Modern Warfare 3 PC Minimum System Requirements, FAQ

If you’re planning on pwnin’ noobz so hard that they freak-the-fuck out (see: milk moustache kid) on the PC version of Modern Warfare 3 when it launches November 8th, you’re going to want to know if that old-ass PC you’re sitting behind is going to be able to run the latest (and greatest?) Call of Duty game! Well, that question is answered below with the surprisingly low Modern Warfare 3 minimum system requirements for the PC.

While on the subject of the PC version of Modern Warfare 3, a FAQ has been posted on answering a multitude of the most pressing PC related Modern Warfare 3 queries. Check that out below the minimum specs.


OS: Windows® XP / Windows Vista® / Windows® 7

Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom™ X38750 processor or better

Memory: 16 GB free hard drive space / 2GB RAM

Video Card: Shader 3.0 or better 256 MB NVIDIA®GeForce™ 8600GT / ATI® Radeon™ X1950 or better

Sound Card: DirectX® 9.0C or later

Does the PC version of Modern Warfare 3 support the same Private Match options?

Yes! PC players can fully customize their private / dedicated server games through full control over Class Restrictions, Custom Gamemode creation, access to unique private match modes like One in the Chamber,Gun Game, and Infected, as well as save their custom games for future use.

Will Modern Warfare 3 have Dedicated Servers?

Yes! Modern Warfare 3 supported matchmaking as well as Dedicated Servers, allowing players to find and filter via an in-game server browser or set-up their own Dedicated Server for complete control, without being restricted by any 3rd party hosting requirements. If looking for a Dedicated Server to join, if you choose not to set up your own, you can filter and favorite by Ping, Map, Gametype, Hardcore Variants, Voice, Password, and many other options.

Will MW3 on PC have unique graphic options available?

Yes! You have a lot of graphic options, including enablingand disabling of new rendering features such as SSAO, you’ll also be able to modify DOF, Shadows, Anti-Aliasing, Texture Resolution and more.

Will Remote Console (RCON) be available to server admins?

Yes! You’ll be able to admin your server using RCON. We’ll support all things you’d expect, such as Kicking & Banning players, map rotation, private chat to players, reloading the map, and more.

Does Modern Warfare 3 on PC support an in-game Server Browser? Can you also use matchmaking?

Yes! In addition to the public matchmaking system for finding Ranked public games, you can use the in-game server browser to find and favorite unranked Dedicated Servers to join, which can be filtered by a number of options mentioned above.

How is Modern Warfare 3 on PC handling anti-cheat?

Security is a major focus for Modern Warfare 3, especially coming out of Modern Warfare 2. We will be utilizing multiple methods of Anti-cheat and Security methods, including Steam’s VAC system, CEG, and our own propriety methods implemented to provide multiple layers of defense in keeping online multiplayer fun, fair, and secure for all players without limiting the control they expect on PC.

Will Modern Warfare 3 on PC support STEAM?

Yes! MW3 is fully integrated with Steamworks, including the Steam Friends List (in addition to the in-game friends list), Steam Server Browser (in addition to the in-game one), Steam Achievements, and the ability to join friends matches.

Will Spec Ops have matchmaking on PC?

Yes! As well as Spec Ops specific leaderboards and a full progressive ranking system.

What is the Maxplayer count for Modern Warfare 3 on PC?

Currently it is 18 players max (in Ground War) but it may increase post launch.

Will Modern Warfare 3 on PC have LAN support?


What is the overall design philosophy regarding PC? How is IW/SH providing for the unique needs of PC players?

We value the PC player and have gone to great lengths inproviding a more rich experience for our players.  We keep our ear near the ground and try todeliver items most requested.  The big feature for MW3 we are supporting is Dedicated Servers, this includes a serverbrowser, voting, RCON, and more.  Also we’ve implemented some PC only rendering features including SSAO.  Lastly we are embracing the STEAM platform by integrating fully with Steam including friends list, STEAM achievements.

How is the game being optimized for PC hardware?

We do wide testing across all tiers of PC, in our office wehave an old minspec machine that receives just as much care as our top tier PC.  We’ve also engaged the hardware manufactures for wider compatibility testing for us to ensure an optimized bug free launch.

Can we set our max FPS?

No. Setting Max FPS is not a user controllable option.

Will ‘lean’ be in the game?

No. We chose to keep lean out of the game to keep the gameplay experience universal across all platforms. This was a gameplay design decision.

Will there be Modtools for Modern Warfare 3 on PC?

Mod Tools will not be shipped at launch.  As always we are continually evaluating features to support post launch and this is one requiring further discussion.




  1. Auptyk says:

    Nothing bad in that at all.

