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#1 nodoubtfan

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 08:56 PM

Recently, I recieved GTA V for pc as a gift, I installed it and started playing. I don't have the greatest computer, but I figured it would work. The game runs, but it runs slow. Will adding another 4gb of RAM help with gaming performance? Or should I just get a whole new pc fitted for gaming? I don't really want to return the game, but who knows when I will be getting a new pc.....PLease let me know.

 

My computer:
AMD E2-1800 Accelerated Processor 1.70 ghz
4gb DDR3 System Memory
500gb hard drive
AMD Radeon HD 7340 Graphics
 
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GTA V specs
 
Minimum specifications:
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2* 
(*NVIDIA video card recommended if running Vista OS)
 
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
Memory: 4GB
Video Card: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
DVD Drive
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Recommended specifications:
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (8 CPUs)
Memory: 8GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
DVD Drive

 



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#2 Platypus

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 09:04 PM

Sadly, your CPU means that system can never meet minimum specs for the game. As a bit of an indication of how far short it falls in processing power, the passmark score for E2-1800 is 840, the comparative score for the quoted minimum spec Q6600 is 2,993:

 

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+E2-1800+APU


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#3 Kilroy

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 09:04 PM

RAM is the biggest bang for the buck upgrade you can do.  In your case it would be a great improvement on your machine as a whole.  It should also increase your game performance.

 

I recommend going to Crucial to see how much RAM you can install and how it needs to be installed.  You can run their scanning tool or pick through the drop down menus.



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Posted 15 April 2015 - 09:08 PM

My computer can hold 8gb total. SO if I put in another 4gb would GTA V pc run better? I tried playing it on low (normal) graphics and in windowed mode (800x600) and it still ran slow. But the graphics are the problem. It's the processor and memory, I think.


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Posted 15 April 2015 - 09:17 PM

As Platypus pointed out your CPU is holding you back from meeting the minimum specs.  Upgrading the RAM will increase your experience over all, not just in the game.

 

I'd also recommend not running windowed as it takes more resources.

 

You're not going to be able to play GTA V at a good rate because of the CPU.  Only you can make the call if spending the money on RAM now for a slight increase is a better deal than saving the money for a new machine.  You might be able to pick up a cheap refurb that would allow you to play the game, by meeting the minimum specs..



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Posted 15 April 2015 - 09:44 PM

Hello and welcome to the forum! To add on from what others have mentioned, another major factor to consider is the graphics card, well technically integrated graphics. The HD 7430 is approximately equivalent to Intel HD graphics, in terms of game performances, hence the low performance you are currently experiencing with GTA. A RAM upgrade may only increase the performance slightly, but the biggest bottleneck would be the integrated graphics and the CPU.   


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