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Hey guys, So now the NGX is out, I'm considering buying a new CPU, since my current Core i2 Duo doesn't really run fsx that smooth (yes, I've tweaked quite a bit, but in the PMDG 744X I still get about 15-20 fps). So I want a new processor. I am considering the Core i7 2600K Sandy Bridge @3.4 GHz, but I don't really know what hardware would fit FSX with all sliders maxed out. Any Suggestions for a good CPU (under $350 if possible)? Thanks, Aaron

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Check out my system as it´s in the spec´s. FSX runs pritty well on it. Got more than 40 FPS in average with FSXMark 11. The only thing which is pritty bad and will be changes in a few days is the PSU. Will be replaced with an 750W one.

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Check out my system as it´s in the spec´s. FSX runs pritty well on it. Got more than 40 FPS in average with FSXMark 11. The only thing which is pritty bad and will be changes in a few days is the PSU. Will be replaced with an 750W one.
Yeah, read that the i5-2500K is almost equivalent to the i7-2600K so I'll do some research about that one tomorrow (23:39 over here, and just got back from vacation, so I need some sleep). And is the 40 FPS with FPS heavy aircraft like the PMDG 744? Or just in general?

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Yeah, read that the i5-2500K is almost equivalent to the i7-2600K so I'll do some research about that one tomorrow (23:39 over here, and just got back from vacation, so I need some sleep). And is the 40 FPS with FPS heavy aircraft like the PMDG 744? Or just in general?
it´s according to the rules of FSXMark11 with the default 737 low flying over Boston with scenery mayed out. Just check out this link: http://forum.avsim.net/topic/329116-fsxmark11/

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Yeah, read that the i5-2500K is almost equivalent to the i7-2600K so I'll do some research about that one tomorrow (23:39 over here, and just got back from vacation, so I need some sleep).
2500K is identical to the 2600K aside from hyperthreading and some extra cache used by the hyperthreading on the 2600K.

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Just an advice: consider buying a top quality graphic card. Wich processor to buy really doesn't matter so much as long as you have an excelent graphic card ;)

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Just an advice: consider buying a top quality graphic card. Wich processor to buy really doesn't matter so much as long as you have an excelent graphic card ;)

:::WARNING:::DISREGARD THIS POST:::WARNING::: What? You're kidding, right? This isn't the Gamespot forums, it's an FSX forum!

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Just an advice: consider buying a top quality graphic card. Wich processor to buy really doesn't matter so much as long as you have an excelent graphic card ;)
FSX is a CPU KILLER game, yes you need a good GPU but a CPU is what makes FSX run!

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Sorry, I didn't know FSX was so CPU demanding. Most games and simulators are GPU demanding instead of CPU demanding. Nice to know that.

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Just a note to the OP: if you're going to upgrade from a Core 2 Duo to the i5 or i7, you will need a new motherboard.

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Just a note to the OP: if you're going to upgrade from a Core 2 Duo to the i5 or i7, you will need a new motherboard.
Know about that, but for this topic I'm just interested about the CPU.

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My father has a computer which he doesn't use that much anymore, so he suggested we switch CPU's, but I don't know if the transition from an E4600 to an E8200 will make a big difference. Will it be wearth upgrading?

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Just an advice: consider buying a top quality graphic card. Wich processor to buy really doesn't matter so much as long as you have an excelent graphic card ;)
What a load of C***.

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i recently upgraded to a 2500k and i'm very satisfied. Usually i wanted to get myselft the i7-2600k but the price difference was too big for me, compared to the real benefits in terms of performance.

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Go for the 2500k and a GA-Z68X-UD3H. You will probably need some DDR3 RAM as well. GPU wise I would recommend the GTX 560ti.

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why is everyone so obsessed with the z68 - as far as i could find out its just a p68 board with an onboard graphics chip - who needs that ;)

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You have the option of upgrading the HDD to a hybrid SSD HDD with the HDD. And mainly because it is just more up to date. I wouldn't buy an old motherboard.

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Okay, so with all your great support I think I know: CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K @3.3 GHzMotherboard: ASRock P67 EXTREME4RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB All together $440. Do you think this will work fine with FSX and all add-ons in the signature?

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I don't see you mention this anywhere, but I assume you want to overclock? In that case you will need an aftermarket CPU cooler. If you don't want to overclock you may be able to save some money by getting the i5-2500 instead (without the "K"). Overclocking these CPUs is highly recommended, though - and dead easy. Eventually you will also want to upgrade your video card to something with at least 1GB memory.

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another cooler is something you won't regret ;) I took the scythe ninja 3 and am really happy with it. I haven't OC'ed the CPU yet but at the moment mit 2500k runs with 30°C Idle and ~40° running FSX. So nothing to worry. What hit me very hard with this cooler is the mounting system. It is somewhat different from the Pushpins to mount it as this cooler is screwed to the Mainboard. And even harder was it when i figured out that my case is not wide enough for the cooler to slide the mainboard sledge into the case. The cooler is huge and even though my sidepanel stays open now its kinda quiet :) I guess i have time this weekend to OC this bad boy to its limits ;)

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another cooler is something you won't regret ;)I took the scythe ninja 3 and am really happy with it. I haven't OC'ed the CPU yet but at the moment mit 2500k runs with 30°C Idle and ~40° running FSX. So nothing to worry.What hit me very hard with this cooler is the mounting system. It is somewhat different from the Pushpins to mount it as this cooler is screwed to the Mainboard. And even harder was it when i figured out that my case is not wide enough for the cooler to slide the mainboard sledge into the case. The cooler is huge and even though my sidepanel stays open now its kinda quiet :) I guess i have time this weekend to OC this bad boy to its limits ;)
Already have a descent cooler which also fits on the i5.

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I wouldn't get the ASrock P67. If I were to get a P67 I would either get it from ASUS or Gigabyte. Can I ask why 8Gb of RAM.

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EDIT: Getting the ASRock P67 PRO3 instead, the EXTREME doesn't fit my PSU.

I wouldn't get the ASrock P67. If I were to get a P67 I would either get it from ASUS or Gigabyte..
Yeah, if you can get me a link to an ASUS motherboard under $150 it's possible, but why excactly?
Can I ask why 8Gb of RAM.
Photoshop, it runs a lot better with high RAM. And why not? Future games/simulators probably run a lot better with it as well.

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I wouldn't get the ASrock P67. If I were to get a P67 I would either get it from ASUS or Gigabyte. Can I ask why 8Gb of RAM.
Why? Can you substantiate that? The Asrock motherboards offer a lot of features, good warranties, and good parts for a great price. For me it would be between Asus vs. Asrock, and if I could do it over, I would have gotten a cheap Asrock over my current board. Even the Pro3 is a great board. I've had the chance to play with the Pro3 on my friends Flight Sim rig at his flight school.

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BTW: Will it be worth buying a new GPU? I'm currently running on an nVidia 9600GT 512MB.

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