Once upon a time, the Valve Corporation decided to develop Half-Life 2, now recognized as one of the best and most influential first-person shooters of the previous decade. To better facilitate development, they built the Source Engine, which was praised by critics for having realistic lighting, great-looking textures, and most of all, a robust physics component.
Nowadays, the Source Engine is on its second iteration (aptly named Source 2), which powers the longest-surviving MOBA and the game we all love: Dota 2.
Now you might be thinking, “Wouldn’t Dota 2 being on Source 2 mean that it requires a powerful PC to run?” Actually, you’d probably be surprised just how flexible and scalable the game is, even allowing gamers on a budget to jump in and enjoy.
Dota 2 Minimum System Requirements
The minimum requirements for Dota 2 are fairly straightforward, and even a PC from the late 2000s can handle it—albeit at low settings. A simple dual core CPU + discrete GPU combo is all it takes to run the game, combined with 4GB of RAM and 15GB of storage space.
Dota 2 PC Requirements
For PC users, Windows 7 is the absolute minimum requirement when it comes to the operating system. This means that XP and Vista won’t cut it—but these days you should be on a more updated version of Windows anyway.
A dual core CPU from either AMD or Intel clocked at 2.8GHz or more is next on the list. For gamers on a budget, we recommend the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G, a quad core CPU with a relatively powerful integrated GPU for just $99. The 2200G is a fantastic choice if you just want to jump in and play, especially when GPU pricing is higher than usual due to demand.
If playing with a discrete GPU, we recommend pairing a budget option like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 alongside the Intel Pentium G4560—which will set you back around $220. Although this combo is more than double the price of the 2200G, it will allow you to play other games at 1080p with higher framerates.
Dota 2 Laptop Requirements
The requirements for playing Dota 2 on a laptop PC are much the same as those on a desktop PC, but unlike desktops you have a much more limited set of choices when it comes to specs. Laptops with dual core processors are widely available, though you will have trouble finding AMD’s APUs (CPUs with better-than-average integrated graphics like the 2200G) on portable devices.
To that end, simply choose a laptop with a discrete GPU like the Nvidia GeForce MX150, or one with the desktop-grade GTX 1050. Whichever one you choose will allow you to play Dota 2 just fine at 1080p resolution.
Dota 2 Mac Requirements
For Mac users, you need to be on OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later in order to pass the OS requirement. Every Mac model released after 2011 sports an Intel CPU, which means that you don’t have to worry too much about that component in particular unless your model is more than seven years old.
What you do need to worry about, though, is whether or not your Mac’s GPU is up to the task. You will need at least an Nvidia 320M, an AMD Radeon HD 2400, or an Intel CPU with 3000-series integrated graphics. Apart from the GPU, the rest of the requirements are the exact same as those on PC: 4GB RAM, and 15GB of storage space.
Dota 2 Recommended Specs
Valve doesn’t have any official recommended specs listed for Dota 2 on Steam, though that isn’t going to stop us from suggesting our own. As of May 2018, we would recommend either an Intel i3-8100 or the Ryzen 3 2200G for the CPU, and at least a GTX 1050 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 560 for the GPU. 8GB of RAM is the sweet spot for gaming, so we’d recommend going for at least that much in that department.
These specs should have you taken care of at 1080p. Builds running these components will have no trouble playing Dota 2 at 60 frames per second, making for a very smooth but budget-friendly experience.
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