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Hi,

 

Im just about to build my own computer for FSX and was wondering what people thought about the components I was going to buy for it:

PSU - OCZ 700W ModXstream Pro Power Supply

MOBO - Gigabyte GAZ77x-D3H

CPU - Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz

GPU - Asus GTX 660 Direct CU II OC 2GB

RAM - G-Skill 16GB (4x4GB) 2400MHz

MEMORY - Western Digital 2TB 3.5"SATA 6GB/s 64MB

 

I think that should be all I need for FSX to run very well. 

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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A decent selection of components. If you clock the 3570K to over 4ghz you'll have a pretty good system for FSX.

 

Vic

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Those are great specs however I recommend you get a water cooling system and overclock your cpu to 4ghz + (the higher the better!).

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Haswell is the only way to go now. 2x4GB is enough ram for FSX, and almost anthing else. Two sticks are usually more efficient than four.

 

Dave

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Haswell is the only way to go now. 2x4GB is enough ram for FSX, and almost anthing else. Two sticks are usually more efficient than four.

 

Dave

I agree. I made the mistake of purchasing more RAM for my computer, and I notice no difference at all. 8GB is plenty.

 

 

 

 

CPU - Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz

MEMORY - Western Digital 2TB 3.5"SATA 6GB/s 64MB

 

Are you thinking of overclocking that 3570k? If so, you need a cooler.

 

Also, which WD drive is that? Green, blue, black...?

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You might want to take a look at the new Nvidia 760 that just came out. Other than that looks good.

Almost bought the 660 but 760 at 250 all wait.

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Hi

Go for the Haswell 4670k , if you need 4x4gb 16gb for other apps the z87 and Haswell

IMC handels 4 sticks as good as with 2 that the IB z77 can have problems with.

As Saab 340 CPU test you have 11% IPC gain agianst the 3570.

No reason to Buy a IB .

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Thanks for all the help (and so quickly!)!

 

Is there any proper advantage on getting the Nvidia 760 over the 660?

I think, i'll get the Haswell instead.. should I still overclock with that?

And I think I will get the z87 MOBO


Oh and its a RED harddrive

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Thanks for all the help (and so quickly!)!

 

Is there any proper advantage on getting the Nvidia 760 over the 660?

I think, i'll get the Haswell instead.. should I still overclock with that?

And I think I will get the z87 MOBOOh and its a RED harddrive

Wy not , on the most z87 you have one "button" OC to 4.2 ghz Very Very easy .

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The 660ti is a good compromise and complements the rest of your selections well. As for cooling, water cooling isn't necessary for a moderate overclock. Good air coolers like the Cooler Master 212 EVO or the Noctua NH D14 should be fine up to around 4.5 Ghz. Their performance is comparable to budget closed loop water coolers like the Corsair h60 or h80. As has been stated 8 gb is plenty if only concerned with FSX. The ideal setup for FSX is for it to be installed on its own dedicated SSD in its own folder created by yourself, not the default x86/program/files pathway suggested by the installer. Regards

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The 660ti is a good compromise and complements the rest of your selections well.

Except for the fact that the cheapest 760 is only 10 dollars more than the cheapest 660ti. 

 

 

 


Is there any proper advantage on getting the Nvidia 760 over the 660?

The 760 is in-between the 660ti, and the 670 in terms of performance. It kills the 660 in every way.

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Well I've taken all your advice so now i'm thinking off the following:

PSU - OCZ 700W ModXstream Pro Power Supply

MOBO - Asus Z87-Pro

CPU - Intel Core i5 4670K 3.4GHz

GPU - Gigabyte GTX 760 OC Windforce 2GB

RAM - G-Skill 16GB (4x4GB) 2400MHz

MEMORY - Western Digital 2TB RED 3.5"SATA 6GB/s 64MB 

Corsair Hydro Series H110 280mm

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Well I've taken all your advice so now i'm thinking off the following:

PSU - OCZ 700W ModXstream Pro Power Supply

MOBO - Asus Z87-Pro

CPU - Intel Core i5 4670K 3.4GHz

GPU - Gigabyte GTX 760 OC Windforce 2GB

RAM - G-Skill 16GB (4x4GB) 2400MHz

MEMORY - Western Digital 2TB RED 3.5"SATA 6GB/s 64MB

Corsair Hydro Series H110 280mm

How much do you want to overclock? You might not have to do the whole water cooling yada yada.

