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User currently offlineEDICHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4887 times:

Am beginning to consider upgrading my PC with FSX in mind, so looking at processors, DDR and graphics cards.

Currently using a basic HP Pavilion a6640a, with Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 processor, 2GB DDR (motherboard I think will allow me to double this) and NVIDIA GeForce 9300GE 3D 256MB graphics (yes I know that will definitely need to go!).

Recommendations please for replacements....

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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7006 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4878 times:

My ATI HD5870 has been great with FSX! I have a i7-930. No you dont need the i7-930 for FSX you can get away with an i7-860 but I would reccomend getting the best Video Card you can find. HD5870 is one of them.


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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4877 times:

Quoting EDICHC (Thread starter):
Recommendations please for replacements....

Budget at the very least 1000 USD for this.

Take a look at these threads:

Computer To Make The Switch FS9 To FSX (by FlyMIA Dec 20 2009 in Aviation Hobby)

Upgrading Computer And Sim Tommorow (by shamrock321 Jun 17 2010 in Aviation Hobby)

Quoting flymia (Reply 1):
No you dont need the i7-930 for FSX you can get away with an i7-860 but I would reccomend getting the best Video Card you can find.

An i7-920 with a lower end HD58xx card will be much more than enough. However, an i7-860 with anything less than an HD5830 card won't be too quick.


User currently offlineEdIcHc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4861 times:

Perhaps I should clarify...I'm wondering if it would be cheaper to replace the processor and graphic cards and add memory rather than change the whole computer.

User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4839 times:

Quoting EdIcHc (Reply 3):
Perhaps I should clarify...I'm wondering if it would be cheaper to replace the processor and graphic cards and add memory rather than change the whole computer.

Not necessarily. I was in that exact same position not long ago. It's much much better to invest in up and coming technology rather than upgrade something that's already pretty much obsolete, and with little room for future expansion. In the long run it will be cheaper too. Your system does not have much room for improvement. What I did with my old computer was sell it for parts on ebay. It was an old Pentium 4 system with every possible upgrade. I got nearly $400 USD back. Yet had I sold it in one piece I doubt I would've gotten over $200 for it seeing what similar systems were running for.


User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4361 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4804 times:

When it comes to upgrading, many things have to be considered. Does the power supply bring enought current on the lines you need? Is the cooling of the case appropriate.

In your case, the GPU is the clearly limiting factor, and more memory would help.
So either
a) add another GB of RAM and a better GPU with low power needs.
ATI5750 needs 86Watt, 5770 needs 108Watt, 5830 already 175 Watt, and the 5870 that is the best clearly 188 Watt.

Since your 9300 is an onborad grafic I assume, you must ensure you have this extra power as spare. If you aren't sure, dont upgrade.

or

b) buy a brand new system and use the "old" for the Internet ( or sell it ).


User currently offlineEdIcHc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 4802 times:

Hmmmm looks like FSX will be staying in the box for the time being! This PC is less than 18 months old and my good lady will go ballistic if I say...how about a new PC?

User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4361 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4773 times:

Basically your system could do it, if it had a GPU and not a 2d RAMDAC. If you could add an ATI5750 this should cost $150 and you would hav a balanced system, but the power supply must be able to support it.

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