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I am looking to do a new PC build for P3D. I was anticipating on buying all the parts in the next 3-4 weeks. My budget is anywhere from $1500-$2000. Any recommendations on the hardware I should get.

 

Just as a side note I have never OCed a CPU or GPU before.

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Start with an i7-4790 and fast 2X4GB memory on a quality Z97 motherboard (like Asus Z97-Pro).

 

Then it is up to you how you want to finish it off..  a GTX770 or 780 would be a good match.

 

No need to overclock the GPU, and with that CPU you may not have to overclock it either to get excellent performance.

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Start with an i7-4790 and fast 2X4GB memory on a quality Z97 motherboard (like Asus Z97-Pro).

 

Then it is up to you how you want to finish it off..  a GTX770 or 780 would be a good match.

 

No need to overclock the GPU, and with that CPU you may not have to overclock it either to get excellent performance.

 

 

Yup Bert is on the right track and I would buy a gtx780 6gig card and when P3D supports sli you can buy another - titan would be nice but two of them would be very very expensive - ah that means I am in for another expensive titan purchase

 

As for motherboard - any of these would work very nicely - http://www.gigabyte.us/products/list.aspx?s=42&jid=2&p=2&v=31

 

Here is a killer board and the price is amazing and reviews

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128706

 

get a corsair h-100 water cooler - they are awesome

 

And get a nice full tower case to hold that water cooler - installed in the top of case - also full case stays cooler

 

One more thing if you can get the corsair vengeance platinums best ram ever - this is one thing you really need to consider 

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Yup Bert is on the right track and I would buy a gtx780 6gig card and when P3D supports sli you can buy another - titan would be nice but two of them would be very very expensive - ah that means I am in for another expensive titan purchase

As Richard said , get the 780 6gb (im actually gonna buy it in a week) but the most important thing is to get a 800w or greater PSU . the reason is that i bought a 700w PSU 2 years ago and now i must upgrade it to a better psu because it cant handle the 4.4ghz i5 3570k coupled with a gtx 780 efficiently  . 

Just my 2 cents

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Richard, regarding the graphics cards, try like me to buy them second handed.

For 600 ( feb ) + 535 ( april ) I was lucky to have the chance to buy the same Gigabyte Titan. So now I have 2 .

 

They have Gpu Boost 2 and go up to 992mhz in detailed scenery.

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As Richard said , get the 780 6gb (im actually gonna buy it in a week) but the most important thing is to get a 800w or greater PSU . the reason is that i bought a 700w PSU 2 years ago and now i must upgrade it to a better psu because it cant handle the 4.4ghz i5 3570k coupled with a gtx 780 efficiently  . 

Just my 2 cents

 

Thats why I run an evga supernova 1100 watt - replaced my corsair 1200 watt thought it was faulty but it was just an unstable overclock - also I have one for sale  :)

 

 

Richard, regarding the graphics cards, try like me to buy them second handed.

For 600 ( feb ) + 535 ( april ) I was lucky to have the chance to buy the same Gigabyte Titan. So now I have 2 .

 

They have Gpu Boost 2 and go up to 992mhz in detailed scenery.

 

Gerard good to know - where did you buy it

 

"They have Gpu Boost 2 and go up to 992mhz in detailed scenery. "

 

What do you mean ? are you running sli and have better results buddy ? fill me in please

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Thats why I run an evga supernova 1100 watt - replaced my corsair 1200 watt thought it was faulty but it was just an unstable overclock - also I have one for sale  :)

hey rich as you saw in my post im looking for a psu . can you let me know what psu you'r selling ?
btw if you remember i promised you a couple weeks ago that once i buy a new gpu i will join the P3D boat . im only days away of that cant wait  :P

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hey rich as you saw in my post im looking for a psu . can you let me know what psu you'r selling ?

btw if you remember i promised you a couple weeks ago that once i buy a new gpu i will join the P3D boat . im only days away of that cant wait  :P

 

Hi I have a 1200 watt ax1200 pro series gold but Saudi Arabia - thinking that would be way to far to send it - you will luv P3D - give it a chance and you will luv it too  :smile: 

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Hi I have a 1200 watt ax1200 pro series gold but Saudi Arabia - thinking that would be way to far to send it - you will luv P3D - give it a chance and you will luv it too  :smile: 

dont worry about the shipping . just pm me your email 

cheers 

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dont worry about the shipping . just pm me your email 

cheers 

 

Done Faisal - thanks

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Thats why I run an evga supernova 1100 watt - replaced my corsair 1200 watt thought it was faulty but it was just an unstable overclock - also I have one for sale :)

 

 

 

Gerard good to know - where did you buy it

 

"They have Gpu Boost 2 and go up to 992mhz in detailed scenery. "

 

What do you mean ? are you running sli and have better results buddy ? fill me in please

Richard, at the moment I am only using FSX. I played around with P3D , but went back to FSX because of all scenery I have which is incredible to look it from within my 737-NGX home cockpit.

 

FSX is capable of benefitting from SLI , but only in 2D cockpit view without instruments or spotplaneview.

Then in very detailed scenery I have 40% more fps than with a single graphics card.

Flying in non detailed scenery the framerate is the same : single card or sli.

 

P3D can benefit from SLI in AFR mode ( see L M forum ).

I will try this hack in FSX too tomorrow to see if FSX can benefit more.

 

If P3D 2.3 will have SLI support I doubt it, but perhaps 2.4 or 2.5 will have full SLI support.

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Richard, at the moment I am only using FSX. I played around with P3D , but went back to FSX because of all scenery I have which is incredible to look it from within my 737-NGX home cockpit.

 

FSX is capable of benefitting from SLI , but only in 2D cockpit view without instruments or spotplaneview.

Then in very detailed scenery I have 40% more fps than with a single graphics card.

