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GTA IV - Graphic Card Problem

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June 4, 2009 10:21:17 PM

hey,
i recently bought gta iv for pc. just to notice that my graphic card runs it very laggy and ugly, its unplayable. i would like a new graphic card.

heres another thread i posted on if anyone wants to see their suggest and maybe recommand one of them http://forums.techguy.org/games/83 [...] ost6732996

computer:

Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 3070MB RAM
Hard Drive: 309 GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS
Monitor: HP w2207 Wide LCD Monitor
Sound Card: Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Speakers/Headphones:
Keyboard: USB Root Hub
Mouse: USB Root Hub
Mouse Surface:
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6000) (6000.vista_ldr.071023-1545)


i would like a good one that would run gta iv with no lag and maybe medium.
im in canada and i dont use ebay so please check retail stores like tigerdirect.

thanks
June 5, 2009 1:54:48 AM

Provided you're power supply is good enough buy a Radeon 4850 for ~100. You should be able to play GTA IV on fairly high settings with that.

Any brand will do and you can buy from Tiger, New Egg or any other electronics outlet.
June 5, 2009 3:01:04 AM

Need to know what your PSU is to suggest one. let me know and I will check it out. and you may wanna think about bumping your CPU up 400Mhz as GTA4 is very CPU intensive. It might not be your Video card at all thats the problem.
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June 5, 2009 3:36:27 AM

Gin Fushicho said:
Need to know what your PSU is to suggest one. let me know and I will check it out. and you may wanna think about bumping your CPU up 400Mhz as GTA4 is very CPU intensive. It might not be your Video card at all thats the problem.

Nah its a combination....his card isn't even good enough to run the game with low frames....bump the cpu clock speed up though and get a new card like that
June 5, 2009 4:47:57 AM

I havnt really played GTA 4 so I wouldnt know , I jsut know its a console port and wouldnt have that great of Graphics. PS3 has a 8600 series... sorta , made specifically for it by Nvidia.
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June 5, 2009 4:58:01 AM

ps3 has a 7800gtx equivalent card, however even with my top of the line 3X48701GB tri-fire rig, the highest setting is still unplayable. no optimization at all.
June 5, 2009 2:02:36 PM

GTA 4 is worst coded game ever. yes, no optimization at all. I have q6600 at 3.6, 4gb DDR2 and GTX 295 and no way to play it at max settings (res 1920*1080), thus I can but with 25fps avg. which is not playable for me. Moreover game does not support SLI so it´s using only with one core of my dual GPU indeed ( i don´t know about CF)
make long story short:
oveclock your q6600 at least at 3.2 Ghz (higher clock better)
buy new GPU, 8400 GS is really not good for modern games. I sugget GTX 260(216) or 4870 1gb...at first check your PSU if it can feed such a GPU. Than you can go for medium/high setting with lowered view and detail distance at playable fps (35+)
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June 5, 2009 7:07:42 PM

Assuiming your PSU is not a factor, a 4870, 4890, GTX 275, and GTX 285 would be the first places to start looking.
June 5, 2009 7:43:00 PM

I have gtx 275.intel core 2 quad 2.8ghz I play everything at MAX with no lag!but something stupid regarding GTA4 is the viewing distance in it!i mean come on the max is 30 for me!even people with gtx295 cannot go above 60 or 70!only solution is to get a graphic with 2Gb memory youtube.com/watch?v=MuwzO0ObVs4
November 26, 2009 2:42:22 AM

I'm having very, very low framerates with GTA IV especially when i try to move my camera around. I have an ATI HD 4670 with 1gb of ddr3 video memory. in the graphics option screen, it says im only using 400 out of 1024 mb but im still running the game like crap. it was even worse before the newest title update but still, this is annoying.


Intel Pentium D 925 CPU 3.00 GHz
2048mb of RAM
2x500gb harddrive
ATI Radeon HD 4670
Acer al2216w 1680x1050
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
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November 26, 2009 2:52:10 PM

^ you are CPU limited there. A pentium D is a really bad gaming CPU anyway, but GTA IV really wants a Quad. It uses 60~90% of all four cores on my Q9550 @3.4Ghz
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November 26, 2009 3:11:34 PM

ilieksoop said:
I'm having very, very low framerates with GTA IV especially when i try to move my camera around. I have an ATI HD 4670 with 1gb of ddr3 video memory. in the graphics option screen, it says im only using 400 out of 1024 mb but im still running the game like crap. it was even worse before the newest title update but still, this is annoying.


Intel Pentium D 925 CPU 3.00 GHz
2048mb of RAM
2x500gb harddrive
ATI Radeon HD 4670
Acer al2216w 1680x1050
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit



Please note the following minimum and recommend specs:


Minimum System Requirements
* OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
* Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4Ghz
* Memory: 1.5GB, 16GB Free Hard Drive Space
* Video Card: 256MB NVIDIA 7900 / 256MB ATI X1900

Recommended System Requirements
* OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
* Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz, AMD Phenom X3 2.1Ghz
* Memory: 2 GB (Windows XP) 2.5 GB (Windows Vista)
* 18 GB Free Hard Drive Space
* Video Card: 512MB NVIDIA 8600 / 512MB ATI 3870


Your Pentium D 925 @ 3.0GHz might be almost equal to a Core 2 Duo @ 1.8GHz. Overall your system meets the minimum specs, however, minimum specs doesn't mean you can run GTA IV without any issues. It's always a good idea to look at the recommended system requirements to get an idea what you need for an enjoyable game play.

As others have mentioned (and you can even Google the fact) GTA IV is a very poor port of a console game which is why a Quad Core CPU is recommended. I even recall someone posting the fact that even though he had a Quad Core CPU and a 8800GTX video card, he was getting something like 20 frames per second while standing still.

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