I've gotten some fantastic information browsing this forum, but today I have my own question for you all. I'm helping my dad put together a mid-range tower (around $1,000) for multimedia and to play Flight Simulator X smoothly. Not looking to break the bank for a few more frames, so just something that will run the game at a solid 30fps with high settings.
I may try to overclock the CPU to 4ghz. Apparently FSX doesn't use over 4GB of RAM, and we're not interested in overclocking the RAM or changing the timings in any way. The goal is cool & quiet stability.
Do you think these components will work well together? Any advice on a better GPU for under $300 that wouldn't have diminishing returns for FSX? Trying to stick with Nvidia chipsets since they seem to render textures in FSX better.
Here's what is on our wishlist:
Lian Li (Lancool) ATX case
Cooler Master eXtreme PSU 600W V2.3
Intel i5 2500k 3.3ghz
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ in push/pull config
MSI P67-GD65 (B3)
4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS DDR3 1333
MSI TwinFrozr N560GTX Ti Hawk
OCZ 60GB SSD
500GB 7200RPM HDD
Samsung BR Combo 12X
FSX loads much quicker. In fact that is true for any other games and program (major improvement on photoshop) for that matter on SSD.
128GB SSD is now below $200 (around $180-190) and they tend to be faster than smaller SSD so spending more (not double the amount) to get double the space and to have the speed up from 64GB SSD as well as fast load for everything is worth it IMO.
But of course if the PO is unable to afford it, a small SSD to just boot off the OS is still better then running everything on HDD. The decision is for the PO to decide.