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New Rig For Fs9?

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I'm looking for a new rig for FS9 to replace my current system that I purchased in Jan. 2003. No plans on going to FSX. Budget: up to $1,000My current system:ASUS P4800S-XPentium IV 3.0 Ghz2 GB RAM 667MhzRadeon x1950Pro (main view)2 NVidia 16MB PCI video cards (to run 2d cockpit windows on two separate monitors)Soundblaster AudigyXP HomeI would like to stay on XP.Any ideas would be helpful.Thanks.Pete in KORD

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Here's what I'm looking at. Thoughts?• Case :Apevia: X-Cruiser [ X-CRUISER -BK ] ( Front USB, Audio, 1394 ), Black• Power Supply [ PSU ] :aBX, 650W Power Supply [ PSU ]. Model: BLACK-650• CPU Processor :Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550, LGA 775, 2.83GHz, 64-Bit Quad-Core, 12MB Cache; 1333MHz• Cooling Fan :ASUS Silent Vapo CPU Air Cool [ Triton 70 ]• System Board :ASRock Intel P45, 4GB DDR2 / 8GB DDR3 Max, Crossfire, RAID,1394, S/PDIF, eSATA, Audio, GbLAN. [ P45R2000-WiFi ]• RAM Memory :4G (2x2GB) PC6400 DDR2/800• VGA :Geforce 9500GT: 512MB• Hard Drive 1 :500GB SATA-II 7200RPM• Optical Drive 1 :20x Dual-Format/Dual-Layer DVDRW Driver• Sound Card :High Definition 7.1 Digtial Surround Sound• Network :Integrated onBoard 10/100/(1000) Port(s)• Operating System :Windows XP Professional - 64 Bit Edition - w/ CD set• Warranty :Fully assembled and tested. 3-Years Labor, 1-Year Parts warranty plus lifetime techPete in KORD

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Hello, Pete!Hmm, so you need an entire new system, or are there components you can keep?Also, is this rig being built for FS9 almost exclusively?If I was not interested in an i7 build I would probably do something along these lines:OS: XP 64 bit (Vista 64 bit if you could)Mobo: Asus P5Q ProProcessor: Intel C2D 8400/8500 (and OC the heck out of it) OR Intel Q6600 (and OC the heck out of it)Heatsink + Fan: Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtremeVideocard: Evga 9800GTXRAM: 4GB of G.Skill PC8500Sound Card: SB X-FI Power Supply: Corsair 650TXHard Drive: Western Digital 500GB (or thereabouts depending on what prices are at)Case: Antec 900Media: Samsung 22X DVD-RW OS: $140 (XP-64 bit) Mobo: $115Processor: $190 (for Q6600) $165 (for E8400)Heatsink-Fan: $65Videocard: $150RAM: $55Sound Card: $60Hard Drive: $70Power Supply: $80Case: $110 (Newegg is running a combo for the C2D E8400 + Antec 900 for $30 off)Media: $29------------------------------Total: $1066.00 (including Mail-in rebates! Actual cost before these rebates IS higher!). *Not including Tax and shipping*That is not a bad price for everything total I put above. The biggest dent is going to be the OS/Case/Videocard.How much flexability do you have in your budget? I might be able to chage some things around to save you some extra money.

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Ark:Thanks for the reply. Yes, I'm very vested in FS9 (add-ons, scenery, etc.) and it serves my purposes just fine. Yes, I'm looking to spend about $1K.Would you favor Vista over XP for FS9? Thanks for your recommendations. They look very good!Pete in KORD

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