Will my new HP Pavillion DV6-3025dx laptop run GTA 4? (My specs & GTA 4 requirements)

MBryantFFNY

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Will my new HP Pavillion DV6-3025dx notebook run GTA 4 for pc? (My specs & GTA IV requirments included)?

Will my new HP Pavillion DV6-3025dx notebook run GTA 4 for pc?
I plan on getting GTA IV from off of Steam in a couple of days and wonder how much a risk I am taking but I want to double check. My specs are as follows:

HP Pavillion dv6-3025dx notebook
4 GB of RAM DDR3, 500 GB of hard disk space
AMD Phenom II N620 Dual Core Processor
2.8 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache
ATI Mobility Raedon HD 4250 graphics with 128MB display cache memory
**EDIT TO MY GRAPHICS** .... when I enter in GTA 4 in "Can You Run It?" It says I have 1.9 GB of Video RAM.. with 256 mb required... does this change things? Now Im guessing the 128 mb I had posted was something else... and PLUS it says that it will run on minimum with the bar right between minimum and reccomended settings. Does this change things?
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Windows 7 Home Premium

Now this is whats needed to run GTA IV (obtained off of STEAM):

OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / Windows XP - Service Pack 3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHz
Memory: 1.5GB XP / 1.5GB Vista
Graphics: 256MB Nvidia 7900 / 256MB ATI X1900
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c Compliant Card
Hard Drive: 16GB of Hard Disc Space
Sound Card: 5.1 Channel Audio Card

Also, what should be the best setting for me to run GTA IV and how smoothly will it run, and would I be able to mod and use mods without major laggs or problems? I can play GTA SA perfectly fine on my laptop but I dont know if I should use it as an example for GTA 4.

I think thats all the specs you need, if you need more please tell me. THANKS IN ADVANCE

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Should I consider Crysis instead and skip out on GTA 4? I might do that instead becuase I tried Mafia II and it was lagging, choppy. RECCOMMENDED SPECS FOR CRYSIS::::: (provided by Steam)

Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
Memory: 2.0 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS/640 or similar

SHOULD I GET THIS OR THE GTA? Will it run smoother than GTA and how much so?
CanYouRunIt.com I think it is says I can run it smoothly, reccommended requirements, full green bar...

GUYS IF YOU CAN or have any knowledge this, can you tell me if I can upgrade my graphics card in any way or is that just not a possibility... like I said, HP P dv6-3025dx.. And I thought that Crysis didnt need as much requirents as GTA... guess I was wrong, PLEASE SUGGEST GAMES TO RUN ON MY SYSTEM... when I get a job next year after school I might start building a gaming computer but any thought on my laptop?

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A) Is there anyway I can upgrade my ATI graphics card for something better on my dv6-3025dx laptop?
B) What is the risk and how much could I expect it to cost?
C) Is there an alternative to replacing the internal graphics card like an external one?
D) What is the best AMD graphics card available and can an ATI graphics card be paired up with Intel? Or can Intel be paired with AMD?
E) Is there any way I can improve my gaming performance on this laptop like hard-drive wise or RAM-wise?
F) Will adding more RAM to a laptop improve its gaming?

THANKS and please answer what you can question by question and put the letters next to each answer to a question.
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Soccerman06

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Itll probably turn on, but performance at anything above minimum probably wont happen.
 

FalseChristian

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It says you need a 256MB card MINIMUM so a 512MB card is probably recommended. You won't be able to run it with just 128MB. That 4250 is one slow-ass GPU anyhow.
 

Elcs

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GTA IV can be made playable on a dual core Atom system with Ion chipset. It's not pretty, the Atom is heavily overclocked and it still runs sluggish....

The only drawback of your system is really the graphics chip. I cannot say for sure whether it will run or not ... Best idea is just try it.

Set resolution to the right screen size and drop all graphics settings to lowest and try.
 

