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I5-6600k or I7-4790k for FSX

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I'm looking at upgrading to either the 4790k or the newer 6600k. Which would be better for FSX. I'm upgrading from a I5-3570K and Nvidia 660, which have been pretty good but it's time for an upgrade.

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It's OK. It's a newer generation I5 to an older generation I7 so it's allowed.

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Personally, I'd go with the 6600k. You'll be able to upgrade later if you choose to do so and Skylake comes with a plethora of upgrades and changes. 

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I thought I heard that the hyperthreading on the I7 doesn't really serve FSX well or is that old thinking. I don't really want to pay for something I'm not going to be using and FSX is the only thing I would need that much computing power for.

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Yes, I am aware of that. I would have to get a new motherboard for the 4790k also but could use my DDR3 memory.

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Go for Skylake I say. There's more to the newer platform than just CPU IPC.

 

I would always favour the newer platform if funds allowed.

 

I went for the Asus Z170-A, cheap and capable motherboard.

 

For RAM I went for Ripjaw V... desighned for Skylake.

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Go for Skylake I say. There's more to the newer platform than just CPU IPC.

I would always favour the newer platform if funds allowed.

I went for the Asus Z170-A, cheap and capable motherboard.

For RAM I went for Ripjaw V... desighned for Skylake.

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I went for the Gigabyte Gaming 7. Great board, but I wish I would have gone with this Asus board. It would do everything I want it to AND would have saved me some money.

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It is comparing last year Air Jordan's to this years neither stand out with features make you latch on to one. Extra threads help with downloading goodies but fps don't make much difference as I don't max out features.

It is comparing last year Air Jordan's to this years neither stand out with features make you latch on to one. I7 Extra threads help with downloading goodies but fps don't make much difference as I don't max out feature on my sims. If i7 4790k is $1200 vs i5 6600k at $1200. I pick the i7 as extra threads are good for Photoshop and zipping files. I have 4790k it's good for lazy people like me don't wanna bother with overclocking.

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Skylake does stand out... if you look at the "entire package", everything the new platform brings to the table.

 

Everybody that's upgraded to Skylake here on Avsin has been delighted with their choice.

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I'm looking at putting my first system together in the new year, the Asus Z170-A looks perfect for what I had in mind. How good are the integrated graphics? As I probably won't be able to put in a GPU for a little while, since FSX isn't GPU bound (thinking of popping in a nice skylake i7)

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Alaister, I've yet to build my Skylake PC, the components are still in boxes... but yes, it will run with the integrated graphics. But whether it will run with the frame rate and eye candy you regard as a minimum is another question.

 

 

Yes FSX is CPU biased, but the GPU is still important these days, given the higher res and AA we all favour. I've always found a graphics card upgrade to make a significant difference in terms of performance, not as much as a CPU but still significant.

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I'm looking at putting my first system together in the new year, the Asus Z170-A looks perfect for what I had in mind. How good are the integrated graphics? As I probably won't be able to put in a GPU for a little while, since FSX isn't GPU bound (thinking of popping in a nice skylake i7)

 

Get a GPU. See the post above mine written by Martin for the explanation. If you're going to build yourself a decent computer, there is no reason not to get yourself a GPU. If money is a factor, get something on the low end to hold you over for a while. 

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