PC for Civilization VI

Civilization VI doesn't really have high system requirements, but if you're either looking for a laptop that can run the game smoothly, building a pc on a tight budget or building a pc that can run the game all maxed out, you came to the right place.


Minimum laptop required to play Civilization VI ($360 to $700)

This is guided towards students, people living in countries where tech is expensive or anyone who can't spend too much money. The minimum laptop required to play the game without lag.

Civilization VI's system requirements are pretty low, but there are some minimums a laptop or pc must met in order to run the game: No chromebooks (Windows 7 or better) and 4GB RAM and a graphics card that supports DirectX 11 and has at least 1GB of VRAM.

All those requirements are actually barely met by the $360 Walmart laptop or most laptops that have a Ryzen 3 3200U (RX Vega 3 iGPU). Yes, you can get away with systems that are even cheaper, but this is minimum in order to play with zero lag, low graphic presets:

  • RAM: 4GB
  • GPU: RX Vega 3 or equivalent (such as MX130, UHD Graphics 620 and others)



Recommended laptop to play Civilization VI ($700 and up)

Laptops equiped with a NVIDIA GTX 16 Series are enough to play Civilization VI at high presets smoothly. However, keep in mind that you will also do fine with cheaper laptops equiped with a graphics card such as the older GTX 1050. As you can see Civilization VI requires only a budget laptop to be played maxed out, that is, if you're not planning to play on 4K or something.


Acer Nitro 5 AN515 ($705)

The Acer Nitro 5 is a budget gaming laptop that is not as bulky as you might think, at 5.07 lbs (2.3 kg) it weighs less than the Acer Nitros usually do. Hardware is pretty good for the price while maintaning a decent build quality. RAM and storage are easily accesible and upgradable.


  • CPU: i5-9300H
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Weight: 5.07 lbs (2.3 kg)   


Lenovo Legion 5 ($999)

The Lenovo Legion series has won awards for its excellent performance, cooling and clever designs. This years laptop is not the exception, it delivers great performance while looking sober and stylish. At home the Lenovo Legion will run all the games you want, and at the office it will look very proffessional. 


  • CPU: Ryzen 7 4800H
  • GPU: GTX 1660Ti
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD
  • Weight: 5.41 lbs (2.45 kg)   





Budget PC Build for Civilization VI ($350)

Letme be clear, the build I'm going to show you now is in the budget of the budget sector, this is because Civilization VI doesn't really have high requirements. However, the build performs well in everyday tasks and is also very easily upgradable.