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New Gaming System - Built for FSX

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May 29, 2011 6:32:33 PM


Computer Case
NZXT ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $79.99


Storage
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $64.99
..................... AND .....................
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX40G 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD $94.99


Optical Drive
SAMSUNG 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM Blu-ray Drive Model SH-B123L/RSBP $64.99


Processor
AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition Deneb 3.6GHz 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ975FBGMBOX $179.99


Motherboard
ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $82.99


RAM
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 - TR3X6G1333C7 G $84.99
..................... OR .....................
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 - 996770 $79.99


Video Card
Galaxy 55NGH8HX4NXK GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB Video Card $129.99
..................... OR .....................
EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB Video Card $141.99
..................... OR .....................
EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB Video Card $159.99



Fan Controller
Scythe KS01-BK "KAZE SERVER" Advanced Fan Controller $39.99


Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series 650W Power Supply $84.99


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All parts are compatible, I'm not looking for that kind of check. To those who have already home-built similar systems, is this a good setup?

Please offer any advice you may have on overpowered or underpowered components, keeping in mind that the rig is meant to run Microsoft's Flight Simulator X at high framerates. I will not break $1,000, and would prefer to keep the price close to its current mark.

Opinions?? :) 

-Erik
May 29, 2011 7:01:21 PM

6GB RAM is tripple channel and the platform you choose need dual channel RAM..Other than that you choose a)very bad quality SSD b)also the 975 is not the best option..it's the same as Phenom II X4 955 but with higher frequency clock. So you buy the 955 and use the rest money for a better graphics card (Radeon HD 6870) and c) your choice of psu is overkill..a good 550W PSU will be more than enough!

I'll post my build in a while!
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May 29, 2011 7:16:30 PM

Here's my build

Antec One Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 880G PRO3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT51264BA160A
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW080G3K5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

837$ with MIR
May 29, 2011 7:24:50 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
http://go.redirectingat.com/?id=1402X558040&site=tomsha... is a no, triple channel ram is not going to do you ANY favours, you want 2x4Gb or 4x2Gb if your going for more than 4Gb in your system
Moto

Okay, sounds good. I'll keep the dual-channel 8GB setup then. Thanks!
michxymi said:
6GB RAM is tripple channel and the platform you choose need dual channel RAM..Other than that you choose a)very bad quality SSD b)also the 975 is not the best option..it's the same as Phenom II X4 955 but with higher frequency clock. So you buy the 955 and use the rest money for a better graphics card (Radeon HD 6870) and c) your choice of psu is overkill..a good 550W PSU will be more than enough!

I'll post my build in a while!

Aight, I've already changed to the 2x4GB RAM setup.
a) Bad quality SSD? I thought OCZs were ok... what's a better name?
b) Wow. I had no idea they were actually the same chip. lol thanks thats really helpful and a money saver. Here is my replacement GPU, as per your suggestion.

SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card with Eyefinity - $209.99

c)I'll bump that down too, as I don't forsee too many upgrades.

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550W Power Supply - $89.99

Thank you! I'll have a looksee at your build and try to take some pointers from it, since I see you have just put it up.

-Erik
May 29, 2011 8:47:39 PM

Computer Case
NZXT ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $79.99


Storage
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $64.99
..................... AND .....................
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $119.99


Optical Drive
SAMSUNG 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM Blu-ray Drive Model SH-B123L/RSBP - $64.99


Processor
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX - $119.99
^to be overclocked around 3.6-3.8GHz


Motherboard
ASRock 880G AM3 ATX AMD Motherboard - $99.99


RAM
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 - $79.99


Video Card
XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card - $197.99


Fan Controller
Scythe KS01-BK "KAZE SERVER" Advanced Fan Controller - $39.99


Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series 650W Power Supply - $84.99


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This is the updated plan. Anybody have further refinements, or is this one good to go?

-Erik
May 29, 2011 9:00:08 PM

You may want to look at an aftermarket cooler for your overclock,
not sure on 955 temps at 3.8 and I assume your getting some fans for the controller? otherwise looks good man,
Have to ask by the way, Raven fan? as in James Barclays books?
Moto
May 30, 2011 1:15:08 AM

Motopsychojdn said:
You may want to look at an aftermarket cooler for your overclock,
not sure on 955 temps at 3.8 and I assume your getting some fans for the controller? otherwise looks good man,
Have to ask by the way, Raven fan? as in James Barclays books?
Moto

I don't think I'm going to order any aftermarket cooling unless I find I need it later on. I'll leave room in the budget, though. I have like 4 fans included in the case I believe, so I'll just crank them up if need be. Like, I'll bump up the clock speeds little by little, checking the temperature peaks as I go. That's part of why I included the fan controller... But good to hear that this puppy will do well!

And nope, though it does ring a bell. Chronicles of the Raven or something I think. lol trueravenfan comes from like the Baltimore Ravens football team.

-Erik
May 30, 2011 11:20:54 AM

Yup, thats the books :) 
good plan on the temps front,
hope it goes well, let us know if not :) 
Moto
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