Back in 2009, I built a new PC with three goals in mind:
- Build something with the juice to run a Glide wrapper for Red Baron 3D (yeah, I'm an old dude - RB was what got me into building PCs back in the 90's)
- Build something that could run the new Rise of Flight sim well
- The PC had to run cool and quiet (over the previous 12 years, I'd grown tired of howling fans and I haven't grown any more tolerant)
The PC got built, but I never could get a Glide wrapper to work. Life got busy and I couldn't find the time to sit down and learn RoF. I've upgraded some of the components over the years and I've bought every plane and map in RoF as they came out.
It's pretty ridiculous. I've accumulated three TrackIR versions (1,3, & 4), two different HOTAS systems, a Playseat Fighter seat to mount them on, and I don't think I've spent more than 24 hours total trying to figure out the setups and to cruise a bit in SP. Sigh.
I'm like the guy who builds a 40-ft sailboat in his backyard, intending to sail to Tahiti, but can't seem to get it on the water.
Soooo - I'm at it again (pathetic, I know). It's starting to look like I might be able to get some time in now and then to see if I can still get off the ground. Before I invest in building a whole new system, I'd like to see what the old PC will do.
Here's what I currently have:
Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Deluxe – LGA 775 socket, Intel P45 / ICH10R Chipset, 2xPCI Express 2.0x16 slots
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16G, 65W, 1333 Mhz FSB, 6MB L2 Cache
CPU cooler: Noctua NH-U12P w/extra fan
RAM: 12GB – two Corsair 2GB DDR2-1066 , two Crucial 4GB DDR2-666 UDMM (added later)
Video card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 – 2048MB Memory (upgraded from a pair of HIS Radeon ICE 4850s)
Power supply: Antec True Power Quattro 850
Hard drives: Primary - Samsung 849 EVO 250 GB SSD drive, Storage: two 500 GB WD 16 MB Cache SATA2 7200 RPM in RAID 1
OS: Windows 10 Pro
Monitor: Samsung 2693 26”, 1920 x 1200, 5ms response time
TrackIR 4 w/TrackClip Pro
In all the years I've run this, I've never had a problem or felt the need to over-clock the CPU or GPU. It's run everything my boy has thrown at it like a champ (he's built his own now). The whole system runs cool, fast (for its age), and quiet at stock speeds.
My question has to do with a possible processor upgrade. I've heard rumblings on various forums that both RoF and the IL2-Sturmovik games benefit from running quad core (or more) processors.
I have found some refurbished Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz processors with 12MB Cache for Socket LGA775.
It has twice as much cache as my 3.16GHz Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale. It's a hair slower at stock clocks, but it has those extra cores. It's cheap, has a 30-day warranty, and it's got me thinking.
- Has anyone had any experience running a Core 2 Duo against a Core 2 Quad at the same speeds?
- Did you see any improvements with the Quad core running RoF?
- Would it be worth another $50 bucks to upgrade?
I'll be checking back here about once a week so don't feel slighted if I don't respond right away. Sorry for the long story and thanks your thoughts!