With Grand Theft Auto V arriving this week we thought it best to see just how much a rig would cost to enter Rockstar’s magnificent world, with a PC built entirely from scratch. After the performance hog that was GTA IV we had fears Rockstar would unleash some stratospheric system requirements on us, but the team has taken its time and delivered what’s hopefully going to be an incredible PC experience. One thing is for sure, its only a matter of days before our tech enthusiast community gets into GTAV PC and tell the world what we think.

The minimum and recommended specs for Grand Theft Auto 5 are actually pretty reasonable, considering some of the system spec announcements we have heard. Keeping GTA 5 inclusive for the majority of PC gamers and it’s only high end users who want to crank everything up beyond 1080p that are going to need a true beast of a system.

We have put together a few suitable GTA 5 specced builds over on our sister site PC Specs, focusing on how much users in the UK can expect to pay for a gaming rig capable of playing GTA 5. Just getting a rig hitting the minimum specs can be had for a significant discount on the current-gen consoles, but it’s the recommended specs where you can see the real bargain. Not only will you be seeing some gorgeous top tier graphics, but you’ll be hitting a solid 60 frames per second, double the maximum frame rate of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions. 

Grand Theft Auto 5 Minimum Specs

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz - £89.33
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GT 740 - £59.99
  • Memory: Corsair 4GB DDR3 - £25.69
  • Motherboard: MSI H81M-E34 - £38.99
  • Case: Zalman ZM-T4 - £18.95
  • PSU: Inter-Tech Combat Power 550W - £27.99
  • Storage: Western Digital WD1600 160GB HDD - £5.99
  • CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X Optima - £24.71

          Total Cost - £291.64

This is the absolute minimum if you want to go out and buy a PC capable of playing GTA 5 on PC now. I've switched out some of the official minimum requirements for more easily available parts, but otherwise this sub-£300 machine will have all you need to head into Los Santos. 

Grand Theft Auto 5 Recommended Specs @ 60FPS 1080p

  • CPU: AMD FX-8350 - £127.00
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R9 270 - £119.99
  • Memory: 2 x Kingston 4GB DDR3 - £49.99
  • Motherboard: Asus M5A78L - £49.95
  • Case: Nox Nova £19.96
  • PSU: Zalman ZM5550-XG Goldrock - £49.11
  • Storage: Seagate ST1000DM003 1TB £39.98
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper T4 - £19.99

          Total Cost - £475.97

Recommended specs for GTA 5 were undoubtedly the most surprising. If you remember back just eighteen months ago, the Xbox One launched in the UK at £425, just £50 shy of what it would cost to build a rig capable of doubling the frame rate of the console version of Grand Theft Auto V. This is a remarkably cheap build which will probably see you through alright for much of this console generation; all you'll need is a graphics card upgrade in a few years and you'll be set. 

Grand Theft Auto V 4K Low 30FPS

  • CPU: AMD FX-8350 - £127.00
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 - £159.99
  • Memory: 2x Kingston 4GB DDR3 - £49.99
  • Motherboard: MSI 970 Gaming - £60.21
  • Case: Cooler Master CM Force 500 - £28.68
  • PSU: LC600H-12 - £27.00
  • Storage: Crucial CT256MX100SSD1 256GB £72.40
  • CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X Optima - £24.71

          Total Cost - £549.98

This is the setup with which president of Rockstar Toronto, Kevin Hoare, claims you'll be able to play Grand Theft Auto V  on a 4K display at 30 frames per second. We have to say we have our doubts about the graphics card here, unless GTA 5 allows you to scale your graphics settings down extremely low. The GTX 760 isn't considered a 4K-capable device even in SLI, but Hoare reiterates you're looking at 2GB of VRAM required. If this is true then Rockstar has worked wonders, and you can get a machine capable of hitting these heady heights for just of £550. 

Grand Theft Auto V 4K Max 60FPS - Rockstar Demo Settings

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-5930K - £466.98
  • Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 980 Zotac AMP! SLI - £1,019.98
  • Memory: 4 x Crucial 8GB DDR4 - £259.99
  • Motherboard: Asus Rampage V Extreme - £349.99
  • Case: Gigabyte Sumo 5115 - £43.76
  • PSU: XFX Core Edition Pro 850W - £82.74
  • Storage: Crucial CT256MX100SSD1 256GB £72.40
  • CPU Cooler: Corsair H75 Water Cooling - £54.99

          Total Cost - £2,350.83

When Rockstar demos GTA 5, it obviously uses a beastly rig. During the recent preview builds that have been doing the rounds recently, this is the equivalent system Rockstar was using. This rig is overkill in the extreme, but if you want 4K resolution at an unwavering 60fps, then this will do the job. Most of the components are top of the line stuff, but we've skimped a bit on storage and the case. If you're going to spend over two grand on a PC, why not go the whole hog?


These are just a few of the thousands of different PC builds that can be created for GTA 5, and our US visitors can no doubt pick up even cheaper prices when picking parts from their territory. Let us what your ideal build would be for playing Grand Theft Auto V at 4K resolution by heading on down to the comments below. We're sure with the GD community's technical know-how there'll be stacks of amazing PC builds!