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  1. From that list, it's undoubtedly the Dell i5577-5328BLK-PUS. It has a GTX 1050, which is the only reasonable GPU on that list. However, it has a hard drive instead of an SSD, meaning that you will spend most of your time staring at loading screens. Also, 8 GB RAM is rather marginal. I can't really recommend any gaming laptop around $600 for DCS. At that price, many sacrifices must be made. Could you increase your budget or get a desktop instead? A desktop would give far better performance for the same price. If you must get a laptop, you should look for the following components as a minimum: GTX 1050 i5 or i7 (preferably -HQ model) 16 GB RAM 256 GB SSD For good performance, a better graphics card (GTX 1060) is desirable.
  2. With a resolution that high, the GPU is certainly the right thing to upgrade. Waiting until new graphics cards are released would also be smart. The 4790K is still very capable, especially if overclocked. You should search for an overclocking guide specific to your motherboard. It's really quite easy to learn if you find good instructions. However, you might not see a large CPU effect, even with a 1080 Ti.
  3. Intel has a huge advantage over AMD in single-threaded performance. In certain games, this is very important. The small improvement with the new AMD parts will not close the gap. For the best gaming performance, Intel will still be the only option. Of course, this doesn't diminish the great value of Ryzen for gamers outside these marginal situations.
  4. Look at reviews. Raw specs have little meaning for laptops. Pay attention to cooling. Most laptops will not maintain their advertised boost speeds due to thermal throttling. Think about the display quality. Look at features such as G-Sync and refresh rate. On a relatively small display, 1080p at 120 Hz might feel better while gaming than 1440 or 4K at 60 Hz.
  5. Yes, the good refresh rate and response time are very helpful even without G-SYNC. Whatever you do, just don't settle for a standard 60 Hz panel. Everyone constantly talks about graphics cards, but they're really quite useless without a proper display.
  6. Indeed, it's only really visible in marginal situations. With hardware of your calibre, G-SYNC might never be particularly relevant at certain resolutions.
  7. As far as I understand, G-SYNC doesn't insert duplicate refreshes until well below 50, according to my experience and this source https://www.blurbusters.com/gsync/gsync101-input-lag-tests-and-settings/2/.
  8. Yeah, G-Sync is great if you're willing to pay a few hundred dollars more for the monitor. With G-Sync enabled on a 144 Hz monitor, frame rate fluctuations aren't very noticeable all the way down to about 45 fps. You don't get the jarring stutter typical of fixed-rate displays whenever the frame rate drops below the monitor's refresh rate.
  9. As long as the aircraft fits a military context, there is nothing wrong. I think the training progression from Yak-52 to jets is quite interesting. A real question that warrants discussion is the addition of civilian aircraft that have no military applications.
  10. I have not experienced this problem. Have you tried deleting the relevant DCS input config files to start fresh?
  11. Yes, most gamers use pre-built desktops or laptops. These haven't been affected much by the recent price increases. It might be a bad time to build your own PC, but gaming in general isn't threatened yet. A very serious event such as war in Korea would be needed for that.
  12. No problem. I'm sure that you'll enjoy 2.5 when you try it. Be sure to carefully check the graphics settings after installing. Some settings are rather counterintuitive because they hurt performance for little to no visual benefit. A nice guide can be found at https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=202092. I'm quite sure you'll get adequate performance. With some tweaking, I was able to get a good result on similar hardware.
  13. Your current computer is adequate for DCS 2.5 at 1080p with high settings. Don’t feel pressured to upgrade. If you must upgrade 32 GB of RAM will not give you additional performance. 16 GB will be enough. The recent reports of excessive memory usage are the result of a bug. 160 GB will be enough space for now. Another SSD is not needed. GTX 1080 Ti would give you the biggest performance improvement and the ability to play at the highest settings with higher resolutions. However, current graphics card prices are very high thanks to crypto. A new PSU is not necessary as your power consumption won’t significantly increase with a graphics card upgrade. However, you might want to upgrade for peace of mind. Note that 1000W is rather excessive. A quality 750W unit would be more than enough. Right now, inflated graphics card prices make pre-built computers rather attractive. If you want to do that, go ahead. If you want to use such a computer for many years, it may be beneficial to wait until the release of new Nvidia GPUs. DCS often depends on single-thread CPU performance. Therefore, look for computers with ‘K’ CPUs and ‘Z’ chipset motherboards. These will allow you to maximize CPU performance through overclocking. ‘GDDR6’ will be for graphics cards. DDR4 will not be replaced soon. At 1080p, DCS really isn't all that demanding. It may be good to consider a monitor upgrade so that the expensive hardware that you plan to buy can achieve its full potential.
  14. Yeah, the ideal solution is real mirrors with the option to only show the skybox. At higher resolutions, I can't afford mirrors without sacrificing other settings. However, grey or frozen mirrors are very ugly. The skybox is an excellent compromise. Hard to notice that it isn't an actual mirror without looking closely. I don't think I've ever spotted a bandit on my six in the mirror. After WWII, speeds are just too high for them to be useful.
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