Half Life 2 system requirements revealed!

In: Fun

13 Jul 2004

Via Eurogamer via Neowin.net:

But for those who want to see the game running in all its glory, be prepared to spec up to around a 2.4 GHz machine, with 512MB RAM, Windows 2000/XP and a DirectX 9 capable graphics card.

2.4 GHz machine – check
512MB RAM – check
Windows 2000/XP – Duh!
DirectX 9 capable graphics card – check

Looks like I don’t have to upgrade (again) for Half Life 2.

Man, could you believe I actually posted a blog entry on the specifications of a computer game? But then again, we’re talking about Half Life 2 here guys.

99 Responses to Half Life 2 system requirements revealed!



October 13th, 2004 at 11am

P4 3.0 Ghz
1 gig DDR400 PC3200 Ram
120 Gig HD
Radeon 9800 XT

…i think im set



October 13th, 2004 at 8pm

Could you please tell me if im ready to play da game???

2800+ AMD athlon xp
512 mb ram
120 gb hard drive
geforce 4 mx 64mb DDR



October 14th, 2004 at 12pm

P Celeron – 1.8 ghz (build off hte P3 processor, should work^_^)

512 mb of memory

Apollo Geforce FX5700 128 mg graphics card (oh yeah!)



October 17th, 2004 at 5am

AMD 1800 (1.6 Ghz)
256 MB RAM (been meaning to get some more anyway)
GeForce4 MX (AGP) 64 MB

For some reason I just think it’ll run without too much problems, even though it’s about half of what they list.



October 17th, 2004 at 4pm

do u think hl2 will run on my pc
P4 3.5 ghz
2 gd ram
256 mb radeon X800 XT
180 gb hard drive



October 18th, 2004 at 7am

I have…

1.1GHz Celeron
256MB PC133
GeForce4 420MX (64MB PCI!)

My system is laughable but it ran the beta not badly at all and can run CS:Source well, so I have a chance I hope…



October 22nd, 2004 at 4pm

Can someone plz answer my question??

you reckon my rig can run it???

P4 2.4ghz
512DDR RAM (Only 266mhz :@)
60GB Harddrive
ATI GeXcube 128MB DDR 9600xt, clocked at 500/600 (cant remember whats what)

I run farcry on 1024×768 everything maxed out at about 25 – 35 fps out side and inside at about 50 – what ever :P

I run Doom 3 on 1024×768 High getting about 90fps running around (I took the frame limiter off) and in a fight I get about 25 – 40

Do you reckon I could run it???



October 25th, 2004 at 3am

My PC:
P4 2.66 GHz (can overclocki it even to 3.4 GHz)
256 MB DDR266 RAM
GeFOrce 4 Ti 4200 with AGP 8X 128 MB

Can run DooM 3 @ Medium details 1280×1024 res @
40 to 60 FPS (FIGHT/NORMAL) and HIGH details at 1024×768 with crazy 25 to 35 FPS.
It’s a bit crazy that Half-Life 2 has a minimum of 700 MHz P3 processor 128 MB RAM and a 64 MB directx 6 or 7 card.I even got some trailers but what i see from them is that it’s going to run at my card on maximum details without any problems.I’m yust sorry that DooM 3 doesn’t run with directx 9 technology so that i could see all of it’s glorry.I hope HL2 will…



October 25th, 2004 at 6am

Quit showing off your gay computer specs. you dumbass losers.. What’s the point of writing down ure specs. if u know that ure not gonna get a feedback… Try looking for the ACTUAL required specs. on google or something.. Stupid…


Thor Ahlberg

October 27th, 2004 at 5pm

i have to say that HL2 is the most anticipated game of my LIFE. i’m not taking any chances.
current system:
AMD XP 2600+ – runs at 1.93ghz
1gb 333mhz ram (512*2 sticks)
128mb, 128bit ATI radeon 9200
Win XP pro
replacement cost for above spec – $1095 (aus)

NEW COMPUTER (when i get it)
P4 2.8 ghz
1gb 400mhz ram (512*2 sticks)
256mb, 256bit ATI radeon 9600 (i think, maybe pro)
120GB HD
6.1 surround sound card
6.1 surround speakers
wireless mouse and keyboard.
19″ monitor

cost, about $1600 (aus)
maybe more.

it’s gonna be AWESOME. i can lie in bed and play it without using extensions for the keyboard.

i’ll hear water dripping behind my right shoulder.

