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I just have to get this possible superstition worked out: So if I was installing a brand new PC game that is backwards OS compatible to Windows XP on a very old PC with specs such as a Pentium II 450MHz, 384MB RAM, 15GB IDE Hard Drive, 8MB PCI Video Card, running XP, would it cause the PC to overheat and die because of its hardware being WAY below the game's own hardware requirements??? Well BTW I've heard of people installing newer 90's hardware in 80's PCs like the old IBM XT and it ruined it! cryingsmiley.gif
    
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Odds are that many newer games would simply refuse to run.
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Does your hardware overheat and die when you run prime?
     
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No the hardware would not overheat, die, explode or anything other silly. If and that is a big if you manged to get the game to start up and not crash at the very first opportunity you would then be treated to a very slow slide show as the hardware would not be able to run the game at an fast enough speed.

In some rare cases you can get the game to actually be almost playable. For example if you go in to the ini files of HL2 and strip out all the shadows, effects and pretty much everything and then do a few hacks the you can actually get it to run at an playable speed on an voodoo 5.
    
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Most games will not even let you install it or allow you to play it if the minimum requirements are not met.

As far as Damaging you components. Yes you could possibly damage them. Depending on Cooling. Much older hardware doesn't not have the same safe guards all the newer hardware does.
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If you look hard enough, you will find modern games that can run on ancient hardware.

Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion is a good example.
Its system requirements are a 3ghz Pentium IV and at least a 6600GT 128mb,
but you can run it on your athlon if you had at least a GeForce3 and use the Oldblivion mod.
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Nope. Won't meet the Direct X requirements.
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