I have a new Gateway computer running an i5 2320 processor at 3.0-3.3ghz with 8 gigs ram and 1 tera hdd.
I have been running Microsoft Flight Simulator X just using the Intel 2000 graphics and while the performance is not horrible I want to get the detail and FPS up.
I have saved up $255 and need a more powerful PSU (thinking 500W) and a video card. I think I will get the ThermalTake PSU but I am not sure on the graphics card. Both will have to be installed by Compusa to save my warranty from being voided if something blows.
I may also need a new monitor since the new graphics cards have this new digital connector on them and my current monitor( a Sanyo 20" Flat screen TV) only has VGA or serial.
I have heard that there are Digital to VGA adaptors out there so i might try to find one.
So, as it stands money wise:
$255 to spend
PSU - 49.99
Video Card - $150 or less
Install - 60
Maybe digital to VGA - 20
I would like some advce on this situation including what is a good card for FSX and whether the Digital to VGA adaptor will work for me.
Plus, what kind of performance I will get after the install on FSX and other games.
Hi jaguarskx, thank you for replying to my question. My computer is a gateway DX4860-UB33P.
Yes I plan on paying somebody to install it. I understand that is easy and I believe it is easy because I have to use a computer apart before. However in order to save my gateway warranty since it's brand new I would rather somebody professional install the card and power supply so if something gets broken I will still have a warranty. They told me that I will get paperwork that makes it okay for them to work on it and not void the warranty from gateway. I am not positively sure I believe the guy that I talked to but gateway technical support said that anything I install if something goes wrong with it voids the warranty. I did not ask them if getting it professionally installed still voids the warranty yet.