Starcraft 2 System Requirements

Can I Run Starcraft 2?

Running Starcraft 2 is dependent on the configuration of your gaming PC, so as a first step, you’ll need to know what hardware components it houses. If you need help doing this, please refer to our step-by-step guide right here.

With your PC specifications in hand, you can then compare these to the official minimum and recommended specifications for Starcraft 2 provided by Blizzard. We’ve listed them below for easy access. If they fall below, you may want to consider a targeted upgrade of the weakest component, but given the age of the game, it’s likely you’ll be good to go.

In the future, we plan to launch a tool to do the heavy lifting for you. It will automatically scan a gaming PC and determine its exact specifications. We hope the utility will make the whole process of finding out whether you can run a specific game a whole lot more straightforward. As of writing, it is still being developed, but we’ll be sure to publish an update once it’s ready for action.

Starcraft 2 Game Details

  • Release Date: July 27th, 2010 (PC, macOS)
  • System Requirements: Low
  • Genre: Real-time Strategy
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

Starcraft 2 is the sequel to the genre-defining real-time strategy classic Starcraft and brings the famed franchise into the twenty-first century with a much needed graphical and gameplay facelift as well as a new story and a slew of improved features.

Starcraft 2 has a gripping single-player campaign, which is set four years after the story of Starcraft expansion Brood War. Players once again reprise the role of Jim Raynor as he vies to defeat the nefarious Terran Dominion.

However, much like its predecessor, Starcraft 2 shines brightest when it comes to its competitive multiplayer component. Players battle it out as one of three factions; the humanoid Terrans, the alien Zerg, and psionic Protoss and their technology-infused weaponry.

Starcraft 2 also has three hefty expansions Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Cover Opts, which add dozens of new single-player missions, each focusing on a specifications species.

Despite its age, Starcraft 2 remains a premier eSports and has a loyal army of fans and regular players to bolster a bustling multiplayer scene so players won’t struggle to find willing partners to skirmish.

Starcraft 2 Minimum System Requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo | AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • HDD: 30 GB available space
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT | ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT | Intel HD Graphics 3000 or better
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • Screen Resolution: 1024X768 or better
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection

Starcraft 2 Recommended System Requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 | AMD FX Series Processor or better
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • HDD: 30 GB available space
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 | AMD Radeon HD 7790 or better
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Screen Resolution: 1024X768 or better
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection

Optimal Hardware Suggestions

Due to it being more or less a decade old and falling into the moderately demanding RTS genre, Starcraft 2 is pretty forgiving on modern systems, and the chances are your system will rocket past the minimum requirements with ease. However, in the unlikely case that this doesn’t ring true, then the minimum specifications can run a decent 30+ FPS at 1920×1200 with settings on medium.

Jumping to the recommended specifications, you can expect over 60 FPS at 2560×1600 with settings on ultra, although toning it down to high will up the FPS count considerably. Lower resolutions on ultra positively storm past 60 FPS in most cases, so it’s worth keeping this in mind as well.

As above, Starcraft 2 should run on all modern machines without a hitch, so for once, there’s very little we can share in terms of specific guidance or pitfalls to avoid.

What Gaming PC Do We Recommend?

The recommended specifications are a great start and flirt with the best possible Starcraft II experience. Gun to our head, we’d recommend the following setup to really get the absolute most out of the game;

  • CPU: Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

In terms of actual configurations, we’d point you in the direction of our $300 and $400 builds, and even then, you’d have more power than is needed for Starcraft II. The bottom line is that buying or building a PC fit for Starcraft II is inexpensive. A budget gaming PC will more than suffice.

2 thoughts on “Starcraft 2 System Requirements”

  1. Jason Shirley

    I’d love this System Spec Scan tool. Tough to know what graphics card you’re working with on an ex- work laptop that just said Intel Graphics Family for the Gcard.

    • Spencer McKevitt

      Don’t know if you have found it yet…. but a quick google search gave me this:
      1. Click Start.
      2. On the Start menu, click Run.
      3. In the Open box, type “dxdiag” (without the quotation marks), and then click OK.
      4. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool opens. Click the Display tab.
      On the Display tab, information about your graphics card is shown in the Device section.

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