I am suffering from severe lag when I try to play GTA IV. I tried to play the game without any sort of mods and the lag was just unbearable. I had all background programs closed and tried the basics of lowering all the graphics settings. The only time I saw an improvement was when I played at 800 x 600. It is virtually unplayable at 8 fps with icenhancer on medium settings. Before you say I have a crappy computer, here are my specs (all around two months old):
READ: for some odd reason, taking one of the graphics cards out oddly improved the gameplay by a couple fps. In the graphics settings it only says that there is 487mb available from the cards. I have no clue how it registers 487mb when it is 1024mb combined together. My mouse is extremely Laggy even though it's plugged into a USB 3.0 port.
I really do not want to buy a new graphics card but I have found a 2gb ddr5 from tigerdirect but it is listed as an "enthusiast" card EVGA 02G-P3-1559-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti Video Card - 2GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Dual DVI, Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready. I found an overcloked 1gb EVGA 01G-P3-1557-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti SuperClocked Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Mini-HDMI, Dual DVI, DirectX 11 SLI Ready, and was wondering which would be my best bet. Or if you have some other card to suggest just put it below. (around $150)
If you can solve my problem I would be very greatful. Thank you for reading.
If I remember right GTA IV doesn't work with SLI/Xfire so you will have even lower performance. Also the 512mb will be holding you back a little. It might be worth waiting for Nvidia to release there new mid level cards and grab one of those, the 550 Ti is OK but not great. A GPU upgrade would go nicely with that 2500k..
I actually ordered a 560 ti overclocked edition. It hits 41 or so fps on bf3 1920x1200 so I think it should run GTA IV a lot better. Anyway if anyone wants a 560 ti there is a $30 rebate currently on them. My EVGA version overclocked edition with free performance boost (whatever the hell that is, maybe their version of windows turbo boost on the i5 2500k?) is $205 after rebate. Good deal IMO. Thanks guys/girls