Don’t waste time just making the specs, THRASH THEM.

take my advice, and take HL2 to the MAX.

LiLbUg – size DOES matter



October 27th, 2004 at 6pm

StormTrooper you dumb fuck get outa here, there is no official specs so im asking around to see if people reckon it will run on my pc

dumb faggot!


Thor Ahlberg

October 28th, 2004 at 11am

anything that can run DOOM3 can run halflife 2 better. halflife 2’s graphics aren’t as demanding, not that they’re crap, they’re just handled better.


Thor Ahlberg

October 28th, 2004 at 11am

btw, anyone who wants VALVE’s opinion on their computer, go to http://www.half-life2.org.uk/check.php.

should get more accurate as time goes on.



November 2nd, 2004 at 9pm

i have doom 3 and it runs on full graphix, but its get glitchy if i put Antisoptric Filtering even on X6
Far-Cry runs on Full as well but again slows down if Antisoptric Filtering on maximum.

my PC
AMD Athlon XP 3200+ 2.20 GHZ
Gigabyte 7NNXP Main Board
1GB Kingston PC3200 (400MHZ) Dual Channel DDR Ram
120 Serial ATA Hard Disk
Win XP Pro (fully updated)
Sorround Sound 5.1
Radeon 9800 XT
priced less than $1200 AUD
yet thinking on upgrading video card to
Geforce 6800 Ultra (Nvidia cards, higher FPS than ATI)


Gustav du Toit (g-M@N)

November 9th, 2004 at 2am

I have a P4 2.41 GHz(can overclock to 3.2 GHz)
768mb system ram
Gigabyte ATI 9200 64mb
2x 40GB Hdd’s
Windows XP Pro

You won’t believe me but
it runs UT2004 at 110 FPS on 1024×768 and all the settings on full,
and it runs Farcry +- 60FPS on 1024×768 with all the settings on full,

Do you guys think it will run HL2 and how many FPS ??
Please tell me what you think and send it to gman_204@hotmail.com




November 9th, 2004 at 6am

hm question: did my system works with half life 2

amd 64 bit 3200+ ( i hope winxp 64 bit comes quickly)
geforce fx 5200 128 mb ddr ram 64 bit edition
160 GB HD Samsung SP1604N
768 MB ddr ram (both 333 Mhz)
Asus K8N-E Deluxe Motherboard with Nforce 3 chipsatz.
with 7.1 on board ( Im gettin to buy 2x 1024 mb ddr ram (400mhz) to run dual channel)

Thanks all for explain




November 10th, 2004 at 1pm

Ey Gustav du Toit
Dude my friend has a 64 bit 3000 AMD 9800 pro 256 bit ,1 gig of 400mhz ram and a 120gb harddrive and he cant run farcry ut2004 or farcry at what you do, you are either seriously bullshitting!!! god damnit a 9200??? I had one of them and I couldent even run farcry at 800×600 medium (it was just playable) my specs are:
P4 2.4ghz
512DDR RAM (Only 266mhz :@)
60GB Harddrive
ATI GeXcube 128MB DDR 9600xt, clocked at 500/600 (cant remember whats what)
And I cant run games like you can

You really are a dickhead or you have typed your specs wrong which I really think you have!


My Computer Rocks

November 11th, 2004 at 8pm

I have a coppermine @ 733 overclockable to 800+ so BIG pass on the minimum specs there.
I have 192 MB or PC 100 RAM so I’m way over the hill there
And I got a Kyro Hercules 32 MB graphics card, looks like I’m on par…
I’m gonna buy this game to give me the incentive to purchase a fucking ripper of a box, might even try building one myself, anyone got ideas for a box that will run HL2 beautifully, I don’t need a hard drive or case but everything else has to go.



