Looking to build a budget 'gaming' system for my father. It will be used almost exclusively for Flight Sim X. Not the first system I've built, but it has been around 3 years since I was up-to-date on current hardware, so I've spent the last week trying to refamiliarize myself with it.
So far, this is the system that I have in mind.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP. Likely in the next few days.
BUDGET RANGE: $600
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Flight Sim X at 1920x1200 Res. Everything else is entirely secondary.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: All Peripherals, Optical Drive, HDD. Using two existing SATA drives, a 10,000 RPM and a 7200 RPM. Also, Operating System, as I have copies of both Vista 64 Ultimate and Win 7 available already.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Amazon.com, Newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD / ATI and at least a Mid-Tower case for full ATX mobo, for future upgreadability
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not currently, possibly in the future.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Primary concerns are simply high quality for Flight Sim X, and future upgrade-ability in the form of full ATX Crossfire capable Mobo, sufficient PSU, etc. Being able to the play the newest games or demanding productivity/development software are currently no concern.
Currently Selected Parts:
CPU - AMD Athlon II X3 440 3.0GHz
Motherboard - Gigabyte AMD AM3 Phenom II/Socket AM3/AMD 790X/4DDR3-1866(OC)/ATI CrossFireX/GbE/7.1-CH ATX Motherboard GA-790XTA-UD4 (Chosen for future upgrade potential to Crossfire)
GPU - Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1 GB DDR5
RAM - Corsair XMS3 4 GB PC3-12800 1600Mhz Dual Channel Core i3 i5 i7 DDR3 Memory Kit (A little concerned with this choice. I haven't found confirmation of it being compatible with an AMD processor/mobo, though I've come to trust Corsair in the past, and it's available cheaper than the often-recommended G.Skill.)
Yeah, that PSU was chosen specifically so that I would have some breathing room to upgrade. I figure it could handle a second 5770 in Crossfire without much trouble if I wanted to go that route in the future, though no telling how long the 5770 will have decent Availability.
Good choices, yes the PSU could support a second 5770. the RAM is compatible, and everything looks good.
Though i haven't played it, i hear Flight sim X is fairly CPU dependant. but going by this it seems that it doesn't really utilize 4 cores.
so i would suggest getting a more powerful dual, such as a Phenom II 550/555. you may want to ask on a FSX specific forum though, as it may have been more recently patched to better support multi-threading.