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Hi everyone

I am looking at buying a Dell PC in the next couple of weeks, and i was
wondering what specifications i should be getting looking at for my flight
simulator.

Would someone please mind telling writing down the specifications for me on
here.

thanks for the help

happy flying :)
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 10:34:12 +1100, "Cameron"
    <cameronpeters@optusnet.com.au> postulated :
    >Hi everyone
    >
    >I am looking at buying a Dell PC in the next couple of weeks, and i was
    >wondering what specifications i should be getting looking at for my flight
    >simulator.
    >
    >Would someone please mind telling writing down the specifications for me on
    >here.


    http://www.microsoft.com/games/pc/flightsimulator.aspx#sysreqs

    (Good luck with the Dell rebate.)
  2. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 10:34:12 +1100, "Cameron"
    <cameronpeters@optusnet.com.au> brought the following to our
    attention:

    >Hi everyone
    >
    >I am looking at buying a Dell PC in the next couple of weeks, and i was
    >wondering what specifications i should be getting looking at for my flight
    >simulator.
    >
    >Would someone please mind [telling] writing down the specifications for
    >me on here.. thanks for the help
    >
    >happy flying :)


    As much CPU, RAM, and front bus speed as you can get at a descent
    price. 1GB of RAM is advised for Sim these days... even 2x-256M plus
    2x-128M modules. Also a hi-end video card for gaming. If Dell bundles
    the video card then it will likely interoperate fine.

    In fact I'm still using the same Dell-OEM video card even today!!

    Here's a tip.. look at Dell Outlet.. it's at [Small Business] link
    then read over carefully for the OUTLET hyperlink. You can
    save 100's on a system that is fully warrantied.


    -Gregory
  3. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    dont worry all newish pc's will run it just fine,just make sure it has at a
    least 64 meg card ,and that its not a intergrated 1 :-)
    "Cameron" <cameronpeters@optusnet.com.au> wrote in message
    news:42434e74$0$5187$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au...
    > Hi everyone
    >
    > I am looking at buying a Dell PC in the next couple of weeks, and i was
    > wondering what specifications i should be getting looking at for my flight
    > simulator.
    >
    > Would someone please mind telling writing down the specifications for me
    > on here.
    >
    > thanks for the help
    >
    > happy flying :)
    >
  4. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    These are my minimums.
    2GZ CPU
    1GB RAM - MATCHED - test it when you get it.
    128MB video card
    go PCI Express if you can afford it
    The card is the interface to what you see on screen. FS9 is a visual experience. See the connection.
    FS9 simply chooses not to display things when it vid card can't keep up.
    80 GB hard drive you can add another later
    Go with a nice fast CRT monitor unless you have another reason to go with LCD in which case get the best you can.
    Get a real sound card not the integrated one it usually comes with.


    --
    ....Carl Frisk
    Anger is a brief madness.
    - Horace, 20 B.C.
    http://www.carlfrisk.com


    "Cameron" <cameronpeters@optusnet.com.au> wrote in message news:42434e74$0$5187$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au...
    > Hi everyone
    >
    > I am looking at buying a Dell PC in the next couple of weeks, and i was
    > wondering what specifications i should be getting looking at for my flight
    > simulator.
    >
    > Would someone please mind telling writing down the specifications for me on
    > here.
    >
    > thanks for the help
    >
    > happy flying :)
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    I got a Dell 8400 3.4ghz with 1GB RAM. At the time it came with an ATI PCI
    Express X300 which was ok but I have since replaced it with an ATI X700 pro
    pci express. All I can tell you is WOW!

    So my suggestion is get the most powerful system your $$$ can afford. And
    compare with Gateway, they also have some good specs. Who knows what the
    next FS will require. Not talking about what MS recommends because that's
    always a joke.

    Good luck
    Bill

    "Cameron" <cameronpeters@optusnet.com.au> wrote in message
    news:42434e74$0$5187$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au...
    > Hi everyone
    >
    > I am looking at buying a Dell PC in the next couple of weeks, and i was
    > wondering what specifications i should be getting looking at for my flight
    > simulator.
    >
    > Would someone please mind telling writing down the specifications for me
    > on here.
    >
    > thanks for the help
    >
    > happy flying :)
    >
  6. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    <Greasy Riderc @invalid.com> wrote in message
    news:0sj641l4cm7j7gb38rnav08a2bdghlv6ds@4ax.com...
    Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2005 18:40:07 -0500

    http://www.microsoft.com/games/pc/flightsimulator.aspx#sysreqs

    (Good luck with the Dell rebate.)

