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From 2.33 GHz Intel Core2 Quad Q8200 to what....

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Heyjoojoo First Officer

I ended up getting this particular processor with this motherboard but it's a 2.3 GHz, Quad. I've heard so much about how FSX is really cpu driven and so I thought about upgrading to a E8400 3.0GHz, Duo 2 Core but wasnt sure of this processor would be much of a jump from the 2.3 Quad....

What do you all think?

I havent gotten a new graphics card yet but plan to most likely get a 9800 GTX one.

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Bob (Traches) First Officer

I believe that while FSX does use multiple processor cores, it doesn't use them terribly efficiently. You will probably see better performance out of a dual core cpu with a high clock speed than a lower speed quad core... though obviously a high speed quad core is the best case!

Unless your graphics card is pretty out of date, your CPU is probably what is limiting you. If you play other games then by all means go for better GFX, but if FSX is your primary game then I'd recommend putting the money into your processor and ram.

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Tailhook Chief Captain

Traches wrote:

...while FSX does use multiple processor cores, it doesn't use them terribly efficiently. You will probably see better performance out of a dual core cpu with a high clock speed than a lower speed quad core...

Well advised, this is precisely what I've been reading in articles from various sources for many moons now. I have a Core2 Quad - Q6600 @ 2.40GHz yet I have to beseech the gods just to be able to load FSX Evil or Very Mad
I've got two 8800 GTs in SLI config and 4 Gigs of RAM... the CPU is definitely the bottleneck.

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Heyjoojoo First Officer

Well advised, this is precisely what I've been reading in articles from various sources for many moons now. I have a Core2 Quad - Q6600 @ 2.40GHz yet I have to beseech the gods just to be able to load FSX
I've got two 8800 GTs in SLI config and 4 Gigs of RAM... the CPU is definitely the bottleneck.

Wow.

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oldsamer First Officer

I am satisfied with my FSX deluxe running on this computer.

FSX Sp2 & Ultimate terrain-X USA on winXp Sp3
intel E8400 3ghz processor (core 2 duo)
intel G31 I/O chipset
2gb corsair 800mhz ram
nvida 8800gtx 768mb

I get my upgrade parts from Mwave and have noticed that the E and Q series processors are being superceded by the i7 processors. I'd recommend any upgrade be to one of those. Course that means a new motherboard too Confused .

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