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Hey Guys,

 

I need some advice and help on a new computer build to run FSX: SE on maximum graphics or close to it. Please look at the parts that I plan on using to build the computer below: 

 

CPU

Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core

 

CPU Cooler

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing

 

Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK ATX LGA1150

 

Memory

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866

 

SSD

Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" SSD

 

Storage

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

 

Video Card

Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB DirectCU II

 

Case

Corsair 760T Black ATX Full Tower

 

Power Supply

SeaSonic 850W ATX12V / EPS12V

 

Optical Drive

Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

 

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

 

Sound Card

Asus Xonar D1

 

Wireless Network Adapter

Asus PCE-N53 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1

 

 

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High end CPU is good.

 

Low end GPU is no good.

 

Go for an Nvidia. AMD suck for FSX. Nvidia 970 is what you want to look at. 

 

 

So everything looks good besides the graphics card?

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The cooler is adequate if you don't intend to overclock.  The PSU is more than you really need, particularly if you follow the good advice above and purchase the 970 instead.  You can save a little by investing in 8Gb ram.  FSX, FSX-SE and P3D can use only half of that.  Go 16Gb only if you do image manipulation, video production or intend to run a large ram disc.

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Get 8gb and get 970 or budget $$$ limited get 760 gtx. 270x would be great with other games just not fsx because of cloud issue and its AA not optimized for FSX.

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An air cooler will actually do the job, it is a matter of taste..  air vs water.

 

2X4GB RAM may save a little money, not much.

 

Likewise the PSU, stay with 850W.

 

But graphics card, yes, go for a  GTX970, or 770.

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16gb ram is overkill for fsx build. Get an nvidia like everyone says. What resolution are you running? I have a gtx770 2gb running 1440p and its not enough. I wish i had known about vram before i went for the 770. So yeah, get 8gb 1866 CAS9 and a gtx 970(gigabyte gaming g1 is the fastest ive read)

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