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Hey fellow flight simmers,


I'm wondering if it is time for me to upgrade from my crappy old laptop to a newer one, or even possibly a PC. Money is pretty tight, so it would have to be cheaper. Currently, I run fsx, flying with the PMDG 737-800, and the Majestic Dash-8.


My current laptops stats:

laptop is About 7 or 8 years old



Intel i3 @ 2.4GHZ


Windows 7


PMDG 737 framerates

When around the airport, I get about 5FPS.

When airborne, I get about 10-15FPS 

(In the virtual cockpit)


Majestic Dash-8

When around the airport, 10-15FPS.

When airborne, 25-35FPS.

(In the virtual cockpit)


The problem is, I fly the 737 way more often, and its frame rates are getting way too sluggish for me. I'm very impressed with the Dash 8 though. I would also like more addons, such as ASN and some airport scenery addons, but my computer has made it obvious I just can't do that. 


My graphics settings are at a bare minimum, so much the simulator looks horrible. I don't have any traffic AI on, but I will occasionally fly on Vatsim.


So even though the answer seems obvious, should I get a new computer or not? If no, are there any tweaks that could possibly improve my performance. 


Hopefully someone can help me out!!


Thanks, Ethan




Ethan Dau


Student by day, sim pilot by night :wink:


Pmdg 737, Majestic Dash-8

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