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January 29, 2013 6:37:23 PM

Hi- I am building my first system and want something that can handle the graphics for the games I run: MS Flight Sim, Pro Cycling manager 2012 and League of Legends for now. I run Flight Sim the most, and want to be able to add Payware planes and add-ons and still have a good frame rate. Here's what I am starting with, per the recommendation of another Flight Simmer:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

I have a Dell ST2210 Monitor that I plan to use. Specs below:

LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
Viewable Size 21.5"
Widescreen - 16:9
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Pixel Pitch 0.248 mm
Brightness 250 cd/m2

Any recommendations or thoughts? I also need a sound card and an optical drive.

January 29, 2013 6:52:28 PM

Well, I would say that you don't really need to get the i7. I would get the i5-3570K save yourself a little bit of money. The power supply you have is a little overkill unless you plan on adding a lot more to this system later on. I would get something like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

620 watts should be plenty for that.

Get DDR3 1600 RAM

those are a few things that come to mine.


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January 29, 2013 6:56:04 PM

Also you dont have a hard drive.
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January 29, 2013 7:03:55 PM

I would do something along the lines of this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($353.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($38.68 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1046.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 16:03 EST-0500)

Should run your programs and games beautifully. and leave some money in your pocket to buy some more games. or if you must spend more money you could
-Buy a better Graphics Card
-Better looking case
-Led light fans (if your into the lighted look)
-Liquid Cooling(If you are going to overclock alot)
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January 29, 2013 7:08:56 PM

hello, thank you for your reply. I am decided on the i7 I mentioned. sry :D . also, I have a hard drive already, and is there any reason that it wouldnt be compatible? I need a sound card, so thats good, I need a optical drive, so thanks, and why would I get the MSI GeFroce GTX 670 2GB when I can get the one mentioned? is that one better? is there any chance you could update the list, because I am set on the i7 3770K Ivy Bridge. memory, I am flexible, storage I am good on. sound card, like I said, that would be great, power supply and optical, just need to make sure that they are compatible with the I7 3770K. thanks for you response! if you could update, that would be great! also, is my moniter ok? thanks!
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January 29, 2013 7:13:24 PM

I suggest it because the i5 is a great processor, and for the amount your spending extra you are spending on the i7 you are not going to notice any difference in what you do on your computer.

The 680 benchmarks are much higher then the 660ti as you can see here.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/647?vs=555
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January 29, 2013 7:22:49 PM

The I5-3570k is the go-to chip for gaming.... BUT Flight Sim is one of the few games that will benefit from an I7.

I would take the 670 over the 680, the increase in performance isn't worth the $$ markup.
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January 29, 2013 7:29:02 PM

whats ur budget and do u need win7+monitor?

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January 29, 2013 7:30:51 PM

ok, so you would say the 670 over the 660 ti?
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January 29, 2013 7:33:38 PM

I cant really afford a 670, why would you not take a 660 ti? I think it would work fine for my needs. also, is everything you said earlier tenaciousuk valid except the i5? like would all of that work for the i7 3770K?
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January 29, 2013 7:33:56 PM

yo jman whats ur full budget? and do u need windows

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January 29, 2013 7:42:35 PM

iceclock, $1200, and yes, but I already have it in that list.
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January 29, 2013 7:47:54 PM

do u live close to a microcenter by any chance?

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January 29, 2013 7:59:15 PM

iceclock said:
do u live close to a microcenter by any chance?



about an hour from one
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January 29, 2013 8:09:25 PM

so i guess that wouldnt be an option
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January 29, 2013 8:16:58 PM

iceclock said:
so i guess that wouldnt be an option


totally willing to drive if it is worth it! Do the prices/selection make it worthwhile?
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January 29, 2013 8:34:26 PM
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January 30, 2013 3:09:03 AM

ok, I am going to head down there and talk to them, thanks so much for your help!
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January 30, 2013 3:23:29 AM

no problem anytime dude, easier to buy just from 1 place anyways. :D 

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February 6, 2013 9:25:29 PM

Best answer selected by jman8910.
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