    No offense Greasy, but here is what it states:

    * Microsoftr Windowsr 98/Me/XP/2000

    We're okay here.

    * PC with 450 MHz equivalent or higher processor

    Well er... I have successfully ran FS9 (FS2004) from as little as a PIII
    533E before with a nice video card. Although a 1.2GHZ will please you
    far better. Of course 2G and 3G will even please you even more.

    * 128 MB of system RAM for 2000/XP, 64 MB RAM for 98/Me

    Windows 2000/XP can't even run itself well while NotePad is running
    within 128MB. 256MB bare minimum! And with 386MB it starts getting far
    better. And better yet with 512MB or greater.

    * 1.8 GB available hard disk space

    Funny I just reinstalled FS9 from scratch and to have everything fit, it
    had taken:
    2.67 GB (2,868,089,583 bytes)

    * 4x speed or faster CD-ROM drive

    You only need a CD drive to install it. So if you did it with a 1x speed
    I guess that would work too.

    * 8 MB video card required

    I tried this over and over with a 11MB video card. And I wouldn't call 1
    or 2 FPS as flyable.

    * Sound card, speakers or headphones required for audio

    Pretty much okay there.

    * Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

    You can't even fly with a mouse anymore. They really need to mention
    about some sort of joystick, yoke device.

    * 56.6 Kbps or better modem for online play

    I can't say here. I've only tried it under 1.5Mbps.


    Cheers!


    ___________________________________________
    Bill (using a HP AMD 1.2GHZ & Windows 2000)
    -- written and edited within Word 2000
  7. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

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    Hi Greasy Rider,

    On Thu, 24 Mar 2005 18:40:07 -0500, you wrote:

    > http://www.microsoft.com/games/pc/flightsimulator.aspx#sysreqs

    Eek! You're kidding, right? :-)

    As soon as FedEx shows up, I'll be upgrading a few selected bits of my
    machine in an attempt to improve fs9 performance. I'm still using
    the 533 FSB motherboard for the moment, but I'm upgrading the CPU,
    RAM, and video card.

    Here are the soon to be history specs:

    Motherboard: ASUS P4S533 MX
    CPU: Intel Celeron 2/4 Ghz
    RAM: One stick of 512 MB PC2100 DDR
    Video card: ASUS nvidia MX/MX 400 w/64 MB memory

    Here are the soon to be specs:

    Motherboard: ASUS P4S533 MX
    CPU: Intel P4 2.8 Ghz
    RAM: 1 GB (2x512 MB) PC2700 DDR
    Video card: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro w/128 MB memory

    I might have wished to do a bit more with the new CPU, but according
    to what I've read, certain more powerful CPUs might not be entirely
    compatible with my current motherboard.

    Most people seem to think that I'll see some very marked improvement
    over my soon to be old system, and I tend to agree (we'll know
    soon!), but even still, compared to some systems with great fs9
    results, my "new and improved" machine will actually be "pretty
    adequate" at best (motherboard limitations with regards to compatible
    upgrade bits). Still though, I fully intend to push this machine to
    its new limits with some nice new sceneries and a few shiny new
    planes! :-)

    - --
    Melissa

    PGP Public Keys: http://www.willkayakforfood.tk

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  8. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    Those are just minimums. Which will barely run FS9.

    --
    ....Carl Frisk
    Anger is a brief madness.
    - Horace, 20 B.C.
    http://www.carlfrisk.com


