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How to Install GTA 5 on PC in 2022

Rockstar Games’ GTA 5 is an open-world title that still appeals to the player base today, after almost a decade since its release on consoles and its subsequent launch on PC a few years later. The game’s compatibility with old system hardware is one of the main reasons why it is played by a large number of fans every day.

GTA 5 is best played on consoles or PCs with the latest processor and best GPU available, which will provide visual enjoyment as well as smooth gameplay at the same time. That being said, it also doesn’t limit the experience to players with older rigs either, as its minimum system requirements list a pretty affordable setup.

This article will provide a list of details that gamers should check before purchasing and installing the game, including minimum system requirements and other important details.


GTA 5: How to buy, system requirements, where to download, and more

Where to buy from

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Rockstar Games website is the best place to buy, download and officially install the game. However, there are also other places where players can get the game.

While there may be unofficial websites selling the game at a discount, it is still recommended that you purchase it from Rockstar-approved sources listed below:

1) Rockstar Games Website

GTA 5 goes on sale quite often (Image via Rockstargames.com)
GTA 5 goes on sale quite often (Image via Rockstargames.com)

This is the official Rockstar store from which players can purchase the game. It offers the following bundle as well as separate purchase options for in-game currency.

  • Package Information: Includes 2 items – GTA 5 and GTA Online.

2) Steam

The game is also available on Steam (Image via Steam)
The game is also available on Steam (Image via Steam)

Steam is a digital storefront owned by Valve, which deals in online video game distribution services. Their popularity has grown with more gamers using the platform to purchase third-party titles to play with friends.

Players can purchase three packs for Grand Theft Auto 5 right now:

  • Bundle 1: Includes 2 items: GTA 5, GTA Online with Criminal Enterprise DLC Starter Pack.
  • Bundle 2: Includes 3 items: GTA 5, GTA Online with Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack and GTA 5: Whale Shark Card Starter Pack Bundle.
  • Bundle 3: Includes 3 items: Grand Theft Auto 5, Grand Theft Auto Online – Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack, GTA 5: Great White Shark Card (Starter Pack).

3) Epic Games

    The game is also available on Epic Games'  distribution platform (Image via Epic Games Store)
The game is also available on the Epic Games distribution platform (Image via Epic Games Store)

Epic Games is a game developer and publisher and also owns Unreal Engine 5 and Fortnite, one of the most downloaded games on all platforms. The store only has one bundle in its store:

  • Package Information: Includes 3 items – Grand Theft Auto 5, GTA Online, Grand Theft Auto Online – Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack

Required configuration

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1) Minimum requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64bit, Windows 8.1 64bit, Windows 8 64bit, Windows 7 64bit Service Pack 1
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 at 2.40 GHz (4 processors) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core processor (4 processors) at 2.5 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Graphics: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
  • Disk: 65 GB (100 GB free space recommended for additional downloads)

2) Recommended requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64bit, Windows 8.1 64bit, Windows 8 64bit, Windows 7 64bit Service Pack 1
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2 GHz (4 processors) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4 GHz (8 processors)
  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Graphics: GTX 1650 Super
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
  • Disk: 100 GB

3) Additional requirements for 4k games

  • Processor: i5 12600K @ 4.90 GHz (6 processors) / AMD R7 5800X @ 3.8 GHz (8 processors)
  • Graphics card: RTX 3060 Ti / RTX 3070
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • VRAM: 4 GB
  • Disk: 100 GB

How to install

Players will need to follow the steps below and pay attention to the following:

  1. Create and activate an official Social Clubs account to play the game. It will also need to be used for third-party installs if purchased through Steam or Epic Games.
  2. Once the game is successfully purchased and downloaded, it will launch the official Rockstar Launcher. Players will need to link to their Social Club ID by opening the respective third-party website from which the purchase was made.
  3. Account linking is permanent and only needs to be done when the launcher starts for the first time. The system will act as a one stop shop for all other Rockstar games to launch and update in the system.
  4. The installation process will ask players to calibrate their screen. It will also give them the option to change basic settings or enter story mode with default settings.
  5. Under Settings, players can modify/change graphics and performance options to suit their system, and adjust controller/keyboard options. They can also update the camera angle, voice chat options, and many other options as needed.
  6. The next time the game boots, it should launch straight into Story Mode if all goes well. In case of lag or stutter, players can always update their graphics and advanced settings to make the experience more enjoyable. If nothing works, a fresh install may be required.

Additional hardware requirements

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Depending on the gamers’ systems, a high refresh rate monitor/4k TV, a gaming mouse and keyboard combo, or a controller should do the trick for the best experience and visual feast.

The game can nevertheless be enjoyed, even more so with friends, regardless of the system players use.


For full guides and walkthroughs, check out SK GTA Wiki

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