Need Advice on System for Flight Simulation and Video/Photo Editing



SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Flight Simulation (x-plane, msfs), hd video editing, photo editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, external drives

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Whatever offers good prices and is reliable


1 Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM

1 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

1 XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

1 Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with ...

1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

1 Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998691 -

1 XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler

1 Crucial CT128M225 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) -

1 GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

1 Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

1 Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

MOBO/CPU/CASE Price $673.99

Subtotal: $1,976.21
Shipping: $33.20
Grand Total: $2,009.41




1. Am I nuts for considering the 128GB SSD given its cost? How much difference does this make?
2. Is there anything about this setup that will make it unusually difficult to install for a newbie? This is my first build. My previous experience is limited to upgrading components like video cards, processors and harddrives.
3. I’m slightly over the upper limit of my budget of $2,000, so investing more is unlikely. Less is always an option
4. Am I missing anything?

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  1. I won't comment on the parts, as they are all name brand parts that have great reviews. You really can't go wrong other than for the price/performance element on them. Also, I have brand preferences over some of your choices, but they are irrelevant.

    One thing is glaring = 1280 x 1024 res. Weak, dude. Add $200 to your budget and get a 1080p screen. Your 5870 is totally wasted at that res.
  2. The SSD will make you feel like your system is lightening fast, as the OS and programs and some internals within programs such as game levels will load really fast. You could spend less on one, such as the Intel X25-M 80GB as it is a bit cheaper and does perform really well still and having a decent amount of space on it. Also you will need a converter kit to fit the SSD into the 3.5inch bay, which will come with a retail SSD. Seeing as you have the budget for it and not many improvements can be made even with the extra money I would say keep the SSD.
    You should look for free shipping options where you can.
    festerovic has a point about the resolution. Even at 1080p res, you could probably go down to the 5850.
    Personally I would be happy with CAS 7 1600mhz RAM, if you were to be so happy then you could save $60.
    If you change the SSD, the GPU and the RAM you could have around $180 to put towards a new monitor.
  3. Thanks for the responses. Any recommendations on a 1080p monitor?
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