Author Topic: Build for a friend......  (Read 1257 times)

speedy_2

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Build for a friend......
« on: February 04, 2011, 10:45:11 PM »
Just wanna see what others contribute.  This guy has plenty of money to spend on a computer.  He's an older guy, but likes flight sims.  He has Xplane 9 and Flight Simulator X.  He's been playing it on a bulky Toshiba laptop on XP.  And it's not really up to the task with all the settings anywhere near high.

That's basically what this machine will need to do.  Maybe $1,000-$1,200 in parts. Including OS.  That would be with everything for a tower.  Maybe a screen if the tower stayed near the $1,000 price tag.   

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Re: Build for a friend......
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2011, 11:46:49 PM »
FSX is old technology that is CPU-intensive. Get a mid-level vid card in the $100-150 range and a quad core processor.

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Re: Build for a friend......
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2011, 11:49:02 PM »
I recommend putting together a system built around the i5-760. It's a hell of a processor and will do anything you throw at it. Watch for deals on a 1GB GTX 460 video card (you could go with a 768mb as well, but a 1GB will net you better performance).

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Re: Build for a friend......
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2011, 12:21:32 AM »
FSX is old technology that is CPU-intensive. Get a mid-level vid card in the $100-150 range and a quad core processor.

Yeah, he's got a dual core laptop with a beefy video card(I think/for it's day) but other than that it's not doing it well. 

I may show him one of the AMD systems I built awhile ago that were easy on the wallet and still delivered nice performance.  Also, I got him interested in SSD's.