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Hey, I just want to make sure my system would be good for PMDG aircraft, i fit into specs but I want user input.Alienware Aura desktopCPU_Name: Intel® Core i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07GHz 1.8Ghz on the vid cardMem_Capacity: 1024MB Video_Caption: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 <LI>Video_AdapterRAM: 1792MB (1.8ghz)

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Hey, I just want to make sure my system would be good for PMDG aircraft, i fit into specs but I want user input.Alienware Aura desktopCPU_Name: Intel

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Gary, that's the memory on the video card.To the original poster - please sign your name to your threads, PMDG forum rule.The CPU is fine, but I would get a more current video card like a Radeon 5 series or GTX 285. Get 6GB of RAM with that CPU and make sure you get Windows 7 x64.You should really think about learning to build a PC yourself though - Alienware is quite honestly a gigantic ripoff, you could build a machine with the same specs from parts off of Newegg for much much less.

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Hey, I just want to make sure my system would be good for PMDG aircraft, i fit into specs but I want user input.Alienware Aura desktopCPU_Name: Intel

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As a long time gamer/simmer who also builds his own, I concur that (frankly) Alienware is a huge ripoff. I'm amazed they are still in business.Building your own can save hundreds better spend on components.And building pcs is EASY!Cheers.>>>BTW, be careful with ASUS P6T MOBOs: they have reported unresolved memory issues, go with a EVGA x58 board. I used to be an ASUS man but their quality/support has nose dived the past couple of years.

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I want to add my two cents, because I looked at the Alienware and Falcon, which I think was a better value. However, these guys wanted up to $5,000 for the rig I wanted. I bought the parts from Newegg (with Ryan's support and advice) and built my first system since the Heathkit H89 for under $2,000. I've had this machine for a year now and there's not been a single glitch except for the original MOBO that had to be RMA'd. This is the way to go. Next upgrade: Replace the MOBO, CPU and possibly memory but the case, power supply and drives should be okay.

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I want to add my two cents, because I looked at the Alienware and Falcon, which I think was a better value. However, these guys wanted up to $5,000 for the rig I wanted. I bought the parts from Newegg (with Ryan's support and advice) and built my first system since the Heathkit H89 for under $2,000. I've had this machine for a year now and there's not been a single glitch except for the original MOBO that had to be RMA'd. This is the way to go. Next upgrade: Replace the MOBO, CPU and possibly memory but the case, power supply and drives should be okay.
Dan you are showing your age... I haven't heard the word Heathkit since...well I never heard of it. :(

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Come to think of it, I spent more on the H89 than my current Quad 3GHz machine ($1600 in 1980 dollars)!! It had two Z-80 2MHz chips, one the CPU the other the "terminal."I learned assembly language on that machine, took it with me on a one-year remote overseas tour I had:

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I doh't know if any of you know this, but Alienware is now owned by Dell and has been for the last 3 years.

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Come to think of it, I spent more on the H89 than my current Quad 3GHz machine ($1600 in 1980 dollars)!! It had two Z-80 2MHz chips, one the CPU the other the "terminal."I learned assembly language on that machine, took it with me on a one-year remote overseas tour I had:
An i7-965 in comparison to my Vic-20 lol

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Come to think of it, I spent more on the H89 than my current Quad 3GHz machine ($1600 in 1980 dollars)!! It had two Z-80 2MHz chips, one the CPU the other the "terminal."I learned assembly language on that machine, took it with me on a one-year remote overseas tour I had:
That was a really good one! Here is the other one we had that I learned basic and some assembler. :(

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"Welcome Back,Mr. Anderson !" :( Just some 'Matrix' humor Gary !!! :( Seriously though, this list you have posted has got me really intrigued, and I was checking out the links. I am seriously contemplating taking your suggestion to 'build' my own PC, but the MoBo you suggested has been discontinued.(ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard $180.00) Can you suggest another good board please; I am not as computer savvy :( as some of you fellas are and would sure appreciate your input. B) Thanks again for your detailed suggestion and the links you supplied Gary.Best Regards,GodfreyG B)
I have zero issue with the Matrix humor as a matter of fact it is almost somewhat of a religion to me. I just wish I could find a Smith to actually play along. Smith is supposed to be one of most common names there are..think I would find one? Of all the Mr. Andersons I receive not one Smith pfff.Be careful on the cooler I suggested, it is huge. What I would do is build it with the stock cooler so I knew all my dimensions when completed then review the dimensions of the cooler to ensure it was going to fit.. It should fit and shouldn

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I have zero issue with the Matrix humor as a matter of fact it is almost somewhat of a religion to me. I just wish I could find a Smith to actually play along. Smith is supposed to be one of most common names there are..think I would find one? Of all the Mr. Andersons I receive not one Smith pfff. :( Great sense of humor Gary, and very helpful as well !! You are as 'good as they come' buddy, you're tops :( ! I appreciate all of your input and will inform you as I decide, and make my purchases. KUDOS to you man !Best,GodfreyG :(

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I can't find anything recent on whether or not onboard sound versus dedicated sound makes a difference nowadays, I can only go on my experiences. Maybe I can on my current system though removing my sound card may void my warranty.

