Are you in a position where you have been having a lot more free time to yourself and want to get started in gaming? Have you not got into gaming, because you are afraid of the cost and expenses that are required to invest on this hobby? We all know that gaming is an expensive hobby to invest in and it can cost quite a bit of money. Many of us are on a budget and need a computer that allows us to work and play games on it. However, modern games these days, like Grand Theft Auto 5, require a lot of space and processing power to run a game. That got me wondering, is it possible to find a computer that can do both of that well? Does your computer have a 4GB RAM and are you wondering if GTA 5 can run on that RAM size?

The answer is yes, you can run Grand Theft Auto 5 on 4GB of RAM size. However, I would not recommend to get a 4GB RAM for gaming, especially if you play a lot of games that requires you to download large file sizes. 4GB RAM is the minimum for a good performance machine, which is good enough for office work or just regular web browsing. However, Grand Theft Auto 5 is a game that requires a lot of space. The game's file size is a whopping of 72GB! So, if you play a lot of different games and want your games to run well, it is best to upgrade your RAM size.

In today's post, we will be sharing the details and expectations of running Grand Theft Auto 5 on 4GB RAM. Next, we'll be offering some recommendations on how many gigabytes would be suitable for your personal gaming and work life style. Then, we'll be teaching you how to find out how many gigabytes of RAM does your computer need. Lastly, we will be ending the topic by sharing some tips and tricks on how to increase performance by tweaking the game's settings. Stay tuned!

Can GTA 5 Run On 4GB RAM?

As mentioned above, you can run Grand Theft Auto 5 on 4GB of RAM, but the graphics of the game might have some textures missing and it might lag and stutter a lot. 4GB of RAM size is perfect for your computer if you don't play games often. By that, I meant it will work great if you only use your computer for web browsing and work. If you were someone that is passionate in gaming and you play games for 4 to 5 hours a day, then, I would suggest you to get a RAM size between 6GB to 16GB, which is the general rule of PC gaming. Later on, I'll be explaining more about which RAM size to get and why. Before that, let's find out what GTA 5's minimum system requirements looks like!

The Minimum Specs Requirement of GTA 5

Rockstar Games, which is the creator of the Grand Theft Auto series, shared some recommendations on how to run the game on minimum specs requirement.

Here are the details:


  • Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHZ (4 CPUs)
  • AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor @ 2.5GHZ (4 CPUs)


  • 4GB

Video Card:

  • NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB
  • AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)

Sound Card:

  • 100% DirectX 10 compatible

HDD Space:


As seen above, running a program or game isn't just the RAM's responsibility. To run a large program or game smoothly, it requires all the different components of your computer to work together in order to process data smoothly. Many players have tried following the recommended specs that Rockstar Games' have shared with their players and some of them said it worked for them, but some of them said the game quality was bad.

The specs requirement above is just a guideline to help the game run. But, if you were looking for excellent graphics and fast loading, you will have to upgrade your computer hardwares in order to process data faster. The most important components in our computers are the GPU and the CPU, but having a larger RAM size can upgrade your computer's multi-tasking ability!

Here's a better example of GTA 5's specs requirement, recommended by Rockstar Games:


  • Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (4 CPUs)
  • AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (8 CPUs)


  • 8GB

Video Card:

  • NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB
  • AMD HD7870 2GB

Sound Card:

  • 100% DirectX 10 compatible

HDD Space:

  • 72GB

If you are a passionate gamer, I encourage you to invest on graphics card as it can upgrade the quality of your gaming experience. You'll be able to load games smoother with the help of a graphics card and other compatible hardware components. The processor also plays a role on running games. It helps to have a good computer system, as it can help process and transfer data smoother, faster and better. You also have to think about how much free space you have on your hard disk drive, because your games' downloads are located in your HDD (hard disk drive.)

What Does The RAM Do?

RAM stands for random access memory and it sounds the way it is. The RAM carries any programs that are in use and it allows the processor to access data much faster. However, that depends on your personal computer's RAM size and other components to achieve good PC performance.

Here are some recommendation of different RAM sizes for different usage:

4GB RAM - Perfect for web browsing and work. Might load GTA 5, but it depends on the other components' quality.

6GB - Great option for people who play games with large file size often.

8GB - The best option for people with a large collection of games on their PC.

16GB - If you use high end professional softwares like 3D rendering and editing programs, then this will suit you better.

As you can see, having a larger RAM size allows your PC to multi-task better when processing data. That is why editing videos on Sony Vegas with a 8GB RAM works smoother than working with a 4GB RAM. Or another example would be loading GTA 5 on a 8GB RAM. The graphics will definitely look way better than playing GTA 5 on 4GB RAM. It all depends on what your computer specs are holistically. You want to make sure that every component of your computer is at least less than 5 years old, so that the components are capable to work together to process data efficiently.

How Can I Tell How Many RAM Does My Computer Need?

If you don't usually have many programs running at the same time or any programs that use a large amount of RAM then 4GB will be enough. But, let me show you how you can decide if you need an upgrade on your RAM size or not. Try this.

1. Open any websites or programs that you often have running.

2. Open Task Manager and look at the memory percentage.

If your memory percentage shows a result that is higher than 75%, you'll need more RAM space to boost performance.

How To Increase The Game's Performance?

The in-game settings is the best place to figure out the graphic and frame rate settings for Grand Theft Auto 5 on your computer. But, if your PC is just meeting GTA 5's minimum specs requirement, there are other ways you can increase the game's performance. Here's how:

  • Make sure you have a decent CPU, so that it can process data efficiently.
  • Close every unused program that is running on the background to reduce unnecessary workload for your processor.
  • Don't set your resolution to 1080p, instead, try 640p x 800p or 1080p x 720p. This will reduce some work on your processor.
  • Turn all your settings to low and you will be able to achieve playable frame rates.

If you are not looking into investing on other components to upgrade your PC, these ways should at least help to reduce work on your processor and you will be able to play the game with lesser stutter or lags, compared to running the game on high resolution.

Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that your PC's hardware components need to be compatible with each other, in order for the system to process and transfer data efficiently. There is no golden rule for building a computer, but you do need to find components that can multi-task well and work together. A good computer system can help you save a lot of money and time, if you look at it in a long term aspect. I recommend to upgrade your specs system once in a blue moon, so that your computer can have the ability to run modern games of programs with no interruption. That is all of the information I have on today's topic. I hope my tips have been helpful and I hope it was a pleasurable read. Stay crazy and game on!