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Well I wasn't sure if I wanted to overclock originally but now I'm thinking I should. Is it easy to overclock? and if I did, it would be to just over 4GHz.

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Except for the fact that the cheapest 760 is only 10 dollars more than the cheapest 660ti. 

 

 

 

The 760 is in-between the 660ti, and the 670 in terms of performance. It kills the 660 in every way.

If the difference between the two cards is only $10 as stated, the 760 would be the logical choice. The two cards are in the same performance class, just different generations. The 760 scores slightly better in performance tests but its not a night and day difference. According to a GPUBoss review, they ranked the 760 7.8 out of 10 vs a 7.7 for the 660ti. The 670 and in particular the 670FTW shares the basic design architecture with the 680 and is only slightly slower. Regards

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Well the higher the OC the better. However, if you have a ''bad" video card next to a CPU with a high clock, you might get performance issues. However, I don't think you will have any issues with that card. I'm at 4.4 ghz and with high detailed scenery, aircraft, and weather I get between 18-40 FPS. If you want to overclock higher than 4.4, get a water cooler. I currently use air cooling but i'm going to upgrade soon (H100i corsair ;) )

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Well I wasn't sure if I wanted to overclock originally but now I'm thinking I should. Is it easy to overclock? and if I did, it would be to just over 4GHz.

Yeah, it's fairly easy. You just need to be patient with the stress testing.

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I think I'll overclock it then! and yes I am going to get a water cooler, in fact the corsair h100i too.

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If you decide to use water and the big Corsair, make sure that the case for the build can handle the radiator. I can only imagine getting all the parts ready and then not finding a spot for the radiator...

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I think I'll overclock it then! and yes I am going to get a water cooler, in fact the corsair h100i too.

 

Good choice!

If you decide to use water and the big Corsair, make sure that the case for the build can handle the radiator. I can only imagine getting all the parts ready and then not finding a spot for the radiator...

This. Also, make sure your case is large enough for all your parts (i.e., video card, memory (the height, heatsink, etc.), CPU cooler, etc.).

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jam321, on 28 Jun 2013 - 11:04 PM, said:

I think I'll overclock it then! and yes I am going to get a water cooler, in fact the corsair h100i too.

Do consider that it is NOT essential to buy a closed loop water cooler.

 

The Noctua NH-D14 is cooler than the H100i by FOUR degrees under load, and very importantly the NH-D14 is quieter than the H100i at full RPM by a full 5 DBA.

 

The Corsair H110 is EQUAL to the Nh-D14 in terms of cooling. It's fairly quiet, almost as quiet as the D14.

 

The variable that foxes people is fan RPM. When we eliminate the fan variable and just look at the heat sink/radiator, block, pump efficiency the picture changes, and the true efficiency of top of the range air coolers is revealed.

 

the Thermalright Silver Arrow out performs the NH-D14 by a fraction, so that too is a good choice.

 

Importantly, the D14 and Silver Arrow are air coolers, thus there is zero chance of leaks. The disadvantage is that they are huge.

 

Not trying to put you off all-in-one water coolers, I've considered the H110 myself, just trying to point out that the opinion that you MUST buy one and that there is no other choice is totally wrong.

 

 

Temps here, overclocked and under load...

 

http://www.guru3d.co..._review,13.html

 

H100i 76 degrees

Kraken X60 70 degrees

Corsair H110 72 degrees

NH-D14 72 degrees

 

Noise levels here...

 

http://www.guru3d.co..._review,11.html

 

There's literally ONE DBA between the H110 and NH-D14. Such a small difference shouldn't be audible to anyone.

 

The H100i is 5 DBA louder than the NH-D14.

 

There's no substitute for surface area, the NH-D14 and Silver Arrow have it in bucket loads... as does the H110.

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Well I was going to get the Fractal Designs R4 Case. Does anyone know if it fits those coolers mentioned?

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