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  1. I finally took the plunge and upgraded my system from the AMD 965 Black Edition to the new Ivy Bridge i7-3770K with some GSkill TridentX Ram (2666!!) and the Sabertooth MB w/Z77 chipset. I did a fresh format of my FSX SSD and my System SSD. I have not done any overclocking .... yet !!! I have just reinstalled FSX, and of course my first add-on was the NGX. I haven't done any FSX tweaks, and just for kicks, I loaded up the NGX at my home base. It loaded fast as hell, but the visuals were horrific. All I can say is I really must have had the other install really dialed in. I just realized the scope of the work ahead of me (and this is after two and a half days of building a new computer, etc.). The hardest part of all this is trying to decide which steps to do in what order. Wish me luck, I'll keep you posted. P.S. For Zach ... you were right ... AMD is Cr*p P.S.S. I am getting some pmdg.dll app crashes AFTER exiting. I guess that'll all come out in the wash. I have a lot of forum searching to do. ugh!
  2. Hi All, First I would like to start off with sorry, I know that these forums get bombarded with "new computer" posts, hopefully with one will prove to be a bit more useful for everyone. As the title states this will be a "Pure" FSX rig, meaning I will have the following installed: 1) Win 7x64 2) Anti-virus (NOD32) 3) Chrome/Firefox/Not IE browser 4) FSX and Add-ons I plan on using this computer for FSX and FSX ONLY! I already have a multiple Apple machines capable of meeting all my other personal and professional computer needs. My current FS9/X rig is so old I won't post the specs for fear of public humiliation. With Ivy Bridge here, I plan on waiting 4-6 weeks before purchasing components until I can get some IB/PCIe3 info specific to FSX. With that said here is my current spec sheet: Ivy Bridge 3770k GTX680* MSI Z77 Mobo http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813130643 Corsair 850W Modular Power Supply http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139015 Intel 520 Cherryville SSD** http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820167094 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820167093 Corsair H100 Liquid Cooling for CPU http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835181017 16GB Mushkin Redline DDR31600 (7-8-9-24)*** http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820226283 Corsair Carbide 500R Case http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811139010 * -- As far as the GTX680 goes, I am not married to it. If PCIe3 shows little/no returns in FSX I may opt for the 570/580 to save some money. ** -- Going with Intel 520 because (from what I understand) it has proprietary Sandforce 2200 controller/drivers which increase reliability and performance. Going with one 60GB for the OS and two 120's in RAID0 for FSX. *** -- I was recommended this memory by a friend, and it is similar to that suggested by NickN at simforums (he suggests a 7-7-7-24 which is out of stock at Newegg, if it gets back in by the time I order I will go with that). CAS Latency = 7. My main questions with this set up are: 1) Are the Intel 520 SSDs worth the price (are they more reliable)? 2) Will Intel 520 SSDs in RAID0 provide a noticeable improvement in loading times and/or reduction of stutters? Also is 240gb overkill for FSX (I plan on installing some major Aircraft Addons (PMDG, Lenardo, Level-D, etc.) and a sizable amount of airport, and area wide scenery. 3) Down the road (6-12 months) I would like to try a tri-screen setup. I understand that FSX does not utilize SLI, but in the case of multiple monitors would it make a difference? And if I do opt to go with the Tri Monitor setup, is it safe to assume the 680 will provide better performance (in Dual SLI/Tri-monitor configuration) than the 570 or 580? Please feel free to post different suggestions for parts, I would prefer Newegg links as I have a Preferred Account there. Thanks in advance for all your words of wisdom.
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