HUYguy
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Complete FS Beginner!

Sat Jun 17, 2006 3:35 am

Well I just ordered fs2004 literally a few hours ago. The thing is, I have no idea whether my computer is good enough to run it! Here are the specs:
Windows XP, Pentium 4 Processor 2.53GHz, 512MB of RAM, Vidoe Card = GeForce 4 MX440 (64MB). Basically, these are really just numbers to me, and as I know that my computer hasn't got brilliant specs, how bad are they? Do you think they'll be enough to run fs2004 well? I've seen some of the screenshots on this forum before I joined and I have to say they were so amazing, that they made me want to buy fs2004.
Also, the other thing is I've been looking on POSKY's website, and the aircraft look good for freeware, but are they easy enough for beginners to fly? Thanks for any replies -shane
 
jamesbuk
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RE: Complete FS Beginner!

Sat Jun 17, 2006 3:55 am

Thats basically the same as i used to have (i updated my ram and getting a new vid card) and you should expect to get 8 FPS around airports with 40% traff and in the sky with 100% traffic 36 FPS.

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elcableguy77
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RE: Complete FS Beginner!

Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:03 am

Shane:
Your specs look good enough to get you going, though you may want to invest in at least another 256MB of RAM to help traffic flow a little smoother. I have close to the same computer, and I can run the Utlimate Traffic AI at 100% with only minor slowdowns when there's a lot of traffic (like ATL at 8am).
As for POSKY's aircraft, they fly just fine, and most of them have two different flight models: one for beginners, and one that's quite realistic. I would highly recommend any of their aircraft, and a good place to start would be their 737-800.
If you like, drop me an e-mail, and I'll be happy to help any way I can.
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jetflyer
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RE: Complete FS Beginner!

Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:17 am

I'd say your graphics card will give you the trouble with that system to be honest, it is a 5 year old model. Upgrading it is certainly a priority over your memory, because 64MB on the graphics is inadequate for FS2004 by a long shot. But with more graphics memory, say 256MB, FS2004 won't be needing to use as much system memory. 512MB system RAM is sufficient and your money should go into a faster graphics card. Your processor looks good and memory is always an option for the future; if you don't run a lot of programs at the same time then 512MB is not bad at all. But your graphics card is the Achilles heel, I really think. The difference in my computer before and after upgrading from a GeForce TI-4200 to a Radeon 9800 Pro is about 65 frames per second.
 
HUYguy
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RE: Complete FS Beginner!

Sat Jun 17, 2006 6:37 pm

Thanks guys, you've really helped me out. I can't wait for it to arrive now.

Quoting Jetflyer (Reply 3):
The difference in my computer before and after upgrading from a GeForce TI-4200 to a Radeon 9800 Pro is about 65 frames per second.

Wow! 65 frames per second! That's amazing!
 
jamesbuk
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RE: Complete FS Beginner!

Sun Jun 18, 2006 3:12 am

Hey guys nd gals,

I didnt see the point in starting a new thread. How much FPS will this system get,

256 MB graphics card (Nivedia Geforce 6200 LE)
160 GB hard disk
500 something RAM


Soz cant find the other specs for it,
The pc is brand new (EX show room model for a few months)

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clrd2go
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RE: Complete FS Beginner!

Sun Jun 18, 2006 12:25 pm

I have the same card as the author on a 2.66ghz system and 512MB memory and while I know there are much better cards on the market, I'm not terribly unhappy
with it. I've planned on getting another the last year or 2 but decided it wasn't my top priority and I still enjoy FS.



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piercey
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RE: Complete FS Beginner!

Sun Jun 18, 2006 11:59 pm

Quoting HUYguy (Thread starter):
Also, the other thing is I've been looking on POSKY's website, and the aircraft look good for freeware, but are they easy enough for beginners to fly?

POSKY's aircraft are some of the best on the net. Just remember iFDG for narrowbody airbus, Meljet for your 777s, and Vistaliners for 727s and you'll have a great freeware aircraft collection.
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