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There were some issues with SoundMax on board chips possibly contributing to the whole disappearing plane/skin problem, but other than that I don't think there's any reason at all to get an actual sound card anymore, the onboard chips can do basically everything that a SoundBlaster or whatever can anyway.

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I can't find anything recent on whether or not onboard sound versus dedicated sound makes a difference nowadays, I can only go on my experiences. Maybe I can on my current system though removing my sound card may void my warranty.
Your own experiences are important Mike and valid. I have a separate sound card too, although purchased more in ignorance than fact. Old day

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Your own experiences are important Mike and valid. I have a separate sound card too, although purchased more in ignorance than fact. Old day's, absolutely a separate sound card made sense. Nowadays with the processing power and memory abilities of a modern system and new technologies used by motherboard manufacturers all I am saying is that we can't recommend that everybody buy a sound card because it worked for us or that every motherboard or system would be improved by purchasing a sound card. I am not saying that for certain systems or even certain motherboards that a separate sound card would not improve performance. What I am saying is that those decisions need be based on some sort of fact preferably on case by case bases. There are several folks posting in these threads that swear adding a separate sound card greatly improved FSX performance and granted for them maybe that is true. What I question is was it truly the sound card or did the sound card simply mask a preexisting condition. There are also a chalk full of people claiming that reducing sound quality has cured screen blackouts and texture loss issues. I have no doubt that they did but again question what the issue is truly and what reducing the sound is masking. I have my FatilityProGamer at full acceleration and highest quality and have not experienced texture loss or black screens for ages. Would I arbitrarily recommend that everybody on every system automatically reduce sound quality for better performance, Of course not.I have scoured the net as much as I care to, to look for data that supports use of a discrete sound card on a modern system today. The vast majority of posts on the subject say no; with little real data either way. Most folks that do claim an improvement on the high side indicate a 10% improvement in FPS on a good day for most FSX users this would translate into maybe 3 frames if true. Would I tell somebody to go out and spend $240.00 on a sound card and just maybe you might maybe see 3-frames? Not I. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16829132008 Not when I could tell them to put that $240 and go from a i7-950 to an i7-960 and upgrade their memory from PC3 (12800) to PC3 (16000) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820145255 and get change back and have an improvement that you can put on any bench and see and touch and feel.Now if I was looking for a sound improvement and knowing what my specifications on my Motherboard sound were and knowing that a discrete option offered better specifications or better features then that is a different matter and I would buy the separate card for that reason; because it sounds better.If I had money to burn and wanted the best of the best and already owned a i7-975 and the best memory and 3-Veloicraptors in raid or a couple of SSD drives and a separate NIC card and wanted shear decadence and the very best of the best

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Gary !! Are you a Professor or a Doctor or......?? :( My friend, I am very THANKFUL to you. That was practically a "Dissertation" you wrote buddy, and you do express yourself so very clearly. In the short time since I've been reading your posts, and your suggestions to me with repect to building my new PC, I have learnt a lot, Mucho !!! :( My hat comes off to you with much Respect for your knowledge and detailed mindedness when expressing yourself.You are an asset to this here forum, and many others can learn from your very respectful manners!!! :( KUDOS to you Gary!!Best Regards,GodfreyG B)
Godfrey, I appreciate your kind words but it would be deceitful of me to leave anyone with the impression that I am any sort of an expert on computers. I do take pride however in my analytical approach to any situation. I also bring a wealth of common sense to a discussion in hopes of providing enough information that a reader can make a decision for themselves. I learned everything I know about computers either through trial and tribulation or intensive self study, always highly critical of whatever I read and always prepared to call a

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Godfrey, I appreciate your kind words but it would be deceitful of me to leave anyone with the impression that I am any sort of an expert on computers. I do take pride however in my analytical approach to any situation. I also bring a wealth of common sense to a discussion in hopes of providing enough information that a reader can make a decision for themselves. I learned everything I know about computers either through trial and tribulation or intensive self study, always highly critical of whatever I read and always prepared to call a

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