LumbergTech

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disable shadows for sure

huge fps gain

min settings with no shadows and you can probably play although the performance may be rocky at times
 

MBryantFFNY

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Should I just condier getting a FPS like LumbergTech said.. if thats what you mean, I wanna get Crysis now.. it looks fun and might be able to run much better than GTA.. might just skip out and get the next and improved GTA for PC
 

CurseTheSky

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Your Radeon 4250 is NOT meant for gaming. Can you play some games on it? Yes. Will it do well? No.

I suggest sticking with primarily older games - Half-Life 2 and the like. Slightly newer games like Oblivion will be pushing it, but are still probably playable on low. GTA4 might work on all low settings, but Crysis is NOT going to happen.
 

Elcs

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Your Radeon 4250 is NOT meant for gaming. Can you play some games on it? Yes. Will it do well? No.

I suggest sticking with primarily older games - Half-Life 2 and the like. Slightly newer games like Oblivion will be pushing it, but are still probably playable on low. GTA4 might work on all low settings, but Crysis is NOT going to happen.

If Crysis can be played on a Dual Core Atom with Ion chipset, I am not sure why it could not be played on his system.

Yes it will be at a lower resolution (720p or maybe lower), Yes it will be at the lowest settings... and Yes it may even drop below smooth FPS at times but I would say it has a chance to be playable.
 

MBryantFFNY

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If Crysis can be played on a Dual Core Atom with Ion chipset, I am not sure why it could not be played on his system.

Yes it will be at a lower resolution (720p or maybe lower), Yes it will be at the lowest settings... and Yes it may even drop below smooth FPS at times but I would say it has a chance to be playable.

Is Crysis more demanding than GTA 4 or something? I wanted to mod GTA 4 but dont even wanna take a chance with it now.. what about Crysis? how much more (if so) demanding is it?
 

marmasatt

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Is Crysis more demanding than GTA 4 or something? I wanted to mod GTA 4 but dont even wanna take a chance with it now.. what about Crysis? how much more (if so) demanding is it?

Neither. Well put it this way, Crysis has bee THE benchmark for pc games about the last 4 years because it is the most taxing. There are plenty of benchmark "programs" out there. But if you want to know how your system performs and whether or not you can really run a game, you see if you can get any frames on Crysis on High and whether or not you can actually play it.

Crysis may be optimized better now as it's been out for awhile - or GTA 4 may be a real hog, I'm not aware of either of these possibilities though. But I think you should try something else out. There are plenty of other options out there. I don't see your video card running any of these games well on your system dude. Sorry.

Try the Call of Duty series, Half-Life 2 and some of the mods, etc.
 
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pontifex

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Neither. Well put it this way, Crysis has bee THE benchmark for pc games about the last 4 years because it is the most taxing. There are plenty of benchmark "programs" out there. But if you want to know how your system performs and whether or not you can really run a game, you see if you can get any frames on Crysis on High and whether or not you can actually play it.

Crysis may be optimized better now as it's been out for awhile - or GTA 4 may be a real hog, I'm not aware of either of these possibilities though. But I think you should try something else out. There are plenty of other options out there. I don't see your video card running any of these games well on your system dude. Sorry.

Try the Call of Duty series, Half-Life 2 and some of the mods, etc.

I could max out Crysis and still get high FPS on it, but if I remember correctly, I couldn't max out GTA4 and even then it wasn't the best performance.
 

Soccerman06

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To answer your question about video memory, the gpu has shared system memory which means it will use your 2gig as video memory and system memory. Whether any game at the lowest settings will use that much memory is an unknown to me. But you should know, just because you have more memory doesn't mean you can actually take advantage of it.

And chances are you won't be able to switch out the gpu in that, mainly because I've never seen a mobile gpu for sale from a retailer, but I may be wrong. I do have a 6600go at my house but Idk if it works or is even better than yours.

Edit: I'm going to add this, just because a game says min requirements for a system, it doesn't require anything beyond a dx 7/8/9/10 (or other required engines) and is only saying that because that is the min spec for a decent frame rate. Chances are you won't be getting decent frame rates but you will never know until you try.
 
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