I've no idea but this was probably a top of the range machine back in late 08 / early 09... and I would imagine it was an nVidia... so whatever their best GPU was back then. The computers were running Windows 7.
As for your friend I doubt he would get an invite to any future events. Those of us who are lucky enough to get invited have been on the scene for at least 7 years or so. We still run our sites today and of course they are among the biggest out there. It's almost like a reward for our continued dedication to supporting both R* and the GTA series. It's for that reason alone really, no matter how hard your friend works on his site. There's also plenty of other great sites out there, especially European ones, who don't get invited. Of course they can't invite everyone. I'm just fortunate to be one that is
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