GTA V released this week on PC, and it has already sold a million copies. Now, this is awesome, and shows that the PC platform is alive and well. But how about people who wanna move to PC? Well, we're going to see how much it would cost to build a new PC to match the recommended settings of GTA V. Recommended settings doesn't mean maxed out. It means that you'll be able to play the game at a reasonable frame rate at good settings, usually at 1080p. As usual, prices will be in USD and listings will be from Amazon.com unless noted. Let's get started on GTA V Recommended Specs.
CPU: AMD FX-8350
Since GTA V is an open world game, a beefier CPU will help it a lot. There are a lot of variables in this game, and even though quite a few of them are pre-determined, there are some that react to how you go about in the world. If your CPU has to take a lot of time to account for this, your frame rate could drop. The recommended AMD CPU is the FX-8350, an eight core chip that shouldn't slow anything down. It is also a great chip to remove any bottle necks you might find in other games, such as Battlefield or even the upcoming Witcher 3, so this is definitely a good starting point for open world or massive games.
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0
The M5A97 is a pretty decent motherboard for the money. Since we're looking for the cheapest way to play GTA V without risking an explosion, this motherboard will perform adequately. While there are no heatsinks over MOSFETs or capacitors, you can keep these cool by having good cross board airflow. It comes with plenty of USB ports, but no USB3.0 in the front, so make sure your case doesn't have any to get the most use out of front ports. It has a second PCI-e 2.0 x16 slot, but it runs at x4, meaning it wouldn't be recommended to try Crossfire or SLI. However, a more powerful single GPU might be better off for this system anyway.
G.Skill gets the RAM spot again, because they're the cheapest that won't melt. 8GB is recommended for GTA V, which goes to show how well they have optimized the game. To put this into perspective, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare's minimum requirements ask for 8GB, so you're doing great if you can use less for a game like GTA V.
We've seen it a million times on here, but Seagate wins. And with a huge 65GB download, you absolutely need a terabyte. Nothing less would be recommended. However, if you wanted to completely demolish loading times, you could get an SSD, but that would leave little room for much else. This build is just to play the game though, not break any records.
The recommended AMD card for GTA V is a Radeon HD 7870. That card has been replaced with the R9 270, which is simply a rebranding of the Tahiti card. The R9 270 does play games very well, and you can usually use a high preset and get good FPS, or use the medium preset for most games and get amazing FPS. I would recommend a custom graphics setting with some on high, some on low. You might not be able to use Antialiasing, however, so playing at 1080p and finding the right settings at that resolution will be best. This chip is also easily overclockable, and can become an R9 270X just by maxing out the sliders.
Case: Thermaltake V3
A decent case that can be picked up or ordered for less than $40. No USB3.0 in the front, but it does have good air flow potential and comes with an exhaust fan. It doesn't look too bad, leaning away from the garish "gamer" look of other Thermaltake cases. You could find something that suits you better, but if you just need a basic house for your computer, this case will do fine.
This computer doesn't take a ton of power to run at max. It pulls less than 400W, so any 500W 80+ power supply will do great. I don't recommend less than 80+ Bronze though, so the Builder series from Corsair is perfect. I have one, in fact, and it is silent and sturdy enough to run whatever I throw at it. And at less than $60, you'll be crazy to try and cheap out.
GTA V on PC will look better than it does on consoles. It will also run smoother and allow you to have a lot more fun with the game down the road, since the modding community will continue to pump life into it for years. GTA IV is still alive today on PC because of mods, while it is a ghost town on console. This build will only run you about $600 if you shop around on PCPartPicker, proving that you don't need a $1000 PC to run one of the most popular games out right now.