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12-01-2011 02:01 AM  5 years agoPost 1
Timbers

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I want to buy a new computer just for my simulator. Tiger Direct has some really good deals on AMD based kits right now. You can get one for $199 even.

Could I get away with something like that, and a really nice NVIDEA video card for running Realflight 6 or Phoenix 3?

I am going to run this to my big screen so I can sit on the couch and simulate.

Thanks!

You fly RC helicopters? Can I have a ride?

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12-01-2011 04:45 AM  5 years agoPost 2
Adaboy

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You can, just know that you will need to upgrade the power supply too. Before you buy check to see if the mother board has an open pci express 16 slot open with room to accommodate a dual slot video card. In reference to the power supply I mentioned earlier, you only need to make sure it fits the required wattage of the graphics card you choose.

These are easy fixes though

Sounds like were cooking with gas....

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12-01-2011 03:28 PM  5 years agoPost 3
Timbers

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ok

Are you running your simulator up to your big screen TV? How well does it run? Which video card do you run? I want to make sure I get one that works well with the big screen through HDMI, and doesn't have any pausing, or ghosting or whatever other complications I might run into!

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12-01-2011 03:35 PM  5 years agoPost 4
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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I too want to buy a separate computer specifically to run my sim off my big screen TV. But from my understanding I really need at a minimum 2.4GHz core duo with 512MB separate graphics card and 4 Gb of memory. This will cost at a minimum $500.

Is there another option? Those cheap $300 Intel Atom computers are apparently very slow.

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12-01-2011 03:39 PM  5 years agoPost 5
MikeSherman

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...I'm going to tell you something - you ready for this?

Just use one of your old laptops and see if it works. If it does, just a buy a new laptop for your everyday stuff and leave the old one hooked up to the tv.

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12-01-2011 03:45 PM  5 years agoPost 6
Timbers

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HA

I've got news for you are you ready for this? You better put your field license up in your living room before firing up your simulator!

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12-01-2011 04:29 PM  5 years agoPost 7
MikeSherman

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You better put your field license up in your living room before firing up your simulator!

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12-01-2011 06:16 PM  5 years agoPost 8
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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My MacBook was too expensive. I just want a cheap windows machine for simming.

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12-02-2011 02:16 AM  5 years agoPost 9
Adaboy

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Are you running your simulator up to your big screen TV? How well does it run? Which video card do you run?
I use real flight G5.5 and I use it with two pc's.

Pc connected to 42" hd tv. HDMI+Fiberoptics audio
AMD Athlon II x 64 630 Processor 2.8 GHz
64 bit, 6 gigs of ram. Graphics card: PNY Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 1024mb GDDR3
600 watt power supply.

This PC is overkill but works like a charm no glitches all settings maxed out. This is my HTPC

My second PC I run three monitors via AMD Eyefinity. HDMI+HDMI audio
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz 64 bit,
4 Gigs of ram. Graphics card AMD Radeon HD 6800 series 1024mb GDDR5.
550 watt power supply.

This too is works really well with three monitors (cockpit feel) or large hd tv. I switch this one out with my larger tvs from time to time. Absolutely no glitches all settings maxed out.

You could have a slower ghz duo or single core PC as long as you have a decent graphics card. I recommend a 1 gig card not 512. I spent $199 on the Nvidia three years ago and $159 on the AMD card this year. They are really inexpensive. Let me know if you need help. I generally get mine from Frys or online at newegg.com. Remember you will need a higher wattage power supply.

Sounds like were cooking with gas....

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12-02-2011 02:29 AM  5 years agoPost 10
Adaboy

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In addition to my last post I use a wireless keyboard with built in track mouse on the 42" wall mounted tv as once you connect your pc it becomes just that a pc.

Just awesome in my opinion.

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12-02-2011 02:54 AM  5 years agoPost 11
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Plano, Texas

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How much wattage from the PS do you need? Like 500 watts?

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12-02-2011 04:39 AM  5 years agoPost 12
Adaboy

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The graphics card will state the minimum requirements.

I try to provide at least 50 to 100 watts more.

Both my pc's came standard with 350 watt power supplies.

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12-02-2011 05:05 AM  5 years agoPost 13
Dood

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How much wattage from the PS do you need? Like 500 watts?
I think A 500 watt PS should get you where you need to be for most high-end graphics cards. I've got a 450 watt Ps in mine and it is adequate for my graphics card.

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12-02-2011 05:24 AM  5 years agoPost 14
Adaboy

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I think A 500 watt PS should get you where you need to be for most high-end graphics cards
That depends on the graphics card as you can really damage your system with under powered CPUs. I did this once and it would work for a while then would turn off completely without shutting down properly.

The gamble isn't worth it when you could spend 60-70 bucks and be good to go. Would you try and run a 30 sized nitro engine in a 700?

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12-02-2011 10:20 AM  5 years agoPost 15
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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I was wondering what happens if your PS is inadequate. Thanks for the insight.

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