dalb777
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New Computer: Help With Specs Please

Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:07 am

So I posted this an Aviation Hobby last week, and only got one reply. I'm hoping I can get more help here in Non-Av.

Need advice on these specs, especially on how they will handle FSX:

Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Processor Q9300 (6MB Cache,2.50GHz,1333FSB)
RAM: 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4 DIMMs
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD3870 512MB GDDR4

Processor:
1. How much better is this one over Intel® Core™2 Q6600 Quad-Core (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB)?
2. How much better would Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Processor Q9450 (12MB Cache,2.66GHz,1333FSB) be over the one I'm selecting?

Graphics Card:
Basically, which one is better, the ATI selected, or the nVidia GeForce 8800 GT 512MB?

These are specs from the Dell website for the XPS 420. What are some websites where you can buy parts to build your own computer?

Thanks in advance!
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Jpax
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RE: New Computer: Help With Specs Please

Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:38 am

Get the 8800GT, and neither of those processors will run FSX nicely unless graphics are turned way down. I've tried it with a 2.6ghz, 2GB Ram, 8800GT 512mb, it was around 13-20FPS with medium settings at TNCM, but you're mileage may vary.
 
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RE: New Computer: Help With Specs Please

Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:15 am

It seems to the me that FSX is more processor-intensive and doesn't weigh as heavily on the video card as most other modern games. I did a major upgrade of my video card a while back and only noticed a marginal increase in frame rate in FSX. A good, fast card can't hurt though and while I'm normally an ATI guy, the GF8800 is not a bad card. Just make sure you get a top-shelf brand, there are a LOT of junk video cards out there right now.
Here's a great comparison of gaming cards done recently, very informative.  
I never did get FSX to stop behaving weirdly and I'm not spending $1000 on a new computer just to play it. I've gone back to F4:AF and I'm kickin' ass again.  

PS> I bought FSX when it first came out for $50 and it's been an complete disappointment to me.

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dalb777
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RE: New Computer: Help With Specs Please

Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:52 am



Quoting Jpax (Reply 1):
neither of those processors will run FSX nicely unless graphics are turned way down.

So even the Quad Core's have trouble running FSX? I kinda find that hard to believe...
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RE: New Computer: Help With Specs Please

Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:29 am



Quoting Dalb777 (Reply 3):
So even the Quad Core's have trouble running FSX? I kinda find that hard to believe...

Yeah, I get decent frame rates with a P4 3.2 and an X1950 card. Not even remotely what I'd call astounding but decent. I have to think you'd be OK with either one of those processors.  Smile
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