It's a tradition: a few weeks before a PC game comes out, the publisher lets slip the title's hardware requirements, giving prospective players a chance to tune up their rigs while they're waiting. This time, we see that recommended specs for Duke Nukem Forever and Deus Ex: Human Revolution have been released right around the same time.
Let's start with the Duke, who'll be making his comeback on June 14. According to an e-mail we received from developer Gearbox Software, you might not have to upgrade to play DNF. The studio recomments a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo or matching Athlon X2 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a GeForce 8800 GTS or Radeon HD 3850 with 512MB of memory. In other words, even a circa-2007 PC should be able to run the game just fine—not a huge surprise, considering how long the game's been in development.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution, on the other hand, will require a meaner gaming machine. As PC Gamer reports, recommend components include quad-core Core 2 or Phenom II processors and Radeon HD 5850 graphics. No Nvidia equivalent is mentioned, although the 5850 is comparable in performance to the GeForce GTX 460 1GB. Either way, we're talking about GPUs that still retail around the $150 mark.
My own PC will be falling short of that last recommendation, since I'm still rocking an old Radeon HD 5770. I'd be more tempted to upgrade if more powerful cards had quieter coolers, but alas, that's rarely the case.