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Time to Upgrade Your PC: Specs for two of 2010’s Biggest Titles Revealed

Two of 2010’s biggest hits are coming out next month: Aliens vs. Predator and BioShock 2. And the system specifications for those two have been released.

I usually upgrade every three years or so, but I gave it a miss last year. It doesn’t look like I’ll be able to afford not to this year…or is that I won’t be able to afford to at all?

Aliens vs. Predator:

Minimum Requirements

Windows 7/ XP/Vista
1 GB System RAM (XP)/ 2 GB System RAM (Vista)
3.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4/Athlon 64 3000+ or equivalent processor
DirectX 9.0c compliant video card with 128 MB RAM (NVIDIA 6600 or better, ATI X1600 or better)

Recommended Requirements

Windows 7/ XP/Vista
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 or equivalent processor
2 GB System RAM
DirectX 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA 8800 series, ATI HD2900 PRO or better)

BioShock 2:


Processor: AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+ 2.4Ghz or better, Intel Pentium 4 530 3.0Ghz Processor or better
Memory: 2GB
Graphics: NVIDIA 7800GT 256MB graphics card or better, ATI Radeon X1900 256MB graphics card or better
Hard Drive: 11GB
Sound: 100% DirectX 9.0C compliant sound card or onboard sound
OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
DirectX: DirectX 9.0c


Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Dual Core 2.60Ghz, Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Dual Core 2.13Ghz
Memory: 3GB
Graphics: NVIDIA 8800GT 512MB graphics card or better, ATI Radeon HD4830 512MB graphics card or better

Other Requirements:

Initial installation requires one-time internet connection.
Ability to save game, earn achievements, receive title updates and online play requires log-in to Games for Windows LIVE.
Software installations required including Microsoft Visual C++2008 Runtime Libraries, Games for Windows LIVE client, Games for Windows LIVE Client Patch, Sony DADC SecuROM, Microsoft DirectX.


    Source:, Steam and 2KGames forums



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