    I could probably run 5 or 6 instances of MW3 on my PC at the same time with those minimum specs. Which is not a negative, as that means a totally smooth ride at extreme settings.

    I personally don’t care about Mod tools, and lean I don’t use enough anymore to care. I useful in a few situations… but not something I will really miss. 12-18 players is perfect… however since they are releasing the server files you will see high player count servers I am sure of it.

    Anyone remember the 25v25 shipment servers on CoD4? Yeah… like that… I avoided that.

    All in all some good deals there.

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    • Taz187Skillz says:

      the 25vs25 shipment servers of cod4 were much better than the 6vs6 servers of mw2. It was real warfare and chaos. At 6vs6 servers you get 1 on 1 fights which was pretty boring i think…

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      • LG Times says:

        1v1 fights are the best. It shows who’s better it that situation.

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      • Nomad says:

        Agreed. Call of Duty 4 was, and always will be the best CoD. I loved 32 players on backlot. 12 players in a match is pathetic. At least Black Ops had 18 players (9v9) in a Team Deathmatch round but even that seemed to little.

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  2. Cliff M says:

    I was surprised at how low those specs are. MW2′s min specs weren’t spectacular though –

    Running it on max and getting good FPS is a different story though I suppose!

    • Auptyk says:

      It doesn’t bother me. I don’t need BF3 Frostbite 2 level graphics (which are freaking nice) to have fun. For me CoD has the game play that I like and that is what is important.

      Low stats also mean more players on an even playing field.

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  3. PaPa says:

    Couple of things that I’m not happy with.

    1. No Lean :(
    2. Mod Tools not shipping with Launch :(

    And one thing about the LAN support:

    Will you be able to play LAN without being ONLINE (no internet) ?

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  4. fuzz says:

    No MAX FPS setting (maxed @ 85)


    No LEAN

    COD comes out and fixes the dedicated servers issue and then in typical COD fashion takes two steps backwards. Good job.

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  5. KinG_Bob says:

    When I think of “that old pc in the corner” I imagine a P4 with 512mb of ram and a X550, not a newer dual core machine with 2gb of ram. And if this game REQUIRES steam to run, I will not buy it. If it needs constant network connection, I will not buy it. If it has any form of online copy protection. You guessed it, I will not buy it. Hopefully the Lan will have offline, non-steam support. I was a huge fan of the Call of duty series until mw2 came along, seeing as I do not have internet, I wasted £60 on it. – posted from school. XD

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  6. Decapticator says:

    Whoa !! This is it, these are perfect !!!

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  7. Old School says:

    My “old pc in the corner” is a P4 Northwood 3.4GHz with 2Gb HyperX 2-3-2-5 CL2 RAM memory and a RADEON HD 3850 AGP version. I hope the best about running the game.

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  8. _JK_ says:

    My Pc is pretty old, hopefully I’ll be able to play MW3.

    This is my CPU:

    Processsor: AMD Phenom X3 8450
    RAM: 3GB
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeFORCE 9600 GS

    Will I be able to play the game? Plz answer as I want to pre-order right away.

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  9. Ali says:

    Does this game run on windows 7 ultimate 64-bit?
    plz answer..

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  10. -.- says:

    Is this supposed to be based on the mw2 PC enginge, or just another console port??

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  11. karthik says:

    my pc configuration

    os:win 7 32 bit
    processor:core i7 930 2.9 ghz
    ram:4 gb
    graphics card:ati radeon hd 5450

    will mw3 work on max settings

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  12. stamos96 says:

    geforce7300 512mb intel core 2duo 2,2 ghz 3 gb ram can my pc run it with good graphics?

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  13. barada says:

    does it support win xp sp2?

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  14. barada says:

    my pc is core 2 duo 2.67Ghz,1 gb xp GT 220.can i play the game?

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  15. Random guy says:

    Would my new laptop run it it’s a samsung RF510-SO6
    Intel core I5 480M processor
    Nvidia GeForce 330m graphics card
    640GB HDD
    bluray+DVD SATA drive

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  16. Mike says:

    Enjoyed on my CRT monitor 1024×768@85Hz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000 3.1GHz, 256MB 7800gtx (everything on max 4AA, only shadows off) 4GB RAM, Windows 7 64bit.

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  17. piyush says:

    I have dual core with 2 gb ram and graphics card of ATI radeon 4500 series then mw3 will run on pc

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  18. krafty says:

    Give us lean you money grabbing ba**ads without the pc players there wouldn’t did we got you guy off the ground all we want is something competitive no need for perks choppers etc etc

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  19. yasir says:

    hi guys can anyone help me. when i play multiplayer online i cant find the 4 whit dot aim. but when i play campaign i can find it pls help me. thanks in advance.

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