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System Requirements

System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements:

Operating System: Windows XP SP3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHZ or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHZ
Memory: 2 GB of RAM
Hard Disk Space: 8 GB Free
DVD-ROM Required for disc-based installation
Video: 256 MB ATI HD2600 XT or better, 256 MB nVidia 7900 GS or better, 


Core i3 or better integrated graphics
Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
DirectX® DirectX® version 9.0c
Internet Connection: Required for initial game validation and multiplayer games

Recommended System Requirements:

Operating System: Windows Vista SP2 / Windows 7
Processor: 2.4 GHz Quad Core CPU
Memory: 4 GB of RAM
Graphics: 512 MB ATI 4800 or better, 512 MB nVidia 9800 or better
Internet Connection: Broadband Internet connection recommended


Depending on how you purchased Civilization V, you have two methods of installation available to you.

Box Install

If you purchased a physical copy of Sid Meier’s Civilization V, insert the DVD-ROM into your drive. You will first select your language, and will then have the option to install the game.

You will be prompted during the installation to install Steam if you do not yet have it installed, and then it will ask you to login to your Steam account. Follow the onscreen instructions to finish the installation. Please note that you must be connected to the Internet during this initial installation process.

If prompted for your Product Code (for disc-based installations), please note it is located on the back of the manual cover.

Steam Install

If you purchased the game through Steam’s online storefront, the game will automatically appear in your Games list. Click on the Civilization V title to bring up the game page.

Click on the Install button at the top of the page to begin installation.

You can also choose to add a box copy of Civ V purchased through a store to your Steam account. From the Games tab, click on “Activate a Product on Steam…” and agree to the Terms of Service. Enter your product key into the provided line and click on Next. 

You can now download and play your copy of Civ V as if you had purchased it directly from within Steam.

Internet Connection

The first time you play Civ V, an active Internet connection will be required. Any time thereafter, you will not need to have an active connection to the Internet, unless of course you wish to play any multiplayer games.

If you purchased the game through Steam, you’ll also need an Internet connection to download all the necessary game files.
While not required to play, if you wish to purchase any official DLC or browse for mods, you will also need an Internet connection.

Civilization V is powered through Steam, an online game platform and distributor. Steam allows for automated updates, easy access to DLC, and a quick way to join up with your friends for Multiplayer games.

Steam is required to play Civ V, and an Internet connection will be required only when you first run the game. See “Installation” on page 4 for more details, or visit http:// for more information about the service.