Which FS?

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Hi Apart from a brief flirtation with flight sim 95 years back i haven`t had much contact with flight sims. I would like to give one a go and would like some advice on what to start with. Would FS2002 be ok to start with or should i go straight to FS 2004? I am currently running a Dell Dimension 4600 with a 3.0Ghz Pentium 4 with 512 MB of RAM and a 128MB graphics card. Any help and advice welcomed.
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If you are able to upgrade your PC do so and hold out for FS-X due out next month. If not then I'm afraid you're pretty much stuck with FS2002 or FS2004. The former will runn better on your machine with it's current specs. I wouldn't run FS2004 with less than 1024Mb RAM. What type of graphics card do you have ? Bruce
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Mind you the FSX demo could well convince you there is little point in waiting for the new product. It seems very little improved. Pick up a copy of FS2004 from e-bay if I were you, or better still UBIsofts Pacific Fighters. Moggy
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Thanks for the advice from what i have read about FS X i wouldn`t consider trying it until it had been out a while . `Lectra my graphics card is a Geoforce. I am not interested in flying airliners just G A really, would this make a difference as to which FS to get?

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FS-X is actually much improved over FS2004, however the minimum specs requireed to run the new sim are significantly increased. stangman, FS2004 will run on your machine but it's far from the ideal specification. You might also want to consider playing with X-Plane (http://www.x-plane.com) Bruce
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FS-X is actually much improved over FS2004, Bruce
I certainly didn't get that impression from the demo. Same old, same old. Moggy

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Moggy, Based on the demo only I'd agree, however there a number of features that haven't been seen before - at least not without additional add ons. Such as the ability to fly multiplayer 'sharing' the same cockpit. A multiplayer ATC element is also supposed to be included in the final version Once again though the improved graphics mean hardware upgrades for the majority of us - but they are much improved. Take a look at the deault Beaver for example, smooth guages and much better VC than any of the default aircraft in previous versions. I've got mixed feeling about the new look water though. It looks great on a high end PC and the reflections are really clever however the choice for lower spec PCs is either poor performance or (very) poor looking water textures with no middle ground. I guess only time will tell and for me that time will have to be be after I've upgraded my desktop PC Bruce