Recommended Hardware for P3D

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benilzha3
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Recommended Hardware for P3D

Postby benilzha3 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:29 pm

So I'm thinking about buying some new hardware specially for p3d.
As i haven't followed the hardware discussions for quite some time now I wonder which parts would be best to put in a new rig.

I need:

- Processor
- GPU
- Mainboard
- RAM



Thanks for the help!

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Re: Recommended Hardware for P3D

Postby Martyson » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:50 pm

@ benilzha3 ,

Are you thinking about building a PC or purchasing a name brand PC from a store?

Which P3D?

See P3D requirements here:
https://www.prepar3d.com/system-requirements/
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Vaughan Martell (KDTW)

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Re: Recommended Hardware for P3D

Postby benilzha3 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:30 pm

So I'm thinking about buying some new hardware specially for p3d. VidMate Mobdro word counterAs i haven't followed the hardware discussions for quite some time now I wonder which parts would be best to put in a new rig.

I need:

- Processor
- GPU
- Mainboard
- RAM



Thanks for the help!
Check your drivers, temps and any error code at reboot.

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Re: Recommended Hardware for P3D

Postby steelanod » Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:34 pm

Howdy everybody,

I as of late got some information about whether I ought to get Prepar3d. I was overwhelmed by the positive criticism it gets, yet in addition that I would require a greatly improved PC. Along these lines, quelle shock, I'm getting some information about the specs that you folks suggest. I'd prefer to know:

What processor: likely which i7?

What designs card?

The amount RAM?

In particular, (this is the touch I generally battle with) would you be able to suggest a particular motherboard?

On a last note, I am searching for a spending fabricate! Much obliged,

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Re: Recommended Hardware for P3D

Postby Aussie1234 » Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:26 pm

The simple answer is: The best PC you can afford.

P3d will continue to use all your hardware resources, particularly if you have all the sliders over to the right, requesting the highest quality detail, out to the horizon. As you do so, your frame rates will go down. If you don't have a fast machine (remember, most of the work is done on Core 0 in P3d) frames will suffer.

Your preferred GPU depends on what you are driving. If you have one 1920x1080 60hz screen, any basic 1Gb card will do. As you go up in screen resolution (ie 4K) and multiple monitors (4K x 2 etc), and higher refresh rates (eg. 144hz), you need to get a better card. To future proof your system (out to three years) it might be best to get a card slightly better than you require now. In the future, you may need more VRAM on board. Now that there are two main GPU manufacturers so you are going to get more personal choices on this forum.

The amount of RAM you need, depends again on the quantity of scenery you are loading at any one time (eg. angle of view), at what resolution, and at what frame rate. It is relatively cheap so I think most people would say minimum 16Gb even if it normally does not go higher than 6GB.

When you start adding complex add-on aircraft to your liking, plus add-on scenery, and accessories, weather programs etc., everyone's system is going to be different and you are going to get different suggestions. The idea is to reduce bottle necks from start to finish. Even in the best system, the owner will be looking how to open up the flow of data.

Keep researching, and good luck.

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Re: Recommended Hardware for P3D

Postby JorgenSA » Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:43 am

Aussie1234, allow me a quote:

"If you have one 1920x1080 60hz screen, any basic 1Gb card will do."

Sorry, not so. With P3D v. 4, you need at least a 2 GB card, with v. 5 at least a 4 GB card. And those are the absolute minimums.

In practice, you need much more VRAM, and especially as you add more add-ons. Even with the screen resolution as you mention and 4 GB VRAM, I run out of VRAM more often than I care about. And my settings are nothing to write home about.... ;-)

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Re: Recommended Hardware for P3D

Postby Aussie1234 » Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:18 pm

I apologize Jorgen,

You are quite correct. In my defense, I have been using quite a few versions of P3d (way back in V3, V4.0 days). I found that every time a new version came out, I was replacing and updating either my GPU, or motherboard and CPU, or building another PC. With P3d V4.0 you did start to need a 2GB card. Now 8GB is fairly normal.

(My current card is a RTX 2070 Super with 8GB and I am starting to feel inadequate :-) I retired a GTX1070 earlier this year. )

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Re: Recommended Hardware for P3D

Postby JorgenSA » Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:34 am

Aussie,

I also feel the VRAM pain.... ;-)

Jorgen
System: i7-7700K @ 4.66 GHz, ASUS Z170-A motherboard, 16 GB 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM, nVidia GTX 960 w/ 4 GB DDR5 VRAM, Windows 10 Home.

All views and opinions expressed here are entirely my own. I am not a Lockheed-Martin employee.

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Re: Recommended Hardware for P3D

Postby steelanod » Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:21 am

The simple answer is: The best PC you can afford.

P3d will continue to use all your hardware resources, particularly if you have all the sliders over to the right, requesting the highest quality detail, out to the horizon. As you do so, your frame rates will go down. If you don't have a fast machine (remember, most of the work is done on Core 0 in P3d) frames will suffer.

Your preferred GPU depends on what you are driving. If you have one 1920x1080 60hz screen, any basic 1Gb card will do. As you go up in screen resolution (ie 4K) and multiple monitors (4K x 2 etc), and higher refresh rates (eg. 144hz), you need to get a better card. To future proof your system (out to three years) it might be best to get a card slightly better than you require now. In the future, you may need more VRAM on board. Now that there are two main GPU manufacturers so you are going to get more personal choices on this forum.

The amount of RAM you need, depends again on the quantity of scenery you are loading at any one time (eg. angle of view), at what resolution, and at what frame rate. It is relatively cheap so I think most people would say minimum 16Gb even if it normally does not go higher than 6GB.

When you start adding complex add-on aircraft to your liking, plus add-on scenery, and accessories, weather programs etc., everyone's system is going to be different and you are going to get different suggestions. The idea is to reduce bottle necks from start to finish. Even in the best system, the owner will be looking how to open up the flow of data.

Keep researching, and good luck.

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