Hi, I mainly play GTA IV and want to know how to improve this computers performance and what should I buy to improve it? Thanks!
Specs: Hewlett-Packard p6674y System Model
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 820 Processor
6 GB Available Memory
919 GB Hard Disk
AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series (I Believe it's a HD 6850)
4 Processor Cores
Let me know if their is anything else you need of my specs
Assuming its running as it should there is little to be gained by upgrading the graphics card without a new CPU or the other way round. What budget do you have?
I just want to know what parts can be upgraded to make it improve performance and depends how much I will pay on what, not a set budget although I'm probably not wanting to spend a lot of money on it but want something that I upgrade to be pretty good that helps performance.
You could get a 965BE and a Radeon 7850 2Gb it would be a good upgrade but not massive for the cost. If it was my system I would live with it as long as I could then get a new build maybe keeping the drives, case & PSU.
Things that matter for GTAIV (lets assume you'll play GTA5 also) is a balance between CPU, GPU, and VRAM.
CPU upgrade will improve how far you can see (because a lot of processing is happening in that game...and well, if you see farther, then more is happening at once).
GPU upgrade will improve the visual quality of the game (post processing effects, etc.).
GPU VRAM is an important factor for the GTA engine. It will allow you to put more textures in memory (and there's lots of textures to be put there). This would improve on stuttering (and allow you to put your settings higher overall).
CPU Upgrade measures: new CPU usually means new motherboard. It's an expensive way to upgrade. But worthy nonetheless.
GPU Upgrade measures: Upgrading your GPU and getting one that has higher than the other VRAM available would be the way to go in your case (for now anyways).
Simon's suggestion would be a worthy upgrade. If you're playing at higher than 1080p resolution...then a 3GB VRAM option is to be considered (i.e. 7950 with 3GB VRAM).