November 13th, 2004 at 5am

herez what i have:
Intel 2.8EGHz P4 (1mb L2 cache) Clocked @ 3.0
Gigabyte P4 Titan GA-8IK1100
1GB PC3200 (400 MHz) clocked @ 430MHz
80GB WD HD 7200 RPM
X800 Pro GDDR 256MB
Logitech Z-640 5.1 Channel Surround Sound
17″ HP Pavilion mx70
Optical Gamming Mouse



November 14th, 2004 at 9am

P4 2.8 ghz
512 mb ram
Nvidia Geforce FX 5700

hopefully i can run it with everything more or less cranked up. I heard about a month ago about problems they were having running the game on the nvidia FX cards. The article i read said that the frame rate dropped down extremely low, but i guess obviously they have fixed these problems.



November 15th, 2004 at 1pm

AMD Athlon 2500 + / MSI motherboard
1 GB DDR333 Memory
Geforce2 64 MB video card
SB LIVE X-gamer sound card
40gb western digital HD
19inch mitsubishi moniter



November 15th, 2004 at 4pm

Does anybody check this forum?? ive asked my question twice!! Im getting hl2 tommorow COLLECTORS EDITION :D I know it will run but how well is my question! anyone got a settings for the reso and graphics detail? plz!



November 16th, 2004 at 12am

AMD Athlon 2800+
Asus Motherboard
Windows XP (Servce Pack 2)
2x 80GB hard drives (7200rpm)
Geforce FX 5900 256mb
17inch moniter (old school but still does the job ^^)

you think I can run it ok?



November 16th, 2004 at 10pm

WIll HL2 work on mine?

Made it myself and it can defenintly whoop any Alienware computer on the market right now.

AMD FX 55 Processor overclocked
4 gig RAM overclocked
Radeon X800 XT 256mb Platinum Edtion overclocked
Western Digital Serial ATA 74GB Hard Drive at 10K RPM
Windows XP Pro Edtion



November 17th, 2004 at 12am

Look guys im in a very serious condition
Even though i have 2.4Ghz 512MB Ram 128 Vga card
I am still not sure it will work the best on my chipset
its GeforceMX 440 with AGP8X



November 17th, 2004 at 1am

Damn, is my Geforce FX5200 gonna run it laggy or smooth ??



November 17th, 2004 at 4am

I can run it right?

Amd Athlon xp 2400

Radion 9800 256mb

512 ram


Black Man Gamer

November 17th, 2004 at 8pm

P4 2.4ghz
Radeon 9800 128mb Pro
512+512 mbram

i think im gonna run this game pretty good :)



November 17th, 2004 at 9pm

Athlon XP
Geforce 4 MX 32 vid mem
DirectX 8.1
512 ddr ram
Windows XP

Will this work for Half-Life 2?



November 18th, 2004 at 4am

Athlon XP 2800+ Barton
512mb DDR333
ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128mb
Windows XP (obv)

Wonder if I can run on high details, gotta w8 for friday for it to be delivered! Yes delivered, I am paying for the game.



November 18th, 2004 at 11am

Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
1 GB Ram
1 100 GB Harddrives
ATI Radeon 9800 XT 256 MB
Windows XP PRO

I wonder if this will do



November 18th, 2004 at 11am

Damn Nathan


dell 4600

November 19th, 2004 at 12am

i wonder if mine can run it….
pentium 4 2.8GHz
512Mb ram
128MB nvidia geforce fx5200 (shit card)
80 gb hhd

it can run ut 2004 1024×768 ok in avarage graphics, but i think it will die trying to do hl2, am i right…?



