Can My PC Run Valorant?

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Initially known as Project A, it is now known as a project of complete success. Valorant hits an average of 3 million players a day and the figures aren’t going down. If you’re one of the interested individuals who want to play Valorant, you should definitely check first if your PC can run Valorant.

More than that, you should also know what kind of Valorant games you want to play and if you want to play the game at a casual or competitive level.

Knowing specifically what you want can help you manage your expectations or determine the upgrades that you want.

If you are looking for something that could answer your queries of both the minimum requirements of the game as well as recommended specs for playing the game with high FPS, then you’ve come to the right article.

Valorant Minimum System Requirements

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, AMD Athlon 200GE

GPU: Intel HD 4000, Radeon R5 200

RAM: 4 GB

Storage: 20 to 30 GB of available space

Operating System: Windows 7/8/10 64-Bit

CPU

The minimum requirement for your PC to run Valorant is a measly Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 or an AMD Athlon 200GE. Do note that this means the max fps of the game is only 30 frames per second. For some people, 30 fps is completely acceptable, especially on a casual level. We’d argue however that even casually, 30 fps is barely cutting it.

A better gaming experience would be 60 fps. So, for that, get at least an Intel Core i3 4th gen or an AMD Ryzen 3 1200.

If you’re only choosing between the two, go for the AMD Ryzen 3 1200. However, the difference between the two is only marginal.

Now, if you really want to enjoy the game at a spectacularly high-quality rate, Riot Games suggest an Intel Core i5 9th gen or an AMD Ryzen 5 2600X.

Between the two, the i5-9400F is cheaper by $35 but it is better than the Ryzen 5 2600X. Benchmarks show that the i5-9400F performs really well for shooter games, crossing over 230 effective fps.

Valorant is CPU intensive at a high level because the CPU is what mainly dictates and limits frame rate. Another thing to note is that your monitor should perfectly match the fps that you are aiming for.

GPU

For minimum specs, you can opt to have Intel HD 4000 which is an integrated graphics solution by Intel, or an AMD Athlon 200GE.

What you have to note about PCs with lower specs trying to run Valorant is that the load becomes GPU-bound whereas, for higher spec PCs, the reliance is on the CPU.

You can definitely work with these two cards, or you can even rely on your integrated graphics if you’ve got a decent processor, but you would have to compromise on the aesthetics of your game.

You don’t need a high-end graphics card, but if the rest of your PC parts are at the mid to high range, why cheap out on your GPU?

Go for at least an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or an AMD Radeon R7 370. Another similarly priced GPU would be AMD’s RX 570 which actually performs better than the 1050 Ti. Unfortunately, you would need a better PSU.

RAM

The game needs at least 4 GB of RAM to effectively run. Additionally, the developers didn’t recommend anything higher even for running the game in high settings.

This is because, in Valorant terms, the RAM is only for loading the game and in-game assets faster. However, if you’re also running other RAM intensive applications, there is a high chance that the game will stutter or worse, crash.

Though it is not necessary, get at least an 8 GB RAM. It will save you the annoyance and you will also have a better time using your computer outside of Valorant.

Storage

For an fps, Valorant is pretty modest in download size at 14.4 GB.

So why do the developers recommend at least 20 and up to 30 GB of free space?

The reason is quite simple, really. Valorant is an online first person shooter game with updates/patches, new skins, events, and other thematic elements that are being released by Riot on a constant basis.

There are instances when a patch is over 1 GB big while some are around 200 MB or less. In any case, your system should be able to accommodate these updates either way.

Our recommendation would be a minimum of 256 GB for the SSD, which can cost as low as $30, or at least a 320 GB HDD to match. HDDs that size can go as low as $40.

Operating System

Valorant can run on Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 64-Bit smoothly.

If you have a Windows 7 or 8, it is not necessary to upgrade. However, if you are experiencing in-game crashing in Valorant, it could be the culprit or it could also be a lower version of Windows that’s causing the issue. Either way, get a Windows 10 because it is definitely better than the 8 and it is getting more updates.

Now, on another note, there are some posts from gamers claiming that Valorant runs fine on Windows 11.

We strongly discourage you from upgrading for now.

Connectivity

Valorant is purely an online shooter game. there are no offline modes and, like with most FPS games, it is highly competitive. Is there any competition against AIs? Yeah, we thought so.

You must have a download speed of at least 30 Mbps, an upload speed of 1 Mbps, and a ping of no higher than 15. 20 ping is still fine but anything over 70 is just an absolutely bad time.

Why is ping important in FPS games? This is because FPS games rely on actions that take place in mere seconds or even milliseconds. The difference between your response and the server transferring the data of your response (a.k.a. Ping) is crucial to the game. The higher your Ping, the lower the response rate is, and the worse your game will be.

You’re probably already dead in-game, but you don’t know it yet.

A normal high speed broadband connection can help you achieve low ping. For best results though, get fiber optic internet.

Summary

Since Valorant is an esports title, the requirements are automatically reasonable. Technically speaking, even relatively low end computers can run the game. However, there is a gap between simply playing Valorant and playing the game at a higher level.

If you want to play the game with high fps and great graphics, there seems to be an initial illusion of trade-off in parts. For example, you can get away with a good GPU if you have a low-end CPU or vice versa. This isn’t the truth, actually.

First off, you should definitely get a good processor. This is where the game relies the most on. Second, you can get a mid-range GPU but then you’d have to sacrifice the graphics so where’s the fun in that especially when you already have a processor that can manage high fps? Get the recommended specs of the developers. Third, you also definitely have to get a good monitor.

These are our three takeaways for Valorant.

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