Can My PC Run Warzone?

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Call of Duty: Warzone is the Call of Duty franchise’s official entry into the competitive genre of battle royale games. Ever since its release, it has been a complete sensation; garnering over 100 million players worldwide.

From our experience, battle royale games tend to need a lot when it comes to system requirements. So, before you commit to downloading the huge Warzone file and trying to become the next Iron, you might want to ask first if the needed components break the bank?

It’s a good thing you stumbled upon this article because we will be discussing everything that Call of Duty: Warzone needs, from the minimum requirements up to our own recommendations. We will also discuss our suggestions where we consider both price, performance, and of course, if your PC can run Warzone without a hitch.

Minimum System Requirements for Warzone

CPU: Intel Core i3 4th gen, AMD FX-6300

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670, GeForce GTX 1650, AMD Radeon HD 7950

RAM: 8 GB RAM

STORAGE: At least 175 GB of HD Space

OS: Windows 10 64-Bit

CPU

Make sure that you have, at the very least, an Intel Core i3 4th gen or an AMD FX-6300 for your PC to run Warzone. On the other hand, what the game devs recommend is an Intel Core i5 2nd gen or an AMD Ryzen R5 1600X.

Based on our experience, Warzone doesn’t need a high-end processor to run well. So you can, in fact, run the game smoothly with an Intel Core i5 2nd gen which retails for as low as $60.00.

If you’re planning to build a gaming PC that should also take into account playing Warzone using the best settings in addition to other games, then we strongly suggest that you get an Intel Core i7 8700-K or i7 9700-K, AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, or an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X.

Out of all these, the best bang for your buck processor would be the Intel Core i7 9700-K. It is more than $100 cheaper than the Ryzen 7s and, according to benchmarks, it actually performs better than its competitor. It is being retailed for around $370.

GPU

Make sure your PC has at least one following graphic cards: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670, GeForce GTX 1650, AMD Radeon HD 7950; or something higher, of course. The recommended GPU is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or 1660 as well as an AMD Radeon R9 390 or an AMD RX 580.

If you’re looking to stream the game, or play it in higher graphic settings, maybe even a 1440p at 144 Hz, then you would definitely need a heartier graphics card. Something like a 2070 or 2080 Super and an AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 would definitely tick all the boxes.

The cheapest out of these three suggestions is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super but by no means is it bad. In fact, we wager that it is actually the best value for your money. Pegged at $510, it can definitely run the game at the highest settings. Of course, to really maximize your GPU, make sure your monitor is 144 Hz.

RAM

The game only requires, at the minimum, 8 GB of RAM while game devs think 12 GB will get you far in terms of FPS and pretty decent graphic settings.

For the highest settings, you ought to get 16 GB of RAM. This way, the likelihood of you experiencing lags and glitches will really go down.

Some top brands to consider include Corsair, TeamGroup, and Patriot. Just make sure that the RAM you are purchasing has a data rate of DDR4-3600 MHz. if you search hard enough, you can get a 16 GB RAM for just a $100 or less.

The price difference between any 12 GB and 16 GB RAM is really close so we recommend getting a 16 GB instead.

Storage

The Call of Duty: Warzone creators say you should have at least 175 GB of hard drive space available.

We know what you’re thinking. Why the heck does the game need this much? Do they release a new patch every single day?

According to the developers, this space is necessary for post-game additions like the Stimulus Trios, and other particular additions on COD: Modern Warfare. The game is also now around 52.4 GB or a dizzying 133.6 GB if you opted to include Modern Warfare.

Not having enough storage space can be seriously detrimental to updates. Obviously, you also won’t be able to download the game in the first place.

We recommend a 512 GB SSD or even a 1 TB SSD since you can get one for a decent chunk of change. Also, the game will load faster if you have it on your solid state drive. For as low as $100, you can buy a 1 TB SSD.

You also have to get an HDD even if you’re considering installing the game in your SSD. Get a 2 TB HDD for this game. Honestly, they’re pretty cheap starting at around $40 so you don’t have to overthink this one.

Operating System

The game doesn’t beat around the bush and recommends a Windows 10 64-Bit from the get-go.

If you’re still using Windows 7, thinking you can run the game because the OS has always been reliable, think again. There are just some games that were created and optimized for specific requirements and it just so happened that Warzone needs a Windows 10.

It’s pretty easy to upgrade so long as you have licensed Windows. Simply go to the “Update & Security” option where you will find a Windows tab. Then, click on the check for Windows update to install.

Summary

Since Warzone is a battle royale title, it is understandable that it has some rather prohibitive system requirements. If you’re a casual gamer, you can definitely get away with a PC that costs around $700 or less.

If you do decide to update your PC using the requirements of Warzone, then you will also definitely be able to play a lot of graphic and content-heavy games. We think that’s fair if you consider the price and its value for money.

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