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May 7, 2009 4:06:33 AM

hello every its great to be a part of the site and i am upgrading my pc to play fsx ( that beast) on ultra high setting with these parts and would like to know what results to expect and what frame rates would i get and any tips?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor

OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory

PNY VCGGTS2501XPB GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

ASUS P5Q3 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

vista ultimate i dont know weather 64 bit or 30 which one?
40 inch lcd or 1024x720
any tips or change?
thnks ahead of time
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May 7, 2009 5:07:18 AM

1.You don't need DDR3, just get cheaper DDR2
2. You don't need a quad, especially not a Q9650. Get a cheaper quad or a good core2duo like the E8400
3. The GTS250 is good, but the 1GB might be more than necessary unless you plan to SLi. So get the GTX260 or 4870 instead
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May 7, 2009 5:59:55 AM

GTS250 is incapable of running ultra high on FSX; so is GTX260, or GTX285. If you want to run ultra-high on FSX, you might want to look into SLIng GTX280s, GTX295, or 4870X2. GTX280s can be had now for about 200~220USD a piece.

This comes from a fellow who also runs FSX w/ GTX280 SLi, and GTX280 SLI in FSX is simply superb :) .
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May 7, 2009 9:50:06 AM

yomamafor1 said:
GTS250 is incapable of running ultra high on FSX; so is GTX260, or GTX285. If you want to run ultra-high on FSX, you might want to look into SLIng GTX280s, GTX295, or 4870X2. GTX280s can be had now for about 200~220USD a piece.

This comes from a fellow who also runs FSX w/ GTX280 SLi, and GTX280 SLI in FSX is simply superb :) .



hmm, just was thinking of how FSX would run... since i have an OCed GTX 260 core 216...

why, was it too choppy, or what?
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May 7, 2009 10:42:25 AM

Bluescreendeath said:
1.You don't need DDR3, just get cheaper DDR2
2. You don't need a quad, especially not a Q9650. Get a cheaper quad or a good core2duo like the E8400
3. The GTS250 is good, but the 1GB might be more than necessary unless you plan to SLi. So get the GTX260 or 4870 instead


You NEED the quad - FSX is one of the only games out there that has true multi core scaling....

...But is your spening this sort of cash - up the CPU to an i7 as FSX will scale to all 8 threads

FSX is not really GPU bound like other games, so a GTS250 may well do, depending if you intend to have a huge res or not
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May 7, 2009 11:18:11 AM

Definitely go for the quad, BSD's not done his/her research.

Don't put triple channel memory into a core2 system, use dual channel for the fastest performance.

Get 64bit Vista to use all of your RAM (if using over 3GB)

I believe FSX still needs a pretty intense GPU with a lot of memory so try to find 1GB cards.

Bear in mind if you do decide to SLI you will need an SLI motherboard (either NVidia or Intel X58 chipset) Else you'll be left with only crossfire options.

What's your budget for this build? FSX is one of the most expensive games to build a PC for!
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May 7, 2009 12:06:17 PM

Not sure if you posted correctly, but did you really mean 1024x720 as I dont think you will need to go crossfire or Sli for this resolution regardless of the settings you play on,

I have a C2D e7200 @3.8Ghz and a Ati HD 4870 playing on a 22" lcd AT 1680X1050 on Ultra settings and I get smooth framerates, fps, If you search a little for FSX benchmarks on google you will see that the game does not multiply correctly with upping the graphics power at all, its they way that the game has been programmed they have just built on the code never overhauled it with a new engine.

Toms did a good review a while ago

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-gpu-upgrade,192...

The best card was 8800gt back then so nowdays going ahead you will get even better performance, But on the whole, the game with SP2 is far more thread dependant so a quad is better, but bear in mind clock speed counts as well, Time to overclock that quad if you know how.

All in all, your build looks good, but change the 250 card to a gt260/16 (newer revision) or a Hd4870 (1gb model) or if you are feelling flush go gt275 or HD4890,

Also for a small amount these days change the monitor to 20"/22" 1680X1050 OR 24"/26" 1920X1080 get the benefit of the details you want to play at, also what resolution does the 40" lcd run at, is it a TV lcd (Pixel pitch comes into play here as LCD tv Pixels are larger than Monitors if there resolution is low ie 1280x720) as these will give you less defined or crisp images, of course if it is a HD LCD 1080p then rock on, get the HD4870/90 as it will hook up via HDMI and pass sound directly through HDMI cable.

Lastly, if you are going with more than 3gb ram then go 64bit Vista or you will not see allof that ram and go ddr2 with that setup and dual channel not triple channel as triple is for i7 setups and dual for lga775ect, FSX works very well on 64bit Vista.
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May 7, 2009 3:33:33 PM

FSX is far more CPU bound than GPU. Get a fairly moderate GPU, and an i7.
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May 7, 2009 4:48:14 PM

Chronobodi said:
hmm, just was thinking of how FSX would run... since i have an OCed GTX 260 core 216...

why, was it too choppy, or what?


From my personal experience, with just one GTX280, the game would run below 20FPS at high settings in certain areas (forest regions, cities, etc). You can try turning the resolution down, but the game would look horrible that even AA wouldn't help.
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May 7, 2009 5:44:45 PM

If you have the money get an i7 build, it can use the extra threads.
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May 13, 2009 2:29:20 AM

your all wrong!!!!!! get the best quad core for fsx as it is optimized for 256 cores, yes 256!!!!! anyways the gpu such as the 260 or 9800gtx is fine.. fsx doesnt require a TON of gpu power.... i suggest the q9650 and a gtx 260 tbh.. OR i7 920, but thats more $$$$
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May 13, 2009 3:36:33 AM

ryanb213 said:
your all wrong!!!!!! get the best quad core for fsx as it is optimized for 256 cores, yes 256!!!!! anyways the gpu such as the 260 or 9800gtx is fine.. fsx doesnt require a TON of gpu power.... i suggest the q9650 and a gtx 260 tbh.. OR i7 920, but thats more $$$$


This person knows what they are talking about. I too like FSX and currently have a QX9650 @ 4G just for this game. I use a 8800 GTS 512 (g92) GFX card OC'd. If I were building from scratch it would be a i7 build just because I like this sim so much. Good luck.
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December 14, 2009 4:23:02 PM

Hi I A huge lover of FSX, I have a i7 820 Oc'd to 3.00GHZ Along with 6GB Dominator! Currently running a HD4870 512MB Which may i say is NOT enough!! i run on ultra settings but i still does stutter at times when in larger citys etc!!

Id recommend CPU And Memory but needs a better graphics card

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