Saturday, March 21, 2009

Is this computer good enough

Is this computer good enough?
I am planning on buying an Alienware desktop called "Aurora". It is the cheapest desktop I could find on their website at $799.00. My dad, an I.T. worker and computer nut, says that is cheap for Alienware anything. Either way, I just want this computer to play games such as Flight Simulator X, Falcon 4.0 Allied Force, and other flight simulators. Below are the specifications of the "Aurora" and below that are the specifications of the flight simulators I'm interested in playing. "Aurora": PROCESSOR: AMD® Athlon™ X2 5200+ 2.7GHz Dual Core 2 x 512KB L2 Cache POWER SUPPLY: Alienware® 750 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply GRAPHICS CARD: Single 512MB GDDR3 ATI® Radeon® HD 4850 MEMORY: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 2 x 1024MB MOTHERBOARD: Alienware® Approved AMD® 790FX Motherboard O.S.: Windows Vista® Home Premium with Service Pack 1 – DirectX 10 Ready! HARD DRIVE: 250GB SATA 3Gb/s 7,200RPM 16MB Cache Flight Simulator X: Minimum- System: 1.0 Ghz or equivalent RAM: 256 MB Video Memory: 32 MB Hard Drive Space: 14000 MB Recommended- System: 3.6 GHz CPU or equivalent RAM: 2048 MB Video Memory: 512 MB Hard Drive Space: 14000 MB Falcon 4.0 A.F.: Minimum- System: P4 1.5GHz or equivalent Video Memory: 64 MB Hard Drive Space: 1536 MB Recommended- System: P4 2.4 GHz or equivalent Video Memory: 128 MB OTHER: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU (2x 2666Mhz) or equivalent (Core 2 Quad CPU recommended) 2 GB RAM DX9 Graphic Card with at least 256 MB (512 MB strongly recommended) I would like to have the recommended requirements but if you think there is no noticeable difference between what the computer has and the recommended requirement do not list it. Otherwise, if there is something I NEED to have for the recomended requirements, please tell me what I need to replace and what the difference will be if I don't. Thank you in advance!
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1 :
I think you're getting ripped off at that price, honestly, but it's got your reqs.
2 :
Ok here's what those numbers mean. Minimum is what is required for the computer to run the application without crashing. As such you would not be able to play the game on minimum. Recommended is well... what they recommend playing it at. Typically if you have less then the recommended then you would have to throttle down the graphics and such.
3 :
The Aurora blasts away the recomended settings for the games. except for one thing. you match the recommended settings for ram on Flight Simulator X. The Aurora will run just fine, besides you get to tweak in game settings. go for it.
4 :
Yes, it will play those flight sims with no problem. Thats actually a damn good pc for that price
5 :
i think it's not worth the money because: 1. it's vista premium SP1 ( a big no no) 2. windows vista basic takes up 1 gig of ram alone with nothing running and that computer has 2 gigs but imagine how things will run on that windows vista premium... not so good 3. it has plenty of hard drive space and a dual core processor (pretty powerful) it may do a decent job. i suggest either getting a RAM upgrade or if you can find that model with Windows XP installed instead to save RAM for faster computing.

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