Taking the plunge - upgrading my computer for the upcoming flight sims

Posted by David on September 20, 2008 03:52 PM

Box contents of the GeForce 8800GT from EVGAWith Over Flanders Fields (OFF) Phase 3 due in just several weeks (hopefully) and Rise of Flight possibly out for Christmas 2008, it's time to upgrade my computer!

I must admit that I've fallen far behind, and consequently that's prevented me from playing a lot of games in general.  I recently tried to install the demo of Bioshock on my machine, and everything looked good until I started playing the game.  There were little graphic sprites all over the screen, and barely anything could be made out.  I found out that my graphics card had a last-generation pixel shader, which made it completely impossible to play.  So I ended up getting an Xbox 360 just so I could play Bioshock and a few other games...

The one I have now isn't bad for general purpose use, and it's served me well these past four or five years.  In the time that's passed, dual and quad core setups have become popular, and games have just begun to utilize that technology.  Graphics cards have also made leaps and bounds into the realm of PCI Express, far past the capabilities of the AGP graphics card I currently have (ATI Radeon All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro, which wasn't made for gaming).

Above you can see my 8800GT which just came in.  Trouble is, I don't have the system to put it in yet!  I just played the order on Newegg today, and I'll be assembling it this week.  For a processor, I ended up getting a Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz, since I'll also be doing a lot of video editing on it, and quad cores will make things render at a very nice speed :)

I'm also buying TrackIR Pro - something else that has come on the scene since I've been absent.  Not too sure about the details, but I just know I need it.  Will I have to wear a funny-looking hat?  :P