GTA 5 System Requirements: Minimum and Recommended PC Requirements for Best & Smooth Gaming of GTA V

The Grand Theft Auto Five widely known as GTA V is one of the most popular games across the world. It is straightaway considered one of the most popular games irrespective of genre. The GTA or Grand Theft Auto franchise started popularizing with the introduction of GTA: Vice City. In fact, I began playing GTA with the release of GTA: Vice City, and as a devoted gamer, I can confidently state that I have witnessed the franchise’s progression. With every new launch, the game developers have improved the graphics of the game introduced new maps and added new story modes to make the game more interesting for the gamers. With new titles, rockstar games introduced more intuitive ways to interact with NPCs and your character in-game.

GTA V is the most recent and best instalment in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, which was first released six years ago. According to statistics, the games generated over 800 million dollars in revenue worldwide within just 24 hours of their release. Rockstar Games also stated that the game has sold about 110 million copies as of 2019 and that many people continue to purchase it. The Grand Theft Auto V series was a huge hit for Rockstar. According to reports, GTA V is played by 63% more people than any other game in the franchise. In this post, let’s take a look at the minimum system requirements for running GTA V on your PC.

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GTA 5 Minimum System Requirements List

GTA V is nowhere close to a small size game. It needs at least 95GB of free space to run on any machine. The sheer size of the game makes it pretty obvious that it is quite a demanding high-end game. I have played this version several times (both offline campaign and online multiplayer modes) and it’s pretty clear that it requires decent PC hardware to run this game smoothly. So if you’re planning to purchase this game, you must be aware of the minimum system requirements for GTA V. 

Here are the minimum and recommended PC requirements for GTA V. Make sure you satisfy at least the minimum system requirements criteria in order to play the game smoothly.

  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
  • 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: 95GB

GTA V Recommended System Requirements List

  • Operating System: 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: 95GB

GTA 5 Best System Requirements List for Ultra Settings

  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 10th Gen chipset / AMD AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8 Cores up to 4.4GHz 36MB Cache AM4 Socket
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
  • SSD: 128GB

How to Download GTA V on PC?

GTA 5 is one of the best-selling video games of all time. If you want to purchase the game, go to the official Rockstar Games website and make your purchase. The game costs Rs 2,099. It is also available on Steam. Steam is one of the greatest sites to buy games, and the offer on the Steam shop is one of the best you’ll find.

Can I run GTA V without a graphic card (GPU)?

GTA 5 may be played without a graphics card. However, it will not be playable due to significant slowness, rendering difficulties, missing frames, and other flaws. You might not get more than 26 FPS (Frames Per Second) on the lowest settings, which is an absurd amount of latency. 60 frames per second are considered the baseline for a seamless gaming experience. As a result, expect to play it on the lowest level with a lag-filled experience. A separate GPU is also an excellent alternative for playing GTA 5 at lower settings with a smoother experience.

How Do I Increase My FPS in GTA 5 Low-End PC?

In order to increase the FPS count while playing GTA 5 using a low-end PC, you may try the steps mentioned below:

  • Set the Vsync to Half, which allows you to cap the refresh rate (It will only work if your PC supports Vsync).
  • In order to reduce the load on your PC, you need to set the resolution to 720p HD or even lower and decrease the distance scaling.
  • You need to reduce the population amount in NCP related settings to the bare minimum.
  • You can also disable shadows by going to Documents > Rockstar Games > GTA V > settings.xml. Once you find this file, open it as a notepad file. There you need to change the ShadowQuality value to ‘0’.
  • Setting the game to DirectX10 from DirectX11 apparently also helps in improving performance on lower-end PCs.

Can I Run GTA 5 With 4GB of RAM?

GTA 5 can be played with only 4GB of RAM. Four gigabytes of RAM is one of the game’s minimum requirements. However, in order to play the game smoothly, you’ll need a graphics card with 2GB of RAM and a minimum Intel Core i3 processor. The game will operate on a laptop or PC with 4GB of RAM, but at the lowest quality, and the experience may not be satisfactory.

GTA V System Requirements Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)


  1. Can we run GTA V without a graphic card?

    Yes, the game can run without a graphic card but it will not run in a playable condition. It will crash a lot, lag heavily and won’t even display some of the major elements of the in-game world in the game.

  2. Can we run GTA V on a thin and light laptop with integrated graphics?

    Yes! though GTA V is a very heavy game, the best part of this title is it is compatible with a wide range of PCs. This includes low-end PCs and laptops to high-end gaming machines. Thus, you can run GTA 5 with integrated graphics and can get above 30 FPS easily at the lowest settings.

  3. Can we get GTA V for free?

    Yes, you can get pirated copy of the game. However, it will not support online multiplayer mode. You can also get the game for free during sales. Epic Games once made GTA V free to purchase, it can happen again.

  4. Is GTA 6 in the works?

    Rumours say that GTA VI is in the works. The game is delayed due to the pandemic but Rockstar games are working on it. The introduction of GTA 6 can drastically reduce the price of GTA 5.

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