Need good game for 256 MB PC

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#1 Posted by Turwrakiun (6 posts) -
Title pretty much says it all, can someone help me out in finding a good 3d game for a 256 MB PC? I'm into mostly action games and fps games, but i bought good games like Brothers in arms, and resident evil 4, but took them back to the store. Because my comp can't handle them. So can someone help me out please.
#2 Posted by linkthewindow (5654 posts) -
256mb RAM? or Video Card. If its RAM, try games like BF1942, Doom, etc, but they are old :(.
#3 Posted by pwilletts (881 posts) -
I hopes it Video Card cause if its ram, then you need to upgrade immeaditly.
#4 Posted by Indestructible2 (5935 posts) -
256MB System RAM or VRAM?
#5 Posted by onuruca (2877 posts) -
yeah whats your cpu,gfx card?
#6 Posted by Turwrakiun (6 posts) -

sorry i meant RAM

#7 Posted by D9-THC (3081 posts) -

Peggle...though it might choke on that.

Nope...you're good.

OS: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista Memory: 256 MB RAM Processor: 700MHz or faster DirectX: 8.0 Internet: Internet connection is required to register both the download and CD-ROM versions of the game

#8 Posted by SOTE (3398 posts) -
umm is it a cardboard box pc or something? lol i used to have one liek that but gaming was impossible on it just like surfing the net...lol
#9 Posted by Rottenberry (4908 posts) -
You should really consider to drop PC gaming with a computer as ancient as that...
#10 Posted by Turwrakiun (6 posts) -
so i should upgrade huh. thats cool I know a perfect person that can upgrade my comp to 1 gig MB of RAM for 30$ ok then.
#11 Posted by HoggDawg (54 posts) -

If you want to engage in computer gaming, make it two gigs. Also, I'd be rather surprised if your graphics card and cpu are up to gaming, considering the fact that your system RAM was so low.

Here's what you want to do: Hit Start, hit Run, type in 'DXDiag', save it as a .txt file, and post it here.

#12 Posted by Turwrakiun (6 posts) -

I'll have you know that I've been able to play many goodgames for my computer (but bored with them though). Info below

System Information

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Time of this report: 1/7/2008, 18:26:31

Machine name:CIA Confidential

Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227-2254)

Language: English (Regional Setting: English)

System Manufacturer: Dell Computer Corporation

System Model: Dimension 2400

BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05

Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz

Memory: 256MB RAM

Page File: 462MB used, 162MB available

Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS

DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

DX Setup Parameters: Not found

DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

Display Devices

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Card name: Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller

Manufacturer: Intel Corporation

Chip type: Intel(R) 82845G Graphics Controller

DAC type: Internal

Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2562&SUBSYS_01601028&REV_01

Display Memory: 64.0 MB

Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (75Hz)

Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor

Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200

Driver Name: ialmrnt5.dll

Driver Version: 6.14.0010.4342 (English)

DDI Version: 9 (or higher)

Driver Attributes: Final Retail

Driver Date/Size: 10/19/2005 07:59:12, 38016 bytes

#13 Posted by Indestructible2 (5935 posts) -

I'll have you know that I've been able to play many goodgames for my computer (but bored with them though). Info below

System Information

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Time of this report: 1/7/2008, 18:26:31

Machine name:CIA Confidential

Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227-2254)

Language: English (Regional Setting: English)

System Manufacturer: Dell Computer Corporation

System Model: Dimension 2400

BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05

Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz

Memory: 256MB RAM

Page File: 462MB used, 162MB available

Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS

DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

DX Setup Parameters: Not found

DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

Display Devices

---------------

Card name: Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller

Manufacturer: Intel Corporation

Chip type: Intel(R) 82845G Graphics Controller

DAC type: Internal

Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2562&SUBSYS_01601028&REV_01

Display Memory: 64.0 MB

Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (75Hz)

Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor

Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200

Driver Name: ialmrnt5.dll

Driver Version: 6.14.0010.4342 (English)

DDI Version: 9 (or higher)

Driver Attributes: Final Retail

Driver Date/Size: 10/19/2005 07:59:12, 38016 bytes

Turwrakiun

Hey my last rig was also a Dimension 2400! :o

That thing ain't worth upgrading though,its junk,it only has PCI slots and supports 1GB of RAM at most,but if you can't get or build a new PC,get Shogun or Medieval: Total War,you should run those games alright on that POS (If you don't mind RTS games) but if you need FPS/Action,you should run the first Half Life game well,look into that.

