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Will FSX Steam run on an i3?

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I am a new member here and I am also broke, so I have to shop frugal, but I am using tax returns and stim checks to get flying with you guys.

I presume the answer is "yes" as i3 is outdated by today's standards and FSX SE still seems to be flying, so .....

But I want to do my best to make sure.

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Let me be more specific about the cheap system I am considering:

 

  • Intel® Core™ i3-9100F 3.60GHz
  • ASRock H310CM-HDV
  • Total 16GB - (2 x 8GB DDR4-2666 Patriot Premium)
  • AMD Radeon® RX 550 2GB
  • Patriot Burst 240GB 2.5in SATA3 SSD
  • No Secondary Storage
  • Standard Cooling Fan
  • No GPU Overclocking - Stock Speed
  • Set Talos E1 Micro ATX Tower
  • 500W ATX12V POWER SUPPLY
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home

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Although AMD video cards have never been known for being the best for FSX, I think the budget system you are considering will run FSX:Steam Edition.  You might not be able to push the scenery sliders to maximum, but it should run ok.

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Yup, that'll run FSX no bother. Go for it. 🙂 🚀

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@Airhead

Hi

Your PC can run FSX SE.

FSX SE is a simulator that relies heavily on CPU power and very little on GPU.

Your CPU, an i3-9100F, has a power equivalent to an i5-7600K, its single-core performance is very similar.

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/Intel-i3-9100F-vs-Intel-i5-7600K/3461vs2919

Regarding the gpu, FSX works best with nvidia gpus, but you won't have any problems as long as you use discrete graphics settings and use full HD resolution, but I recommend you look for information about AMD GPUs in FSX.

I just recommend you to get a SSD disk of at least 240Gb for FSX SE exclusive use and a CPU cooler such as the cooler master 212, as long as your cpu exceeds a temperature of 70ºC.

I advise you to read the following to configure FSX:

https://www.avsim.com/files/file/41-avsim-basic-fsx-configuration-guide/

https://www.avsim.com/forums/topic/574765-fsx-faq/?do=findComment&comment=4230505

regards

Brisafresca

 

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Thank you very much, everyone. Looks like, though, I may have more funds on the way so I may hold off for a bit. I did order my control yoke/foot pedals the other day so it looks like I'm well on the road to flying the friendly digital skies.

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Absoulutley it will run on it, my first FSX system was an ol Dual Core processor running at 3.2Ghz with an ATI 4750 and i got pretty much locked 30fps with careful use of sliders using ORBX Global and Active Sky

 


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Just make sure your fans are able to cool the CPU running constantly at Turbo Boost. If possible, try improving the GPU a bit (a 1050 may do fine) and definitely get some additional storage. That 256 GB SSD is great for the OS and other programs, but I fear it won't be enough for FSX.

Which monitor do you intend to use? Maybe this can define what GPU you'll need.


Best regards,
Luis Hernández 20px-Flag_of_Colombia.svg.png20px-Flag_of_Argentina.svg.png

My rig: ASUS TUF FX504GD (Intel i5 8300H @ 2.3-4.0 GHz, 8 GB DDR4-2666 RAM, Nvidia GTX 1050 2 GB, 256 GB M.2 SSD+256 GB 1 TB SATA III SSD as storage, Windows 10 Home)

Saitek X-52 as primary controller. Xbox 360 wired and eDimensional G-Pad Pro wired controllers as standby/travel.

Finally moved to P3D4.5. Also running FSX-SE, FS9 and XP11 Vulkan. Tried MSFS2020, but my rig isn't up to the task. What do I do with 4 sims now?

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