Civilization V PC System Requirements Rival StarCraft II’s, Time to Upgrade?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:57 pm,

Civilization 5 Hex Screenshot

Ouch, Civilization V, you’re really creating something special with these super-high PC system requirements, aren’t you? Yes, Ranters, it might be time to break out your credit card and purchase some new hardware. Or else your already turn-based hexagonal strategy game may slow down to unplayable speeds.

What with the release date approaching faster and faster, it’s hard not to get excited about Civilization V. The new hex-shaped tiles combined with the removal of stacking, horrible, horrible stacking, has made the sequel one of my most anticipated games of the year. It’s still such a miracle to think how classic Civilization, with it’s 8-bit blocks representing armies and cities, has evolved into such a great looking game.

Check out the official system requirements from Firaxis Games:

Minimum System Requirements

Operating System: Windows® XP SP3/ Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
Processor: Dual Core CPU
Memory: 2GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 8 GB Free
DVD-ROM Drive: Required for disc-based installation
Video: 256 MB ATI HD2600 XT or better, 256 MB nVidia 7900 GS or better, or Core i3 or better integrated graphics
Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
DirectX®: DirectX® version 9.0c

Recommended System Requirements

Operating System: Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 8 GB Free
DVD-ROM Drive: Required for disc-based installation
Video: 512 MB ATI 4800 series or better, 512 MB nVidia 9800 series or better
Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
DirectX®: DirectX® version 11

Now, for comparisons sake, take a look at the official StarCraft II system requirements.

How did this happen!? While the video care requirements are fairly similar, Civilization definitely asks for more CPU power. As games with a lot of moving objects on screen, I can see how they’re both intimidatingly graphically intensive.

StarCraft II is playable for me at (mostly) maximum settings, but I think Civilization V may ultimately be the game that breaks my streak. It’s time to start looking at some Intel i7 processors, Rory, yes it is.

Civilization V is already racking up awards, pre-release, from important places like Amazon and from the Game Critics E3 Awards. This one is lining up to be a must buy for any fan of the series. The question is, will you be able to play it? Or will you have to fall back on main-stays Civilization 1-3? Maybe a little Civilization Networking on Facebook?

Or, I guess, you could not play Civilization at all… nah.

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TAGS: Civilization 5, Firaxis Games, PC

  • Jacob Siegal

    Definitely gonna have to get that new laptop.

  • Maple

    Pffffffft. The recommended system requirements for this game will hardly break a sweat on my comp. I can run 20 World of Warcraft: WOTLK applications simultaneously at maxed out settings without the FPS dipping below 30 for each.

    i7-980X, 5970×2 crossfire, 16GB DDR3-1666, 500GB SSD, 1200W PSU over here. Get real man.

  • mike

    wow… I mean WOOOW! those sys requirements are nuts, they need to work on optimizing their programming. Civ is a turn based game, and while there MAY be a truckload of computations going on in the background, theres something wrong with the graphical display demands here… there’s absolutely no way this thing should be gobbling that much computational power for what it is.

  • Ian

    Those system requirements are extremely reasonable. Even the most budget system I put together trounces that (failing video card, though if someone even mentioned games you’d throw a cheap GPU in.) Sorry to all you guys out there working on pocket calculators, get a job and buy a machine. I am amazed at how undervalued the home pc is compared to how overused it is in our day to day lives.