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*Need whatever it takes to run FSX Deluxe with all settings maxed out… Since I have a Foxconn motherboard, and ATI Radeon is for "Intel Desktops", I assume I cannot have a chipset with ATI Radeon? If this is true, basically my whole plan here is botched… so whats the deal guys?
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^^Alrighty... so thats my initial plan for this thing, but need some suggestions (obviously) on which components are best of the ones I have to choose from. Also, I need an original reccomendation for a video card which is capable of running FSX Deluxe with the settings maxed out, in payware planes, pulling at least a 20fps average. Also, if there are any incompatibilities, please let me know. Quite a rookie with all this, but thats why I'm here, right?
Most of the components you have are fine, however FSX is more demanding on the CPU than it is for Graphics cards.
HDD = Samsung Spinpoint F3 series are veyr fast especially the 1tb version.
Your CPU / Mobo is a dual channel memory set up so there is little point buying a memory kit that consists of 3 x sticks of RAM (these are intended for i7's)
Video card... top of the list are the 5850's from ATI - though the 57** should be fine for your needs also.
Motherboard / chipset - Foxconn make a lot of mobo's for PC manufacturers (HP / Dell etc) - the chipset wont affect your performance that much so I wouldnt worry too much about the brand of the chipset.
Case : no comment, just a matter of taste
Proc : AMD X6 1055T could also be considered.
HDD : Any of those is good
DVD : Any of those is good
Mobo : no comment. Foxconn is also famous for producing Playstation 2, if I were not mistaken.
RAM : Get 2 channel kit like 2x2GBor 4x2GB
PSU : Any of those is fine
GPU : HD5770 should do just fine for your need. HD5850 is OK
OS : No need to go pro. Home premium should do just fine.
There is still no existing affordable PC hardware which can run FSX with "all settings maxed out" and not look like a slide show.
Also, I'm surprised no one has yet mentioned that since frame rate scales closely with CPU clock rate, overclocking is the essential key to achieving the highest possible frame rates. For this reason, the Intel Core i7 930 processor is highly recommended for FSX, since it overclocks to at least 4.0 Ghz. Additionally, don't forget a high-end-air cooler.
Thanks for all the responses and ideas... I am looking into them now. I may want to go for the Intel Core i7 930, as CompuTronix said if it is suggested specifically, and I'll gather a new setup shortly...