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September 8, 2011 2:41:45 PM

Hello,Im looking for a system for my son. He mainly uses it for usual stuff, internet, photos etc but more importantly playing Microsft Flight Simulator.
I am looking at specs from Chillblast, Medion and Arbico but its a little more than I wanted o pay...maximum £900 is there any way to reduce the cost? I have tried to read up on the components before selecting them but I am a true novice! Just need to know if I can cut back somewhere without making a huge blunder! (No overclocking required)

These ae the specs Im looking at:
Chillbast:-

Cooler Master Elite 430 Case


Intel Core i5 2500k Processor 3.30 Ghz

Corsair A70 Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler

Asus P8Z68 -V LE Motherboard

8GB Corsair PC3 - 12800 1600MHz
DDR3 Memory( 2 x 4GB sticks)

Chillblast NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560Ti 1024MB Graphics Card

80GB CORSAIR FORCE SSD Drive ? (Do I need 120GB?)
1000Gb HD 7200Rpm

SONY 24 x DVD RW DRIVE

CORSAIR Ulta Low Nose 600w PSU

ASUS Sonar DS 7.1 PCI Soundcard

17 in 1 3.5 Internal Card Reader

4 Port USB Card

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I have also looked at Medion, specifcally -

MEDION® ERAZER® X7379 D

ntel® Core™ i7-2600 processor

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium

AMD Radeon™ HD 6750 DirectX®11 graphics card,

8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, USB 3.0

Hot-Swap mobile racks
The other possible is an Arbico Comp with spec:-
axy II Black case
2 120w standard case fans
Quiet Xilence 600w 2 x PCI E PSU fan
Intel core i5 250k0 3.30Ghz 6MB cache
Xigmatek Apache EP 903 90mm fan
Asus P8Z68 -V Max 32G ATX USB 3.0 Sata 3.0
8GB Corsair Vengeance (2x4)1600mHZ dddr 3
NVIDIA TX 550Ti Graphics card (Is the 460 SE BETTER THAN THis one?)
Integrated 5.1 audio
New 1000 GB SATA III
22x dual layer DVD RW
Integrated Card Reader with M2, Micro SD and USB port
windows 7 home premium
I also looked at simialar spec from PC Specialist but a friend had problems with a comp from them although most reviews I found were good?

Will these processors/graphics run FS?
Any suggestions?
Cheers for any help


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September 9, 2011 7:01:16 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Buwish
September 9, 2011 8:33:13 PM

The first build from Chillblast is definitely the best. However, you didn't mention how much it costs? Are you exceeding your budget?

If you have to ditch something if you're not planning on overclocking then maybe the aftermarket cooler. Also, the SSD is not so important for gaming other than loading maps faster. And SSD being expensive maybe you could scratch it and keep only the 1 TB 7,200 RPM drive. The GTX 560 TI is a damn good video card so keep it! The other video cards proposed in the other two builds are significantly inferior in performance. Finally, I have no idea what the "4 port USB card" is for? New motherboards often offer 12 USB ports and more, plus a lot of cases offer additional front ports, and a lot of monitors also offer additional ports, etc... So unless your son needs to connect 16 or more USB devices at the same time you really don't need that.

Just my 2 cents.
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