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StarCraft II system requirements:

Required (PC):

  • Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (Updated with the latest Service Packs) with DirectX® 9.0c

  • 2.6 GHz Pentium® IV or equivalent AMD Athlon® processor

  • 128 MB PCIe NVIDIA® GeForce® 6600 GT or ATI Radeon® 9800 PRO video card or better

  • 12 GB available HD space

  • 1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 users)

  • DVD-ROM drive

  • Broadband Internet connection

  • 1024X720 minimum display resolution

Recommended PC System Requirements:

  • Windows Vista®/Windows® 7

  • Dual Core 2.4Ghz Processor

  • 2 GB RAM

  • 512 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GT/GTS or ATI Radeon® HD 3870 or better

These are more of generalizations.
* Athlon processors do not meet the system requirements. They're the old Thunderbird models and go up to 1.2 GHz.
* Athlon XP processors with a rating of 2200+ and above will meet it.
* Athlon 64 processors tend to meet it. The very low-end Athlon 64 models (energy efficient models ending in e) may not. Check your clock speeds. Anything at or higher than 2.2GHz is a safe bet.
* For Sempron types, you'll want a higher clock speed to make up for it lacking in other areas. Sempron processors exists across Socket 478-AM2 so you may want to see what type you have using CPU-Z.
* First generation AMD Phenom processors (ending in 00) will work but you need to be aware of the TLB fix. It has a pretty substantial performance drop so you might see choppiness. We have a pretty large writeup on the World of Warcraft forum with a bit more information about it.
* Phenom processors ending in 50 do not have this problem. All but the slowest models will meet the system requirements
* Athlon II and Phenom II should all be faster than the minimum requirements.
* Pentium III processors do not meet the requirements
* Pentium IV/D processors at 2.6GHz and above meet it.
* Intel Core 2 around 1.8GHz is a rough area but should be able to play it at low settings. 2.4GHz is the recommended number.
* Intel Celeron processors fall under a lot of different families of chips and sockets. There are those based off of the Pentium 4 of different types and those based off of Core 2. You may want to check what type you have using CPU-Z
* Intel i3/i5/i7 desktop processors exceed the minimum requirements. Laptop models under 2.4 GHz fall under the system requirements.

Video card
We require a GeForce 6600 or Radeon 9800 video card in terms of performance. Keep in mind that there are higher-numbered video cards that fall under what we need. Probably the best chart you can look at is available on Tom's Hardware:
The GeForce 6600 and Radeon 9800 are towards the lower half of the chart. If your video card is under it, that's not a good thing. If your video card is above it, that's good.
Some of the more common ones that are under the system requirements:
NVIDIA GeForce 6150, 6200, 7150, 8300, 8400, 9100, 9300
ATI Radeon Xpress 200, 1150, 1250, X1050, 8500-9600, X300-600
All Intel GMA adapters minus the one in the i3/i5 chips. Those tend to run better but we don't know how much.

List of benchmarks done by third party sites.
the Beta worked fine, now when i run up the whole program my computer gets jumpy, i looked on the list but I couldnt find my card, its a Nvidia GT 230m
Do the recommended settings allow to run the game on Ultra?

I can only run it on High now and I'm looking to buy a new video card.
would a GeForce 8400 GS 512MB DDR2 PCI Graphics Card run the game ok? And what graphics range would i be looking at it (with little to no lag)? Or Should i buy a little better graphics card?(looking to go as cheap as possible thats why I came to this)
Do the recommended settings allow to run the game on Ultra?

I can only run it on High now and I'm looking to buy a new video card.

Reccomended usually covers what you need to run the game at medium settings at a consistent framerate im pretty sure.
would a GeForce 8400 GS 512MB DDR2 PCI Graphics Card run the game ok? And what graphics range would i be looking at it (with little to no lag)? Or Should i buy a little better graphics card?(looking to go as cheap as possible thats why I came to this)
PCI automatically disqualifies it from running ok. World of Warcraft and StarCraft II requires a lot of data bandwidth that PCI cannot provide.
kk thanks i was in the wrong section =/ didnt mean PCI Ill look for a better graphics card anyways tho

currently running the game on a crappy gforce 6150 nforce 430 so its for sure time for improvement =)
I am having trouble running SC2 at low setting and these are my specs

Processor: AMD Athlon (tm) II x4 630 processor 2.8 ghz
Ram: 6GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9100
Windows 7 64bit

Please any help will be appreciated.

