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Will FSX run optimally with this build offered by Dell?

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The best Dell computer out there is priced for just over $7K. Would this build make FSX run smoothly with all sliders maxed out? Just curious...- XPS 720 H2C Intel

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Luis -You have a message.In my opinion? No. Dell computers are bloated and not tuned.

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I have a similar system - the XPS 710 H2C factory overclocked to 3.46 GHz. Although I get outstanding graphics and FPS, I cannot max out ALL of my sliders. I do not think there is any current commercial system that can run FSX with all sliders maxed out and maintain good FPS to make the game enjoyable. Best regards,Jim

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it's a dell, probably wont run anything... and if it does, probably not for long...all that to say, never know until you try! Willing to shell out 7k for a test run? IMHO no computer is worth that much, especially not a dell...

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Its Dell...........Why pay $7000 for something you can do yourself (or have built for you) for about 50% less??You certainly don't need twin 8800 ultras and the Phys X card is a waste of time as nothing really supports it.Don't do it.

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Well My bloated and not tuned DELL runs FSX very well! My FSX settings are high and I never drop below 30FPS in the Lvl-D 767 flying into LAX etc...

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DELL = bloated and expensiveRead reviews on equipment that include FSX in their tests.Then just build that computer.

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To each is own, I say, I have a Dell the 710 and it works just great, I have similar problems as desribed above. Some people like HP computers, while others don't. Matter of taste. I like my Dell very much. I admire those who can build there own, I just don't have the knowledge or the skills to do that. Maybe later on in the year, I up grade my system to that of a 710H20. This is just my personal opinion only.Charles Huckelbery

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That's major overkill.Check out: www.ibuypower.com www.velocitymicro.com www.cyberpower.comA few sites... Choose some good hardware and get it all from them. You could get a very good computer for around 2 or 3 grand. 7 g's isn't worth it.

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Thanks for the responses! I definitely do not plan on making a big investment, only to be disappointed.LuisKMIA

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Uh, $7k for a Dell? It better comes with a 50" plasma display.You can build your own for about half the prize.Dual 8800 is overkill and a waste of money IMHO. I am not even aware of any game w/SLI configuration that takes full advantage of 2 GPUs. FSX doesn't and it's in the stars how FSX will run with all the upcoming DX10 magic.Pat

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Luis, you might be interested in some head to head comparisons betweenthe Dell H2C and some self-built rigs over at Tom's Hardware: http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/07/20/ove...marathon_day_4/Even though they didn't use FSX as a bench, look at the cost vs. performance comparisons at the end of the article and it will undoubtedly confirm what Pat and the others have said.Hope it helps.Regards, KendallDell 8400 3.2 GHZ H.T.3GB 533 DDR2X800XT 256MB/Catalyst driver - 7.1's6x AA/16x HQ A/FDiamond Xtreme/Logitech X-530'sDual Monitor: Dell 2405/1905CH Yoke/Pedals - Saitek Throttle

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About 70% of the machines that come into my shop are Dells.The one your talking about is much more expensive, to be sure!But darn it all, every Dell, I mean brand new ones have some kind of problem. A bottle neck caused by something mis configured or a component mismatch, like a high end CPU, lots of memory and an old on board graphics setup.Just fixed a 2 year old machine with XP-Home that had never been updated to SP!/SP2. Why? It only had 128mb of system ram. it would run out of memory during the update and have to be re-booted, the lady said.Added 512mb, WOW she said, gets on line fast!!!If you can follow instructions and are at all handy with a screwdriver I highly recommend you go the DIY route. or have a local shop or buddy who has built a machine help you.Many guy's on this forum will help you too.Buck

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Computer hardware / software "best configuration (mix)" is one of the toughest challenges prior to purchasing a pc! Initially, not talking money to start off. Just finding out what works best is very tough.It would be nice if, for example, in this case, Microsoft would list the lower, mid and high level component "mix" for MSFSX.In order to do that MS would have to test the hardware and give it the nod (seal of approval). Then you could pick the system you can afford, take the list to a computer store and have the system built.Ask 10 people, 10 different answers.As for Dell ... in my case it is a 8400-3Ghz/2GB/Radeon1650ProPCIe-512mb.It just barely runs MSFS9. Busy airports=9 FPS.It cannot run MSFSX fast enough for a good flight.Sometimes just throwing more money (thinking it cost more so it should be better) at the problem is not the best solution.