Flying in non detailed scenery the framerate is the same : single card or sli.

 

P3D can benefit from SLI in AFR mode ( see L M forum ).

I will try this hack in FSX too tomorrow to see if FSX can benefit more.

 

If P3D 2.3 will have SLI support I doubt it, but perhaps 2.4 or 2.5 will have full SLI support.

 

Thanks Gerard for the explanation very informative  :good: 

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So far I have

i7-4790

Gigabyte Sniper Z97 motherboard

GTX 780 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487003&cm_re=gtx_780_ti-_-14-487-003-_-Product

G.Skill Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231589&cm_re=g_skill-_-20-231-589-_-Product

I was planning on getting a 1000 Watt PSU.

 

What kind of SSD drive should i get and should i get one for p3d and one for operating system or 1 for both.

 

I plan on using my optical drive from my current desktop.

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So far I have

i7-4790

Gigabyte Sniper Z97 motherboard

GTX 780 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487003&cm_re=gtx_780_ti-_-14-487-003-_-Product

G.Skill Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231589&cm_re=g_skill-_-20-231-589-_-Product

I was planning on getting a 1000 Watt PSU.

 

What kind of SSD drive should i get and should i get one for p3d and one for operating system or 1 for both.

 

I plan on using my optical drive from my current desktop.

 

So did you buy the stuff all ready - the corsair platinums are amazing - anyway nice choices

1000 watt powers supply is a good idea - I would get a high end product and rating such as the evga supernova as it is very nice and not as expensive as the corsair ax1200 and I am not noticing any difference as I have both

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=-1&IsNodeId=1&Description=evga%20supernova&bop=And&Order=PRICED&PageSize=20

 

As for hard drive if you can afford it I would go with at least a 512mb samsung ssd and load all of your sim stuff on it and the secondary would be nice to have an ssd but not needed so thats up to you - I have an ocz 512mb vertex4 its nice but I have a new samsung 512mb and when I need to do a clean install I am using that and my ocz as a secondary 

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So did you buy the stuff all ready - the corsair platinums are amazing - anyway nice choices

1000 watt powers supply is a good idea - I would get a high end product and rating such as the evga supernova as it is very nice and not as expensive as the corsair ax1200 and I am not noticing any difference as I have both

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=-1&IsNodeId=1&Description=evga%20supernova&bop=And&Order=PRICED&PageSize=20

 

As for hard drive if you can afford it I would go with at least a 512mb samsung ssd and load all of your sim stuff on it and the secondary would be nice to have an ssd but not needed so thats up to you - I have an ocz 512mb vertex4 its nice but I have a new samsung 512mb and when I need to do a clean install I am using that and my ocz as a secondary 

Are you saying to get the samsung 512GB ssd for my Sim stuff and get a secondary for the OS?

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It depends on how much "stuff" you've got..

 

I like to have the OS separate, so I've got a 128 GB Samsung Pro for the OS, a 128 GB Samsung Evo (could be 256 GB) for FS, and a 1TB WD hard drive for data..

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Are you saying to get the samsung 512GB ssd for my Sim stuff and get a secondary for the OS?

 

 

Falcon  you want to have the samsung ssd for your OS and your flightsim as my choice differs from Berts I like to have plenty of left over room on my c:drive for my simulator imo 512mb is the least amount of space I would want my flightsim on with all my addons - place all your other files on a secondary hard drive does not have to be an ssd as its only for storage

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I am looking to do a new PC build for P3D. I was anticipating on buying all the parts in the next 3-4 weeks. My budget is anywhere from $1500-$2000. Any recommendations on the hardware I should get.

 

Just as a side note I have never OCed a CPU or GPU before.

You should get a I7-4790k you want the K model as only K models can be overclocked, I have the 4790k and am very happy with it.

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You should get a I7-4790k you want the K model as only K models can be overclocked, I have the 4790k and am very happy with it.

 

 

Good point as one does not know how savvy he is - get the K version

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I can tell you right now I never overclocked before. Right now on my FSX computer, I have 5GB free on my OS disk out of 120GB. I have alot of add on's, but I am unsure of the amount of addons i can bring over to P3D.

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Assuming your current OS drive is a harddrive, not an SSD..

 

If you only have 5 GB free on a 120 GB disk, you have a performance problem..

 

A harddrive should only be filled up to 70% max if you want good performance..

 

Maybe start by getting a 1 TB drive and clone it all over as an immediate step.

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Assuming your current OS drive is a harddrive, not an SSD..

 

If you only have 5 GB free on a 120 GB disk, you have a performance problem..

 

A harddrive should only be filled up to 70% max if you want good performance..

 

Maybe start by getting a 1 TB drive and clone it all over as an immediate step.

 

 

I agree Bert and this is why I say He needs a larger hard drive for the OS and flightsimulator - make no sense to have a hard drive that small - if I could afford 1tb ssd I would opt for that

 

I can tell you right now I never overclocked before. Right now on my FSX computer, I have 5GB free on my OS disk out of 120GB. I have alot of add on's, but I am unsure of the amount of addons i can bring over to P3D.

 

5gb free is nuts lol - you need to get a larger hard drive asap

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I can tell you right now I never overclocked before.

 

Definitely get the 4790K model - even without overclocking it is faster than the non-K model.

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Richard, at the moment I am only using FSX. I played around with P3D , but went back to FSX because of all scenery I have which is incredible to look it from within my 737-NGX home cockpit.

 

 

Gerard, just been having a look at your profile.  Do you have any pictures of your setup, the home cockpit with 3 HDTVs sounds fantastic

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I have 2 SSD drives on my current computer a 250GB that my FSX is on and a 120GB that my OS/addon are on. So do I got with 2 250GB SSD drives on the new build or get like 1 500GB SSD drive?

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