    "Greasy Rider) @invalid.com" <Greasy Rider© @invalid.com> wrote in message
    news:0sj641l4cm7j7gb38rnav08a2bdghlv6ds@4ax.com...
    > On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 10:34:12 +1100, "Cameron"
    > <cameronpeters@optusnet.com.au> postulated :
    >>Hi everyone
    >>
    >>I am looking at buying a Dell PC in the next couple of weeks, and i was
    >>wondering what specifications i should be getting looking at for my flight
    >>simulator.
    >>
    >>Would someone please mind telling writing down the specifications for me on
    >>here.
    >
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/games/pc/flightsimulator.aspx#sysreqs
    >
    > (Good luck with the Dell rebate.)
  9. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    Carl Frisk wrote:
    > These are my minimums.
    > 2GZ CPU
    > 1GB RAM - MATCHED - test it when you get it.
    > 128MB video card go PCI Express if you can afford it
    > The card is the interface to what you see on screen. FS9 is a visual
    > experience. See the connection. FS9 simply chooses not to display
    > things when it vid card can't keep up.
    > 80 GB hard drive you can add another later
    > Go with a nice fast CRT monitor unless you have another reason to go
    > with LCD in which case get the best you can.
    > Get a real sound card not the integrated one it usually comes with.
    >
    >
    >
    My system is 1.3gz cpu, 664 mb ram, 32mb onboard video. To get FS9
    to run at all I have to have display settings very low:( When I bought
    my machine I wasn't into gaming so frontside bus wasn't an issue, I have
    200mz. 800mz front side bus is a good addon to the above. Ram speed is
    another thing to look for also, faster the better.

    Mike
  10. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    I would purchase the following DELL:


    http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/featured_dp_desktop4_4?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs


    <Greasy Rider© @invalid.com> wrote in message
    news:0sj641l4cm7j7gb38rnav08a2bdghlv6ds@4ax.com...
    > On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 10:34:12 +1100, "Cameron"
    > <cameronpeters@optusnet.com.au> postulated :
    > >Hi everyone
    > >
    > >I am looking at buying a Dell PC in the next couple of weeks, and i was
    > >wondering what specifications i should be getting looking at for my
    flight
    > >simulator.
    > >
    > >Would someone please mind telling writing down the specifications for me
    on
    > >here.
    >
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/games/pc/flightsimulator.aspx#sysreqs
    >
    > (Good luck with the Dell rebate.)
  11. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    Yes good advice.

    --
    ....Carl Frisk
    Anger is a brief madness.
    - Horace, 20 B.C.
    http://www.carlfrisk.com


    "mike wheelock" <wheels2@twmi.rr.com> wrote in message news:EcL0e.11103$rL3.7400@fe2.columbus.rr.com...
    > Carl Frisk wrote:
    >> These are my minimums.
    >> 2GZ CPU
    >> 1GB RAM - MATCHED - test it when you get it.
    >> 128MB video card go PCI Express if you can afford it
    >> The card is the interface to what you see on screen. FS9 is a visual
    >> experience. See the connection. FS9 simply chooses not to display
    >> things when it vid card can't keep up.
    >> 80 GB hard drive you can add another later
    >> Go with a nice fast CRT monitor unless you have another reason to go
    >> with LCD in which case get the best you can.
    >> Get a real sound card not the integrated one it usually comes with.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    > My system is 1.3gz cpu, 664 mb ram, 32mb onboard video. To get FS9
    > to run at all I have to have display settings very low:( When I bought
    > my machine I wasn't into gaming so frontside bus wasn't an issue, I have
    > 200mz. 800mz front side bus is a good addon to the above. Ram speed is
    > another thing to look for also, faster the better.
    >
    > Mike
  12. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 01:22:53 GMT, Carl Frisk wrote:

    > Those are just minimums. Which will barely run FS9.

    Correction, a computer with those specs will barely run WinXP! ;)

    Bill
  13. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    :) How true!

    --
    ....Carl Frisk
    Anger is a brief madness.
    - Horace, 20 B.C.
    http://www.carlfrisk.com


    "Bill Leaming" <n4gix@comcast.net> wrote in message news:yo5vv7p9uk9n$.caq2ebgc441e$.dlg@40tude.net...
    > On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 01:22:53 GMT, Carl Frisk wrote:
    >
    >> Those are just minimums. Which will barely run FS9.
    >
    > Correction, a computer with those specs will barely run WinXP! ;)
    >
    > Bill
  14. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    I got the same PC 2 weeks ago, a Dell 8400 with 1 GB ram and a Nvidia
    6800 GT card. Runs good and runs much better now that I disabled DEP
    in XP. DEP was intermittently causing Windows Explorer to close, and
    talking to Dell Tech support they suggested turning off DEP for that
    program. I decided that I already had a good firewall and Virus
    protect, so I switched of DEP for everything. The machine runs much
    smoother and faster after switching off DEP. Your mileage may vary.

