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03-06-2008 01:44 AM  10 years agoPost 1
whirlyspud

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I have a long time friend of mine that was recently hurt very badly in a car accident. I have talked with his wife, and she tells me the doctors are saying he is going to be layed up for at least 4 or 5 months. His spirits are pretty low, and I want to try to do something to help get his mind off of his troubles. I have had him on a buddy box in the past and he seemed to enjoy it.

I would like to get him setup on g4 with a pc that will run it well. Could any of you more computer savy people out there recommend a system that could run the software with decent settings and frame rates. I don't care if it is name brand or what ever, but I do want it to be something that works well and is stable. I'm not trying to be cheap, but at the same time, I guess I am trying to be cheap. I'm paying for it myself, and I am not looking for any donations, or anything like that. I just have no idea what it will take to get the job done, and I don't want to go overboard with a system way beyond what is needed. I thought about giving him one of my old pc's with g3, but I'd rather get something new if I can.

Thanks,

Mike

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03-06-2008 06:00 AM  10 years agoPost 2
DVS

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As long as the computer meets the minium requirements you'll be OK.

Minimum Recommended System:
Some graphical features may be disabled. Aerodynamic Calculations will still be high quality.

Windows* 98SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista®
Intel® Pentium® 1.0GHz or equivalent
512 MB RAM
3 GB Hard Drive Space
3D Accelerated Video with:
32 MB Dedicated Video Memory
Full Windows DirectX® 9 compliant (Pixel Shader 1.4 support)
Optimal System:
For best graphical performance.
Dual Core 2.4GHz CPU
2 GB RAM
3D Accelerated Video with:
256 MB dedicated video memory
(Pixel Shader 2.0 support)

Have you looked at the Phoenix sim ?

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03-06-2008 11:46 AM  10 years agoPost 3
bagobitz

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Whirly, that is a great thing to do for your friend.
I Don'tsee an issue with G 3.5...the demands on the system are less and the bugs are all out,also the controller is fine

G4 needs a lot more comp. to run well and if it's anything like G3 was on release, I'd disagree with DVS and say "minimum requirements" w ill only see it limp along with most of the "toys" disabled. Remember, the controller has a non-standard switch-layout.

Phoenix would be a good choice, I agree. also then you could swap with each other and both enjoy both sims

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03-06-2008 02:10 PM  10 years agoPost 4
The_Widowmaker

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CyberpowerPC.com I have always built my own systems using the latest stuff and I finally just got tired of it and went with these guys. Check out their AMD 64 X2 systems starting at $500 I think without a monitor but with SLI 8000 series Nvidia graphics cards. Respectable ram and storage specs.

The system I got from them is over a year old and I have never had a single problem.

"I'm a Virgin.. I'm just not very good at it. "

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03-06-2008 06:27 PM  10 years agoPost 5
whirlyspud

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Thanks for the tips.

Mike

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03-06-2008 10:54 PM  10 years agoPost 6
heli_n00bi3

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The minimum specs will *just* *barely* work, and not very well at all for helis... I'd go at least 1GB RAM (2 is better) and at least 128MB (or, even better, 256mb) video card for decent performance. The GeForce FX5200 is decent for the money.

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03-07-2008 04:27 AM  10 years agoPost 7
whirlyspud

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I have pheonix myself. I like it, but not nearly as much as many on here that say it is the best thing since sliced bread. Funny part is I really liked the earlier versions, but the more I have updated it, and the more time I have on it, the less I like it. Maybe my home machine needs an upgrade to help it out? Main reason i was thinking G4 is because I have played with it a little at the local hobby shop, and I like it better than my 3.5. Just feels better to me. I don't like the switch layout they went with, but for my friend that is not an issue because he is starting out from scratch anyway. I think someone really screwed the pooch on that truth be told. Anyway, I talked with a person I order pc's from for work. They offered me a pretty good deal on an acer with a better graphics card and extra memory. Unless I come up with something better, I think that is what I am going to go with.

Thanks for the input,

Mike

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03-07-2008 01:30 PM  10 years agoPost 8
littleflyer

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follow DVS- "optimal" settings you should be fine.

especially if you getting a new PC that does not have a gazimlian
programs installed and running in the back ground, hogging up
resources.

I have a 2 buddies running a similar spec but with only 1 gig of ran and they are happy with it.

I'd say though that '256 MB dedicated video memory" is a MUST have.

What's your budget? maybe we can narrow things down for you.
is it $100(not going to happen)

or is it $500,
$1000. gives us something.

There are lots of sites out there selling pc's.
I checked out widowmaker suggestion and they do have really good prices. PLUS- some wicked cool looking towers too.

"liquid Cooling" are computers being built with radiators now.
What's up with that?

Godd luck

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Heli Pilots Get it up Faster

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03-07-2008 09:27 PM  10 years agoPost 9
heli_n00bi3

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liquid cooling has made a comeback (used to popular in the mainframe world) because liquids generally transfer heat more efficiently, and less heat always means better performance.

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