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July 29, 2009 3:50:22 PM

Hi all , hope you can help , i want a gaming machine however i am a student and cant really afford that much

the main game i play on is flight sim 2004 so i would really to max that out if i can , these are the two specs i have so far

Case Coolermaster Elite 335 Case - Black
Graphics Card ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache
Memory Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 6400C4 800MHz Dual Channel
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-M61PME-S2P nForce 430 PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
Optical Drive LG GH22NS30 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter
Power Supply Corsair CX 400W ATX Power Supply
Processor AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 7850+ Black Edition 2.80GHz
Processor Cooler AMD Black Edition Approved CPU Cooler
Sound Card High Definition 7.1 OnBoard Sound Card
Warranty 1 Year Onsite Collect & Return Warranty

and the second option

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic SP1 32-Bit - OEM (66G-02082)
- Corsair TX 650W ATX SLi Compliant Power Supply (CMPSU-650TXUK)
- Onboard Sound Card (ZERO COST)
- Sony Optiarc AD-7240S 24x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM
- No RAID Option (ZERO Cost)
- No Second Hard Drive Option (ZERO Cost)
- Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (ST3500418AS)
- Palit GeForce GTS 250 1024MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card
- Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 8500C5 1066MHz Dual Channel (KHX8500D2K2/4G)
- Gigabyte GA-M61PME-S2P nForce 430 (Socket AM2/AM2+) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
- Default CPU Cooler
- AMD Athlon II X2 Dual Core 250 3.00GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail
- Coolermaster Elite 330 Midi Tower Case - Black (No PSU)

or i can have this graphics card Asus GeForce 9800 GT 1024MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card for same price

any help would be appreciated , thankyou nev

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July 29, 2009 5:36:33 PM

Have you considered building it yourself? You can save quite a bit and flight sims generally work well with quads as there are so many independent items to keep track of. Its not that hard i built my first one a few weeks ago.

If you use the format shown in the 'how to ask for new build advice' sticky at the top of the forum you can get a superior system for less than either of those would cost you and you wont get the screwed up power situation that those two have. You should have more than 400 for a 4850 and dont need 650 for a GTS250.
July 29, 2009 5:39:28 PM

also get a better mobo.

stick with the GTS250 since FSX prefers high shader clocks so I'd imagine FS9 is the same.
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