Join Date: Feb 2009
What are my best upgrade options for increasing GTA4 framerate?
I recently upgraded my computer because I wanted to play GTA 4.
I'm sure there are many others in a similar predicament.
I am well over the minimum requirements and get a pathetic 5 frames/second
I have an ASUS M3N78-PRO M/B, Phenom Quad Core 9950 2.6mhz, 500mb sata2 hdd
4gb (2x2gb) ddr2 1066 mhz RAM, 500watt Case power supply (with a 6pin pci- e plug)
I am currently using the onboard Ge Force 8300 graphics and running Windows XP corp 32bit.
Should I upgrade my OS to xp64? or vista 64?
Buy 2 more memory sticks?
Buy another hdd and run an array?
Buy another graphics card? YES BUT WHICH ONE?
Should I buy one to run in conjunction with the onboard graphics?
What cards will I be able to run without having to upgrade my power supply.
If I go for a big card what power supply will I need?
I am on a limited budget and can't buy everything at once.
What will give me the most BANG FOR MY BUCKS?
All contributions welcome.
Join Date: Mar 2008
as for which card, I'm no expert in what card is good right now, maybe someone else could help u decide on one
as for your other question i don't think it is possible to run any other graphics card in conjunction with your onboard graphics
As far as I know you can only run more than one card either in CrossFire or SLI and they need to be the same card I think.
Your best bet is to get advice from people who are running the game well as far as which graphics card works best.
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Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Sumner, WA, USA
Well GTA4 is intensive in nearly everything on the computer, anything that you decide to upgrade (CPU, Memory, or Video Card) will help the framerate.
Q: Should I upgrade my OS to xp64? or vista 64?
A: if you are on 4GB memory I would hope you are on a 64 bit-OS, as 32 bit can't address more than 3.2GB of memory
Q: Buy 2 more memory sticks?
A: The more memory you buy the better, I read an article that GTA4 will benefit up to 12GB of ram (Yes no joke, its unoptimized very badly)
Q: Buy another hdd and run an array?
A: Raid won't help on game performance at all so leave that out.
Q: Buy another graphics card? YES BUT WHICH ONE?
A: That depends on how much you are willing to spend on one, since you are on a Quad Core you would need one on a PCI Express Slot.
Q: Should I buy one to run in conjunction with the onboard graphics?
A: No once you buy a new video card, you can disable the onboard video via the motherboard Bios
Q: What cards will I be able to run without having to upgrade my power supply?
A: that depends on the specifications of the power supply, 500 watt is good, but also the +12 amperage is more important so you need to find that out as well.
Q: If I go for a big card what power supply will I need?
A: That depends on the video card and power supply you can afford to buy together.
Q: What will give me the most BANG FOR MY BUCKS?
A: Currently in your system, a video card upgrade will be a good starting point.
Edit: This thread should have a sticky, good info for anyone that wants to run this game.
Last edited by Nite; 02-05-2009 at 10:29 PM..
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