Check Your Computer's Specs: CPU, GPU, Motherboard, & RAM (2022)

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Whether you’re looking to upgrade your PC and you need your system’s specs to know what kind of new PC hardware you can buy, or you’re going to sell your current system and you need to know what specs you have so you can list them in your ad, checking your computer’s specs is actually a pretty easy task.

In this easy-to-follow guide, we’ll walk you step-by-step through how to quickly check your computer’s specs so that you can get the information you need.

Table of Contents

1. How to Check Laptop Specs

2. How to Check What CPU You Have

3. How to Check What GPU You Have

4. How to Check What Motherboard You Have

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5. How to Check How Much Memory You Have

6. Third Party Tools to Check Your PC’s Specs

How to Check Specs of A Laptop?

While this post might seem more geared towards people who have desktop computers, the methods outlined below will work for laptop owners as well.

If you’re a laptop owner and you’re looking for more information on your laptop’s configuration, check out the following guide: What Kind of Laptop Do I Have?

How to Check What Processor (CPU) You Have

If you’re wondering what kind of processor you have, you can easily find out that information on a Windows computer in two clicks.

To find out what CPU you have, simply do the following:

1. Right-click on the Windows start menu icon on the bottom left-hand side of your screen.
2. Click on ‘System’ in the menu that pops up.
3. Next to ‘Processor’ it will list what kind of CPU you have in your computer.

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Easy, right?

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How to Check What Graphics Card (GPU) You Have

If you want to find out what kind of graphics card you have, the process is similar to finding out what CPU you have, but checking to see what GPU is in your system is 50% more work than checking to see what your CPU is. (Beause you have to click 3 times, instead of 2.)

To find out what GPU you have, simply do the following:

1. Again, right-click on the Windows start menu icon.
2. Click on ‘Device Manager’ in the menu that pops up.
3. In ‘Device Manager’ click on the arrow next to ‘Display Adapters’
4. Your GPU will be listed there.

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It should be noted, though, that it might show two options under the ‘Display Adapters’ tab. If it shows two, that means it is showing both the integrated graphics on your processor and the dedicated graphics card on your laptop.

The one that you are looking for is the dedicated graphics card, as it is the more powerful (and the one your system uses) of the two.

And, your dedicated graphics card will typically be the second option listed. If you have an Intel processor, the integrated graphics will be named something like ‘Intel HD Graphics 4000.’ In that case, the other option will be the one you want to.

And, it will likely either be something like NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700M or AMD Radeon (or HD) R9 M470. Just note, though, that if you have an AMD processor in your system, the integrated graphics will also likely be ‘AMD Radeon…” But in that case, just go with the 2nd option, as that is likely your dedicated graphics.

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How to Check What Motherboard You Have

To find out what type of motherboard you have (and, really, who manufactures your motherboard and what socket and chipset it is), the process is a bit different than above.

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You could of course open up your desktop (if you have a desktop and not a laptop) and check and see who manufactures your motherboard and what the model name is on the board.

However, motherboard’s are typically named something like ASUS Z690-A, or MSI B550M, or Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming5, where ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte are motherboard manufactures, and Z690, B550, and X370 are the motherboard chipsets (which can also lead you to the socket type of the motherboard as well.)

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So, if you’re not somewhat familiar with who the main motherboard manufacturers are and what string of letters and numbers to look for that designate the chipset and motherboard name, you might want to go with an easier option.

For some users, you can try the following:

1. In the Windows search bar, type in ‘System Information’
2. Scroll down on the System Summary tab (opens on the left side of the window) until you find ‘Motherboard Manufacturer’, or ‘BaseBoard Manufacturer’.
3. The information next to ‘Motherboard/BaseBoard Manufacturer’, ‘Motherboard/BaseBoard Model’, and ‘Motherboard/BaseBoard Name’, should give you the information you are looking for.

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Although, in a lot of cases, the information you’ll find in these tabs might be kind of vague. For instance, on my desktop, the BaseBoard Manufacturer is ‘ASUSTek COMPUTER INC.’, the BaseBoard Model is ‘Not Available’, and the BaseBoard Name is ‘Base Board’.

It’s not really a whole lot to go off of, but it does at least let you know who manufactured your motherboard. And, it could help make it easier to find the information you’re looking for when you open up your computer to check.

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How to Check How Much Memory (RAM) You Have

Checking how much RAM you have in your computer is another very easy task. In fact, you can find how much memory you have on the same screen that lists what CPU you have.

