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Im not interested in making a super fast modern rig, I have one already, But I would like to make a Rig that will just run San Andreas maxed out, and thats it.

I am going to be doing a case build themed for the game, and would like to have time period correct hardware for it, say 05-07. I have the case, and im on about $300 budget.

Thanks and I look forward to making my build log for it!
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Hmm older hardware usually starts going up in price after some time, it might even be cheaper to use new stuff just really low end. Wasn't the Core series from Intel and the Athlon 64's the procs of that time? Then for gpu's I'm thinking the 2k series from ATI, and possibly the 9k series from Nvidia.

Used parts and deals will be your best bet, newegg has some random deals on ddr2 ram for pretty cheap sometimes, I think i saw 2gb for like $10 the other day. Refurb 9800 GT akimbo for $50 from TD.
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Amd 3200+
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2GB 3200 ram

That's what I use to use for it.
     
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Guys will this 775 cpu run san andreas?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-039-_-Product
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post #5 of 9
Celerons are pretty weak though. I believe they're meant for the energy-saving crowd. You could try your luck. Spec-wise it should work, not sure how well.

You might want to look into the low-end of this generation (or last generation) instead of looking at 05-07. Unless you're re-using parts, which you should list so we can compensate.

Can you spring a little more for a dual-core or an X3?
Edited by evilferret - 4/24/11 at 12:10am
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post #6 of 9
It might be cheaper to just go out and build an Athlon II x2 system instead of building it from older tech.

If you build it from older stuff then most likely you'd have to buy some of it second hand, and not only will it probably cost nearly as much as a low end rig of this generation, not to mention slower, but you'll also probably have no warranty on any of the parts.

Just look at the Celeron you posted. This Athlon II x2 245 is only a few dollars more!! And would be vastly superior.
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post #7 of 9
I never played San Andreas, but I used to play Grand Theft Auto III and Vice City on like a Pentium III 800MHz, 384MB SDRAM, and a GeForce 4 Ti4200, so being on the same engine, I doubt you need THAT much.

Also, here's a very important aspect not to ignore. If it's anything like Grand Theft Auto III/Vice City, you're going to need to keep the "frame limiter" on, which caps it to like 24FPS or 30FPS or 35FPS or some sort. The reason is, if the frame rate gets high enough, the physics and game glitch out. Your character warps and the game messes up. In other words, CPUs and/or GPUs beyond a certain speed all run the game the same since you need to enable the frame limiter to prevent it from glitching out. My Pentium 4 2.8GHz and GeForce 6800GS AGP was fast enough to make this happen.

Keep that in mind.
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I can play San andreas on my 3dfx rig
with a voodoo 5500 and pent 4
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post #9 of 9
SA came out for PC in early 2005, so your looking at AThlon 64 single core Socket 754/939 130nm aka newcastle, or clawhammer, or Pentium4. 1gb was the standard of the day, Windows XP Home or Pro, and Geforce 6 or Radeon x800, also note PCIe was out but not on the AMD platform yet lol
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