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New Build for FSX ~£1200

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January 14, 2010 12:21:25 PM

Hi, :hello: 
I'm a new forum member but i've been browsing THG for maybe 18 months.
Looking to the huge pool of experience out here I was wondering if I could get a little advice on this newbuild I am aiming to do :) 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a month BUDGET RANGE: Up to £1200 (excluding peripherals+ projector) and am prepared to do rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: System will be used mainly for flight simulators, maybe some other aviation type games, probably not shooters

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (i'll borrow one for the setup but the pc will be running off a projector)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Scan.co.uk and ebuyer.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

PARTS PREFERENCES: Don't have massive preferences but i have been told FSX has a preference for Nvidia and benefits from Intel...

OVERCLOCKING: Mildly 2.66GHz => 3.2GHz (maybe more if significant performance boost) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Don't think FSX and the like support SLI

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768, 1280x1024

THIS IS WHAT I WAS THINKING:

Intel i7 920, D0, Bloomfield, 2.66 GHz, QPI 4.8GT/s, 8MB Cache, 20x Ratio, 130W, Retail
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Intel-i7-920-D0-(SLBEJ)-Socket-1366-(B)-Nehalem-266GHz-QPI-48GT-s-Cache-8MB-130W-Retail

Corsair H50-1 Hydro Series High-performance CPU Watercooler, LGA775/1156/1366, AM2/2+/AM3 *NEW V2*
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Corsair-H50-1-Hydro-Seri...

Asus P6T SE, Intel X58, Sok 1366, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 2000/1866/1800, SATA 3Gb/s, SATA RAID, ATX
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-P6T-SE-Intel-X58-So...(x16)-DDR3-2000-1866-1800-SATA-3Gb-s-SATA-RAID-ATX

6GB (3x2GB) Corsair XMS3, DDR3 PC3-10666 (1333), CAS 7-7-7-20
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/6GB-(3x2GB)-Corsair-XMS3-DDR3-PC3-10666-(1333)-240-Pin-Non-ECC-Unbuffered-CAS-7-7-7-20
OR
6GB (3x2GB) Corsair XMS3, DDR3 PC3-10666 (1333), CAS 9-9-9-24
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/6GB-(3x2GB)-Corsair-XMS3-DDR3-PC3-10666-(1333)-240-Pin-Non-ECC-Unbuffered-CAS-9-9-9-24

896MB XFX GTX 260 Black 55nm, 2000MHz GDDR3, GPU 680MHz, Shader 1440 MHz, 216 Cores, + Batman
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/896MB-XFX-GTX-260-Black-...

64GB Samsung, SSD, PB22-J MLC-Flash, 2.5", 1 x SATA 3Gb/s, Read 220MB/s, Write 120MB/s
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/64GB-Samsung-SSD-PB22-J-...

1TB Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1TB-Western-Digital-WD10...

Antec 902 Nine Hundred Two, Plastic/ Steel, ATX Case, Window, without PSU
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Antec-902-Nine-Hundred-T...
OR
Coolermaster HAF 922, Black, Mid Tower Case with 20cm Silent Fan, w/o PSU
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Coolermaster-HAF-922-Bla...

750W Corsair CMPSU-750TX, SLi, Single 12V Rail, Quiet & Cool 80%+ Eff
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/750W-Corsair-CMPSU-750TX...

OVERALL: Which RAM? Which Case? Is that SSD suitable as a boot drive?
I am also looking for this PC to be fairly future proof, not massively OTT but prepared to spend a little extra now to ensure its longevity.

Thanks in advance :) 

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January 14, 2010 12:33:43 PM

Them perfect. The cpu is perfect for FSX.

Get the CMX6GX3M3A1333C9 for a few quids less. The CL7 won't help you until you manually set the ram up in bios. Even then, you can't see the difference between the CL7 & 9 with your naked eyes.

Yep, the SSD is a good OS drive. Basically, anything other than a plain old hard disk is better. You could even use a bit memory to cache the Internet cookies, temp files, etc. for even faster speed on the Web.
January 14, 2010 12:41:57 PM

Thanks,
Would CL7 RAM help in any other applications? its within my budget to get it i just wondered if there is any realworld performance benefit to it or if its all in the synthetics?

How about the case?
Ive heard the 902 can get a bit cramped with a large graphics card but excells with the cooling. and the haf has more space but due to the lack of a sidefan is not as good with the cooling.

Just realised as well, any suggestions for an optical drive? needs to be DVD RW, preferably lightscribe and SATA but quiet, and cheap as possible but still reliable and worth it, i dont want something that breaks after 1 burn or just after installing the OS.
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January 14, 2010 7:42:13 PM

Bump... Anyone else got anything to add? esp re my last post....
January 14, 2010 10:03:41 PM

This Crucial RAM is cheaper, Cas 8 and 1600Mhz: Crucial 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 (£130)
I've heard that the HAF is the best cooling case, which is partially down to it's excellent cable management features and... high airflow.
I don't know about the quiet, but unless you play football or something with the disc drive then you'd be extremely unlucky for it to break after the first use.
January 15, 2010 10:40:52 AM

No, don't waste your money on lower latency ram cuz you will NEVER make full use of the lower latency. Overclockers would kill for this cuz they want bragging rights. aka better benchmark scores.

All the dvd burners are louder than the harddisks. Just don't leave anything in it when not in use.
January 15, 2010 3:24:03 PM

Thanks for that, , i think ill go for the Haf 922 then and check out that RAM you posted Silvune :) 
Seems like i've seem to have got most of it right first time :D 
I'll go for the order in the next two weeks i hope, and keep you posted on a successful build *fingers crossed*
Anyone else fancy throwing in their two cents, go ahead.
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