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  1. What I like to do, is buy the 2nd card a couple years later when they are really cheap, for a low cost boost in performance.. It essentially makes it $400 cheaper to have the same performance as a new single card (if the games you play actually support it).. but yes, I would never buy two new cards at once, there isn't a cost benefit ratio with that.
  2. Hi Norz, I will be the first to admit that I have made an error.. While I can get Crossfire running, it has a tendency of showing weird graphic anomalies and is not always smooth. I do not know if there has been an update in drivers or software that is the reason for this change, or if I indeed missed something previously.. but after testing it recently, I can no longer recommend using crossfire with IL-2, it currently is not a worthwhile experience.
  3. I would recommend getting an open-back headset or pair of headphones if you aren't going to be using them in an area where you need to be super quiet, open-backs are superior to closed-back headphones for sound quality.
  4. Yes, a good computer is a lot cheaper now and also, lasts a lot longer.. As you are well aware of by trying to extend the life out of your Gateway. All a good thing for consumers like us.
  5. I would find anyone in your neighborhood that has a half decent gaming card and by them dinner for letting you swap it into your system. I once had an Nvidia card that ran like crap in almost every game, it was most definitely faulty. Even if your card isn't faulty it could be a driver or software related problem to that specific card, so even if you can put in a graphics card that isn't as good as a 1080 on paper, it might really help isolate what the problem is. Also, you could reinstall Windows on to one of your extra hard drives and with that fresh install, see if that fixes the problem.. If it doesn't, you can just plug your original hard drive back in so you don't really lose anything and it's not a big hassle.
  6. Pretty sure that micro-stutters are when textures and other graphical information are loading into VRAM or possibly items loading into conventional memory. I think you are barking up the wrong tree by looking at CPU optimization.
  7. Yeah the above posters give good advise.. I will add the question, you aren't planning on upgrading your monitor anytime soon? If you intend to run 1080p @ 60hz, you don't really need all that much. I would recommend getting a card that has some headroom above 60 fps (like a 1050 or 1060), as it's not necessarily nice playing right at your monitors refresh rate, especially as low as 60hz.. But on the flip side, if you get a 1080 ti or better.. you are probably wasting your money as that monitor doesn't need anything that good. Your CPU should be fine with any graphics card for most all games.. Though I would consider maybe bumping up to 16gb of ram sometime in the future.. It isn't necessarily a pressing upgrade though.
  8. Okay, I thought you had a Core 2 Duo or equivalent Pentium! Even though it is pretty old, a first gen Intel I series with a quad-core is a massive step up over a Core 2 Duo.. I say yeah, upgrade the card and see how it runs, you can always upgrade the rest of the computer afterwards if it isn't panning out.
  9. I dunno if I would put any more money into that rig, it's going to fall short in the other areas too, like the old dual-core pentium processor. I would consider trying to find a 2nd gen Intel I series with a quad-core cpu in it, like the 2400 i5 cpu.. Would be a very good bang for the buck pared with a new graphics card. You could also see if your Dell will take a Core 2 Extreme processor, I don't know if the motherboard will like it, but that would be a cheap upgrade.. Still not a great one though and might not really be worth the time putting new parts in a 10 year old computer. As an example, something like this would be light years ahead of your current system and relatively close to the newer machines.. Still very capable of running IL-2 and not much more than $100, just add a small hard drive and use the Windows COA on the side.. Just a thought. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-ThinkCentre-M91p-Intel-Quad-Core-I5-2400-3-1-GHZ-8GB-RAM-NO-HDD/273068352011?hash=item3f9424620b:g:6nAAAOSwjXRXaEzP:sc:FedExHomeDelivery!53719!US!-1 Best of luck!
  10. Not running 4K but an ultrawide with a resolution of 3840x1600, so probably the next thing closest to 4k. I picked up a second R9 Fury (Bought my original one 3 and a half years ago I think) off of ebay for $110 and now run them in crossfire. Max settings at that resolution usually yields somewhere around 90-100 fps.. So IL-2 is handling the crossfire setup really well.. I would guess a similar nvidia based SLI setup would work really well too and may be a way to get the performance you want at a cheap cost. Do I recommend dual gpu solutions? No not really.. a lot of games do not run properly with 2 cards, they have a large power draw, require a good PSU and can be VERY finicky.. But if you already have one card that is somewhat adequate, adding the same card from the used market a few years later might be a cheap and very cost effective solution instead of spending $800 on a new card.
  11. I also have one of those Saitek throttle quadrants, it came with a few different levers, I think the default Cessna looking stuff and then some black handles that would look more at home in a jumbo jet.. Point being that they are interchangeable, so you would have to see what the base of those handles look like and try to make those accurate in a 3d printing program with the new knobs, easy enough to pop on some custom ones if they were done well.
