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Is my system capable of playing GTA IV

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August 16, 2011 11:22:49 PM

Hi, im curious if GTA IV will perform "average" atleast on my pc. and if so what would your comment be about my general "gaming" on GTA IV be? Here are all my specs from dx.diag (SORRY FOR ALL THE RUBISH) A System Information ------------------ Time of this report: 8/17/2011, 01:06:57 Machine name: HOME-C7076E4EBD Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.101209-1647) Language: English (Regional Setting: English) System Manufacturer: Biostar System Model: TF 570 SLI BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600 , MMX, 3DNow (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz Memory: 3072MB RAM Page File: 838MB used, 4119MB available Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904) DX Setup Parameters: Not found DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode ------------ DxDiag Notes ------------ DirectX Files Tab: No problems found. Display Tab 1: No problems found. Sound Tab 1: No problems found. Sound Tab 2: No problems found. Music Tab: No problems found. Input Tab: No problems found. Network Tab: No problems found. -------------------- DirectX Debug Levels -------------------- Direct3D: 0/4 (n/a) DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail) DirectInput: 0/5 (n/a) DirectMusic: 0/5 (n/a) DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail) DirectSound: 0/5 (retail) DirectShow: 0/6 (retail) --------------- Display Devices --------------- Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 210 Manufacturer: NVIDIA Chip type: GeForce 210 DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0A65&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_A2 Display Memory: 512.0 MB Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz) Monitor: SyncMaster 178B(Analog) Monitor Max Res: 1280,1024 Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll Driver Version: 6.14.0011.9045 (English) DDI Version: 9 (or higher) Driver Attributes: Final Retail Driver Date/Size: 9/15/2009 01:39:49, 5845632 bytes WHQL Logo'd: Yes WHQL Date Stamp: n/a VDD: n/a Mini VDD: nv4_mini.sys Mini VDD Date: 9/15/2009 01:39:49, 7753888 bytes Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4925-11CF-E540-0B2003C2CB35} Vendor ID: 0x10DE Device ID: 0x0A65 SubSys ID: 0x00000000
August 17, 2011 2:04:28 AM

Your computer can at best barely run the game. As said, GTA IV is a very poorly coded game and requires pretty strong hardware in order to run it properly. A fast quad core CPU is a must for this game. The GT 210 is less powerful than the XBox 360's GPU, even if you did have a quad core, I'm not sure if you could get acceptable framerates out of that card, even at lowest possible settings. If you want to play the game, you're looking at either some major upgrades on your PC, or playing it on a console.
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August 25, 2011 4:57:12 PM

thanks for the input. really sorry about the dxdiag mess. my pc is actually running gta iv "ok" on NOT the lowest of resolutions funny enough. it lags a bit but is playable.

iv got a 32bit operating system for XP.... is it true that 32bit operating systems cannot run 3gb of RAM.. only 64bit ???

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August 25, 2011 7:01:35 PM

32 Bit operating systems can only address up to 4GB of memory. That covers both system RAM, and the Video RAM on your graphics card. 0.5GB is always reserved for hardware so the maximum amount of RAM you would possibly see on a 32 bit OS is 3.5 GB. If your video card has 1GB of memory you'll probably only see 3GB of RAM for your system. If you do want to get more RAM you are going to have to upgrade to a 64 bit operating system.
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August 26, 2011 4:47:40 PM

I read somewhere that 32bit OS can only run up to 2G RAM... So are you saying that the memory a video card uses is the amount taken off my RAM??? So if I have 3G RAM and have a video card with 512MB i would be using roughly 2.5G RAM???
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August 26, 2011 6:36:17 PM

The 2GB limit you read about is how much RAM a 32 bit application can use. A 64 bit application is required for a program to use more than 2GB of RAM. The OS can address up to 4GB. If your video card has 512MB of RAM your OS will recognize 3 to 3.5GB of RAM for your system.
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August 27, 2011 2:21:31 PM

Dont really understand
"The 2GB limit you read about is how much RAM a 32 bit application can use. A 64 bit application is required for a program to use more than 2GB of RAM."
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August 27, 2011 7:09:09 PM

A 32 bit operating system will only address up to 4 GB of RAM. Most programs are written as 32 bit exe files, these can only use up to 2 GB of RAM. For a program to use more than 2 GB of RAM it requires a 64 bit exe file, which can only be run on a 64 bit operating system.
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