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Hello,

 

It is christmas for me and my family said that I could use my giftcard for something for my computer. I know FSX:SE is very CPU dependent but my GPU is also not the best. I was wondering what I should upgrade for my computer. GPU or CPU?

 

Specs:

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K (Overclocked to 4.0 GHz)

GPU: EVGA GTX 960 ACX 2.0 2gb SuperSC (Overclocked)

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hLFj99

 

Thanks!

 

For reference, I get about 12-14 FPS using the PMDG on the ground. Sometimes 10

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You have a decent GPU - don 't want to start a war BUT I'd get an Intel CPU that you can clock to at least 4.4. A lot will depend on what your mobo will support.

 

For what you'd spend going from a 960 to a 970, 980, 980TI or Titan - you would get a good value with the results.

 

 

Vic

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FSX loves Intel. It was Intel who collaborated with MS to design FSX's multithreading capabilities.

 

A better GPU will help FSX with shadow and cloud performance, as they are all handled by the shaders.

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If you want to keep the MoBo FM2+, only swap CPU A10-7870k or A10-6800k.

The FX series is AM3+ need a new MoBo for that

Intel is the way to go for Flightsim , i have test FX CPU in fsx not sure of the A10 but they perform probaly as a FX 9590 if you OC to 5ghz

I have a asus Crossblade and a A10-6800k but not test it with FSX.

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Hello,

 

It is christmas for me and my family said that I could use my giftcard for something for my computer. I know FSX:SE is very CPU dependent but my GPU is also not the best. I was wondering what I should upgrade for my computer. GPU or CPU?

 

Specs:

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K (Overclocked to 4.0 GHz)

GPU: EVGA GTX 960 ACX 2.0 2gb SuperSC (Overclocked)

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hLFj99

 

Thanks!

 

For reference, I get about 12-14 FPS using the PMDG on the ground. Sometimes 10

Letting us know how much you have to spend would help. Hard to advise without knowing your max budget.

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Letting us know how much you have to spend would help. Hard to advise without knowing your max budget.

I have about $160-$180

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I have about $160-$180

 

Don't bother, save up some more.  Or if you are desperate, get a G3258k and an Asus H81-plus.  You'll be able to clock to 4.2ghz on the stock cooler no problem, and will wipe the floor with your AMD.

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Sorry to bump.

 

I'm bought the Asrock motherboard but I have enough money now to buy my Intel CPU. I was thinking of getting this one.

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54690k

 

Good choice? On a budget of $255 but want to save about $20.

 

The Intel Core i5-4690K is a very good processor and should overclock easily to about 4.5GHz. You'll see a massive improvement over your old AMD CPU.

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The Intel Core i5-4690K is a very good processor and should overclock easily to about 4.5GHz. You'll see a massive improvement over your old AMD CPU.

Ok, do you think it is also worth upgrading my GTX 960 SSC or no? I heard only 25% of the usage from FSX comes from the GPU.

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Ok, do you think it is also worth upgrading my GTX 960 SSC or no? I heard only 25% of the usage from FSX comes from the GPU.

 

Depends on your display resolution. If you're running at 1920x1080 you should have no problems at all with the 960. You could probably run it OK at 2560x1440 as long as you don't have your settings too high.

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I run FSX at 2560x1440 without issues - nVidia Inspector suggests that the GPU load is only 30% or so. P3D is another story.

 

Cheers!

Luke

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Ok, do you think it is also worth upgrading my GTX 960 SSC or no? I heard only 25% of the usage from FSX comes from the GPU.

I went from an AMD FX8350 @4.5ghz to a i7-4790k@4.5ghz and gained about 20fps by just changing the cpu I reused all the other parts with the exception of the mobo. You should see a similar increase as the 4790k and 4690k are basicly the same chip but the 4790k has hyper threading which flightsim doesn't care about. Get a good CPU cooler if your going to overclocking because the stock one barely keeps it under 80c at stock settings

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I went from an AMD FX8350 @4.5ghz to a i7-4790k@4.5ghz and gained about 20fps by just changing the cpu I reused all the other parts with the exception of the mobo. You should see a similar increase as the 4790k and 4690k are basicly the same chip but the 4790k has hyper threading which flightsim doesn't care about. Get a good CPU cooler if your going to overclocking because the stock one barely keeps it under 80c at stock settings

Ok. I recently got into computer building about last year in June.and don't know much about custom CPU coolers. Could you link me to a good one for the i5 4690k and also keep it in a reasonable price range.

 

Thanks!

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Ok. I recently got into computer building about last year in June.and don't know much about custom CPU coolers. Could you link me to a good one for the i5 4690k and also keep it in a reasonable price range.

 

Thanks!

Are you wanting to go air or water cooled also what computer case do you have?

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