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Old 02-18-2014, 04:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question What Sim For Late 2012 iMac 21.5"?

I'd prefer something OS X native, however I could set up Windows via boot camp if need be.

I'm leaning towards X Plane however I'll have to buy a USB CD-ROM drive to do so (which is fine if necessary, just mentioning it). Also if I go this route I'm wondering if I should consider X Plane 9 over X Plane 10 for performance reasons?

Here are my specs:

21.5" iMac (Late 2012)
Intel Core i5 2.7Ghz
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 512 MB
8 GB RAM
1 TB HDD
OS X 10.9.1 Mavericks*
2 Attached 22" monitors plus built in for 3 total displays

*Again, boot camp will allow me to set up dual boot with either Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 (Please specify recommended Windows version if need be. I used Linux before getting into Macs so it's been a while since I've used Windows.) I'd prefer not using Windows at all unless absolutely necessary.
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Build a custom machine and load up windows
The only way to get a some real nice sim going.
I helped a friend build a rig couple of months ago - cost him $2000, but now he runs FSX and XPLANE with full settings without a single lag.
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Old 02-19-2014, 05:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Build a custom machine and load up windows
The only way to get a some real nice sim going.
I helped a friend build a rig couple of months ago - cost him $2000, but now he runs FSX and XPLANE with full settings without a single lag.
I'll definitely be doing that later this year but right now I don't have the space and just want something to put around in on my current machine. Eventually I want to hook one up with the seat and the nice controls and all that. I had considered getting a Mac Pro to hook up for a flight sim but that's probably an irresponsible waste of money. :-P

BTW, why use FSX? That's so old now isn't it? Did Ballmer have anything to do with killing it BTW? Maybe it'll come back?

I've simmed since Sublogic's Flight Simulator II BTW - on my Commodore 64 :-)

So anyway, given my specs what do you think? If I get X Plane should I get X Plane 10 and turn down the settings or X Plane 9? Would I get better performance on the same hardware with Windows?
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So I've settled on XPlane

I've decided on XPlane. To distill my current questions down:

Should I use the Mac version of Xplane or should I install Windows via bootcamp and use the windows version?
If Windows should I get Windows 7 or Windows 8.1?
Should I get Xplane 10 and turn settings down or get Xplane 9?

Or alternatively I could bootcamp Windows and use FSX? I guess I haven't settled then. :-P someone help me decide. My credit card is ready and operators are standing by. Lol
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You should definitely use the mac version of the XPlane if you are aiming for Mac.

As far as FSX being old - it's not,

Since Microsoft ditched the flght simulator, Lockheed Martin took over with the development.
It's called Prepar3D completely awesome - and beats XPLane
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From what I can gather from himself, Prepar seems to be the way to go, his system isn't gutsy enough for it at at the moment, so when he takes it to the flight sim show we go to each year, he reckons he's gonna be a bit of a dinosaur using FSX (actually, I'n not sure if he is using FSX or FS9 still), I know there is a lot of cursing coming from that direction when he is beta testing scenery for whatever company he tests for lol
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