Just figured someone on the forum would have experience with flight sims, and in particular FS 2004. I'm not very savvy, but need to rig up a flight simulator for the museum we are building in Newton. We are replicating a 1929 Travel Air S6000B, which was America's first dedicated business aircraft, called "Smiling Thru". We will be using Golden Wings 3 with a Travel Air 6000 program from Golden Age Simulations.
The question I have, is what would be the system requirements to run this sim with fairly decent results? I've been told that 2GB RAM, 20 GB harddrive and an ATI graphics card, along with a feedback yoke would be a good start. Anyone who takes their simulations seriously have additional guidance?
I can't offer any flight simulation advice, but I know that generally a good video card will do wonders and make things run like silk. I'm not sure what's out there now, but the average video card these days would have about 128, maybe even 256 mb of video RAM, and high-end cards will have 512 mb. For Flight Simulator '04, I'm willing to bet you wouldn't need more than 128 mb, but more is always better, and with faster cards you're able to bump the settings up to the maximum without taking a performance hit.
It looks like a 2GB RAM and 130GB harddrive are the smallest I can get, anyway.
Anyone know how important having an ATI video card is?
If you are buying a new machine. Probably not important. The ATI video cards of a few years ago were the best, but the el cheapo's now adays are still better than the $300 cards of only a few years ago.
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