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Did you buy a computer? Check your hardware!

The first thing I do after buying a computer, whether used or retail, is check to see if the components the system shipped with are actually the components advertised by the company that sold it to me.

Personally, I think this is essentially because I’ve witnessed more than once that PCs bought by friends, co-workers, or family members didn’t contain the components promised by the vendor or the brochure.

Some had hard drives with less storage than advertised, some slower RAM, and some had only integrated graphics, although the company that sold it advertised a dedicated video card.

While some components of a computer can be easily checked, for example hard drive space, others, like RAM timing or the speed of a processor, require more knowledge or a program to show you the relevant information.

Fortunately, there are applications that help us determine exactly what is installed on a computer.

One of the programs that you can use for this purpose is Speccy. It is a free program for Windows that is available as a portable version and installer.


The program displays an overview of important hardware on the first page. This is usually enough to determine if the correct component is installed or not.

If you can’t correctly identify a device, click the hardware type links on the left to display detailed information about each item individually.

If everything seems fine up to this point, I start checking the hard drives and memory for errors. Verification of hard drives can be done with Scan Disk which I use.

However, testing RAM requires more versatile software. I use Memtest86+ for this, which takes a while to complete, but tells me exactly if the installed RAM is faulty in some way.

You can go ahead and check if the CPU or graphics card has been overclocked. Check the system information again and compare the original
Clock, Original System Clock and Original Multiplier with the System Clock and Multiplier settings. They must be identical.

check if cpu is overclocked

You could use software like Rivatuner to check if the graphics card has been overclocked. Some manufacturers, such as MSI, also display this information in Display Properties.

check if the graphics card is overclocked

If the video card is correctly identified, it may not be necessary to check if the card has been overclocked, but if you’re not sure, check just to make sure.

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