Hi Curt,

(Going slightly off-topic here...)

On 28 Aug 2012, at 19:22, Curtis Olson wrote:

On Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM, Durk Talsma <durktals@gmail.com> wrote:
I'll certainly look into upgrading the CPU (+Motherboard) as well then...

I recently upgrade my primary PC (was forced to due to a hardware failure) and bought an AMD FX-6200 (6 x 3.8Ghz cores.)  That seemed to be somewhere on the "corner" of the price/performance curve which is usually where I try to aim.  (Beyond which higher performance starts costing a *lot* more.)

Sounds like an interesting option to check out. I'm also usually aiming for that point on the cost/benefits trade-off scale. 

I'm probably coming due for a new video card here too so I'm happy to hear what other people's experiences are.

I started building my own PC's again -- I went through 2 off-the-shelf PC's and they both were very disappointing and underperforming for FlightGear purposes.

Hmm, I know what you mean. I have a long tradition of building PCs from components myself. I do have one windows XP based system, which I bought off the shelf, with the intention of not fiddling with it myself. But, in the mean time I've replaced nearly every component except the case, harddrive, video card, and DvD unit. I bought the core of that system late 2003(!) and intend to keep it running for another year, so that some of the core systems reach the ten year mark. But, if I do need to upgrade my linux box, I might just as well replace the motherboard with the old one from my linux box... Hmmm....