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Will My PC Run FSX?

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RadarMan Chief Captain

Take the download (pop-up) of Active X and then it'll analyze your PC to see if can run FSX or not.

(Link to Game Advisor removed because it has been discontinued)

Microsoft's Official system requirements:
* Windows XP SP2 / Windows Vista
* Processor: 1.0 Ghz
* RAM: Windows XP SP2 - 256MB, Windows Vista – 512MB
* Hard Drive: 14GB
* Video Card: 32MB DirectX 9 compatible
* Other: DX9 hardware compatibility and audio board with speakers and/or headphones
* Online/Multiplayer Requirements: 56.6 kbps or better for online play

Realistic requirements for optimal gameplay
Yup, the "minimum system requirements" listed on the FSX package are pure rubbish though Microsoft and the FSX developers state otherwise. The truth is you will need at MINIMUM:

3GHz CPU with good cooling.

80 gig Hard Drive (15 gig for FSX and then when you start adding Addons, your HD space gets used up quickly).

2 gig of memory / RAM

256MB Graphic Card with good cooling that supports Shader, advanced 3D graphics and at minimum, Direct X 9.

Windows XP SP2 or Windows VISTA.

A quality Sound Card.

Plenty of chassis cooling.

These, again, are MINIMUM specs. With FSX, more is always better, so go as bold as you can afford.

Benchmark software:
https://flyawaysimulation.com/downloads/files/2784/3dmark06-benchmark-software/

Radar

Thanks to cheechm for this site.

Pro Member Chief Captain
mypilot Chief Captain

about time somebody put an end to all these qduestions "will my comp. run FSX???"

Pro Member Chief Captain
Greekman72 Chief Captain

That was one of the best-needed links-stickys.
Thumbs Up! Thumbs Up! Thumbs Up! Thumbs Up! Thumbs Up!

Excellent find Exclamation

Although i doubt if the recommended minimum specs are corresponding to the reality... Umm... Liar

Pro Member Chief Captain
RadarMan Chief Captain

They said my antique was fine.
I know it'll run it at default or less but this will show all of those who have lesser machines if they can run it at all.

Radar

Pro Member Chief Captain
Greekman72 Chief Captain

RadarMan wrote:

They said my antique was fine.
I know it'll run it at default or less but this will show all of those who have lesser machines if they can run it at all.

Radar

Maybe they have been payed from Microsoft in order to prevent us from dissapointment Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Wall Bashing Wall Bashing Wall Bashing ... Laughing Laughing Laughing

Pro Member Chief Captain
RadarMan Chief Captain

Greekman72 wrote:

RadarMan wrote:

They said my antique was fine.
I know it'll run it at default or less but this will show all of those who have lesser machines if they can run it at all.

Radar

Maybe they have been payed from Microsoft in order to prevent us from dissapointment Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Wall Bashing Wall Bashing Wall Bashing ... Laughing Laughing Laughing

Actually MS has that on their site somewhere, they let you test your computer for different games.
I guess this must be from them not made by this site.
I've used it at MS before.

Radar

Pro Member First Officer
cheechm First Officer

Hopefully there won't be any questions. The people who created this have already answere!

Captain Nick

Pro Member First Officer
KenTel First Officer

OK, I have a copy of FutureMarks own testing program 'SysMark05', and I get over 13000 score there, just run this one, and the poor arrow didn't quite know what to do, it was to the right of the green band. Laughing Laughing

I think my set should do! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

Edit addition, found this on the FM site. just a tit-bit.........

http://www.futuremark.com/news/49540_flight_simulator_x_preview/

TTFN - Ken.

Danger! Part time mind at work!

Pro Member Trainee
cantcu Trainee

You have probably already resolved this issue, however if you have XP it just updates active x to 9.0C, which you should be using anyway!

It will run on any computer that is a 32 bit, however, you really need a high end machine! I run an Athalon 64 bit, 1 gig memory, and a 9600 Radeon. My machine is about a year old!

I tried The X demo and didn't find it very exciting. Due to private upgrades FS 2004 looks better, at least for me!

Guest

I have been to the game advisor but I am still skeptical. I scored in the "WWOW" range but we know how that goes. "Yeah buy our game for 70 bucks it'll run great on your computer."

