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i5 or i7?, Do I have a fast enough processor?

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Jon (JRebar) Trainee

I just ordered a new tower that will be strictly for running my simulator, and I have a few questions regarding my equipment. (obviously the backwards way of doing things but I'm impulsive, so...)

I'm running an i5, 8GB of RAM, Radeon HD7950 running 4 monitors, and Windows 8.

I have X-plane on order, which I'm excited to get into, and I plan on also running my original copy of FSX.

My questions:

Is the i5 going to be enough to handle FSX at its highest realism settings? And the same question for X-plane I guess.

Also, can I successfully run both simulators on my machine or should i use an external for one of the sim's?

I appreciate any insight on these questions.

Cheers
J

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RadarMan Chief Captain

i7 and with all that you are running I'd say go for a 1000w power supply.
I have one for more than 3 years now and the machine runs beautifully.

Radar

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Jon (JRebar) Trainee

Thanks RadarMan

If you don't mind, what limitations will the i5 cause me? Just so I know whether or not I can live with it.

Cheers

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RadarMan Chief Captain

JRebar wrote:

Thanks RadarMan

If you don't mind, what limitations will the i5 cause me? Just so I know whether or not I can live with it.

Cheers

It's just a weaker chip.
FSX is CPU driven so the highest you can go the better off you are.
I max out with my old system.
The better the video card the better the FPS.

https://forum.flyawaysimulation.com/forum/topic/35696/my-new-rig/

Radar

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Jon (JRebar) Trainee

Thanks RadarMan.

I took your advice and upgraded to an intel Ivy-Bridge i7. Because of cost, I only upgraded the power supply to a 750w. Hopefully that will be sufficient. I guess we'll find out, haha!

Anyways, like I said, thanks for the advice and cheers

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RadarMan Chief Captain

I think you'll be pleased with more CPU power.
As for the power supply, it should handle it quite well.

Radar

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