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Hi all,
 
I'm ordering a new machine:

  • Intel Core i7 4770K Quad Core Unlocked Processor: 3.5GHz, 8MB L3 Cache, On-Chip Graphics,Socket 1150
  • Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H Motherboard, ATX, So. 1150, Gb LAN, RAID, Video Output, SATA 6G, CrossFire, SLI
  • Corsair XMS3 16GB kit (2x8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600MHz) Memory
  • Samsung 840 EVO 250GB Solid State Drive, SATA 6Gbps, 2.5"
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA/6G Hard Drive, 3.5"
  • Blue Ray/DVD
  • Either a Corsair or Thermaltake case
  • Noctua NH-U14S for Intel LGA 2011,1156,1155, 1150 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/3+,FM1/2 Sockets, U Type, 6 Heatpipe,140mm CPU Cooler Cooling
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Superclocked with ACX Cooler 4 GB GDDR5 256-Bit Dual-Link DVI-I/DVI-D HDMI DP SLI Ready Graphcs Card 04G-P4-3774-KR
  • Windows 7 Professional

Questions:

  • Is it a good system?  Any obvious weaknesses?
  • How to configure FSX and Prepare3D on it.  It has 250 Gig SSD.  But I want to install FSX and Prepare3D 2.2, FTX Global, Vector, Landclass, PNW, NorCal, Megascenery Socal, other scenery, Ultimate Traffic.  Would I install the OS on the Caviar drive and install the sims on the SSD?  Would they fit?  Where to put the Virtual Memory?

Thanks in advance,

Gregg


Gregg Seipp

"A good landing is when you can walk away from the airplane.  A great landing is when you can reuse it."
i7-8700 32GB Ram, GTX-1070 8 Gig RAM

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Deeeeyaaamm - that's a nice system.

 

Personally, I would put the OS on the SSD and the "base" FSX/P3D files. But, as you hinted, you are looking at a LOT of bulk storage, and I would put all your terrain stuff on the WD drive.

 

Nice system!


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With that rig, you'll need a 'dual exaust' system !!

 

Nice setup. I have a Noctua NH-D14 which is excellent for discipating heat but which forces me to use low-profile memory sticks. I don't know if the model that you've chosen has more headroom than the model I use. I've read good reviews about Thermalright Archon SB-E X2 (on a par with Noctua) which allows the installation of standard memory sticks (at least with socket 1150 I believe). You may want to check it out at  http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cooling/2013/04/03/thermalright-archon-sb-e-x2-review/1 Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a reseller here in Canada.

 

JJ


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With that rig, you'll need a 'dual exaust' system !!

 

Nice setup. I have a Noctua NH-D14 which is excellent for discipating heat but which forces me to use low-profile memory sticks. I don't know if the model that you've chosen has more headroom than the model I use. I've read good reviews about Thermalright Archon SB-E X2 (on a par with Noctua) which allows the installation of standard memory sticks (at least with socket 1150 I believe). You may want to check it out at  http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cooling/2013/04/03/thermalright-archon-sb-e-x2-review/1 Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a reseller here in Canada.

 

JJ

 

LOL...thanks.  I've been lurking this forum for some time, collecting thoughts, ideas, etc.  It's tough to figure it all out.  Here's a picture of the Motherboard...

 

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I was hoping that the memory would be far enough away that it wouldn't be a problem.  The compatibility table at Noctua says that it's compatible.  Some boards it lists that the fan extends over the memory.  This one, it says it does not.  I found the ThermalRight unit you mentioned at FrozenCPU.com so I'll keep that idea in the back of my head in case I need it.

 

Thanks!

Gregg

Deeeeyaaamm - that's a nice system.

 

Personally, I would put the OS on the SSD and the "base" FSX/P3D files. But, as you hinted, you are looking at a LOT of bulk storage, and I would put all your terrain stuff on the WD drive.

 

Nice system!

 

Somewhere I saw that someone had 'linked' a directory from another drive into their FSX.  So, they had FSX on a smaller drive but kept their scenery on another.  Not sure if that's wise or possible.  I read all the posts about folks so happy they have an SSD...very fast startup times.  It'd be nice to have mine set up that way.


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"A good landing is when you can walk away from the airplane.  A great landing is when you can reuse it."
i7-8700 32GB Ram, GTX-1070 8 Gig RAM

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Have you had SSDs before?

 

Once you try them you don't want to go back to HDD ever again.

 

The 250GB is too little to install FS but too much for just the OS. I would get a 120GB to install OS and minor programs AND a 1TB SSD to install FSX.

 

I see money is not an issue on your system, so do yourself a big favor and get a 1TB SSD for your FSX and flight sim ONLY. If you need additional dead storage (music, films, documents etc.) get an HDD, but consider having a large dedicated SSD for FSX (and P3D, XPlane, DCS etc...)


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Have you had SSDs before?



Once you try them you don't want to go back to HDD ever again.



The 250GB is too little to install FS but too much for just the OS. I would get a 120GB to install OS and minor programs AND a 1TB SSD to install FSX.



