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December 18, 2010 7:36:48 PM

Hello,

What pc specs are recommended to maximize performance of flight simulator xgold edition with yoke throttles and rudder attachments?
December 18, 2010 8:12:13 PM

The most expensive one you can afford.
December 19, 2010 2:21:54 PM

anort3 said:
The most expensive one you can afford.

Exactly. Without you telling us your budget uses, we can't help you. Other than to recommend this:

2 intel xeon X5680 processors - about $3,200
1 2p xeon motherboar - about $400+
12GB DDR3 memory - about $300 for the really high end stuff
10 240GB OCZ vertex II SSDs in raid 0 - about $5,000
1 RAID card - about $200
4 Nvidia GTX580 video cards in quad SLI - about $2,400
1 1280x720 monitor - about $120

The required power supply/s would come to about $300 perhaps.
Case is personal preference but you would need a server compatible case. let's tack on $200.

total : $11,820

Since you said "maximize performance" you will now use a 1280x720 monitor. This will increase performance but make the game look a lot worse. I would also recommend you run everything on minimum settings in order to "maximize performance" even more while reducing image quality.


My point is you need to be a lot more specific with your needs.
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December 25, 2010 5:35:09 AM

I have an old E8400, Asus Pro Turbo MB and 8 gigs of XMS2 ram. Only had a thousand bucks so that left room for two HD4850's in crossfire. I suspect that one 200-300 dollar video card would be better. My point is you don't need 12,000 dollars to get Flight Simulator to run nicely at 1680x1050. I guess my expectations had to fit my budget.
December 25, 2010 5:20:33 PM

double_d1 said:
I guess my expectations had to fit my budget.

That's my point.
December 25, 2010 5:54:53 PM

enzo matrix said:
Exactly. Without you telling us your budget uses, we can't help you. Other than to recommend this:

2 intel xeon X5680 processors - about $3,200
1 2p xeon motherboar - about $400+
12GB DDR3 memory - about $300 for the really high end stuff
10 240GB OCZ vertex II SSDs in raid 0 - about $5,000
1 RAID card - about $200
4 Nvidia GTX580 video cards in quad SLI - about $2,400
1 1280x720 monitor - about $120

The required power supply/s would come to about $300 perhaps.
Case is personal preference but you would need a server compatible case. let's tack on $200.

total : $11,820

Since you said "maximize performance" you will now use a 1280x720 monitor. This will increase performance but make the game look a lot worse. I would also recommend you run everything on minimum settings in order to "maximize performance" even more while reducing image quality.


My point is you need to be a lot more specific with your needs.


When the hell do you need SLi or 12 gigs of ram for flight simulator. Granted, I get your joke but you took it to the non-funny level.

OP: You just need a very good CPU that has as many cores as you can stuff in it. Wait for SB/Bulldozer and you will be set bro :) 
December 25, 2010 8:37:27 PM

^Have you ever used a flight simulator?...a good flight simulator like FSX played on a reasonable resolution like 1080p and settings cranked high will bring the most powerful computer your imagination can come up with to its knees. Do you know the amount of scenery and map sizes that your PC must render when flying your plane? The more powerful the computer, without a limit, the better. Unless your sim will look like absolutely ***, you will need some serious juice to power it.
December 25, 2010 11:48:39 PM

Well, I have a feeling the OP won't be responding with his budget for a while so here are my recommendations based on various price ranges.

Minimum budget system:
Athlon IIx4
radeon 4850 (can be had for as low as $60 these days)
4GB DDR3 memory (cheapest you can find)
Asus AM3 motherboard with 8xx or 7xx chipset

Decent system:
Core i5 760
GTX460
4GB DDR3 memory
cheap asus/gigabyte 1156 motherboard

high end system:
core i7 980X or core i7 970
GTX580
12GB DDR3 memory
asus/GB 1366 motherboard

Ultimate system (little return for your $ though):
The one I mentioned before.

Those are the basics of my recommendations for various price ranges. The budget should be maybe $600 total with the decent system $1000-1200 and the high end something over $2000.

Note that if you have a price in between, remember that the CPU is used a lot more in FSX than the GPU relative to other games. You might be better off with a 980X and a GTX460 than with a core i5 and a GTX580. So assess your priorities. We'll be able to give you more specifics when and if you provide us with a budget.

Like others have said, FSX brings even the best current system to their knees. It is a very CPU intensive game for sure and a 980X could even be worth it.

I've read that crossfire/SLI provide little, if any, benefit in the game, so those would definitely not be worth the money.


SSDs are good for loading levels and will not increase in game performance. They are nice to have, but expensive.

As others have also mentioned, if you are in no rush to purchase a system, you could definitely benefit by waiting until early next year for intel's new lineup or even waiting until summer of next year for AMD's new lineup. Both will bring an increase in CPU performance.

If anyone wants to add to what I have said, please do. I am unsure of the memory requirements of FSX and if the mid end system I suggested could benefit from 8GB of memory or not. That said, ram is cheap currently so 8GB can be had for a pretty low price these days.
June 3, 2011 3:42:45 AM

As far as the dual Xeon system mentioned though, I thought I should point out that the current FSX actually performs poorly in SLI or Crossfire setups, that such setups actually would slow down framerate.

As far as how effectively SP2 or Acceleration add-on uses multithreading (before then FSX only handles single core) I still have reservations. I have a feeling though the i7 2600K overclocked to 5Ghz would actually do better than the 990x at 4.2Ghz.

I'm currently using the 990x o/ced at 4.2Ghz with GTX 580 o/ced at 900 coreclock, with every maxed out I still only manage frame rate somewhere between 20FPS to 40FPS on the FSXMark11 running 1920 x 1080...
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