Building a Silent GTA 5 Machine on a Budget

By Jeff Checchi, on April 6, 2015

As many gamers already know, one of the most highly anticipated PC games of the year is just days from being released. Of course, I am talking about GTA 5. With the release just on the horizon, you may be wondering if your current system will be able to run the game, or if you have only played GTA on consoles, you might be wondering what it would take to build a PC that can play GTA 5 at the recommended specs. In this blog we will pick out the parts for a silent, budget focused build that we will be putting together specifically for GTA 5.

While the game has been out on consoles for over a year now, the Rockstar team has been taking their time on a PC release of the game that many are expecting to be the greatest version in the franchise. GTA 5 on the PC will support 4K, increased draw distances, higher graphical detail, larger amounts of players on GTA online, the long awaited first person mode, and very likely a plethora of user made mods as time goes on. So will your system run it? Check out the recommended specifications from Rockstar below:


OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1

Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHz (8 CPUs)

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD 7870 2GB

Hard Drive: 65 GB available space

The good news is that you don’t need the latest and greatest PC hardware in order to play GTA 5 in better quality than the latest generation of consoles. The list of parts that we put together here will allow you to play GTA 5 at the recommended settings for a little over $800.


Case: Carbide Series 100R Silent Edition

For the case we selected the Carbide Series 100R Silent Edition. The 100R has a sleek, understated design which forgoes the visual spectacle commonly found on inexpensive cases marketed towards “gamers.” We have packed in a lot of high end features in this case considering its $59.99 price point.  You will find tool free drive installation, cable routing holes, CPU backplate cut out, and a direct airflow path to the GPU via the front intake fan. There is also a 3 speed fan controller and sound damping material applied to the side panels to ensure that you hear your game, instead of your hardware.

PSU: RM550

Keeping with the theme of silence, we are going with the RM550 for the PSU. The RM series was engineered for silence from the start and uses high quality, low noise capacitors. It also has a custom fan designed for silence which operates in a fanless “Zero RPM” mode until the PSU is under heavy load and requires the extra cooling.  In addition to the silent features, the PSU is completely modular and rated for Gold efficiency. That means you only need to plug in the cables you plan to use, and the PSU will operate cooler and waste less power than PSUs with lesser efficiency.

SSD and Memory: Force Series LX 128GB and Vengeance 8GB kit 1600MHz


Every system should have an SSD at this point, and for this build we selected the 128GB Force LX drive. This drive will ensure minimal loading times, and get you in on the action faster than any console could ever hope to. The memory we are using is an 8GB kit of Vengeance DDR3-1600 and along with the SSD, they will give you great “bang for your buck” performance that is more than adequate for a game like GTA 5.

CPU and CPU Cooler: AMD FX-8350 and Hydro Series H55

The CPU we have chosen is the AMD FX-8350 which will be liquid cooled by our Hydro Series H55 CPU cooler. The FX-8350 has proven to be a great CPU for the money and with the H55 cooling it, you should have plenty of room for overclocking if you so desire.

Motherboard and GPU: ASRock 970 Extreme3 and AMD R9 270x


The ASRock 970 Extreme3 is the motherboard that we selected for this build. Like the CPU, this is a great board for the money and offers support for overclocking, dual GPUs (via SLI or Crossfire), and up to five 6Gb/s SATA devices. For the GPU we are going with the AMD R9 270, which will be able to run GTA 5 at the recommended settings at 1080p without a problem.

Now that we have picked out the parts, we will follow up in another blog entry where we will actually build the system, run it through some benchmarks, and test its real world performance in GTA 5.