    Bob


    On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 01:34:20 -0500, "William" <alone@home.com> wrote:

    >I got a Dell 8400 3.4ghz with 1GB RAM. At the time it came with an ATI PCI
    >Express X300 which was ok but I have since replaced it with an ATI X700 pro
    >pci express. All I can tell you is WOW!
    >
    >So my suggestion is get the most powerful system your $$$ can afford. And
    >compare with Gateway, they also have some good specs. Who knows what the
    >next FS will require. Not talking about what MS recommends because that's
    >always a joke.
    >
    >Good luck
    >Bill
    >
    >"Cameron" <cameronpeters@optusnet.com.au> wrote in message
    >news:42434e74$0$5187$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au...
    >> Hi everyone
    >>
    >> I am looking at buying a Dell PC in the next couple of weeks, and i was
    >> wondering what specifications i should be getting looking at for my flight
    >> simulator.
    >>
    >> Would someone please mind telling writing down the specifications for me
    >> on here.
    >>
    >> thanks for the help
    >>
    >> happy flying :)
    >>
    >
  15. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    I do not know much about DEP. How do you turn it off? I am googling for it
    in the mean time. Thanks
    Bill


    "Bob Cordone" <nospam@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:iau741heji1hpnr56rhq8a4l6qfkvv208m@4ax.com...
    >I got the same PC 2 weeks ago, a Dell 8400 with 1 GB ram and a Nvidia
    > 6800 GT card. Runs good and runs much better now that I disabled DEP
    > in XP. DEP was intermittently causing Windows Explorer to close, and
    > talking to Dell Tech support they suggested turning off DEP for that
    > program. I decided that I already had a good firewall and Virus
    > protect, so I switched of DEP for everything. The machine runs much
    > smoother and faster after switching off DEP. Your mileage may vary.
    >
    > Bob
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 01:34:20 -0500, "William" <alone@home.com> wrote:
    >
    >>I got a Dell 8400 3.4ghz with 1GB RAM. At the time it came with an ATI PCI
    >>Express X300 which was ok but I have since replaced it with an ATI X700
    >>pro
    >>pci express. All I can tell you is WOW!
    >>
    >>So my suggestion is get the most powerful system your $$$ can afford. And
    >>compare with Gateway, they also have some good specs. Who knows what the
    >>next FS will require. Not talking about what MS recommends because that's
    >>always a joke.
    >>
    >>Good luck
    >>Bill
    >>
    >>"Cameron" <cameronpeters@optusnet.com.au> wrote in message
    >>news:42434e74$0$5187$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au...
    >>> Hi everyone
    >>>
    >>> I am looking at buying a Dell PC in the next couple of weeks, and i was
    >>> wondering what specifications i should be getting looking at for my
    >>> flight
    >>> simulator.
    >>>
    >>> Would someone please mind telling writing down the specifications for me
    >>> on here.
    >>>
    >>> thanks for the help
    >>>
    >>> happy flying :)
    >>>
    >>
    >
  16. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/prodtech/windowsxp/depcnfxp.mspx#ECAA

    Bob


    On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 15:50:41 -0500, "William" <alone@home.com> wrote:

    >I do not know much about DEP. How do you turn it off? I am googling for it
    >in the mean time. Thanks
    >Bill
    >
    >
    >"Bob Cordone" <nospam@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    >news:iau741heji1hpnr56rhq8a4l6qfkvv208m@4ax.com...
    >>I got the same PC 2 weeks ago, a Dell 8400 with 1 GB ram and a Nvidia
    >> 6800 GT card. Runs good and runs much better now that I disabled DEP
    >> in XP. DEP was intermittently causing Windows Explorer to close, and
    >> talking to Dell Tech support they suggested turning off DEP for that
    >> program. I decided that I already had a good firewall and Virus
    >> protect, so I switched of DEP for everything. The machine runs much
    >> smoother and faster after switching off DEP. Your mileage may vary.
    >>
    >> Bob
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 01:34:20 -0500, "William" <alone@home.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>>I got a Dell 8400 3.4ghz with 1GB RAM. At the time it came with an ATI PCI
    >>>Express X300 which was ok but I have since replaced it with an ATI X700
    >>>pro
    >>>pci express. All I can tell you is WOW!
    >>>
    >>>So my suggestion is get the most powerful system your $$$ can afford. And
    >>>compare with Gateway, they also have some good specs. Who knows what the
    >>>next FS will require. Not talking about what MS recommends because that's
    >>>always a joke.
    >>>
    >>>Good luck
    >>>Bill
    >>>
    >>>"Cameron" <cameronpeters@optusnet.com.au> wrote in message
    >>>news:42434e74$0$5187$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au...
    >>>> Hi everyone
    >>>>
    >>>> I am looking at buying a Dell PC in the next couple of weeks, and i was
    >>>> wondering what specifications i should be getting looking at for my
    >>>> flight
    >>>> simulator.
    >>>>
    >>>> Would someone please mind telling writing down the specifications for me
    >>>> on here.
    >>>>
    >>>> thanks for the help
    >>>>
    >>>> happy flying :)
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>
    >
  17. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    Thanks
    Bill


