Aerlingus330 From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 834 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 10510 times:
I already play FS2004, I have for a while now, but my Laptop is pushed to its limit with it and I cant really get the graphics out of it considering acceptable proformance...So, Im going to get a new desktop, just to put FS2004 on.
Would this one do the job?-
Compaq EVO D500
Intel Pentium 4 Processor....1.8GHz
Windows XP Professional Edition
20 or 40GB Hard Drive
128MB Graphics Card
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9643 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 10506 times:
I think 1.8 GHz might be stretching it a bit. You should probably try getting a bit closer to 3.0 GHz.
Is the XP Pro optional? If it saves a few quid, XP Home should be enough. I got XP Pro first (because I thought it would be "better") and XP Home for my other PCs and there's nothing the Pro version does for me that the Home versions don't do. I think you just get more admin stuff (and more stuff running in the background?).
Using it just for FS will be a big help - that's what I'm going to do at my next upgrade.
ReguPilot From Puerto Rico, joined Jan 2004, 495 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 10470 times:
I think that, although processor speed is very much needed, Flight Simulator 2004 gets more performance out of a good graphics card and RAM. Much of the special things that makes Flight Sim a great looking game, are actually performed by the graphics card, not the CPU. I have proven that by running FS9 in different machines with different cards and processor speeds... and to be honest, Graphic Card and RAM its what set the difference, not processor speed, althought it is indeed, very important. So, to me, his 1.8Ghz would work only if he upgrades RAM to, say, 768MB or 1GB. The more the better. Also, a good graphics card. This latest nVidia GeForce 6600GT is an awesome card. Based on these specs, I don't think PCIe is an option for a Radeon X series card.