Grand Theft Auto 5 System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 3:06 PM
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Games really don't come much bigger than this. Grand Theft Auto V is the fastest selling entertainment product on the planet, breaking seven Guinness world records and shifting more than 38 million copies in the process. Now the most successful game in years is at last coming to PC, where finally PC gamers can step into the psychotic shoes of Trevor, Franklin, and Michael, as the epic crime saga at last finds its way home.

Bringing with it massively revamped graphics, support for up to 4K resolution, and potential for some absolutely insane modding support, GTA 5 on PC is set to be the definitive version of one of the highest rated titles of all time. Before you hand over your hard-earned cash to Rockstar though, you're going to want to know if your PC gaming is a smooth criminal or a bumbling fool, so read on to check out the official GTA V system requirements...

Grand Theft Auto V Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows Vista 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz  or AMD Phenom 9850 2.5GHz
  • RAM: 4GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT 1GB or AMD Radeon HD 4870
  • HDD: 65GB Free Hard Drive Space
  • DX: DirectX 10

Grand Theft Auto V Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 8.1 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB

These minimum requirements for Grand Theft Auto V aren't too bad at all, and are in factor quite a bit lower than we were expecting. Both the CPU and GPU demands are pretty low-end for modern gaming and are pretty representative of a last-generation of console ports. As it stands most PC gamers should be alright with playing GTA 5, at least on the lower settings, where it will likely look similar to the console original.

One caveat is that absolutely massive download size - support for extremely high-res textures and the abundance of video and audio tracks for the radio are likely to blame for this, but it's going to be a massive download if you go the digital route. Hopefully we'll be able to pre-load GTA 5 nice and early, but if not then a physical copy from the postman could be the way to go.  

GTA V's recommended requirements are a pretty massive leap up, suggesting there's a lot of scalability with the settings which is nice to see. Despite this there's nothing here that's a patch on the system requirements pumped out by the likes of The Witcher 3 and Assassin's Creed Unity. A decent gaming rig from the last two or three years should be able to really crank up the graphics options in GTA5. If you want to max it out though and capitalize on that advertised 4K resolution in Grand Theft Auto 5 then you're going to need a GPU above and beyond what's outlined here, which is for 1080p gaming.

One thing to bear in mind is that Rockstar has said that due to downloadable content for the Grand Theft Auto Online portion, and programming changes, the system requirements for GTA 5 are likely to change over time, so keep your eyes peeled on Game Debate for updates. 

In other, unfortunate news, Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC has been delayed a couple of months - check out the full story here

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run Grand Theft Auto 5 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to Grand Theft Auto 5 benchmark chart. 

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15:18 Mar-29-2015

So what do you need for UHD gaming? Is mine enough?

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16:00 Apr-02-2015

its not you need titan x for decent fps you could play on around 30fps but thats no good or 2x r9 290x or 2x980 for AAA games. For mainstream games (lol dota wow and such) mid range gpus like r9 270x is enough.

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09:15 Apr-12-2015

http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/82060-evga-gtx-970-ssc-sli-vs-titan-x-r9-295x2/ - You will not need a titan X... in fact a 970 ssc sli, will outperform the titan X..

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12:47 Apr-12-2015

Thank's, according to this article a single 290 beats a titan and 980 in some games. I will be gaming at 30+ fps atleast at 4K with very high settings. I can get higher fps by reducing settings a bit. :)

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16:31 Feb-24-2015

im ready. ill be getting my NZXT Kraken x61 on Thursday

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00:54 Feb-08-2015

Theres so many 970 arround here... xD Haven't seen a 960 tho... 8-)

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17:01 Apr-04-2015

well, hello

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09:55 Jan-30-2015

hi guys
a question...
my PSU currently is "green 430a"
if i buy a gtx 980 that it request 600w,will i have problem with it?

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00:51 Feb-08-2015

No, I think you will have no problem in terms of wattage. Cuz 500W are nvidia recommended so 400W will do the job...