December 18th, 2004 at 3am

fuckers all fuck



January 5th, 2005 at 5am

Ok im hoping someone comes here who has tried this game ( Counter Strike source) ( or half life 2 seeing Source is a mod for it ) i am wondering the specs this pc im building is going to get i have a graphics card already

AMD Athlon 64 3500+
gig of 3200+ ram
A8V deluxe Motherboard
MSI Ge-Force FX 5900 256 mb

Email me if u have any information for me XCMCreamer@hotmail.com



January 5th, 2005 at 6am

Well i was reading over the post and i cant seem to find 1 person helping anyone out just another perosn asks a question and another question:P so here is my 2 cents hoping someone might give theres
From my experince i saw the game at my friends house so anyone Runing a ATI 9600 pro card a AMD XP CPU (not Barton) and 512 ram are not going to have perfectly smooth frame rates im guessing from what i saw 20-60 :P



January 13th, 2005 at 9am

I cant ge my half life running on my comp.. all i can do is play counter strike (#1) and nothing else….when i try to play deathmatch or source it tells me that it could not read the memory…does anyone know why tis is happening?!?!?!

2.53 GHz Processor
256 RAM
40 GB Hard Drive
On board video

(yes its not top notch but still shouldn’t it work???)


Dell 4600i

January 21st, 2005 at 5am

for a start, you havent got enough RAM, it may say 256mb on the back of the box, but your’re only gonna have about 128mb free for running games, also, your onboard graphics aren’t doing you any favours.

(Sorry for degrading comment)

Oh btw i upgraded to an X800 Pro and it runs 56.8 fps on video stress test



February 21st, 2005 at 6am

Your computers SUCK!
Mine: Athlon 3000+ (runs better than a 3.0 Ghz. Pentium 4)
1GB Centon Memory DDR
RADEON X800 256MB!!!! (yee salah!)

It’ll run good fo’ sho’



February 25th, 2005 at 7am

AMD XP 1800+
Windows 98SE
256MB FX5700LE

Ran it a 1024*768*16
No problems whatsoever, excellent performance at high settings, First 3 secs of new area slightly jerky, after that 100% smooth.



March 28th, 2005 at 8pm

I’ve got Pentium III 1.1GHz, PC-100 SDRAM 192MB, 80GB 7200/8Mb, GeForce FX 5200 128/64 bit PCI (I have no AGP ports). My PC is too old….I know….but I hope that it will work at least on minimum/medium settings.

And I would like to say that asking someone if it’s gonna work on P4 with 1GB RAM is stupid !. People stop showing off !.



April 5th, 2005 at 7am

amd fx55
4gb ddr ram
dual SLI 2 ASUS geforce 6800 Ultra 256mb
400gb MaXtor



August 4th, 2005 at 10am

Trying to run Half Life 2 Demo…
Keeps saying ‘Failed to set video mode’ ‘This game requires DirectX 7 compatible hardware’

my computer:
Athlon 2800+
GeForce 4 MX 64MB

Can somebody tell me whats wrong?..



January 13th, 2006 at 3am

3.4 ghz with HT
1gig ram
256 ATI Radeon x800xt
Win XP
Raid 0 HD 320gb

I hope my computer and run it ;)



February 2nd, 2006 at 8am

I think my machine will run it fine.

Athlon64 3400+ 1600MHz FSB
360 GB Hard Drive
GeForce 6800GS 256MB PCI-E

I play Far Cry on Very High on 1024×768.


Jason Pace

February 24th, 2006 at 7pm

My system is an AMD 3000XP (2.1 GHz)
2GB Corsier RAM
GeForce 256 MB 7800 GS
and Half Life 2 runs perfectly.



September 3rd, 2007 at 6pm

runs fine on my p3 800mhz ;D



February 28th, 2008 at 2pm

AMD Phennom 9500+ Quad-core
6gb ram DDR2
Dual SLI Geforce 8800 Ultras
Kubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, Wine 0.9.54.

Err…what is lag?



February 28th, 2008 at 2pm

“GeForce 4 MX 64MB”

That is.
Get a video card.