#14 Posted by onuruca (2877 posts) -

your pc can handle the games of 2005. so try searching here.

#15 Posted by AK-476 (1 posts) -
play freedom fighters which runs on 256 and is a really good game as well as hitman 2
#16 Posted by Agent_Kaliaver (4722 posts) -

You should really consider to drop PC gaming with a computer as ancient as that...Rottenberry

Mabye he likes the classics..... and only the classics....

#17 Posted by machockey (320 posts) -
.... there are no good games for that little of ram, im sorry.
#18 Posted by lordaltay1 (119 posts) -
Starcraft / Age of empires.
#19 Posted by chessmaster1989 (29704 posts) -

Title pretty much says it all, can someone help me out in finding a good 3d game for a 256 MB PC? I'm into mostly action games and fps games, but i bought good games like Brothers in arms, and resident evil 4, but took them back to the store. Because my comp can't handle them. So can someone help me out please.Turwrakiun

Don't waste your money on games. Get a new PC. Seriously.

#20 Posted by jameshols01 (66 posts) -

giants : citizen kabuto

return to castle wolfenstein

deus ex

#21 Posted by Greyskies87 (123 posts) -
If you upgraded your RAM and got a decent older video card (probly all of $100 total), you could play alot of great games. Everything by Blizzard, Command and Conquer: First Decade, the non-Source based Half Life games, Age of Empires 1+2, and alot of others. Dont listen to alot of the kids here which think if a game wasnt made in the past 3 months its terrible.I grew up on PC gaming in the mid ninties and would have killed for a PC that had a 3d capable video card...
#22 Posted by wackys (1315 posts) -
If you upgraded your RAM and got a decent older video card (probly all of $100 total), you could play alot of great games. Everything by Blizzard, Command and Conquer: First Decade, the non-Source based Half Life games, Age of Empires 1+2, and alot of others. Dont listen to alot of the kids here which think if a game wasnt made in the past 3 months its terrible.I grew up on PC gaming in the mid ninties and would have killed for a PC that had a 3d capable video card...Greyskies87
+1 and I recommend Giants Citizen Kabuto.
#23 Posted by Piesics (182 posts) -

I'll have you know that I've been able to play many goodgames for my computer (but bored with them though). Info below

System Information

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Time of this report: 1/7/2008, 18:26:31

Machine name:CIA Confidential

Turwrakiun

lol wut

#24 Posted by JnWycliffe (769 posts) -

play freedom fighters which runs on 256 and is a really good game as well as hitman 2AK-476

why did you dig this one up??? i'm sure he's not searching for a game EIGHT MONTHS after creating this thread!!!

#25 Posted by wackys (1315 posts) -

[QUOTE="AK-476"]play freedom fighters which runs on 256 and is a really good game as well as hitman 2JnWycliffe

why did you dig this one up??? i'm sure he's not searching for a game EIGHT MONTHS after creating this thread!!!

Umm I am pretty sure he meant http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/freedomthebattleforli/index.html?tag=result;title;0 which is a great game and I think it will run on it.
#26 Posted by Siim538 (13 posts) -

Try Half life 2 , Tomb raider legend or anniversary , operation flashpoint , delta force extreme

The best thing you could to is to write in google .. games for 256 ram .. and open the first one.

#27 Posted by narutofan007 (2 posts) -
You can also play Gta-Vice City,Airborne Troops,Conflict Desert Strom 2,Hitman 1,2,3, Age Of Empires etc.
#28 Posted by thusaha (14495 posts) -

Any pre-2003 games.

#30 Posted by HyTechSoul (7 posts) -
Maybe the first Roller Coaster Tycoon if you want a little change...other than that there's always the first Half Life and then download Counter Strike ( the original )... I'm not to good with older games because i never started really gaming since 05-06
#31 Posted by rnd10 (235 posts) -
If you upgraded your RAM and got a decent older video card (probly all of $100 total), you could play alot of great games. Everything by Blizzard, Command and Conquer: First Decade, the non-Source based Half Life games, Age of Empires 1+2, and alot of others. Dont listen to alot of the kids here which think if a game wasnt made in the past 3 months its terrible.I grew up on PC gaming in the mid ninties and would have killed for a PC that had a 3d capable video card...Greyskies87
True ... too many kids that think only the latest games are good. There are many classic games that are far superior and don't require a monster rig to play.
#32 Posted by Jamiemydearx3 (4062 posts) -

Quake 3

Half Life + CS 1.6 + DOD + TF + any other incredible mod for HL1.

