FSX is a major step backwards. From choppy frames to changing the view options to restriction of planes, I'm sorry I bought the Deluxe Edition.
I don't have a screamer like you mentioned, but an XP-SP2, 1GB DDR RAM, 256MB ATI Card, 120 GB hard drive with 50% free and this game just sucks.
I'm glad I still kept the FS9 on and bought the BEV scenery program to improve the landscape.
Plus a few of my 2004 planes will not work in FSX, like the Fed-Ex MD-11 for instance.
I agree, AVOID THIS VERSION.
Bump up another gig of ram because of Ultimate and it should be good.
The card isn't top and you don't get speakers.
I might upgrade the memory but I am definatly getting a better video card.