Seeking Advice on Flight Sim Platform

Folks,

I'd really appreciate some advice on what CPU, Mobo, Video, Memory and Case I should consider for building a PC for using Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX). Ideally, I'd like components that will allow me to turn up all of the scenery settings to the highest levels, to make the experience as life like as possible.

I was thinking along the lines of an i7 based system, but open to any ideas.

Thanks very much in advance!
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  1. You should definitely get a quad for FSX.

    If you have the cash, I suggest something like this:
    http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/AddToCart.aspx?Submit=ADD&ItemList=Combo.147174
    That is, Asus P6T + 6 GB of Corsair DDR3, for $480. Combine that with a i7 920.

    If the i7 system costs too much, something like Q9550 + GA-EP45-UD3P + this 4GB kit of DDR2-800
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209

    is almost as good and costs about $250 less.

    There's a PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W at newegg for $70 after rebate. Get it, it's an incredible price for that PSU.

    Add a HD 4870 1GB or GTX 280 or even HD 4870 X2, whatever you can afford. Maybe a HD 4870 1GB now and another later, if you're blowing the budget.

    Case: NZXT Tempest if you like blue lights. RC-690 if you don't.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146047&Tpk=NZXT%20tempest

    If you learn how to overclock, that will help in FSX. For the i7 build, get the Noctua NH-U12P for LGA1366 from www.frozencpu.com.
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8432/cpu-noc-12/Noctua_NH-U12P_SE1366_CPU_Heat_Sink_Socket_LGA_1366.html
    For the Q9550 build, a Xigmatek HDT-S1283 would be good. If you don't intend to overclock, you don't need to buy an after market CPU cooler.
  2. +1 for a Quad for FSX. +1 for the PSU also (over kill, but for $70 come on!). +1 for the ATI 4870, BUT you might be able to get by with a 4850/4830 depending on the resolution you play at.
  3. fsx is a cpu dependent game, get an 8800gt if your mostly going to play fsx on it. Resolution does NOT affect perfromance more than ~1-3fps so an 8800GT is almost overkill but less would be crazy for other games. i suggest:

    i7 920

    Asus P6T

    6GB DDR3 1333MHz

    8800GT - For other games i suggest a 9800GTX at the least or a 4850

    a 750w psu

    EDIT: the 8800 ULTRA is the best video card for fsx accroding to a few benchmarks, but only about 3-4fps over 8800gt


  4. i7 920-940-965 don't really overpower the Yorkfield quads (Q9550 OC'd to 3.2Ghz for example)
    Benchmark above using HD 4870/1GB GPU from SimHQ i7 review
    FSX is CPU dependent but it doesn't spread the work equally across 4 CPU cores. The majority of work is done in one thread and some of the background activities are offloaded to other threads/cores.

    Since the i7 CPUs also overclock nicely you won't lose any FSX performance going with i7 and you'll have its advantages in other software and games.
  5. Thanks guys... With regards to the i7. Which clock speed makes the most sense? 2.66 or 2.9? Can I safely overclock the 2.66 to about the same speed as the 2.9?

    Thanks!
  6. you can o/c the i7 920 easily to 2.9
  7. You should be able to get the i7 920 from 2.66Ghz to ~3.2Ghz without having to increase any voltages.
  8. Frankly, at current prices, the i7 920 is the only i7 I'd consider.

    That is, $300 for a 2.66GHz i7 920 is acceptable IMO.
    $570 for a 2.93 GHz i7 940 is not acceptable - almost the same speed for almost twice the price. The i7 965 at $1012/3.12 GHz is even worse bang for the buck.
  9. aevm said:
    Frankly, at current prices, the i7 920 is the only i7 I'd consider.

    That is, $300 for a 2.66GHz i7 920 is acceptable IMO.
    $570 for a 2.93 GHz i7 940 is not acceptable - almost the same speed for almost twice the price. The i7 965 at $1012/3.12 GHz is even worse bang for the buck.

    exactly
  10. ryanb213 said:
    you can o/c the i7 920 easily to 2.9

    Correction, you can OC it to 2.9Ghz VERY easily. ;)
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