1. Right-click the Windows start menu icon.
2. Select ‘System’
3. Scroll down and it should list how much memory you have.

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You can also find out how much RAM you have by looking in ‘System Information’ on Windows as outlined in the section above on how to find out what type of motherboard you have.

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Third Party Tools

While the methods above will easily all you to check your computer’s specifications, you can also use third-party hardware monitoring tools to help you find necessary info about your system.

We recommend the following tools to help you monitor you computer’s performance, as well as give you information (like what CPU and GPU you have, as well as how much RAM you have):

  • CPU-Z
  • Speccy
  • Core Temp (CPU only)
  • HWInfo
  • MSI Afterburner

After You Check What Computer Specs You Have…

Now that you know what specs your computer has you can make a better decision on whether or not your current system is worth upgrading or not. However, it should be noted that if you are looking to upgrade your components, it isn’t as simple as just picking out a new and better component and putting it into your system.

Your current components will dictate what new components you can buy. For instance, if you have an older motherboard, you can’t simply go out and upgrade to the newest processor, because your motherboard and the newest processor probably won’t be compatible.

You also can’t go out and upgrade your graphics card to the biggest and best option available if your existing power supply doesn’t have enough power supply to accommodate the new GPU.

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In fact, in a lot of cases, if you have an older system, it might make more sense to just buy or build a brand new system, as your older system might not have any components worth keeping around. If that’s the case, check out our buyer’s guide on buying/building a cheap PC, or if you want to spend more, our buyer’s guide on buying/building a high-end computer.

FAQs

How do I check my computer's GPU and specs? ›

To find out what graphics card you have, open the Start menu or desktop search bar on your PC, start typing Device Manager, and select it when the option appears. You'll see an entry near the top for Display adapters. Click the drop-down arrow and the name and model of your GPU will appear right below.

How do I check my computer's full specs? ›

To check your PC hardware specs, click on the Windows Start button, then click on Settings (the gear icon). In the Settings menu, click on System. Scroll down and click on About. On this screen, you should see specs for your processor, Memory (RAM), and other system info, including Windows version.

How do I check my motherboard specs? ›

First, open Run using Windows + R. When the Run window opens, type msinfo32 and press Enter. This will open the Windows System Information overview. Your motherboard information should be specified next to Baseboard Manufacturer, BaseBoard Product, and BaseBoard Version.

How do I check my RAM and motherboard? ›

You can examine the RAM sockets, check with the motherboard manufacturer to get the specifications of the motherboard, or you can run a system checking tool if the computer is currently operational. You'll need DDR4 RAM unless you're using an old motherboard if you're building a new computer.

How do I check my CPU and RAM Windows 10? ›

To check your basic computer specs in Windows 10, click on the Windows start button, then click on the gear icon for Settings. In the Windows Settings menu, select System. Scroll down and select About. From here, you will see specs for your processor, RAM, and other system info.

What are the specs of a computer? ›

PC hardware specifications are a summary of a computer's internal components, including its processor, memory (RAM), Windows version, and other system information. Examples of PC specs include hard drive capacity and processor speed. PC specs can show you how well your computer can perform certain processes.

How do I check my CPU and GPU Windows 10? ›

How to Find Your GPU Model on Windows 10
  1. In the search box on the Taskbar, type "system."
  2. In the search options that appear, select System Information.
  3. Click Components, in the System Information window. ...
  4. In the Components menu, click Display.
  5. The right pane has all the information you need, to the right of Name.
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How can I check my CPU? ›

Right-click your taskbar and select “Task Manager” or press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch it. Click the “Performance” tab and select “CPU.” The name and speed of your computer's CPU appear here.

How do I check RAM type? ›

Check RAM Type

Checking RAM type, once you know the speeds you're supposed to be looking for, is very easy. Open Task Manager and go to the Performance tab. Select memory from the column on the left, and look at the very top right. It will tell you how much RAM you have and what type it is.

How many RAM can I put in my PC? ›

64-bit operating systems can handle more RAM, but the limits vary from one OS to the next. The 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home can access a maximum of 128 GB of RAM, while 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium can avail itself of up to 16 GB of RAM. Check online to find out how much RAM your OS can use.

What type of RAM do I need? ›

The amount of memory on a single RAM stick can vary, with higher capacity sticks being more expensive. Most non-gaming computers have between 2-4GB of RAM, but for high-end gaming you'll definitely want at least 8GB, and preferably 12-16GB if you're able.

