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Hi All,I recently installed FSX (pre SP1 & SP2) and so far have spent about 1 hr tweakign with the settings and I can't seem to get things exactly where I want them.My Specs:Biostar TF720 MontherboardBFG 650W PSUAMD Phenom 8450 x34GB DDR2-PC8500 (1066MHz)BFG GeForce 9800 GTX+WD 80GB SATA19" Acer @ 1440x900x32Single MonitorFSX OnlyMy first question is, is this system up to par with what FSX would need to run the game with High settings?It seems that I can max just about everything out and set the Autogen to None and I get very smooth gameplay. In larger congested cities things start to bog down. I'm not done tweakign yet but I'd like to know if I should upgrade my CPU to a 9x series quad-core or try a different video card (mixed feelings about the GTX+).Any suggestions will be very helpful.Thanks,Kevin

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You really should install the service packs as well, especially if you're running Vista since the DX10 codepath enables higher performance than the DX9 codepath.

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Thanks for the replies. I plan on downloading SP1 & SP2 tomorrow. What performance increases, if any, would I receive if i upgraded to a Phenom x4 9650? the TF720 can only handle a 95W CPU and I don't really want to buy a new motherboard after less than 5 months with this build.

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Unfortunately not a lot. The AMD CPU's are much slower compared to the Intel chips these days...You'd have to get a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM to set high settings in big cities with FSX...If you're on a budget, the Q9650 or Core i7 920 would do, as long as you spend some time overclocking them.

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