Can My PC Run Call of Duty: Vanguard?

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The eighteenth instalment in the Call of Duty franchise has interesting design choices like exploding doors, it has amazing graphics and heart-stopping campaigns. The question is, can your PC run Call of Duty: Vanguard?

In a first-person shooter game like Vanguard, it would be a complete disaster if you would suddenly find yourself lagging, or worse, the game completely breaks down.

There are a lot of reasons why this could happen, but at the top of the list is that your hardware doesn’t meet the requirements.

Apart from listing the game’s minimum system requirements, we have also made it a point to include the recommended requirements from the developers, plus our own suggestions as well. This way, you won’t be restricted to what’s only listed the Call of Duty website.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Minimum Requirements

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k, AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2 GB VRAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB VRAM, AMD Radeon R9 380


Storage: At least 45 GB of free space

Network: Broadband internet connection

Operating System: Windows 10 64-Bit


Make sure you have at least an Intel Core i5-2500k or an AMD Ryzen 5 1600X. Between these two processors, the i5-2500k is the older one by a mile and is still pretty pricey, all things considered. However, it is by no means a slouch when it comes to performance and actually fares pretty well against 1600X. Nevertheless, we do think the Ryzen 5 1600X is the better chip because of its price and it also has more cores.

If you are planning to play the game in mid to high settings, then you ought to check out the dev’s recommendations which are either an Intel Core i7-4770k or an AMD Ryzen 7 1800X. They’re similarly priced and the performance is also comparable, but the i7-4770k fares slightly better based on user benchmarks.

We believe you won’t go wrong with any of the recommend CPUs especially since other CoD games have reportedly been quite CPU-intensive.


The minimum graphic cards are three, namely: an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, or an AMD Radeon R9 380. Of the three, the AMD Radeon R9 380 is the best but it is also the most expensive by almost twice in comparison to the prices of the 960 and 1050.

If you’re on a budget, the GTX 1050 Ti is the best option. Apart from being almost toe-to-toe with the GTX 960, its resell value is also high. It’s not going to break the bank and you have a lot of freedom to upgrade without splurging too much. Just make sure your motherboard is compatible.

On the other hand, the recommended GPU to run Vanguard on your PC in high specs are either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660, or an AMD Radeon RX Vega 56.

The GTX 1070 is the best based on user benchmarks, but the 1660 is the cheapest out of all the options presented by the game devs, if you could get it at its retail price. When it comes to value for money, the 1070 comes out on top.

Our recommendation, however, is not from any of these choices but it’s also from the GeForce 16-series. You ought to get a 1660 Ti or a 1660 Super especially if you could get it close to the retail price.

Call of Duty: Vanguard has pretty high-end graphics which also require a decent GPU and of course a really good monitor.


At the very least, you should get an 8 GB RAM. Having 8 GB of RAM is honestly just the right number for gaming and a bit of office work.

Not only that, but 8 GB RAMs also cost below $50. Yes, even the good brands.

So why are game devs recommending 16 GB which is obviously double the size of the minimum specs?

There are a lot of reasons but the main one is, if you really want to play the game at a high level, then getting ideal specs is the way to go. Also, RAMs are one of the cheapest components in a PC. A Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz is only priced at around $80.

Do you have a tendency to open multiple apps while playing? Do you also like to stream games?

Before choosing what RAM you should buy, you have to first check how much RAM you need for streaming.

Apart from having actual needs for a bigger RAM, and if you do have the cash to spare, there is no doubt in our mind that you ought to go for the 16 GB.


Activision says players should clear their storage and prepare at least 45 GB of free space.

Evidently, the game should also be around that size but we’re also expecting different editions, bundles, and content packs that could easily rack up 75-100 GB. It really depends on what you’re getting.

If you’re a casual gamer, 500 GB of HDD will definitely be able to meet your demands. You can buy a WD Blue for around $30 or a Seagate BarraCuda for $35.

If you’re an avid gamer though, we do think 2 TB is the most reasonable size. Western Digital and Seagate sell 2 TB HDDs with prices between $45-$60. Any of these two brands are a value for money.

We also highly recommend that you get an SSD, though it isn’t absolutely necessary. Having an SSD and installing your games there results in faster loading times. The same also applies to other software. Not to mention, SSDs also use less power.

SSDs are more expensive than HDDs though, and a 2 TB SSD could easily cost $170.

Operating System

A Windows 10 64-Bit. That’s it.

Don’t even think about running Call of Duty: Vanguard on your PC with Windows 8. It’s a really bad operating system and we’re not here to advocate for it.

How about Windows 7, you ask?

It’s undeniably good, but Microsoft hasn’t been supporting it for a while now. If you’re still running on Windows 7, don’t hold off that upgrade any longer. If you have a licensed OS, it shouldn’t he hard to upgrade.

Ultimately, we also recommend the recommendation of the devs. Windows 10 64-Bit is the best way to go since the game was specifically built for the structure of that operating system.