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I am using a dedicated computer to run fsx/acceleration, with ORBX and a number of saitek devices.


My current configuration is described below. I'll preface by noting that I am NOT particularly tech savvy, but am seeking advice on which component(s) would make the most sense to upgrade in order to realize improved fsx performance.


Thank you,



Windows 7


CPU: Intel i5-2500k 3.3 GHz


Motherboard: ASUS P8P67


Graphics Card: HIS Radeon HD6870


Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X 2x4GB


Power Supply: Corsair VX550


Disks: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB


Case: Lian-Li PCK-62


Monitor(s): 2 of: ASUS VH238H 23"

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I'd use the forum search function under Computer Upgrade. You'll surely find hundreds of posts! This question comes up almost weekly. All the advice you could ever want is there. ;)
Being an old chopper guy I usually fly low and slow.
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I would get a XFX R7 360 ($130 at Amazon). It's overclocked already (1100 Mhz). I got one to 'upgrade' and am very pleased with it. No issues. FSX fps is 29.9 (locked at 30). Native Res is 4096x2160 (but I run FSX at 1920x1200x32). It's also Crossfire capable.

Chuck B


i7 2600K @ 3.4 Ghz (Turbo-Boost to 3.877 Ghz), Asus P8H67 Pro, Super Talent 8 Gb DDR3/1333 Dual Channel, XFX Radeon R7-360B 2Gb DDR5, Corsair 650 W PSU, Dell 23 in (2048x1152), Windows7 Pro 64 bit, MS Sidewinder Precision 2 Joy, Logitech K-360 wireless KB & Mouse, Targus PAUK10U USB Keypad for Throttle (F1 to F4)/Spoiler/Tailhook/Wing Fold/Pitch Trim/Parking Brake/Snap to 2D Panel/View Change. Installed on 250 Gb (D:). FS9 and FSX Acceleration (locked at 30 FPS).
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