Um there is a offline mode you just have to have connected once with that computer and your bnet account I belive.
Having a problem running the game with minimum settings.

In advance, I apologize for the fact that I'm trying to play a game on a laptop but recent years haven't allowed much gaming time and I need a laptop for work, so it's only made sense to make the attempt.

Specs are as follows:

Sony VGN-NW350F
* PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 / 2.2 GHz
* VIDEO: Chipset Type Mobile Intel GM45 Express - Available memory: 1759 MB
* CACHE: 2 MB L2 cache
* RAM: 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM - 800 MHz
* OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

The game suggests I shut down any other programs. However, I do not have any programs overtly running in the background. That said, I do have some of Sony's bloatware running, I'm sure, as I've not had time to go through and clean the computer up and I'm not sure what to turn off.

Any help is appreciated. Also, if anyone is aware of a program that will quickly clean off the bloatware, it would be helpful. Computer is currently using minimal processor when idling but does use upward of 25% of RAM when idling.

@ Sirk - your 9100 is under minimum requirements.
@ Schwin - Your Intel GMA 4500 is under system requirements
@ Hexagram - You should be able to access Offline Mode if you log onto your account and then exit the game. Disconnect from the internet and try logging onto the same account again. It'll stay that way for 30 days but this is the wrong thread to post this issue in.
yes it

Do the recommended settings allow to run the game on Ultra?

I can only run it on High now and I'm looking to buy a new video card.

the game defaulted to ultra settings upon install, for me. I double checked every setting and it indeed had maxxed everything out.
Would this handle it? Spotted it on Craigslist at an affordable price and might just go pick it up if it will. I know the processor's a little bit on the low end. I used to know a little something about computers but I just haven't been able to keep up with them over the last 4 years.

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4050e 2.10GHz CPU
Memory: 3GB DDR2 Memory
Storage: 320GB SATA2 Hard Drive
Video: Integrated Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8200
Audio: Integrated High Definition 5.1 Audio

Read something about external USB graphics adapters now. Anyone know if those are decent and affordable?

for some reason sc2 cant identify my gfx card. i'm running a radeon 4670 on my dell xps 16. i've downloaded the updated drivers also. please advise.
I know this may not be the best place to post this, but not being all that savvy with hardware I wanted some quick input. I'm looking at potentially getting this machine:
As it falls within a decent price range but I wanted to be absolutely sure the video card is up to snuff.
NVIDIA GeForce GT240 1GB
I'm looking to make sure that if I can afford this it will be good enough start with. I haven't had a real gaming pc because I've always ended up with hand-me-downs and spare parts.
Thank you!

Also, I'm considering this because of free shipping and better deal between the 2.
ATI Radeon HD 5450 1GB
AMD 2.6ghz(duel core)
325g Hard Drive
i just ordered Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP. is PCI and PCI express different than what has been stated above or does this fall under all forms of PCI?
will my comp be able to run this smoothly with these specs? *as of now its not but i was hoping with the new card that would change*

--edit-- nevermind video card chart ftw. this just made my day. thx
I have unidentified card issues as well. Since this started with my radeon 5650 I have encountered a huge drop in frame rate... is this something someone knows about...
My computer specs exceed the recommended settings and yet the game barely runs on bare minimum settings. The game did run on High-Ultra settings during Beta Phase 1 however. I have already updated the drivers for the graphic card, and changed all its settings to high performance. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Comp Specs:

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium (Service Pack 2)
CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Video: ATI Radeon HD 4670 1 GB
Im having problems running starcraft 2 on my laptop...I have a Geforce 9800m GS with an Intel core 2 duo 2.13GHz p7450. Now the movies in game are blacking out and the game is choppy. I just need to know if their something I need to fix or what? My laptop can handle Crysis on high settings so figured my laptop should be able to handle this.

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