Should I trust them and buy? Or do I need more juice?

my system:
Processor Intel Pentium 4 2539MHz
Display Card NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700LE
Memory 1024MB
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP
Free Disk Space 141.57GB
Display Card Memory 256MB
Display Driver Version 8.4.2.1
DirectX Version 9.0c
Optical Drive DVD
Sound Card SoundMAX Digital Audio

Pro Member Chief Captain
CrashGordon Chief Captain

My guess is that you would get decent performance, though another gig of RAM would probably make things even better.

CrashGordon
CEO, Omega-Air Virtual airlines

Pro Member Trainee
chilled_dude999 Trainee

It says my system is in the top 10% of systems it has ever tested. I find this somewhat unusal...

radeon X600 256mb (YYYYAAAWWWNN)
pentium 4 HT 3.4 Ghz
1Gig DDR Ram
DX 9.0c

surely an X600 pro shouldn't be in the top 10%??? Are any of you guys upgrading your cards for FSX? And do you think an X1800 GTO would cope with a fair amount of detail?

Pro Member First Officer
KenTel First Officer

If you want to see how good your computer is then try https://flyawaysimulation.com/downloads/files/2784/3dmark06-benchmark-software/

TTFN - Ken.

Danger! Part time mind at work!

Pro Member Chief Captain
99jolegg Chief Captain

chilled_dude999 wrote:

It says my system is in the top 10% of systems it has ever tested. I find this somewhat unusal...

radeon X600 256mb (YYYYAAAWWWNN)
pentium 4 HT 3.4 Ghz
1Gig DDR Ram
DX 9.0c

surely an X600 pro shouldn't be in the top 10%??? Are any of you guys upgrading your cards for FSX? And do you think an X1800 GTO would cope with a fair amount of detail?

I wouldn't take too much notice. It gives you a general idea, but the minimum specs mean you can actually run the thing, not run it with anything other than flat, plain terrain Rolling Eyes

My system is poor but still its rated quite highly for FSX because it'll run fine, with no scenery, water textures, cloud textures, traffic etc etc.

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Guest

I run a p4 2.8 gig dual core, with 1 gig of ram and a 256 Radion card.

Unless i slide everything to basics the frame rates are intollerable!!

Then of course all the additional features are not there.

stick to 2004. unless you have some set-up that area 52 only know about!

Pro Member Chief Captain
CrashGordon Chief Captain

What frame rates are you getting? What are they locked at?

CrashGordon
CEO, Omega-Air Virtual airlines

Pro Member Trainee
Butler Trainee

Id like to hear from someone with similar specs. I have heard people with 3+ Mhz, better video cards, and 1gig of ram only get 10 fps. I want this simulator but I am not upgrading PC anytime soon so if it is unflyable Ill wait.

Oh and this was my post:

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 7:16 pm Post subject:

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I have been to the game advisor but I am still skeptical. I scored in the "WWOW" range but we know how that goes. "Yeah buy our game for 70 bucks it'll run great on your computer."

Should I trust them and buy? Or do I need more juice?

my system:
Processor Intel Pentium 4 2539MHz
Display Card NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700LE
Memory 1024MB
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP
Free Disk Space 141.57GB
Display Card Memory 256MB
Display Driver Version 8.4.2.1
DirectX Version 9.0c
Optical Drive DVD
Sound Card SoundMAX Digital Audio

Pro Member Trainee
henry5 Trainee

I got the deluxe version last week. I'm on:

athlon 64 3800 x2
gforce 6200 256
1 gig ram
xp media center

I've put the display sliders in the middle and I'm getting around 16/17 fps when I'm not in a high density area. It goes down to the low teens when I'm in Vancouver or Seattle with a stutter or two but quite flyable.

Overall the performance is about the same as fs9 with the downloaded scenery I'd added. Out of the box the scenery is much more accurate and the missions are a hoot so I'm happy with it.

Pro Member Trainee
Butler Trainee

henry5 wrote:

I got the deluxe version last week. I'm on:

athlon 64 3800 x2
gforce 6200 256
1 gig ram
xp media center

I've put the display sliders in the middle and I'm getting around 16/17 fps when I'm not in a high density area. It goes down to the low teens when I'm in Vancouver or Seattle with a stutter or two but quite flyable.

Overall the performance is about the same as fs9 with the downloaded scenery I'd added. Out of the box the scenery is much more accurate and the missions are a hoot so I'm happy with it.

