So I have an OLD Dell laptop that I have determined to be inadequate for Condor. I have a joystick and pedals purchased from and recommended by Cumulus Soaring. I like the feel (now that I took the spring out of the joystick). The pedals are just fine.
I have been researching a LOT about compatible systems and would prefer to keep with a laptop, but I am not married to the idea. What I have come to discover so far:
SSD is a plus
4 GB ram is plenty but 8 is better (?)
i5 or AMD (not sure of the AMD that would be sufficient)
GPU .... ahhhh this seems to be the biggest rub in the equation.
OS Windows 7 up to 10. 7 seems to be the preferred.
There seems to be some difficulty with getting a laptop NVIDIA GPU to be recognized by Condor and a lot of hoops to jump through to get it to work properly, if at all. Some have success and others seem to still have problems.
1. Do the same problems exist with desktop systems with NVIDIA GPU's? Does Condor just work better with desktops? (I have no problem going that way if it will save me the headaches.)
2. Windows..... Seems that there is some trouble with 8.1. Is 7 the way to go... is 10 alright???
3. Is there a preferred NVIDIA GPU?
I will be looking at used units first so I am just trying to get a sense of what to look for. And most important is my use of the system. I am primarily going to use it for training and solo task flying; don't plan on doing any online contest flying. I imagine that would keep the process needs down.
Is there anyone running a laptop setup that seems to be working well for them; is so, what?
Or if someone can get me into a desktop setup that won't break the bank I am open to that as well....
Any and all advice is greatly appreciated. (I just dodged a bullet on a laptop purchase I almost got stuck with