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Computer Upgrade Advice? (FSX box)

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I am using a dedicated computer to run fsx/acceleration (box), with ORBX and a number of saitek devices.

My current configuration is described below. I'll preface by noting that I am NOT particularly tech savvy, but am seeking advice on which component(s) would make the most sense to upgrade in order to realize improved fsx performance.

Thank you,
Brian

Windows 7

CPU: Intel i5-2500k 3.3 GHz

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67

Graphics Card: HIS Radeon HD6870

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X 2x4GB

Power Supply: Corsair VX550

Disks: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB

Case: Lian-Li PCK-62

Monitor(s): 2 of: ASUS VH238H 23"

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Thank you Vortex.  I had wondered about overclocking, but given my lack of tech knowledge, didn't know if it a practicable alternative.

 

Do you have any suggestions on what I should direct a service tech to do if I bring it into a shop for this?  I don't want to be taken for a ride,

 

Regards,

 

Brian

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Thank you Vortex. I had wondered about overclocking, but given my lack of tech knowledge, didn't know if it a practicable alternative.

 

Do you have any suggestions on what I should direct a service tech to do if I bring it into a shop for this? I don't want to be taken for a ride,

 

Regards,

 

Brian

It's not too difficult to overclock yourself. In the link I posted there's a page specifically for your motherboard. It has automatic overclocking options built into the BIOS which, whilst they might not reach the full potential of your CPU, should give you a reasonable boost. If you have any problems you can always select the default settings in the BIOS to return to a normal, working setup. It's important to have a good cooler and to monitor the CPU temperature throughout.

 

If you decide not to try it yourself, I would make sure that your service tech is familiar with overclocking and you should be OK. Again, to be safe you should make sure you have (or he installs) a good cooler to keep the temps under control - anything that came with the CPU originally will almost certainly not do the job.

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Thanks Joel,

 

Any advice on which model?

 

Brian

 

GTX 1060, (or 1050 depending on your budget)

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Thank you Bert.

 

I'm not really proficient in tech, so I am wondering if you know of a suitable model/version 1060?  When I looked online, I found a wide array of models varying quite a bit in price, I assume based on brand, memory and speed -- but don't know which fit-out is best suited for fsx?

 

Brian

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I should probably provide additional information on my setup.  It includes Orbx North America, Global FTX and Vector.  Also, the following Saitek devices:

 

Proflight yoke and throttle

 

Proflight cessna trim wheel

 

Proflight rudder pedals

 

Radios: (2 of)

 

Multi panel

 

Switch panel

 

Flight instrument panels (FIPs):  (8 of)

 

I don't know if this info matters, but I assume they place a demand on system resources.

 

Thanks,

 

Brian

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Thank you Bert.

 

I'm not really proficient in tech, so I am wondering if you know of a suitable model/version 1060?  When I looked online, I found a wide array of models varying quite a bit in price, I assume based on brand, memory and speed -- but don't know which fit-out is best suited for fsx?

 

Brian

 

Pick a brand you like... EVGA, Asus, MSI are all good brands.

Not sure the specs matter that much.. sometimes you get a better price on

one than the other..

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CPU: Intel i5-2500k 3.3 GHz

 

 

Overclock this to 4.6 ghz easily, that's why you bought a K series chip, isn't it ?

 

 

Graphics Card: HIS Radeon HD6870

 

 

 

Get rid of this and buy a good Nvidia card that fits your budget.

 

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A question about a new 1060 card:  is the following sufficient, or is there a further benefit to increase it's memory and/or speed -- to what?

 

Description:  Bus Interface: PCIe 3.0 x16, Max Memory Size: 6144 MB, Core Clock(s): 1708 MHz, Memory Clock(s): 2002 MHz, Graphics API Support: DirectX 12.0 OpenGL 4.5 Max TDP: 120 W

 

Thanks,

 

Brian

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Ok, I'm heading out tomorrow to get a 1060 graphics card.  Here in Canada, everything costs more (much) but I'm willing to spend it if there is a benefit to my setup.  Unless otherwise advised, I'll go with 3GB (versus 6GB) of memory, and 1,53/1,73 GHz (boost) clock.  Is there a benefit to faster?

 

I'll also be overclocking the i5 2500k to somewhere in the 4,x range (with a new cooler),

 

Thanks everyone,

 

Brian

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