Diablo II

Warcraft III

The Sims

Sim City

Theif 1+2

AVP + AVP2

Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi outcast / Academy

Unreal II

Im sure if you looked around you could find some other great games!

#33 Posted by GPAddict (5964 posts) -

256 RAM!?!? OH HELLLLL NO! You are a tougher man than I, cuz I definately couldn't deal with that!

#34 Posted by gamer082009 (6679 posts) -
umm is it a cardboard box pc or something? lol i used to have one liek that but gaming was impossible on it just like surfing the net...lolSOTE
I know, you'd get more speed out of using a paper plate! ha
#35 Posted by topsemag55 (19063 posts) -

He's got a hard-wired Intel graphics chip that uses 64 MB of his RAM. Any game needing more than 64 MB won't run correctly, if at all. I started out with one of those PCs, and Dell said you cannot upgrade the graphics.

I bought a better system fast.

#36 Posted by hibikino (666 posts) -

Diablo II !!!

#37 Posted by Ein-7919 (3490 posts) -

From the first post:

"Jan 7, 2008 1:38 pm PT"

Please do not dig up threads that are over a year old. Especially when the person most likely has upgraded his/her computer by now (or has switched over to console gaming).

#38 Posted by aura_enchanted (7942 posts) -

if you have $50 kicking around and live in the us or canada newegg will sell your memory for $10 and boost you to 1GB and then get an ati hd 2400pro tada your now certified to handle games such as painkiller and morrowind on high.

#39 Posted by mouthforbathory (2114 posts) -

Up your RAM to 1 GB, and find a PCI video card like a Geforce 8400GS/9400GT though they are a bit pricey. It's not much, but it will make many newer games playable, like Far Cry, Doom 3, Half Life 2, alot of stuff. But honestly I'd just get a new computer. That thing has ancient components.

#40 Posted by Stoam (7 posts) -
Theme Hospital. It's one of my favorite PC games ever created. Released 12 years ago, and still entertains me for hours. :) You can probably get it off ebay for fairly cheap.
#41 Posted by _rpg_FAN (1418 posts) -
You should really consider to drop PC gaming with a computer as ancient as that...Rottenberry
hmm no he can still play 293894328 great games released back than games like Half Life,Unreal Tournament,Serious Sam,Alien vs Predator 2 etc should work without problem hell im playing Half Life on my second savage4 32 mb graphic card powered pc
#42 Posted by aura_enchanted (7942 posts) -

quit racking him for having junk parts i have practically the same pc in the hand of my younger brother and i bet every penny i have it can handle any game just as good as his upgraded could and then SOME!

pentium D 2.8ghz, 2gb ram (ddr 667), hd 2400pro (known game sit can handle at least on non lowest quality: rainbow 6 vegas, oblivion, DoW2, portal, half-life 2)

#43 Posted by Addict187 (631 posts) -

WHAT THE HELL I was playing star craft back on my P166 with 16MB ram and no video card and diabllo2 I this he can run most blizzard games

#44 Posted by adamosmaki (9786 posts) -
If you upgraded your RAM and got a decent older video card (probly all of $100 total), you could play alot of great games. Everything by Blizzard, Command and Conquer: First Decade, the non-Source based Half Life games, Age of Empires 1+2, and alot of others. Dont listen to alot of the kids here which think if a game wasnt made in the past 3 months its terrible.I grew up on PC gaming in the mid ninties and would have killed for a PC that had a 3d capable video card...Greyskies87
If you upgraded your RAM and got a decent older video card (probly all of $100 total), you could play alot of great games. Everything by Blizzard, Command and Conquer: First Decade, the non-Source based Half Life games, Age of Empires 1+2, and alot of others. Dont listen to alot of the kids here which think if a game wasnt made in the past 3 months its terrible.I grew up on PC gaming in the mid ninties and would have killed for a PC that had a 3d capable video card...Greyskies87
he cant upgrade anything except ram.he dont have a pci-express slot or even an agp. Even if he could that p4 2,8ghz is not enough for anything released after 2007 and . i say save money and build a decent pc. if you want games anything from 2003 and earlier would be ok. Some great old shooters are quake 3,serious sam,blood 2,aliens vs predator 1 and 2,max payne 1 and 2,deus x,half life 1,maybe unreal tournament 2004 and system shock
#45 Posted by superchronik (783 posts) -