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16:39 Jan-29-2015

What settings do you think I could get on this game on 1080p (also an estimate on lower res if it needs it...)
I Overclocked my CPU to 4.3 Ghz, I just didn't update it yet, also some light GPU Overclock...

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12:58 Jan-20-2015

Will I run it on a 1280*1024 screen on medium? I just want at least 50fps. will it work?

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22:52 Feb-01-2015

Dude, you could go high-ultra at 1080p! Of course you can!

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17:01 Mar-29-2015

are you sure about that :D

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09:44 Jan-20-2015

and how about 8800 GT 512MB or 9800 GT MB ? possible to run it with 8800GTS-GT-GTX etc ?

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09:42 Jan-20-2015

so Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT 512MB could not run it because zou need 1gb vram ? and how about
8800GTS\GT\GTX etc 320MB-640MB etc.

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21:51 Jan-19-2015

How will I run this?

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22:03 Jan-19-2015

Ultra most likely :)

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22:48 Jan-19-2015

Hope so! Thanks for the reply

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19:54 Jan-19-2015

Do you guys think I can run this on High Settings?

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18:40 Jan-19-2015

Requirements are not that bad. Just this 65gb size is pissing me off, because my internet is slow as **** it's like 900kbps. It's gonna take forever to download, i hope the game doesn't dissapoint me.

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19:14 Jan-19-2015

So you can afford that rig, but you can't afford decent internet. What? Also I'm sure you can buy it on disk.

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19:20 Jan-19-2015

In some area's you just can't get faster internet, it isn't being offered by any ISP.


65GB is a lot, altough i expect the download to be compressed, so the actual download is smaller ;)

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19:37 Jan-19-2015

Honestly I don't see why people are surprised, storage is increasing in volume and decreasing in cost. Titanfall was over 50 gb as far as I remember, so nothing new here.

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18:29 Jan-21-2015

I have the fastest possible internet in my area and i'm not happy with it :( 900kbps isn't enough. And for the rig i had to save my money for months :) I'm not surprised by the size of the game it's just very sad that i have to download it for few days haha

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19:21 Jan-21-2015

buy physical dvd

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06:05 Feb-18-2015

Luckily I live in a city and have fast internet, but I still buy games on disk if I can, because they are ready to use in minutes rather then sometimes hours. Plus in Canada we have a data limit.

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15:00 Jan-19-2015

will i be able to run if i get a gpu (r7 260(x) or gtx 750(ti))

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15:44 Jan-19-2015

Fo drizzle my nizzle. Somewhere in the mid settings.

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12:44 Jan-19-2015

I think i am able to run this on med-high at 1080p.
What do you guys think?

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17:48 Jan-19-2015

Medium most likely, maby some high :-)

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21:24 Jan-19-2015

But you, with your rig are able to run it on high-ultra :P

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18:57 Jan-18-2015

I feeling pretty set with my rig, Although troubling to see my CPU as the recommended.

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19:54 Jan-18-2015

you re rig is good

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16:56 Jan-18-2015

i expected higher rig (specially GPU) for their recommendation..
is it well optimized?
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have not high graphics?
what settings for me? :))))

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18:17 Jan-18-2015

Medium should be fine for you :-)

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17:06 Jan-19-2015

you should be fine its mainly because its a 2year old game

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13:00 Jan-18-2015

Oh come on, fk you rockstar, greedy bastarts
and yea i will throw a f
k you blizzard also for diablo 3

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09:32 Jan-18-2015

i expected higher GPU for their recommendation...
what setting for me according to official settings???

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10:38 Jan-18-2015

yep me to, i thought there will be at min requirements a gtx 760,
at that res medium - high

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22:08 Jan-17-2015

O_o i thought there will be huge system requirements, i can t belive i can play this game to ,.

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same

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21:59 Jan-17-2015

Someone please donate to me a GTX 980 and a 4K monitor :D

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10:31 Jan-18-2015

you re card is not bad.. P:

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21:20 Jan-18-2015

Yeah, your card is really a boss. No need to worry :)

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18:20 Jan-17-2015

What settings for me ?

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10:32 Jan-18-2015

at that res low

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