i used to have a dell xps but im not sure if want to get another dell. what do you all think about this setup and do you think its enough for FSX and good FPS? im new at building my own comp and any replys will be appreciated.

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-2700K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155

Cooling Fan: EVGA Superclock CPU Gaming Cooler Fan

Motherboard: Asus P8H67-M LE Intel H67 Chipset DDR3 mATX Mainboard w/ UEFI, Onboard Video, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 1 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X4, & 2 PCI

Memory: 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1333MHz Dual Channel Memory

Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 16X PCIe

Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 8MB Cache Power Saving 5900 RPM HDD

Hard Drive Cooling Fan: Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System

Sound: * Asus Xonar D1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Sound Card

Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: Zonet ZEW1642S IEEE 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps PCI
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    Memory: 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1333MHz Dual Channel Memory

    No. You don't need 16GB for gaming, and that RAM is ridiculously overpriced right now.

    Get rid of the sound card - they're useless anymore when the built in audio on your motherboard works perfectly fine.

    Drop the i7-2600K to an i5-2500K, invest the difference in getting a better motherboard - you want at least a Z68 - H61 is pretty bare bones in the SB line. But you really don't want to use a high end processor with a low end motherboard - that could have the potential to be bad news.

    But if you're going to rebuild everything else - you might as well get a case and PSU on top of that - you don't want to try and squeeze new hardware in a case that isn't built for it. In my experience most Dell systems have been proprietary for their parts only - not a lot of standard equipment will fit in these machines.

    As far as Wifi goes - I've only really used USB cards - save your PCI-e slots for other purposes.

    Fill this out and we can assist you better: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    I would put together something like this:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 400R
    PSU: Corsair CX600
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P
    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K
    Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz
    SSD: 64GB Crucial M4
    HD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB
    Optical: Lite On 24X DVD
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 560TI

    Total: ~$1200
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