  12. I think the high bandwith memory is very underrated and not many understand it properly. For one thing, I believe it greatly decreases stuttering and micro-stuttering.
  13. That's not a direct comparison, because an analog headset is only part of the equation where a USB headset is an all-encompassing solution. With a USB headset you are taking a digital source and sending it out to the sound device which is USB, which is also digital.. and then the analog conversion is done in the USB sound device to the headset (to your ears). There is nothing to interfere with, really nothing to go wrong.. You would refer to USB headsets as being digital even though the output to the speakers in the ear cups are not, but the term digital is a good enough general term for such devices. Analog headphones that have a 1/4 or 1/8 inch jack are only a small part of the sound system in a gaming setup. You are taking digital audio (from the game) running it through the sound card, converting it to an analog signal and then sending it to that microphone jack on the back where the headphones are picking up that analog signal. Also, the sound card will be amplifying the signal from the source and driving the headphones. Sound cards that have poor amplification, headphone or speaker amps that are poor, or expensive headphones that require a powerful amp, can all sound very poor if not driven properly. Also, some sound cards or devices may give interference and noise on an analog connection for a number of reasons, usually some of the poorer quality or older sound cards or onboard sound will do this. It sounds like you need to do some more studying.. but I will say that all the best headphones will be analog and not USB, as all the best headphones out there are not specifically designed for gaming over USB devices. Sure there are some adequate USB gaming headsets that many will find to sound pretty good but I don't think any will be comparable to a high quality set of headphones.. and probably most of the better gaming headphones that have an analog connection are based off of mid-range or better music type headphones (mostly talking about Sennheiser here). If it's worth spending the extra coin on hearing a bunch of bullets and engine noises... Well that's up to you.
  14. I have some Sennheiser gaming headphones that are good but if I did it again, I would probably do what Soarfeat says and just get regular Sennheisers or something of a good audio grade and add the mic to it. There are a couple different microphone options out there that really do a good job of bringing audio headphones in line with gaming headsets. Stay away from Razer, it's just gimmicky stuff with poor sound quality. I think virtual surround sound is great if done right, your mileage will vary depending on what is being used. I have an older Sound Blaster X-Fi that has a virtual 5.1/7.1 surround sound mode that will work with any pair of cans that you can plug into the 1/8th inch jack. This is nice because you can upgrade your headphones or use them for other devices and still know you will have good surround sound down the road. Do I think sound cards have a big benefit for other things this day in age? No a sound card will have some minor quality improvements over the onboard realtek stuff, a lot of it unnoticeable to the ear.. but I do think having a good virtual surround sound program is worth it. You can pick up old sound blaster cards really cheap too.. Of course you get these effects when using a surround sound USB headset because the USB device is essentially the sound card.. but again, it's nice to be able to upgrade the headphones and keep your surround sound the same as before. If you are looking for a good external headphone amp with a good surround sound system many say the Sennheiser GSX 1000 is the best, but it's not a very cheap solution. Also, one thing of important is headphone type.. Open back vs closed back. If you game by yourself and don't have any people around you that are going to get annoyed with a little noise bleed, open backs are arguably better.. They have a wider more natural sound stage, which is ideal for the surround sound and pinpointing the location of your enemies, etc. If you are in a noisy environment though, you will hear what's going on in the real world very easily. Closed back headphones generally offer a little bit more base but have less clarity as well as smaller sound stage. A lot of gaming headsets are closed back because at lansand e-sport tournaments you don't want to hear all the noise coming out of the ear cups when you are gaming in close proximity with other people.. Same for being on the bus or living in a dorm room.. Closed back headphones primary purpose is for keeping them quiet to the outside world as well as isolating you from the noise of the outside world. My 2 cents.
  15. Only issue with most 4k TV's is the input lag and latency.. Though I know some of the better onnes are getting pretty close to monitor specs. If 4x Super Sampling is equal to 4K, then what would 2x be? I suppose it's easy to look up. I figured 2x would mean 2 pixels rendered for every 1 pixel of what the display is, which would be 3840 x 2160, also known as 4K. You are doubling the horizontaland the vertical resolution. Maybe that's not right and 2x could be something like 1.5 pixels down-sampled to 1 pixel? That doesn't divide into 1 correctly but maybe it looks OK. I know a lot of games have what I think they call "oversampling" and you can set it to an array of percentages, over and under 100% (native resolution) to give a sharper image, so it's possible that weird numbers and percentages look OK with super sampling. But I mostly agree.. If you spend a grand on the fanciest video card and are running a 1080p monitor that has a basic refresh rate, you are wasting your money and know amount of Super Sampling will make up in image quality for what you spent on the card.
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