Build for FSX (Flight Simulator X0

Hi everyone, new to the forums.

I'm seriously considering building a setup for Flight Simulator X. But i want it to be future proofed, also.

I used to play a lot on my old computer, although the specs were dreadful and the game was barely playable (Even with all graphics on minimum) but i loved it nonetheless. Last year i decided enough was enough of barely being able to do basic tasks on my old PC so i went for a change. I brought the 2011 Macbook Pro 2.3ghz i5.

Ever since i've had the Mac i have longed for FSX. So i've made the decision to get a new PC and get back into flying. These are the specs i'm thinking of -

- Intel Core i7-3280 (Quad Core 3.6Ghz with 10MB Cache - Overclocked 20-30%)
- 8-16GB DDR3 1600Mhz (Kingston/Samsung)
- 120GB SSD (For OS to run on) & 600GB - 1TB HDD 7,200 - 10,000RPM (For FSX Install and files)
- AMD Radeon HD6950 2GB DDR5
- ASUS P9X79 PRO Motherboard
- Corsair 650W TX-650 Power supply.


The reason i've gone for processor power over GPU is because i've heard from lots of people in the FSX community that FSX is far more reliant on CPU than GPU. The SSD is for the OS so i get fast booting and application opening. And the 10,000RPM HDD and 1TB size should be great for FSX to be installed into.

What does every think? i don't want to be spending over £1,300 really, so any suggestions are welcome.
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  1. are you in us? but i'll get some newegg stuff for reference of which would be great for it, seeing as you can afford a x79 then it's not so bad

    these are most reasons why no one reply.

    1-since you got a fat pocket for x79 most topic about this not a lot of people would reply but if you mention amd or i5 2500k or i3 you would get loads of reply
    2-they are still sleeping or kicking ass in bf3 >.<
  2. - 120GB SSD (For OS to run on) & 600GB - 1TB HDD 7,200 - 10,000RPM (For FSX Install and files)

    go with crucial m4 128gb it's awesome, had it for a while now on my other pc and works great and on my main pc i have intel 510 it's not as fast as those force gt or something but is really reliable

    go with a 7200 rpm 1tb-2tb hdd, seagate or western digital caviar black is your best bet.

    if you can get your money higher and afford an i7 3930K go for it but if you want a i7 3820 it's ok too, you can also oc it to 4.0ghz or something it does have limited multiplier but I don't think you may want it above

    for ram go with either g.skill ripjaws Z 16gb (4X4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 or with a samsung one. but if you want higher ram for whatever use or satisfaction you get I advise the 4x8gb but if you want you can get the 8x4gb kits.

    for GPU go with 7850 if it fits the budget but I'll see what i can do seeing as your using the E sign (sorry I don't know how to type that) I'll try to look around tigerdirect as a reference and see anything i can cope up for both an i5 2500k and an i7 3820 build up
  3. Processor: 319.99$
    Intel i7 3820
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1884773&Sku=I69-3820

    Motherboard: 269.99$
    MSi X79A-GD65 (8D)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1497920&CatId=7381

    Memory: 89.99$
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Z 16GB (4X4GB) 1600Mhz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231497

    Video Card: 259.99$
    Sapphire HD 7850 2GB
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2262865&CatId=7387

    HDD: 109.99$
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 32MB CacheSATA 6Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    SSD: 154.99$
    Crucial M4 128GB SATAIII
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148525

    PSU: 129.99$
    Corsair H750 750W 80PLUS Silver
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4668506&CatId=2533

    Chassis: 129.99$
    NZXT Phantom
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7335394&CatId=1510

    CPU Cooler: 34.99$
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    Total 1499.91$ (Don't know how to convert this in your currency and maybe it's more expensive in your area.


    Processor: 199.99$
    Intel i5 2500K
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7073161&Sku=I69-2500K

    Motherboard: 119.99$
    ASUS P8Z68-V LX
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1124769&CatId=7212


    Memory: 46.99$
    G.SKILL RIpjaws X 8GB (2X4GB) 1600Mhz CL9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    Video Card: 349.99$
    Sapphire HD 7870 2GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102981


    HDD: 109.99$
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 32MB CacheSATA 6Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697


    SSD: 154.99$
    Crucial M4 128GB SATAIII
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148525


    PSU: 129.99$
    Corsair H750 750W 80PLUS Silver
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4668506&CatId=2533


    Chassis: 129.99$
    NZXT Phantom
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7335394&CatId=1510

    CPU Cooler: 34.99$
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    Total = 1276.91$

    (This IMO is your best Bang for Buck)

    either of the build is great for gaming it's just either which one you can afford.

    btw you ca also swap any parts you like to lessen the budget, like going for a corsair tx650 V2 80plus bronze psu even changing the motherboard to a asrock z68 e3g3 whichis much cheaper but reliable.

    changing the case to any nice 30$-50$ case would put more room to your budget.

    changing from 7870 to 7850 will also loosen the numbers above.

    NOTE: the numbers above are for reference only as I don't know any site which correspond to your currency and maybe the i5 250k build would suite your budget more IMO and it's all you need, unless you have something else in your want's
  4. Thanks for all of the info. I am in the UK so unfortunately everything is more expensive here :(

    I'm looking at getting the memory modules and the SSD from crucial memory UK as they are pretty cheap and high quality. Not sure about where to get the rest of the parts from. Unfortunately there is no Newegg/Tigerdirect UK equivalent.

    I guess i'll have to look on ebay or amazon.
  5. Ebay and Amazon, they are the best places to get parts in UK. I have same problem as you. Im building a new gaming rig and Im getting my parts from ebay and amazon, also try using "Google Shopping" Ive started to use it alot recently and its saved me some money.
  6. I don't know about amazon since i've never shopped there before, ebay only did couple of times but not hardware, don't know how you would handle warranty with that or replacement or something it's a hassle, but i remember seeing some UK sites couple of weeks back when someone posted here, i'll try to dig out for that it seems it's reliable.
  7. Ebay has not let me down on hardware side and neither has Amazon. My new build has been sourced from Amazon and Ebay (Mostly Amazon), As i said try out "Google Shopping" you can find some bargains on there.
  8. The site is use is, Aria.co.uk
    one of the best websites out there in my opinion.
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