The Complete Guide to Computer Aviation
by Steve Smith
Here's my idea of what you should be looking for at three different price points:
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HARDWARE IN ONE EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND CHART
|THE SYSTEM YOU WANT||DIAMOND JIM||MESO-MESO||LOW ROLLER|
|Speed||60MHz and up||33–100 MHz||16–33 MHz|
|RAM||16 Mb and up||4 to 8 Mb||2 to 4 Mb|
|Monitor||17-in. and up||15-in. VGA||14-in. B&W|
|Hard disk||400 Mb and up||80–200 Mb||60–80 Mb|
|Sound||Multimedia board(s)||sound board||None|
|Options||ThrustMaster, VGA-to-NTSC||Modern for multiply||None|
|Total||$3,000 and up||Under $2,000||Under $1,000|
One thing about hardware—no matter how much you've got, you'll always want just a little more. So my recommendations don't promise perfection, but they should be sufficient to keep your attention focused on the simulation and not fretting about what's under the hood.
Pack your chute; it's time to fly.
Gates Learjet 35A