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What To Upgrade?

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Okay. I've had FSX for two years now, have over 360 hours, but at this point, I'm really looking to make it run the way its supposed to. I'm the type that needs the best scenery possible, but I am simply tired of game lag with framerates bouncing from 5 to 15. Most hardware is relatively cheap, but I'm not educated at all on this. What would be the best to upgrade, RAM? Video Card? Graphics Card? and by how much. Thanks for any help.

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Okay. I've had FSX for two years now, have over 360 hours, but at this point, I'm really looking to make it run the way its supposed to. I'm the type that needs the best scenery possible, but I am simply tired of game lag with framerates bouncing from 5 to 15. Most hardware is relatively cheap, but I'm not educated at all on this. What would be the best to upgrade, RAM? Video Card? Graphics Card? and by how much. Thanks for any help.
What kind of system do you have now? Details, CPU, video card, motherboard... Also, do you play any other PC games?-Craig-

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In more or less this order:For FSX you want the fastest CPU you can afford. E8600 dual core or Q9650 quad core. The E8600 can be overclocked to near 4GHz without too much effort so it is a very good choice. A good Socket775 DDR2 based motherboard (Asus Rampage, Gigabyte DQ6 etc) is a must.The Nvidia 9800GTX+, given its price, is one of the best GPU's around. If you have a 24" screen then get a GTX260 Core216.4GB of DDR2 (2x2GB). OCZ, Corsair, Mushkin etc550W minimum power supply. PCPower & Cooling, Corsair etcOr, you could take a look at the new X58/Core i7 solution... more expensive overall but pretty decent performance even from the i920.

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