.... there are no good games for that little of ram, im sorry. machockey

What? So you're saying that good PC games didn't exist until computer's had more than 256Mb of RAM?! :lol:

There are plenty of great games he could play on that old dinosaur, like Half-Life 1 for a start. Then there's the Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale series, Baldur's Gate 2 is the best game ever made imo. There are also many others: Max Payne, Call of Duty 1, No One Lives Forever, Counter Strike, Morrowind, GTA:VC, NWN1, Planescape:Torment, Thief, Sims, Diablo, Starcraft, Deus Ex, Trackmania, UT. Your graphics card may struggle even more than your lack of RAM with some of them games but there's a decent list there most of which you should be able to run just fine.

#46 Posted by aura_enchanted (7942 posts) -

he cant upgrade anything except ram.he dont have a pci-express slot or even an agp. Even if he could that p4 2,8ghz is not enough for anything released after 2007 and . i say save money and build a decent pc. if you want games anything from 2003 and earlier would be ok. Some great old shooters are quake 3,serious sam,blood 2,aliens vs predator 1 and 2,max payne 1 and 2,deus x,half life 1,maybe unreal tournament 2004 and system shock adamosmaki

dude you clearly have never seen a pci card slot and have never bothered to look for gpu's for one before there are plenty of options (some even recent) for them (most recent cards available are the geforce 9xxx series (as in 9400gt, 9500gt, etc.) and as for ram as i said plenty of place sell older standard of memory and his cpu is solid for a hyperthread.

and just to prove this here you go off newegg:

card

card

card

memory

#47 Posted by tab132 (460 posts) -

[QUOTE="adamosmaki"] he cant upgrade anything except ram.he dont have a pci-express slot or even an agp. Even if he could that p4 2,8ghz is not enough for anything released after 2007 and . i say save money and build a decent pc. if you want games anything from 2003 and earlier would be ok. Some great old shooters are quake 3,serious sam,blood 2,aliens vs predator 1 and 2,max payne 1 and 2,deus x,half life 1,maybe unreal tournament 2004 and system shock aura_enchanted

dude you clearly have never seen a pci card slot and have never bothered to look for gpu's for one before there are plenty of options (some even recent) for them (most recent cards available are the geforce 9xxx series (as in 9400gt, 9500gt, etc.) and as for ram as i said plenty of place sell older standard of memory and his cpu is solid for a hyperthread.

and just to prove this here you go off newegg:

card

card

card

memory

I come from a simular predictiment of the OP. I had a dell 2.8ghz with only a pci slot and 1.25gbs of ram. I bought the 8400, its not worth it. Really, even with the upgrades the cpu tends to bottleneck everything, the only recent game i got good performence in was cod4. As a victim, i do not recommend.
#48 Posted by kemar7856 (11512 posts) -

u dont even have a gpu to play games ? so I say stuf from 2002 and under

#49 Posted by kemar7856 (11512 posts) -
[QUOTE="aura_enchanted"]

[QUOTE="adamosmaki"] he cant upgrade anything except ram.he dont have a pci-express slot or even an agp. Even if he could that p4 2,8ghz is not enough for anything released after 2007 and . i say save money and build a decent pc. if you want games anything from 2003 and earlier would be ok. Some great old shooters are quake 3,serious sam,blood 2,aliens vs predator 1 and 2,max payne 1 and 2,deus x,half life 1,maybe unreal tournament 2004 and system shock tab132

dude you clearly have never seen a pci card slot and have never bothered to look for gpu's for one before there are plenty of options (some even recent) for them (most recent cards available are the geforce 9xxx series (as in 9400gt, 9500gt, etc.) and as for ram as i said plenty of place sell older standard of memory and his cpu is solid for a hyperthread.

and just to prove this here you go off newegg:

card

card

card

memory

I come from a simular predictiment of the OP. I had a dell 2.8ghz with only a pci slot and 1.25gbs of ram. I bought the 8400, its not worth it. Really, even with the upgrades the cpu tends to bottleneck everything, the only recent game i got good performence in was cod4. As a victim, i do not recommend.

I'm sure he has agp also not just pci
#50 Posted by aura_enchanted (7942 posts) -

and im starting into the case of a dell optiplex gx 520 right now XD