Hardware Requirements/9.2

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PC-BSD has moderate hardware requirements and commonly uses less resources than its commercial counterparts. Before installing PC-BSD on your computer, please make sure you meet the minimum requirements.

Minimum System Requirements

At a bare minimum, you need to have the following computer hardware in order to install PC-BSD:

  • Pentium II or higher
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 4GB of free hard drive space
  • Network card
  • Sound card

Recommended System requirements

Note that these are minimums and that the faster your computer hardware, the better your computing experience:

  • Pentium 4 or higher
  • 1024 MB of RAM
  • 20GB of free hard drive space (if you will be installing KDE, GNOME, or lots of software)
  • Network card
  • Sound card
  • NVIDIA 3D accelerated video card

You can never have too much RAM, so install as much as you can afford. To play modern video games, you should use a fast CPU. If you want to create a collection of tunes and movies on your computer, you will want a large hard disk drive which can be internal or external.

Supported 32 bit (i386) Processors

PC-BSD will install on 32-bit systems containing the following processors:

  • Intel 80486, Pentium, Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Pentium III, Pentium 4
  • Intel Xeon and Celeron®
  • Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Am486®, Am5x86®, K5, AMD-K6®
  • AMD Athlon, including Athlon-MP, Athlon-XP, Athlon-4, and Athlon Thunderbird
  • AMD Duron™
  • AMD Élan SC520
  • Transmeta Crusoe
  • Cyrix
  • NexGen

Supported 64 bit Processors

PC-BSD will install on 64-bit systems containing the following processors:

  • AMD Athlon™, including 64, XP, 64 X2, FX
  • AMD Opteron™
  • AMD Sempron
  • AMD Turion 64, AMD Turion 64 X2
  • all multi-core Intel Xeon™ processors except Sossaman
  • single-core Intel Xeon processors Nocona, Irwindale, Potomac, and Cranford
  • Intel Pentium®, including M, D, and Extreme Edition
  • Intel Core
  • Intel Pentium® D
  • Intel Pentium 4
  • Intel Celeron D