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Old 03-05-2012, 10:17 AM   #1
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Hey Guys and Girls....and directly @ Flight Sim Gammers.

I have been trying to kick start my self to build a system for use with X-Plane 10, at full speed.
I was ready to go then a Geek Guy @ you know where told me the Intel i5 2500K I had planned around was a waste of money compaired to an AMD 8 core ?? somthing. Adding a very weak comment comparing Intel to AMD. So when I got back home I downloaded this:

X-Plane 10 requires, at the minimum,
■a 2 GHz, dual-core CPU,
■2 GB of RAM,
■a DVD-ROM, and
■a DirectX 9.0c-capable video card with 128 MB of on-board, dedicated video RAM (VRAM). See here for graphics card compatibility.

However, for the best experience, we recommend the following:
■a 3 GHz, multi-core CPU (or, even better, multiple processors),
■4 GB of RAM,
■a DVD-ROM, and
■a DirectX 10-capable (DX11 preferred) video card with 1 GB of on-board, dedicated VRAM.

X-Plane will take advantage of as many cores or distinct processors as you can afford. Having 16 cores split among 4 CPUs is not required by any means, but Version 10 would be able to use every one. No more than 4 GB of RAM is necessary, but the more VRAM you have, the better–X-Plane 10 can easily use 1.5 GB of VRAM at the maximum settings.

In order to use the full version of X-Plane, Disc 1 of the installation DVDs must be in your disc drive when launching the simulator. (This is not the case when using X-Plane for Professional Use; in that case, the USB key replaces the Disc 1 DVD.)

I can spend a $1000.00 up to $1200.00 w/o a monitor so can you help?

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Hi, quite the contrary, the Intel Core i5-2500 is faster than its competitors from AMD. Also, buying an 8-core CPU is a waste of money for running regular programs and games, as they don't use more than four cores. Take a look at our review here:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...PU-Review/1402

In summary, I definetly recommend you to go with a Core i5-2500.

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Gabriel,

Did you read this? Straight from the X-PLANE site

"X-Plane will take advantage of as many cores or distinct processors as you can afford. Having 16 cores split among 4 CPUs is not required by any means, but Version 10 would be able to use every one. No more than 4 GB of RAM is necessary, but the more VRAM you have, the better–X-Plane 10 can easily use 1.5 GB of VRAM at the maximum settings."

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Ah... This is different them, and depends on how much you can afford... If you want to build the ultimate machine, you could consider this baby here:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...PU-Review/1429

It has six cores with Hyper-Threading technology, so it will be recognized as 12 processors by your program.

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Thanks Gabe

Now if I can get you to give me some thoughts on multi core processors from AMD vs Intel. Is there a link I can use on site? As I have about $1200.00

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Ah, at this price range, the CPU I mentioned is out of the equation. Then you will need to decide between an 8-core AMD or a 4-core Intel with HT technology (making it to be recognized as 8-core by the operating system and programs). This review here is very interesting:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...PU-Review/1402

If I were you, I'd pick the Core i7-2600 (see review).

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