I see money is not an issue on your system, so do yourself a big favor and get a 1TB SSD for your FSX and flight sim ONLY. If you need additional dead storage (music, films, documents etc.) get an HDD, but consider having a large dedicated SSD for FSX (and P3D, XPlane, DCS etc...)

 

I have an SSD in my laptop and it starts amazingly fast.  Love it.  I'll have to see if I can get at least a 512GB SSD instead of the Caviar.


Gregg Seipp

"A good landing is when you can walk away from the airplane.  A great landing is when you can reuse it."
i7-8700 32GB Ram, GTX-1070 8 Gig RAM

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The 250GB is too little to install FS but too much for just the OS. I would get a 120GB to install OS and minor programs AND a 1TB SSD to install FSX.

Alpha Floor is right on target here.  Speaking from experience I had a 40 GB SSD for my OS (Too Small but it was back when a 250GB was about the largest you could buy) I Also had A 120GB then a 250GB then another 250 GB.  The thing about HD space, especially SSD's, is that they tend to fill quicker than you'd think or at least thats been my experience.  I have tried keeping my files streamlined and by doing so and not installing everything under the sun a 250 GB drive can work fine but if your going to run multiple Sims FSX, XP10 and P3D then it's not enough.

In my own system I have went to a 120GB SSD for the OS. a 500GB Samsung 840 EVO just like yours for my Sims and then a couple standard large capacity drives for general storage. I even use an older 300GB Velociraptor as my 30 day scratch/ temp drive that I download and extract files to then routinely wipe.  At this point I'm not sure the 500GB EVO is enough but seeing how easy it is to drag and drop XP10 to another disk to gain another 90-100GB it'll work fine...for now.

 

You picked some good gear your going to like it for sure!


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•Noctua NH-U14S

If you intend to overclock, I would consider the NH-D14. Or, for no issues regarding RAM clearance, the Thermalright Archon SB-EX2.

 

Why only 1600 MHz RAM? Consider 2133 with decent timings.

 

Corsair Dominator GT fits under a D14, once the fins are removed, they screw on. The fins make no difference to cooling at all, it's just a gimmick.

 

Corsair also make low profile RAM.

 

Have you considered Ivy bridge-E? Should overclock better than Haswell. No TIM under the IHS, instead an epoxy solder.

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Hi all,

 

I'm ordering a new machine:

  • Intel Core i7 4770K Quad Core Unlocked Processor: 3.5GHz, 8MB L3 Cache, On-Chip Graphics,Socket 1150
  • Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H Motherboard, ATX, So. 1150, Gb LAN, RAID, Video Output, SATA 6G, CrossFire, SLI
  • Corsair XMS3 16GB kit (2x8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600MHz) Memory
  • Samsung 840 EVO 250GB Solid State Drive, SATA 6Gbps, 2.5"
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA/6G Hard Drive, 3.5"
  • Blue Ray/DVD
  • Either a Corsair or Thermaltake case
  • Noctua NH-U14S for Intel LGA 2011,1156,1155, 1150 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/3+,FM1/2 Sockets, U Type, 6 Heatpipe,140mm CPU Cooler Cooling
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Superclocked with ACX Cooler 4 GB GDDR5 256-Bit Dual-Link DVI-I/DVI-D HDMI DP SLI Ready Graphcs Card 04G-P4-3774-KR
  • Windows 7 Professional

Questions:

  • Is it a good system?  Any obvious weaknesses?
  • How to configure FSX and Prepare3D on it.  It has 250 Gig SSD.  But I want to install FSX and Prepare3D 2.2, FTX Global, Vector, Landclass, PNW, NorCal, Megascenery Socal, other scenery, Ultimate Traffic.  Would I install the OS on the Caviar drive and install the sims on the SSD?  Would they fit?  Where to put the Virtual Memory?

Thanks in advance,

Gregg

If you can wait a few months wait till haswell refresh you'd be better off since If your going to overclock the new TIM is gonna be alot better should drop the temps by 20C


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Well if budget is not in the way why not get a GTX780ti and Faster Memory with low timing and the larger SSD.

Apart from that its perfect

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should drop the temps by 20C

 

Wow...20C.  I have to admit it's tempting.  On the other hand, I've been sitting on this, waiting for over 6 months already.  I think there's always something better coming and you can get into eternal hold.  If this would run the sim well then I'd just pick this as the moment.  I'm not looking for massive overclocking...seems like 4.2-4.3 would be fine and I'd be ecstatic if I could get to 4.5 without much noise.  It seems like P3D is coming up fast...though add on companies now have to get to work to bring on the goodies...so overclocking might not be so critical?

 

 

Well if budget is not in the way why not get a GTX780ti and Faster Memory with low timing and the larger SSD.

 

Is the 780 Ti that much faster?  It's all the little pieces that add to a big pricetag and the 780Ti is $700...not quite double the $400 that the 770 costs.  I'll see if I can get the faster ram.  I'm buying everything but the cooler and the video card from a local company.  Maybe they can order it.

 

 

If you intend to overclock, I would consider the NH-D14. Or, for no issues regarding RAM clearance, the Thermalright Archon SB-EX2.

