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toddl

Looking to buy a new computer for FSX

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All,

 

My existing machine is about 5 years old right now and given the PMDG 777, ASN etc. I have decided to buy a new one.  I'm not qualified to build one (my old machine is a Dell XPS 730x) so I am looking at Alienware as a replacement.  I am looking at the Alienware Aurora series with an i7-4960x running at 4.3 Ghz with a 15 Cache.  The GPU I am considering is a GTX-780 with 3GB memory.   They don't have an option for the GTX 780ti.  I would greatly appreciate any thoughts on whether this set up is worthwhile or if I should consider something else.  My practice is to buy the highest end components I can find about every 5 years and I seem to be getting the most longevity that way even though I recognize it comes at a price.  Indeed my XPS runs great and for the most part smooth but recent advances in add-ons is starting to slow me down.  I recognize that this a broad question but I would greatly value the thoughts of those who are more knowledgable about these newer components than I am as well as other builds/companies I should consider.

 

Thank you in advance for your consideration and Happy Holidays to all!

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If the machine is primarily for FSX or P3D, a much-cheaper i7-4770k CPU is actually a somewhat better performer than the $1000 (just for the CPU) 4960X.  A hexacore IB-E CPU's strengths are pretty much wasted on a program built around a single-threaded core process like FSX/P3D.  For around the same price, you might consider a 4770k and a 6Gb Titan GPU, especially if you think you might be interested in P3D at some point.

 

Regards

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Thanks Bob.  Very helpful advice!  I will keep this in mind as I continue my research.

 

Regards,

 

Todd

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