'm a few years late to the party... but this is just a start I'd like to get a feel for light pc gaming but dayz has always appealed to me excited that it will infact work. Thanks a lot!

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  18. What about this one.. Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10)

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    1. That would be practically identical in performance.

      Basically, you get what you pay for. Pretty much every laptop around a certain price is going to have a similar level of performance (give or take minor variations). Also, laptops are never going to be as powerful as desktop machines at the same price - they don't have room for a full graphics card and they don't have room for the cooling a powerful CPU needs.

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  19. cn i run it,intel i3 1.8hz dual core,4b ram and nvidia gt 820m

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