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Hi! 

I want to migrate to P3dv4 from FSX, but Mrs HomoPrintus will not be very happy, if I'll spend a ton of money to buy new PC. Right now I have I7-2600K, 8GB RAM, GTX550 Ti (1GB) and 2TB HDD. Now I get 15 FPS in P3D v4 without any eye-candy addons. So I have 2 questions and hope for your help: 

1) Doing stage-by-stage upgrade, where should I start - buy new GPU, or SSD, or CPU?

2) My motherboard only support PCI-E 2.0, would it damage the perfomance of new GPU (I want to go to 1070, for example)?

Thanks in advance!

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A modern GPU will give you the most improvement in P3D, assuming the 2600K is overclocked and can feed it properly.

The 2600K isn't going to come close to saturating the PCIe v2 bus, so no problem there.

You'll need to make sure your power supply is up to the task, though, as a 1070 (or better, a 1070Ti) is going need more power than that old 550.

Regards

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Agree with Bob, right now your bottleneck is surely the GTX550.

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Agree with the above

What speed is your 2600k at?

 

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I don't remember, but I'm pretty sure I overclocked it slightly after purchasing (it was 7 years ago, no changes after that). 

After some calculations and thoughts about my budget I decided to start with replacing HDD with SSD and adding some more RAM (up to 16 GB), and I'll try to stick with FSX. As for GPU, I think that it's still too weak for FSX since it wasn't king of the hill at times when FSX has been released, But I'm not sure that I coul afford 1070Ti right now so maybe I'll stick with 1050ti instead.

What do you think? 

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