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Yesterday Tom's hardware came out with a new chart comparison that has the new ATI Cards (2900 series?). The new ATI cards still got spanked.

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:( I want an ATI to run FSX... Guess I'll just have to get an Nvidia on my next build, solely to run FSX...

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Yes, even the nVidia 8600 value line is up at the top of the list, above the fastest ATI cards. Hopefully, for those who have ATI cards, it is just a driver issue that can be sorted out, because if a 7600 is within spitting distance of what a 8800GTX can do with this title, then ATI's top surely should be in close range also.Gary

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By all means build your computer if you find it entertaining or enjoyable. If researching and ordering different parts from different vendors and troubleshooting weird system glitches does not sound fun, do yourself a favor and buy a Dell or similar pre-built computer.I built a computer a few years ago and I'll never do it again. The costs of the parts including shipping were more than an equivalent Dell. The parts never did work 100% together, but no single manufacturer would take responsiblity for thier part but would instead blame the rest. After about a year I quit using it altogether.

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>I built a computer a few years ago and I'll never do it again.>The costs of the parts including shipping were more than an>equivalent Dell. The parts never did work 100% together, but>no single manufacturer would take responsiblity for thier part>but would instead blame the rest. After about a year I quit>using it altogether.But with all due respect that is down to a lack of ability on your part. And unless you make major mistakes such as the wrong type of memory, CPU or graphics card for the particular type of motherboard then there is no reason for them not to work 100% together as long as you put it together correctly in the first place.You can certainly build an equal or better spec machine than any particular Dell for less.

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I have this exact computer with Vista also except with 2 MB 1066 ram. It runs FSX at 25 FPS. It was a nightmare setting up FSX on it. It took 10 tries. I still can't set up dual monitors. They flicker on and off for 1 second at a time in FSX, but not with any other application.The computer is realgood, it's Vista I believe that is killing me.If you need more info on this system and performance let me know.

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>>Luis ask>The best Dell computer out there is priced for >just over $7K. Would this build make FSX run >smoothly with all sliders maxed out? >Just curious...>As I read through this thread I see a lot of opinionated statements made by some that may have never bought an extreme high end type computer but seem to have many answers on what will and will not work.Microsoft placed in the Learning Center what they consider a Low, Medium and High end computer for running FSX. Start with what MS says is a high end computer for FSX and go up from there.Some of us may very well have 7 to 10,000 dollars for the purchase of a high end computer and some may not. Many like myself purchase high end computers as a long term investment for running a Business and writing Applications but also want to enjoy some of the entertainment software available.Luis, in your signature you have KMIA. If by chance you are in the Miami area then go to the Alienware Store in one of the shopping centers and test drive a Intel ALX extreme computer. One of the programs they test with is FSX because of the demand it places on the system.It may surprize some contrary to popular belief that there are store turn key computers built that will run FSX with all sliders maxed including a full load of 3rd party addon AI Traffic to fill airports such as JFK, ORD, ATL, EHAM, etc.Can I run with all sliders maxed? Yes, but why would I want to do that when some sliders after a certain value add nothing to FSX.Can I run AutoGen set to the Max, Yes, but again MS has made it clear that some of these settings are for future use and also crowds the ground around GA airports in a unrealistic way.Do I have any of the many tweaks published and added to my FSX that are listed for those that need them? No, don't need to tweak what works fine to begin with on a turn key system.Do I have all the problems I see people posting on with FPS, blurries, BOD's, uninstall/reinstall/activation? No.Is Vista perfect? No but neither was any OS that MS released. I will say that some of what causes Vista to be unstable are the Drivers that have been released in beta form. Some computer part manufacturers did not take Vista serious enough and fell behind but are now scrambling to catch up. Could I have built a computer at a much lower price? Yes but then again why should I do that when there are computer engineering people that will design, build, stress and burn in what I purchased including the addition of a high end warranty.If a computer company allows me to test drive their system before making a big investment then there is a good chance they are proud of what they build and are not trying to hide anything from the enduser.

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Dual monintor with fullscreen?You have the fullscreen patch for Vista installed?

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