I'm in the process of stating to put together a list of components for a new PC that will hopefully run FSX well and at the higest detail levels possible.
I've been asking advice from various people in the know regarding the latest hardware, but I thought I'd also ask the FSX users here for their thoughts and advice.
Now, it seems as far as the CPU/MB/RAM go, I've been advised of something along these lines:
CPU : Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 LGA775 'Yorkfield' 2.83GHz 12MB-cache (1333FSB)
MB : Asus P5Q Pro Intel P45 (Socket 775)
RAM : 2 X G.Skill 4GB DDR2 PQ PC2-8000C5 (2x2GB) CAS5 Dual Channel Kit
Cooler : Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler (Socket AM2/LGA775)
CPU : As above
MB : Asus Rampage Formula Intel X48 PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
RAM : GeIL 8GB PC2-6400C4 800MHz
Cooler : Tuniq Tower 120 CPU Cooler
Whilst I could spend extra £££ on the Quad Q9650 3.0GHz 'Yorkfield', I wonder if it's worth it, as it seems the Q9550 overclocks past 3.0GHz well.
As for the GFX card, I plan on getting a 24" monitor, and have been advised to go for either the GeForce GTX 280, or Radeon HD 4870 X2 series of cards. Now, I did read a review at (I think) Tom's Hardware comparing these two cards, and it seems that the GTX 280 actually got better FPS in FSX than the HD 4870 X2.
In view of this, I've had my eye on the BFG GeForce GTX 280 OCX 1024MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI, which although pricey, has the fastest core clock in the series which is important for FSX.
So, what do you think?
Are the components above good enough to run FSX at high detail levels and good FPS?
And is the GTX 280 OCX a better choice than the HD 4870 X2?