These are some basic
system specifications that you should be looking to meet if building a
system from scratch. John Kezele can also have one built for
you. E-mail or phone him for more information.
Good system recommendations that work well for X-Plane can also be
found at Sharky Extreme here:
If you want the very best, Nvidia has recently released their next
generation of hardware that blows everything else out of the
water. Check out this link:
The new 8800GTX currently outperforms any single, dual, or even
quadruple video card combination on the market!
You can ask a system builder to build you something similar or you can
buy a pre-built system from someone like Dell or Gateway that matches
the performance of these systems. Of greatest importance is the
video card. See the comments below on video cards. You
should not purchase anything of lower performance than that mentioned.
Basically the higher end systems will offer increased longevity but at
If you have an existing system, fear not, it can be upgraded using a
higher performance video card or by increasing the system RAM.
We've found that by increasing the RAM to 1GB and by using a high
performance video card on an old computer (1.7 GHz CPU in my case),
that the system can be made to run well with X-Plane.
Reommended New System Specs:
- CPU - Athlon 64 4200+ or Intel Core 2 Duo 6300 or better
- Motherboard - nForce680 chipset-based motherboard for
Athlon and Intel CPUs
- Memory 1 GB or higher
- Hard Drive 7200 RPM drives (SATA if possible)
- Video Card (lesser video cards will hurt your performance
no matter how fast it is otherwise)
- GeForce 6600GT or better, or the new GeForce 8800 series
cards if you can afford them)
If you want to do your own research, I recommend these web sites as
Current CH and Thrustmaster are the controls to have.
Thrustmaster doesn't seem to sell rudder pedals anymore but they work
with the CH rudder pedals apparently.