Alright alright, so it may finally be time to upgrade.
You’ve all seen my pity-party posts about how much computer parts cost here in Canada, and nothing has changed. They are ridiculously expensive due to exchange rate (well aware some other countries also have this problem). HOWEVER! I have not flown in forever because I am tired of sub 20 fps lack of real-time simming, or just plain bland visuals because my system is too elderly to get it up anymore.
So. Here’s the spiel.
gtx 770 4gb
asus p8p67pro mobo
samsung 256gb ssd (can’t remember if it’s the evo or pro, 840 or 850 or whatever but it works like a charm)
A week ago I upgraded to the i7 7700k from an overclocked i5 2500k, and I’m not entirely sure it was worth the cost. To be fair, I haven’t overclocked the 7700k yet though.
Maybe try out that 1080 in your existing rig first, and then decide where to go from there?
That’s interesting, will keep that in mind. Though with x-plane, the 2600k cpu is already sluggish.
You’re really not noticing a big difference from a 5 year old i5 to the latest i7? or just not a perceived big enough difference for what you paid? I’ve seen similar comments from those who had a 4970 or the 6700 obviously, but first time I’ve seen that from an i5-2500. Definitely curious.
I haven’t benchmarked it, but no, not much percieved difference really. I guess it comes down to the similar single core speeds, as few games take advantage of multiple cores.
I primarily upgraded for better VR performance in DCS, but while it does keep the fps above 45 most of the time, it still dips down to 30ish over cities. So, it did help, but not as much as I had hoped for. I’m certainly left wondering if the money wouldn’t have been better spent on a 1080…
My new system is pretty much what the Rhino is considering. I will say that I have run into nearly zero performance limits with any sims I own. The only instance was DCS. I turned civilian traffic off and it run as smoothly as the rest.
I could talk to you about relative video cards or processors and whatnot, but it really is besides the point Rhino. Your talking about it here and I have heard it in your voice when we play online. You are not happy with your current system. This is your hobby.
If money is tight get the video card. If you can lay the whole amount down, even though it will mean being tight for awhile, do it.
I avoid plugging peripherals into my motherboard USB ports. Instead I have some powered USB hubs plugged in, and I use those for connecting devices. Too much static in my place - I popped a MB USB chip at least once.