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    Default Giving a last breath of life to my very old PC

    On my way to buy new MSFS for XBOX X instead for the moment
    and having a new laptop that can not run FSX nor MSFS.
    I'm planning to give a last breath of life performance to my very dinosaur PC

    Here are the specs:

    ASUS P5QPL VM-INTEL E8400-3GHZ-DDR2RAM4GO-GT220GEFORCE

    i wanna buy the latest that can fit the body and run FSX acceleration

    Processor, DDR2, graphs card, power supply

    if someone can lead me to the best items i can get or lead me to any sites that can help me do the shopping

    it would be very appreciated.

    Thank you !
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    Realistically, the GPU and RAM are probably the only areas you could upgrade without essentially building a new system. What's your budget? What are the specs for the PSU (ie. how many watts)? How many RAM slots are currently populated?

    For Canada I would recommend MemoryExpress and Newegg.ca for shopping for computer parts. Amazon is very hit or miss, especially on prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loki View Post
    Realistically, the GPU and RAM are probably the only areas you could upgrade without essentially building a new system. What's your budget? What are the specs for the PSU (ie. how many watts)? How many RAM slots are currently populated?

    For Canada I would recommend MemoryExpress and Newegg.ca for shopping for computer parts. Amazon is very hit or miss, especially on prices.
    what about graph card ? i believe there are tons of better GC out there
    from what i've read back in those years

    PSU is 350 watts.
    2 ddr2 slots
    PCIexpress for G card

    my budget could go up to 500$ (specialy graphs card) but then again i wonder if its too much for such an old system
    Last edited by lefu; 02-15-2021 at 08:01 PM.
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    GPU = graphics card

    Are you saying there are two RAM slots currently populated, or only two RAM slots total?

    Yes, there are far better GPUs out there, however, with your older system and the smaller PSU, you are limited as to what will work and makes the most sense. Bumping the RAM to 8GB would give FSX more room to breathe (assuming you are running a 64 bit version of Windows), and a GeForce GT 740 1GB or 2GB model would be much more powerful than the GT 220, whilst staying within your current PSU's output.
    Last edited by loki; 02-15-2021 at 08:27 PM. Reason: Corrected GPU

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    Quote Originally Posted by loki View Post
    GPU = graphics card

    Are you saying there are two RAM slots currently populated, or only two RAM slots total?

    Yes, there are far better GPUs out there, however, with your older system and the smaller PSU, you are limited as to what will work and makes the most sense. Bumping the RAM to 8GB would give FSX more room to breathe (assuming you are running a 64 bit version of Windows), and a GeForce GT 740 1GB or 2GB model would be much more powerful than the GT 220, whilst staying within your current PSU's output.
    damn me ! i thought i read cpu lol..

    so you believe im gonna have to keep the same processor ?

    as i said before i want to invest into anything that can fit the the motherboard, power supply and processeurs...

    oh and i only have 2 ddr2 slots occupied.
    with 4 gig ram total, thats all i have
    i think i can go up to 8 gig ram in that motherboard but im not sure...
    Last edited by lefu; 02-15-2021 at 10:19 PM.
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    Yes, it looks like you can upgrade to 8GB of RAM.

    As for the CPU, yes, you could possibly upgrade. Although you will likely need to search eBay as those processors are well beyond their production lifespan. Look for an E8500, E8600 or E8700, and they will most likely be used, not new. Don't bother with the Core 2 Quad CPUs as those run at lower clock speeds and will actually run FSX slower than what you currently have.

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    Also note, an E8600 needs a lot more watts than an E8400! Your PSU may not have much room to expand?
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    Quote Originally Posted by plainsman View Post
    Also note, an E8600 needs a lot more watts than an E8400! Your PSU may not have much room to expand?
    Thats why i'm planning to get another PSU as well
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    Seems to me that your motherboard is a microatx model
    watch out when you get the newer PSU, i assume you have a tower that fits microatx, but not all PSUs fit in those towers

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