    "Bob Cordone" <nospam@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:fi2941t8c0ok9def7sdu3son7dn9pq4rik@4ax.com...
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/prodtech/windowsxp/depcnfxp.mspx#ECAA
    >
    > Bob
    >
    >
    > On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 15:50:41 -0500, "William" <alone@home.com> wrote:
    >
    >>I do not know much about DEP. How do you turn it off? I am googling for it
    >>in the mean time. Thanks
    >>Bill
    >>
    >>
    >>"Bob Cordone" <nospam@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    >>news:iau741heji1hpnr56rhq8a4l6qfkvv208m@4ax.com...
    >>>I got the same PC 2 weeks ago, a Dell 8400 with 1 GB ram and a Nvidia
    >>> 6800 GT card. Runs good and runs much better now that I disabled DEP
    >>> in XP. DEP was intermittently causing Windows Explorer to close, and
    >>> talking to Dell Tech support they suggested turning off DEP for that
    >>> program. I decided that I already had a good firewall and Virus
    >>> protect, so I switched of DEP for everything. The machine runs much
    >>> smoother and faster after switching off DEP. Your mileage may vary.
    >>>
    >>> Bob
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 01:34:20 -0500, "William" <alone@home.com> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>>I got a Dell 8400 3.4ghz with 1GB RAM. At the time it came with an ATI
    >>>>PCI
    >>>>Express X300 which was ok but I have since replaced it with an ATI X700
    >>>>pro
    >>>>pci express. All I can tell you is WOW!
    >>>>
    >>>>So my suggestion is get the most powerful system your $$$ can afford.
    >>>>And
    >>>>compare with Gateway, they also have some good specs. Who knows what the
    >>>>next FS will require. Not talking about what MS recommends because
    >>>>that's
    >>>>always a joke.
    >>>>
    >>>>Good luck
    >>>>Bill
    >>>>
    >>>>"Cameron" <cameronpeters@optusnet.com.au> wrote in message
    >>>>news:42434e74$0$5187$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au...
    >>>>> Hi everyone
    >>>>>
    >>>>> I am looking at buying a Dell PC in the next couple of weeks, and i
    >>>>> was
    >>>>> wondering what specifications i should be getting looking at for my
    >>>>> flight
    >>>>> simulator.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Would someone please mind telling writing down the specifications for
    >>>>> me
    >>>>> on here.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> thanks for the help
    >>>>>
    >>>>> happy flying :)
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>
    >
  18. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    On Thu, 24 Mar 2005 18:40:07 -0500, Greasy Rider© @invalid.com wrote:

    >On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 10:34:12 +1100, "Cameron"
    ><cameronpeters@optusnet.com.au> postulated :
    >>Hi everyone
    >>
    >>I am looking at buying a Dell PC in the next couple of weeks, and i was
    >>wondering what specifications i should be getting looking at for my flight
    >>simulator.
    >>
    >>Would someone please mind telling writing down the specifications for me on
    >>here.
    >
    >
    >http://www.microsoft.com/games/pc/flightsimulator.aspx#sysreqs
    >
    >(Good luck with the Dell rebate.)
    My Dell rebate came in less than 3 weeks..
    Chuck..
  19. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    Have you checked out the Dimension XPS?

    Comes with a PCI-Express Graphics and SATA hard drive. Should be fast
    enough to start with :)

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