Yeah but your kicking my but in the areas of Processors and video cards. maybe I should let this one go for a while.

Guest

How do I know if my computer can play FSX with its DVD format. That site just says Optical Drive: N/A when I check to see if my computer can run FSX.

Guest

Hey there FSX experts, here's the specs on my pc:

WinXP SP2
AMD Athlon 2200+
1.8 Ghz
512 MB RAM
NVidia GeForce FX5200 128MB graphics card
55GB HD space (+ external HD of 149 GB)
19" Samsung Sycmaster 997MB Monitor
DirectX9 compatible
DVD drive

..... and there I went and bought FSX because I looked at the system requirements and said 'well, my PC should be fine! Very Happy '
But then I installed it. I launched it (which took at least 10 minutes.... Embarassed ) and when I went for a free flight it didnt work smooth at all.... And then I felt a little angry at Microsoft, especially after I went to the PC game advisor website that ranked my PC as WOW Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation
So what do I do now, experts? Should I upgrade my MB RAM to at least a Gig, like the Staples guy told me? What's really wrong with my PC after I upgraded it already several times?!! If you have an answer to my concerns, please e-mail me at cristian_fs2002@hotmail.com. You can be sure it will be very much appreciated if you help me out here!

Pro Member Chief Captain
RadarMan Chief Captain

Your CPU is on the low side but not all that bad.
You should bump up your memory.
The biggest bottleneck it that old video card.
If you have an AGP slot get the best you can afford, that should show some difference.

Be careful with the settings and you should enjoy flying.
Right now the best flying that you can do is in Alaska in the winter.
Shut down all scenery and boost up mesh, don't have any autogen.
You can max out the aircraft detail but stay away from the AI.

Radar

Guest

Hi Guys
Just thought I would let you know bought this msx sim weekend and unless you have it running at lowest settings I would give this a big thumbs down and stick with 2004 version, I have now been able to return my msx to the retailer, and get my money back and I will stick with 2004 and I also feel sorry for those people who have spent there hard earnt cash on the sim and not getting the enjoyment they should have

SPEC,S

AMD ATHLON 64 2700+ (clawhammer)
2 GIG MEMMORY
160GB FREE SPACE
DVD REWRITER
WINDOWS XP SP2

And that dont even run half settings

Pro Member Chief Captain
CrashGordon Chief Captain

Not the fastest processor and no mention of what graphics card.

CrashGordon
CEO, Omega-Air Virtual airlines

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spitfiresrule First Officer

How crappy is this ????Graphics Card: RADEON X300 SE
Thanks for your input Exclamation

Pro Member Trainee
brooksd Trainee

Hi
On another point I'm going to New York at the weekend and looking at buying FSX in the US as it's cheaper I believe, will this work in the UK or will it have region protection?

Goose34343 Guest

Sorry for another post about this Embarassed

I HAVE FSX installed on my comp and I have setting on low and because I have upgraded from FS 98 to FSX, even on low settings FSX still kicks ass. So for me there is no dissapointment.

I have the bug however to upgrade my PC. My dilemma however is whether to wait until the end of 07 and build a MEGA PC with all the latest stuff which will last at least 6 months. OR give my current system a minor facelift.

Current system is:-

Processor: AMD Athlon XP/MP/4 1798 MHz
Memory: 512 MB ( 2 sticks of 256 )
Card: NVIDIA GeForce Ti 4400 (128 MB)

I know for a fact I can upgrade the RAM to a max of 2048 MB. So I can get two 1 GB sticks at £82.24 each. Question is will this make any real difference to flight sim? Is the upgrade from 512 MB to 2 GB RAM worth £164.48 GBP ?

I know I need to upgrade the card but I figured I would wait until the DX 10 cards are available?

I don't think there is anything I can do about the processor in terms of an upgrade... is there ?

Any advice much appreciated.

Pro Member Chief Captain
CrashGordon Chief Captain

Wait and build.

CrashGordon
CEO, Omega-Air Virtual airlines

Guest

To all the video/graphics card experts what are your opinions on these:

nVIDIA® GeForce™ 6150LE
ATI Radeon® Xpress 200

Which do you think is better? Will they run FSX with decent graphics?

Pro Member Chief Captain
JarJarBinks Chief Captain

as some of you may know im not very good with technical stuff on PC`s so heres my question.....

How can i find my system specs?

thinking about going and getting FSX tonight......

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