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I have been asked buy my flying club to build a dedicated PC to run a flight simulator program called Condor- The Competition Soaring Simulator. It is an old program DX7 but has lots of High Definition Scenery's that are demanding! Its something like Microsoft Flight Simulator X but quite as resorse hungry.

My budget is $500 for MB, 6 to 8 gigs of ram, GPU, CPU, Case and PSU! I already have donations of SATA HDs and Cooler Masters V10. Not a lot I know but I have a plan!

I am looking a used hardware and I think I can get the following within my Budget.

1. i7 920 D0 stepping about $75
2. X58A-UD3 about $100
3. 3x2 gigs of good DDR3 1600mhz About $75
4. GTX 580 About $200
5. Big High Airflow case About$40
6. 850 watt PSU About $75

Thats $525.

The great thing about this is that my own PC is very similiar so OCing it will be no problem
I would be looking for about 3.6 ghz or so.

My question is Does it make sense to go this route or does anyone have a better strategy to get this kind of performance within this budget?
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the minimum requirements?
The minimum required hardware and software for enjoying Condor is:

OS: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 (Apple computers can use Condor via Boot camp)
Processor: +1 GHz (non-Celeron)
Memory: 256 MB
Graphics card: DX7+ compatible video card with at least 64 MB memory
DirectX and all drivers up to date.

As usual, better the hardware, better the experience.
http://www.condorsoaring.com/support.htm

from their forum
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Recommended system
- 1.5 GHz CPU or higher
- 512 Mb RAM or more
- 128 Mb nVidia or ATI graphics card
- DirectSound compatible sound device
- Force feedback joystick and rudder pedals


GTX 580 seems overkill tongue.gif
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Looks ok to me. Power supply is a touch overkill.

Not sure how resource hungry a dx7 title would actually be on modern hardware.
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Thanks, Just wanted to run it by the experts. before I proceed.
Would a 650watt PSU do the trick? and a GTS 450. I already have those!
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Originally Posted by Avidean View Post

Thanks, Just wanted to run it by the experts. before I proceed.
Would a 650watt PSU do the trick? and a GTS 450. I already have those!
If it's a good 650W then yeah, it'll be fine. Quality is more important than wattage so make sure it is a quality unit.
If you can get a GTX 580 for $200 then get it, even if it's overkill for your needs. You may want to play some more demanding games as well, you never know.
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i would go with the 580 as well, for $200 its not bad price for a nice card.
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