Transform my Dell XPS 8300 into a Flight Simulator machine?

Can the forum help me turn my father's Dell XPS 8300 (Mafn. Date: 10/17/2011) into something that can play the new Flight Simulator or is it a lost cause? Currently has:

CPU Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2300 CPU @ 2.80GHz
clock speed 2800.0 MHz
FSB speed 100.0 MHz
Motherboard: 0Y2MRG
Northbridge Intel Sandy Bridge rev. 09
Southbridge Intel H67 rev. B3
Memory Type 6GB DDR3
Video Card: No Dedicated video card
PSU: Stock 350W

Can I upgarde to an i7 and slap a decent video card in there with a PSU boost?

The cheapest (and easiest) route would probably be to get an Xbox.

The required gpu is practically the cost of a Series X since gpus are still overpriced right now.

Cheaperest and easierest: Subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (you should be able to find a $1-for-three-months deal still), and play Flight Simulator via Xbox Cloud Streaming.

merphle wrote:

Cheaperest and easierest: Subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (you should be able to find a $1-for-three-months deal still), and play Flight Simulator via Xbox Cloud Streaming.

Oh my, that's a great point.

I don't think Flight Sim has been added to Cloud yet.

Tasty Pudding wrote:

I don't think Flight Sim has been added to Cloud yet.

You are correct, my apologies. It’s on Game Pass, but not Cloud yet. Presumably it’ll be added at some point.

I wanted to use my current flight stick though, and it doesn't work with Xbox. Oh well. Thanks for the input!

Video cards are overpriced right now but the real hangup is actually getting your hands on a card. You gotta stock watch and wait for drops. Newegg has shuffles where you might get lucky but it's a long game thing where you have to keep entering the shuffle and hope to win a shot at a card.

Outside of the new flight simulator, what's the best I could do to buff that machine up? Stronger PSU? 16GB of RAM, what's the best i7 chip I can find on ebay and attach? I was watching some ebay auctions for used cards. What's a decent gaming card for this machine? A Dell admin recommended a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (back in 2017). Thank you!
http://www.findlaptopdriver.com/spec...

Whatever Ivy Bridge you can get your hands on.

The i7-4960X is the apex of what will work in socket LGA1155.

Yes to 16 GB ram.

No idea on the video card offhand, sorry. Really depends on your budget and what the game requires.

Minimum requirements for the new MS Flight Simulator:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200 or better.
RAM: 8 GB.
OS: Windows 10 64-bit.
VIDEO CARD: Radeon RX 570 or GeForce GTX 770 or better.
PIXEL SHADER: 5.0.
VERTEX SHADER: 5.0.
FREE DISK SPACE: 150 GB.
DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 2048 MB.

I think the system you have is pretty much a lost cause, outside of streaming from a cloud service like what was suggested. You'd need a new motherboard, new CPU, more RAM, a dedicated GPU with at least 2GB GDDR, and all of that would require a new power supply. So at that point you basically have a new system.

There are prebuilts, which I'd wager will run you about $1,000 to $1,200 for a system that could reliably run Flight Sim. The two main things would be to grab something with at least 16GB of RAM and either a GTX 1660 or an RX 570. An Xbox would certainly be the cheapest route.