SevenHeavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1188 posts, RR: 9 Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 10773 times:
It has become apparent that despite a mid life memory and graphics card upgrade my faithfull system can no longer deliver what FS9 (and me ) demands. One too many add ons (or ai flightplans) have meant that the system is too slow to make FS9 enjoyable anymore. . Anyway.....
I have decided to invest in a new system. So far a company called mesh seem to offer the best package for the price. I will get an AMD 64 3800, 1024MB pc400 RAM, 300GB H/Drive, 2 x 256mb nvidia geforce 6800? (pciexpress?) graphics cards, soundblaster 7.1 sound and a 19in lcd monitor....
I would welcome any comments or advice anyone would be kind enought to offer. Specifically does FS rely more on say, processor than memory or vice versa. Also what are your thoughts on AMD64 processors?. From what I have read they seem good but I have always had intel before.
Good question, see any MS product will almost take as much memory it can get, and my experience is that as soon as you run FS with much-addons the system will both peek at cpu usage and memory usage. I have 1 Gb memory and a intel HT, and first thread runs at 100%, and second at 10 to 20% and run out of ram when I fly an advanced plane like PMDG 737 and high quality scenery. So I really should add more memory.
As regards to AMD64, I can't answer, but is that 64 bit chip? can FS utilize that? and why do you need two graphic cards with one monitor?
What ever you choose, make sure you add extra cooling to your video card, they will run very hot.
Also consider two disk drives for performance increase.
BA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2192 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10752 times:
My specs are :
Athlon 64-bit 3400, 1Gb Corsair DDR, 160/80 Gb SATA HDs, HIS ATI Radeon X800 XT PE ICEQ II, Audigy 2 ZS 7.1
I can get a rather decent 20fps flying into LHR at dusk-time with the ifdg airbuses and PSS panel and a HUGE soundset by Andre Silva lol! Some shots --> (http://forums.avsim.net/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=147&topic_id=201857&mesg_id=201857&page=)
Definetely go for two HDDs, say a 40gb for FS (or for a similar price a 20gb and get a faster performing one) and with regards to the 64-bit technology...no FS cannot take advantage of it yet because its a 32-bit application, like everything else around currently. But when the next Windows emerges, and the next FS in 12 months or whatever it's going to be it might be a different story! My advice is to without doubt, buy a Athlon 64 processor, a 256mb graphics card and 2 separate HDDs Also, make sure you do your homework on the graphics cards, read all the reviews you can and make your choices carefully!
Splitzer From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 151 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10716 times:
Ah that seems pretty good. I can explain why you'd want to graphics cards too. Basically, like most, two is better than one, and having two graphics cards means double the power of having one graphics card for rendering.
Another way to look at it, is rather than spend £400 on a top of the range graphics cards, you can spend £150 on two decent graphics cards and combine them. The technology is called SLI. It was around some years ago under a different name, but never really took off. Here are some links that explain better than I can:
Manzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10701 times:
Before you go laying down some serious dosh for a SLI enabled PC just for FS9 it may be worth buying a copy or two of PC Pilot magazine to see what they have to say about whether SLI will give you a benefit.
To be honest I've strayed from the fold somewhat having not even got FS9 installed at the moment and my subs to PC Pilot have lapsed but it's worth checking all the same.
Then again, if you play other sorts of games such as FPS then you will definitely see the benefit of SLI.
Also, have you considered having a custom system built or even having a go at it yourself? Might be able to save a few pennies that way!
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SevenHeavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1188 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 10680 times:
The price comes to nearly £1500 including delivery. This includes the latest saitek throttle/joystick and logitech steering wheel with 4 games. They have a lot of systems to choose from and you can basically custom make your system as everything is upgradeable.