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Hello. I'm extremely new at gaming computers, and I was wondering what would make Flight Simulator X run faster. The game is pretty laggy with mediocre graphics. I want something that will fit my needs. Nothing too powerful. Less than $800. Something that will last long. Or do I need a new processor? Any suggestions?

Oh, and by the way (off topic), what can I use a server for (simple first gen Dell PowerEdge)? Oh, and do you people know of any rare processors or graphics cards? I never owned anything rare. Except these Gemini Jets 1/400 airliners. They're uncommon. And another thing: I have $100 to spend. What should I get out of this list?:
  • Old Clone Pentium 4 computer to use as a testbed ($39)
  • Intel Galileo ($45)
  • Dell PowerEdge server (depends on configuration, ~$50 my way)
  • (Your suggestions)
Any help is appreciated! I'm a noob at PC gaming.
Edited by lazyfortress - 2/18/16 at 5:22pm
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Not knowing what computer you're playing on now and hence if it's upgradable or if any of it's parts could be reused, for a replacement I'd suggest a used Dell Optiplex 755. Dell sold massive quantities of these in the business market configured as desktop "appliances" - slow dual core processors, minimal memory and on board video. They are now showing up on eBay and being resold by computer recyclers dirt cheep, like $25 or even less..

Computer $25
Add a quad core CPU (q9500 - $25)
8 gigs of memory (2 x 4 gigs DDR2 800 - $15-$25),
1 TB drive ($40)
Video card with a gig of memory ($25)

And for a less than $150 you have a desktop screamer.. I run Solidworks on such a machine. so FS shouldn't be a problem. You can even add a cheep SSD if you want.

I'm currently building my fifth such computer. Two for me and three for friends.

...just a thought.
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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

Not knowing what computer you're playing on now and hence if it's upgradable or if any of it's parts could be reused, for a replacement I'd suggest a used Dell Optiplex 755. Dell sold massive quantities of these in the business market configured as desktop "appliances" - slow dual core processors, minimal memory and on board video. They are now showing up on eBay and being resold by computer recyclers dirt cheep, like $25 or even less..

Computer $25
Add a quad core CPU (q9500 - $25)
8 gigs of memory (2 x 4 gigs DDR2 800 - $15-$25),
1 TB drive ($40)
Video card with a gig of memory ($25)

And for a less than $150 you have a desktop screamer.. I run Solidworks on such a machine. so FS shouldn't be a problem. You can even add a cheep SSD if you want.

I'm currently building my fifth such computer. Two for me and three for friends.

...just a thought.

I don't understand this.. how are you getting these?

I guess getting the 1TB and 8GB Ram isn't that bad for $25
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Originally Posted by daunow View Post

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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

Not knowing what computer you're playing on now and hence if it's upgradable or if any of it's parts could be reused, for a replacement I'd suggest a used Dell Optiplex 755. Dell sold massive quantities of these in the business market configured as desktop "appliances" - slow dual core processors, minimal memory and on board video. They are now showing up on eBay and being resold by computer recyclers dirt cheep, like $25 or even less..

Computer $25 -eBay
Add a quad core CPU (q9500 - $25) eBay
8 gigs of memory (2 x 4 gigs DDR2 800 - $15-$25), Craig's List
1 TB drive ($40) Microcenter
Video card with a gig of memory ($25) Ebay

And for a less than $150 you have a desktop screamer.. I run Solidworks on such a machine. so FS shouldn't be a problem. You can even add a cheep SSD if you want.

I'm currently building my fifth such computer. Two for me and three for friends.

...just a thought.

I don't understand this.. how are you getting these?

I guess getting the 1TB and 8GB Ram isn't that bad for $25
Also, Goodwill and The Salvation Army have great deals on monitors, mice, and keyboards.
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Also, Goodwill and The Salvation Army have great deals on monitors, mice, and keyboards.

Just with the nature of keyboards and mice, and the fact that they are insanely cheap, im not sure I would buy mice there. I might pick up a keyboard if it had switches I liked. But you are absolutely right on monitors. Got many monitors there over the years for less than 10 bucks.
   
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WD 4TB Red in RAID 1 WD 4TB Red in RAID 1 ICY DOCK DuoSwap MB971SP-B Fits 5.25" Bay allo... LG WH14NS40 14x SATA Blu-ray Internal Rewriter 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit LINUX KXStudio AOC i2769Vm 27-Inch Screen IPS Monitor AOC i2769Vm 27-Inch Screen IPS Monitor 
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AOC i2769Vm 27-Inch Screen IPS Monitor BENQ GW2250 +1 Monitor Easymountlcd Triple Monitor Stand (002-0019) Homemade Extension and vesa mount for +1 Monitor 
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Top - CM Storm QuickFire TK (Red) Bottom - CM ... EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2 - 80 Plus Gold Corsair Carbide Series 400R Cooler Master Storm Inferno 
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I meant that the cheap computer would be my testbed computer. The expensive stuff is for my soon-to-be gaming computer. typer.gif
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