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January 10, 2013 2:46:41 PM

I'm about to build my first system and I am a bit over-budget. Somewhere around $0-$500 (can go no higher than current price of $544.92).
This system is built to play one, and one game only, X-Plane. This is very important as it has finicky hardware requirements. Compatibility for these parts can be found here: http://www.x-plane.com/desktop/system-requirements/ and GPU requirements here: http://wiki.x-plane.com/X-Plane_10_Graphics_Card_Suppor... these are some of the systems that they make for X-Plane: http://xforcepc.com/store/index.php/gaming-peripherals.....

System specs are as follows
MOBO: ASUS P8B75-M LX PLUS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance CMZ4GX3M2A1600C9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1526-KR GeForce GT 520 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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PSU: COOLMAX CX-400B http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think I will keep the SSD, MOBO (unless one that is better but about the same price pops up) ,and CPU. I am not partial to the RAM, Video Card, Case, Optical Drive or PSU.

I will not be using Windoze, But rather Ubuntu. I refuse to pay 100's of dollars more for an OS I don't need. I think I will be using Intel because they kill AMD's of the same price point in almost all of the benchmark tests I looked at.

Your help in the matter is greatly appreciated. Please do read the X-Plane requirements before thinking about what would be better. As I said this program is very peculiar about what it likes.

January 10, 2013 3:23:08 PM

I havent had time to read all your links , but unless the game is very basic that graphics card is not suitable . Its definitely NOT going to play a 3D game with any detailed images , if it will run them at all .

The coolmax psu is also highly suspect .
Use only 80+ bronze or better rated psu's
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January 10, 2013 4:24:02 PM

The game can be played on Intel HD 4000-3000 IG. Not on high, but still somehow 3D.
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