RE: This is my Hobbie, is it yours?????
I think you will find this is a never ending cycle. MS always designs FS to be one step ahead of the best machines at the time. Then the machines catch up and a new version of FS comes out. The only option aside from constant upgrading is to just sit out a new version and be happy with the last version that runs well on the system you have. FS2002 is still a great sim. But if, like most people in this forum, you responded to this suggestion with a "Yeah, right. That's going to happen.:-roll" then you are stuck, like the rest of us, with upgrading. keaja has the right idea there. A new Alienware every two years is really going to set you back. And while I've heard nothing but good things about them, I'm not ready to spend that kind of cash quite that often. However, there is a lot of help out there if you want to build or upgrade your own PC. I just built my first one from scratch and it's running nicely now. (Asus p4c800 deluxe, P4 3.0 800Mhz FSB, Radeon 9700 Pro, 1Gb Crucial PC3200 RAM :-jumpy ) The whole thing cost me around $1200 and I sold my last computer for about $300 so I came in a bit under $1000. My advice would be to start with some simple upgrades (memory, graphics board). Then move to something a bit more advanced like installing a new hard drive and operating system. You might want to have a knowledgeable friend on hand for reassurance. Then, after you feel comfortable doing that, go for the whole smash and make your own computer. Just be sure to buy quality parts (cheap knockoffs are the surest way to major headaches) and follow the instructions that come with them. You might be surprised how simple it really is. If you don't have a friend willing or able to help, you should go to a small computer shop for your next computer and ask to stick around while it's being built. Ask the guy to explain things to you. And you always have your friends here at this site to help with questions. :-wave
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