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Proposed FSX Rig - Initial Plans

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May 2, 2010 6:26:29 PM

Computer Case
○ NZXT LEXA S LEXS - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (no power supply included) $79.99


Hard Drive
○ SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99
○ Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99
○ Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $55.99


Optical Drive
○ SAMSUNG 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 4X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24x DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $24.99
○ ASUS 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24x DVD Writer LightScribe Support - OEM $26.99
○ LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Writer - Bulk - LightScribe Support - OEM $24.99


Processor
○ AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor $159.99
○ AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $149.99
○ AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor $149.99


Motherboard
○ Foxconn A7DA-S 3.0 AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $119.99


RAM
○ Crucial Ballistix 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BL3KIT25664BN1337 $171.99
○ G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK $109.99


Power Supply
○ SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $69.99
○ SILVERSTONE ST60F 600W ATX 12V 2.01 / EPS 12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply $104.99


Video Card

*Need whatever it takes to run FSX Deluxe with all settings maxed out… Since I have a Foxconn motherboard, and ATI Radeon is for "Intel Desktops", I assume I cannot have a chipset with ATI Radeon? If this is true, basically my whole plan here is botched… :)  so whats the deal guys?

Operating System
○ Windows 7 Professional $299.99




^^Alrighty... so thats my initial plan for this thing, but need some suggestions (obviously) on which components are best of the ones I have to choose from. Also, I need an original reccomendation for a video card which is capable of running FSX Deluxe with the settings maxed out, in payware planes, pulling at least a 20fps average. Also, if there are any incompatibilities, please let me know. Quite a rookie with all this, but thats why I'm here, right? :) 

Erik

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May 3, 2010 8:27:46 AM

Most of the components you have are fine, however FSX is more demanding on the CPU than it is for Graphics cards.

HDD = Samsung Spinpoint F3 series are veyr fast especially the 1tb version.

Your CPU / Mobo is a dual channel memory set up so there is little point buying a memory kit that consists of 3 x sticks of RAM (these are intended for i7's)

Video card... top of the list are the 5850's from ATI - though the 57** should be fine for your needs also.

Motherboard / chipset - Foxconn make a lot of mobo's for PC manufacturers (HP / Dell etc) - the chipset wont affect your performance that much so I wouldnt worry too much about the brand of the chipset.

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May 3, 2010 9:56:02 AM

Case : no comment, just a matter of taste
Proc : AMD X6 1055T could also be considered.
HDD : Any of those is good
DVD : Any of those is good
Mobo : no comment. Foxconn is also famous for producing Playstation 2, if I were not mistaken.
RAM : Get 2 channel kit like 2x2GBor 4x2GB
PSU : Any of those is fine
GPU : HD5770 should do just fine for your need. HD5850 is OK
OS : No need to go pro. Home premium should do just fine.

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May 3, 2010 2:26:00 PM

trueravenfan,

There is still no existing affordable PC hardware which can run FSX with "all settings maxed out" and not look like a slide show.

Also, I'm surprised no one has yet mentioned that since frame rate scales closely with CPU clock rate, overclocking is the essential key to achieving the highest possible frame rates. For this reason, the Intel Core i7 930 processor is highly recommended for FSX, since it overclocks to at least 4.0 Ghz. Additionally, don't forget a high-end-air cooler.

FSX Hardware Performance Guide - http://www.jetlinesystems.com/performance.html

FSX Software Setup & FPS Tuning - http://www.simforums.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=290...

Enjoy!

Comp :sol: 
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May 3, 2010 7:30:43 PM

Thanks for all the responses and ideas... I am looking into them now. I may want to go for the Intel Core i7 930, as CompuTronix said if it is suggested specifically, and I'll gather a new setup shortly...

Erik
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May 3, 2010 9:10:03 PM

Computer Case
○ NZXT LEXA S LEXS - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $79.99


Hard Drive
○ SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99


Optical Drive
○ SAMSUNG 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 4X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24x DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $24.99


Processor
○ Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor $279.99


Motherboard
○ ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard $169.99


RAM
○ G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9T-6GBRH $199.99


Power Supply
○ SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $69.99


Video Card
○ GIGABYTE GV-N250-1GI GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $129.99


Operating System
○ Windows 7 Home Premium $199.99


^Here is the new plan. Thanks to some suggestions, the rig has become more expensive :(  but also more powerful :) . Any other ideas are appreciated.

Erik
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June 10, 2010 6:09:16 PM

Regarding FSX, since it is CPU proned. What would be the way to go, have a quick CPU or go with a dual quad core mobo with slower speed CPUs?

Stephane
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June 10, 2010 9:32:40 PM

B4SE said:
Regarding FSX, since it is CPU proned. What would be the way to go, have a quick CPU or go with a dual quad core mobo with slower speed CPUs?

Stephane


I'd probably say it depends, but the dual-quad should be faster. But good God, even FSX shouldn't need that much! Or should it........?
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June 21, 2010 3:04:11 AM

Best answer selected by trueravenfan.
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