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What I have found over the years is that FS is more sensitive to CPU than to RAM or graphics. Meaning, if you only got $xx to put forth to make your simming better, get a better processor and motherboard.
Somewhere a few years back I read a great technical article on this stuff (I wish I had saved it) and it described why FS is CPU intensive. I guess an example would be if you want your FS airplane to reflect the sunlight off the skin of the metal airplane, its not as hard for the graphics card to make the sun-shimmery look as it is for the CPU to model and calculate when and where this is going to occur. Make sense??
when I use FS, I can also play MP3's on my computer with no problems (something I did not expect to be able to do). This means that I am obviously not nearly maxing out on RAM.
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Finally! Someone who agrees with me about FS and CPUs.
I'm tired of reading about how you have to sell your car to get a $9,000 video card with 7Gb of DDR but the old 486 is just fine.
Yes bluelake, you are right! Did everybody hear what bluelake said?