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Which PC build to go with for Prepar3d V3?

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Hello guys,

Im posting a message on behalf of a friend that is in the process of acquiring a new PC. Its solely for Prepar3d and maybe Xplane 11. Based on his budget, he has a choice between:

Intel i7 6700k, 16GB DDR4 Ram, GTX 1070 and a 1440p monitor 

Intel i7 7700k, 16GB DDR4 Ram, GTX 1070 and a 1080p monitor

Intel i5 7600k  16GB DDR4 Ram, GTX 1070 and a 1440p monitor

His reasoning for the 1080p monitor is that he will have alot more headroom over the 1440p that may allow a smoother running sim/ slightly higher graphics settings, with ofcourse more savings as well. He will also like to know if he should just forgo the 1070 and get a 1060 instead @ 1080p as he knows how CPU dependent P3D is.

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.


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GTX 1070 and 1440p is considered by many to be the sweet spot in gaming right now. Able to get by with less AA due to the pixel density which translates into better performance. I personally would go with the i5 combo. The extra thread capability of the i7 will see little to no improvement in the majority of PC games, including P3D.  Stick with the 1070 if you can afford it. Though P3D relies heavily on the CPU, clouds and such do not. You will bottleneck a 1060 before the CPU. 1070 is a great card and an amazing compromise between the 1080 and 1060. 

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i7 7700k with 1070 if you can afford it, i5 with 7700k if not

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4 hours ago, 19dcavscout said:

GTX 1070 and 1440p is considered by many to be the sweet spot in gaming right now. Able to get by with less AA due to the pixel density which translates into better performance. I personally would go with the i5 combo. The extra thread capability of the i7 will see little to no improvement in the majority of PC games, including P3D.  Stick with the 1070 if you can afford it. Though P3D relies heavily on the CPU, clouds and such do not. You will bottleneck a 1060 before the CPU. 1070 is a great card and an amazing compromise between the 1080 and 1060. 

Second this.  I personally have an I5 6600K and the performance between the I7 version is negligible at least in FSX/P3D.

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Ask your friend to look at cheap 4k TVs instead.  Definitely go with option 2 for the hardware choice.

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2 hours ago, TechguyMaxC said:

Ask your friend to look at cheap 4k TVs instead.  Definitely go with option 2 for the hardware choice.

Will tell him to look into it thanks


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