We will be buying a new PC soon (like maybe tomorrow) and I've worked out a list of the components that I think would be best for our budget. I play MS Flight Simulator X SP2 on Windows 7 (I don't want to upgrade to Win8). Please, I need advice and someone to tell me what graphics card and mobo would be best. Price is favored over performance.
Unless stated otherwise, this is a list of just the minimums.
Intel Core i5 3.10Ghz + (not oldest generation. Sandy bridge is just fine)
(we are looking at a 3.20ghz)
(quad-core is preferred over higher clock speed, but not less than 3Ghz)
Graphics card: 1GB + GDDR3 VGA (our monitor is 1600x900 right now)
Memory 2GB DDR3 (2x 1gb)
NO ODD NUMBERS i.e. 3gb
Recommended: 4GB (2x 2gb)
Recommended: 500W PSU
Motherboard doesn't really matter unless it has SATA 3.0 or USB 3.0 for only a little bit more than the normal i5 motherboard.
Does this seem ok? Any advice? Should we go through with it?
Thanks in advance.
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Canada Computers) (If budget over Performance then you want AMD maybe even the Phenom CPU (cheaper)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-H101-22FK-RA 30.0 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.95 @ DirectCanada) (it is good to have an aftermarket cooler, the standard dont always perform good enough even with light gaming, I had a poor experience with one)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Canada Computers) (a good budget mobo, nothing special)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg Canada) (i uno i put 8gb ram.. you could put 4gb up to you, I think better keep it at 8)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX) (just a big driver.. w/e)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($99.98 @ NCIX) (budget video card, which will perform still very well for your needs)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Memory Express) (an example case, you can choose something else)
Power Supply: Rosewill Stallion 450W ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg Canada) (dont need to go over 500watt with your set up)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($24.99 @ Memory Express)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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