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    Just a quick question!

    Whats better for FS2004?

    A Single intel 3.2 ghz processor or a 2.2ghz dual core processor, both with 2GB of ram and a sapphire 512MB graphics card, just that fs2004 to my knowledge only runs on 1 core so a dual core will be pointless, just that i am building a pc for fs2004, and im looking for a good configuration, if anyone can advice on a good spec please let me know, also apart from the sapphire, is there any other good graphics cards for around 40-50 running on PCI-E?

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    Hi Alex

    For FS2004 only I would go for the 3.2 processor but for general operation of the PC and other uses a Dual or Quad Core processor is the one to go for and for FSX I would go for the Dual or Quad Core Processor.

    You can get an Nvidia 8800 GTS card for about 70.00 in the UK which would be a little over your budget but my definate choose in the price range you mention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexpilot2008 View Post
    Whats better for FS2004?

    ... fs2004 to my knowledge only runs on 1 core so a dual core will be pointless...

    Cheers Guys!
    I don't really think so! On the FS computer normally a host of other programs can be running, system-support as well as FS add-ons. You can dedicate one core to FS, thereby having all these other programs use the second core. I believe that will certainly make some difference!

    Luck,
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    Quote Originally Posted by HansJansen View Post
    I don't really think so! On the FS computer normally a host of other programs can be running, system-support as well as FS add-ons. You can dedicate one core to FS, thereby having all these other programs use the second core. I believe that will certainly make some difference!

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    Hi Hans

    If you are only using the PC for FS2004 at the time then the processor load from Windows system functions are tiny compared to the FS2004 load (normally less than 1%)

    External addon programs can be affiliated to the second core for instance ActiveSky 6

    So in summary whilst you are correct Hans the reality is that in normal circumstances a faster clock speed on a single core processor will be better than a dual core at a significantly lower clock speed.

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    Cheers for the replies........

    I have the money to be able to buy a dual core or a single core, all i want is the best processor available for fs2004, i wont be using fsx for a long time, so id rather just concentrate on the fs2004.....

    1 of you saying single core, another saying dual core, i fully understand the pro's and con's for both but its hard deciding what i thinks going to be best, my FS2004 pc will be a dedicated pc only!

    Cheers!


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    Go for more cores.
    As you add hardware and other add-ons you will be suprised at how much CPU they use. As Hans said above and I've said before, set affinity on the add-ons and other hardware interfaces to the other core. That will leave FS9 with a core to run on by itself. That will give you overall better results than more clock speed. Its been tested and documented in a few forums now.
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    Cheers mate, im thinking of going for the dual core, it makes sence!

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