 

Why only 1600 MHz RAM? Consider 2133 with decent timings.

 

Corsair Dominator GT fits under a D14, once the fins are removed, they screw on. The fins make no difference to cooling at all, it's just a gimmick.

 

Corsair also make low profile RAM.

 

Have you considered Ivy bridge-E? Should overclock better than Haswell. No TIM under the IHS, instead an epoxy solder.

 

The NH-U14 looks like the model that's compatible with the motherboard.  Am I missing something there?

 

I'm not much of an overclocker.  They have Haswell where I'm buying the system and they're putting it together.  I can ask if they have epoxy solder but not sure if they'll do that.


Gregg Seipp

"A good landing is when you can walk away from the airplane.  A great landing is when you can reuse it."
i7-8700 32GB Ram, GTX-1070 8 Gig RAM

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Wow...20C.  I have to admit it's tempting.  On the other hand, I've been sitting on this, waiting for over 6 months already.  I think there's always something better coming and you can get into eternal hold.  If this would run the sim well then I'd just pick this as the moment.  I'm not looking for massive overclocking...seems like 4.2-4.3 would be fine and I'd be ecstatic if I could get to 4.5 without much noise.  It seems like P3D is coming up fast...though add on companies now have to get to work to bring on the goodies...so overclocking might not be so critical?

 

 

 

Is the 780 Ti that much faster?  It's all the little pieces that add to a big pricetag and the 780Ti is $700...not quite double the $400 that the 770 costs.  I'll see if I can get the faster ram.  I'm buying everything but the cooler and the video card from a local company.  Maybe they can order it.

 

 

 

The NH-U14 looks like the model that's compatible with the motherboard.  Am I missing something there?

 

I'm not much of an overclocker.  They have Haswell where I'm buying the system and they're putting it together.  I can ask if they have epoxy solder but not sure if they'll do that.

P3d still uses the CPU alot more then GPU thats why Im going from a 4.5ghz AMD to a I5-4690K when refresh comes out because intel CPU's are better for FSX/P3d as they demand single core performance.(Intels are so much better that a stock 3.5 GHZ Haswell beats my overclocked 4.5ghz AMD by 28% in single core performance)

The issue with the current Haswell is most chips are maxed a 4.3 overclock with the crappy TIM intel uses but with refresh they might be albe to hit 5GHZ pretty easily like the old I5 2500K's which alot of people run at 5-5.2 ghz pretty easily. I'd wait its only a few months and the prices on the New cpus are the same as the current ones. If you do get current gen haswell and want to get to 4.5GHZ plan on de-lidding it and thats just not somthing Im willing to do as you can destroy your new $340 CPU. Also you might consider the i5's as FSX and P3d don't use hyper-threading so unless you do alot  video editing and such the i7's are kinda a waste of money as most modern games only use two cores at max


David Womacks CFI,CFII,MEI

Copilot: Captain have you ever flown a 777 before?

Captain:Nope,but we got a strong tail wind and the bar in Hong Kong stays open till 5am, so lets kick the tires, light the fires and, get the hell outta here.

 

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Is the 780 Ti that much faster?

 

I understand it is based on what I read on Simforums when it came out. But for FSX is so CPU bond that I doubt if you would see a difference between a GTX 780 and GTX 780Ti. However you might in P3DV2.

 

Nick Needham said at the he wrote his Haswell build guide that the best GPU to use with an i7 4770k was the GTX 780.

 

Having said all of that P3DV2.2 is here tomorrow and I really cant see FSX lasting much longer on my system. In fact I use P3DV2 exclusively now and SLI is just around the corner.

 

I am running an i7 4770k at 4.8ghz and although mine is delided it could still do that before I delided it. It is however a crap shoot with the i7 4770k you can get a good one or you can get a bad one. No amount of exotic cooling or deliding will  not yeild a high OC

 

Here is mine

 

i7 4770k

GTX 780

Asus Sabertooth Z87

8GB G-skill 2400mhz CL9

Samsung 840 Pro 128gb with windows 7 64bit

Samsung 840 Pro 256 for FSX soon to be replaced with P3DV2

Samsung 840 Pro 256 for X-Plane 10 and P3DV2

2TB HDD  outside 1TB partition FSX performance inside 1TB partition dead storage

2TB HDD  outside 1TB partition X-plane 10 performance inside 1TB partition dead storage

 

My plane is to add a second GTX780 and perhaps a third once LM announces SLI support.

 

I would plan your system based on P3DV2

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I would plan your system based on P3DV2

 

Probably wise.  it's probably not yet PC to say, but P3D is really making leaps and bounds.  In time, developers will turn their attention from FSX, aircraft addons that replace RXP will be integrated.  I was opting for the 770 because of both the price as well as the extra gig of video ram.

 

Gregg


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"A good landing is when you can walk away from the airplane.  A great landing is when you can reuse it."
i7-8700 32GB Ram, GTX-1070 8 Gig RAM

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Why only 1600 MHz RAM? Consider 2133

Was just going to recommend this! Anything after sandy bridge likes faster RAM 2133/2400 if you can


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