How do I check my CPU and RAM details in Windows? ›

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to launch Task Manager. Or, right-click the Taskbar and select Task Manager. Select the Performance tab and click Memory in the left panel. The Memory window lets you see your current RAM usage, check RAM speed, and view other memory hardware specifications.

How do I check my processor and RAM on my laptop? ›

Click on the Start button, right-click on "Computer" and then click on "Properties". This process will display the information about the laptop's computer make and model, operating system, RAM specifications, and processor model.

How do I check my CPU and GPU on Windows 11? ›

Using Task Manager
  1. Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details if the window just shows current tasks that are running.
  3. Click on the Performance tab.
  4. Scroll down on the left panel.
  5. If you are using a laptop with a dedicated and integrated GPU, you might see two GPUs, GPU 0 and GPU 1.
8 Sept 2022

How do I find my CPU and RAM? ›

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to launch Task Manager. Or, right-click the Taskbar and select Task Manager. Select the Performance tab and click Memory in the left panel. The Memory window lets you see your current RAM usage, check RAM speed, and view other memory hardware specifications.

How do I check my CPU and GPU power? ›

CHECKING POWER LIMITS YOURSELF
  1. Download HWInfo and run this on your laptop.
  2. To give load to GPU, open a Game with High Settings, I am Using Unigine Heaven benchmark.
  3. Scroll down to GPU in HWInfo, and there you will “GPU Power”
  4. Now see your tested results.
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How do I check my CPU and GPU Windows 10? ›

To open it, press Windows+R, type “dxdiag” into the Run dialog that appears, and press Enter. Click the “Display” tab and look at the “Name” field in the “Device” section. Other statistics, such as the amount of video memory (VRAM) built into your GPU, are also listed here.

How do I check my CPU and GPU stats in Windows 10? ›

How to monitor CPU,GPU and RAM in Windows 10
  1. Press Win + G to open the Game Bar.
  2. Click on the hamburger menu near the clock (4 bars).
  3. Next, select “performance” from the list.
  4. You will see the monitoring of CPU, GPU and RAM.

How much RAM does my PC have? ›

Locate the Computer icon in the Start menu. Right-click the Computer icon and select Properties from the menu. Under System and beneath the processor model, you can see the installed memory amount, measured in MB (megabytes) or GB (gigabytes).

How much RAM does my computer have? ›

Open Settings > System > About and look for the Device Specifications section. You should see a line named "Installed RAM"—this will tell you how much you currently have.

What kind of RAM do I need? ›

The amount of memory on a single RAM stick can vary, with higher capacity sticks being more expensive. Most non-gaming computers have between 2-4GB of RAM, but for high-end gaming you'll definitely want at least 8GB, and preferably 12-16GB if you're able.

How do I check my CPU speed? ›

Use Task Manager to view CPU consumption to help identify the process or application that's causing high CPU usage:
  1. Select Start, enter task, and then select Task Manager in the search results.
  2. The Task Manager window defaults to the Processes tab. ...
  3. Select the CPU column header to sort the list by CPU usage.
15 Apr 2022

How do I check my computer GPU? ›

Find Out What GPU You Have in Windows

In your PC's Start menu, type "Device Manager," and press Enter to launch the Control Panel's Device Manager. Click the drop-down arrow next to Display adapters, and it should list your GPU right there.

How do I check my CPU power? ›

Right-click your taskbar and select “Task Manager” or press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch it. Click the “Performance” tab and select “CPU.” The name and speed of your computer's CPU appear here.

How do I check my graphics card and RAM Windows 10? ›

On the Adapter tab in the box, you should see the brand of the graphics card and its memory amount listed. You can also get to the same Properties box from the Windows 10 Start menu — select Settings, then System to get to Advanced Display Settings, and then Display Adapter Properties.

How do I check my CPU and GPU on Windows 11? ›

Using Task Manager
  1. Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details if the window just shows current tasks that are running.
  3. Click on the Performance tab.
  4. Scroll down on the left panel.
  5. If you are using a laptop with a dedicated and integrated GPU, you might see two GPUs, GPU 0 and GPU 1.
8 Sept 2022

How do I check my CPU and GPU Performance Windows 11? ›

Using Task Manager to Check CPU Usage

Start by pressing CTRL + Shift + Esc on your keyboard. In the following window, click Task Manager. While in Task Manager, click the Performance tab. Here in the Performance tab, you can see how much of the CPU the computer is currently using.

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