Hi guys, long time FSX pilot here, looking for some input on hardware upgrades.
Ive been flying on laptops for a few years now, and I just bought a half decent desktop to upgrade for the maximum FSX experience. Heres where Im at:
I got a Dell business PC at a hell of a deal on ebay. Its got a 2.7 ghz AMD with 2 gigs of RAM, and an ATI Radeon HD 2400 with 256 megs. Running on Vista with nothing else on the 160gb drive but FSX.
I used to build PCs in highschool, but that was a long time ago. In fact, the last upgrade I performed was a TNT card with 32 megs! Top of the line at the time, if my memory serves me.
Anyway, I am running with full aircraft detail, high draw distance, 75 percent on clouds and traffic, high on detail, and full light effects. So maybe 80% all around with almost no stutter, except on the ground at major airports.
I was running max draw distance, but it skipped bad, maybe 15 frames but I didnt count it. I want to run full settings all around.
Now heres the kicker; I am running a 32 bit system.
Both my previous laptops were Intel and had 64 bit systems, but suffered to provide even medium settings. So I feel like its the AMD and the graphics that make the biggest difference. But can a 32 bit provide the speed I need?
So I am wondering: do I need to upgrade to a 64bit system and start from there, or can I upgrade my video card and RAM on the 32 bit and get the full experience I am looking for?
Any input would be very appriciated. Thanks.