Starting to get back into FS after a few years off, and am looking at building a new system for FSX. Some background - I plan on mainly flying GA and airliners from the 80s/90s. I don't want or need to be an expert in all systems, so while I drool over PMDG's 737/747/MD11, that's probably not what I want to design my system around. Here's what I'm thinking:
Tinmouse II 737-200
Coolsky MD-80 (FS9 version converted to FSX)
Level-D 767 (yes this is on the level of PMDG but I don't know of a good in-between?)
All of the default GA aircraft, and maybe eventually some payware ones if I feel I really need to.
Also contemplating getting the ISG set of avionics to retrofit some of the aircraft, and also plan on using the CIVA INS package.
FSGenesis Terrain Mesh
REX for clouds/sky/weather downloads
UTX for landclass
GTX for textures
Radar Contact for ATC
So, based on what I plan on using the system for, my main concern is system specs to get reasonable performance. Over on Avsim, there's a nasty thread from earlier this year about AMD vs. Intel that was more useful for showing people's biases vs. actually giving concrete reasons why one is better than the other; over here I couldn't find anything like that. So what's the general consensus - AMD or Intel? For Intel, I'm thinking i5 2500k; for AMD I'm not quite sure what's the equivalent. I'll put 8 gigs of RAM in the system regardless, Win 7 home premium 64 bit, etc. It really boils down to processor and video card - what's your opinion?
Thanks in advance!