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Which Config To Run FSX?  
User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2390 posts, RR: 9
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 5451 times:
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Hello !!

Maybe I'll buy a new PC next summer. One important thing in my choice will be that it can run FSX without any problem.
So, which configuration do you advise me ?
1024mb RAM ? 2048mb ?
Would a 512mb video card be enough ?

Many thanks in advance.


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User currently offlineGofly From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 1727 posts, RR: 38
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 5441 times:
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The more RAM the better, and I should imagine a 512 card will be enough! Big grin

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User currently offlineJutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 5431 times:

I don't think there is a computer that will run the latest FS, no matter how much crap you put in it.

User currently offlineDan2002 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 2055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 5427 times:

You don't need to go crazy, and don't go out and spend all your money just for a video card with 512MB of ram. 256MB is more than enough, unless you want to go crazy and drop out a huge wad of cash. Whats your budget?


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User currently offlineNorthwestEWR From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 419 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5362 times:

I'm hoping that my new PC will be able to run it without lag.

AMD Athlon 64 x2 4400+ 2.2GHz Socket 939 Dual Core 2GHz FSB 2MB Cache
Abit KN8 SLI Nvidia nForce4 2000MHz Front Side Bus, Firewire, USB 2.0, SPDIF, SATA Raid Controller
2GB PC3200 DDR2 400MHz
ATi Radeon X800XL 256MB GDDR3 PCI-Express X16
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 24-Bit
250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 SATA-150
Dual DVD / CD-RWs

What do you guys think ?



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User currently offlineJutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5358 times:

Quoting NorthwestEWR (Reply 4):
What do you guys think ?

Self-gloat.


User currently offlineAC21365 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5280 times:

Quoting NorthwestEWR (Reply 4):
I'm hoping that my new PC will be able to run it without lag.

AMD Athlon 64 x2 4400+ 2.2GHz Socket 939 Dual Core 2GHz FSB 2MB Cache
Abit KN8 SLI Nvidia nForce4 2000MHz Front Side Bus, Firewire, USB 2.0, SPDIF, SATA Raid Controller
2GB PC3200 DDR2 400MHz
ATi Radeon X800XL 256MB GDDR3 PCI-Express X16
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 24-Bit
250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 SATA-150
Dual DVD / CD-RWs

What do you guys think ?

Built it 4 months ago....  Smile

A config similar to the one above should run FS9 with no problems. The only issue I could see with the rig above is the video card. the x800 chipset is aging quickly. It'll run fs9, but if you turn on any of the eye candy (anti-aliasing and antistropic filtering) and higher resolutions (1280x1024 for example (what I'm running)), it'll start to get rough. I have a 7800GT OC and it does FS9 alright with all the eye candy, but FSX should be a little rougher with older video chipsets (even mine) due to the lighting effects and more detailed textures in FSX. I suggest you save for a better video card if you want all the eye candy like in the screenshots Microsoft's been putting out.

Aaron

[Edited 2006-06-06 23:08:34]

User currently offlineLawrenceMck From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5271 times:

You can now get 1GB graphics cards which would be plenty, also, 4 Gig of RAM would be a big plus towards FSX.

Lawrence



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User currently offlineAC21365 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5270 times:

Quoting LawrenceMck (Reply 7):
You can now get 1GB graphics cards which would be plenty, also, 4 Gig of RAM would be a big plus towards FSX.

Lawrence

Problem with running 4gb of ram (on AMD systems at least) is that most boards only have 4 ram slots and can only handle 1gb per slot. If you run 4 sticks of ram as opposed to 2, you'll have to run the memory timing at 2T timing instead of 1T. 1T is faster than 2T. Hopefully AMD's newer chips will have memory controllers that'll run 4 sticks at 1T, but that has yet to be seen as far as I know.

-Aaron


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5136 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5238 times:

Going by previous experience, even the best machine on the market at the time FS is released generally struggles with full graphics.

If you can wait, then I would suggest you do so. Im going to wait until the summer and then buy a new machine. By then hardware should be available to run FSX with graphics on the highest settings.



That'll teach you
User currently offlineKaktusdigital From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5230 times:

Just make sure u get an SLI board, and grab ureself a nice 7900GTX. regardless ure gonna fall behind, but at least you have the option to purchase a secondary video card and put it in when u can afford it.


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User currently offlineNorthwestEWR From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 419 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5206 times:

My current system ( See above ) can run FS9 with full AI, maxed settings, full Anti-Aliasing, full antistropic filtering, 1680 x 1050 at a FlyTampa airport in the PMDG 747 at 30 FPS. Once FSX comes out I plan on upgrading my video card so that I can run it well. Sample screenshot from my current PC : http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b79/rolldog393/ha121.jpg


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User currently offlineLawrenceMck From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5206 times:

Very nice NorthwestEWR
I can't really run weather on my system else frame rates plummit, so I always have to fly in clear blue skies  Sad

Lawrence



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