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    Time for a new computer. Need some advice.

    I put together my current I7 based system so long ago I forget how old it is but I7s were the latest greatest. Has I7,2.4 ghz, Vista 64,4 gigs ,660 TI vid card. No issues but I have every addon known to man and the sytems is really showing its age.Its time to treat myself and I am considering getting Falconnorthwest to build me one.
    First off is SSD night/day running FSX? I am considering a 2 gig one.
    Here is the build sheet.


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    To be honest you can build it yourself for less, but if you can afford it...it's nice system setup!
    Ted
    Vivat Christus Rex! Ad maiorem Dei gloriam

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    As Ted says, build it yourself.
    The current 'performance box' I'm building for people is based on good quality and flexibility.

    The latest offerings are not what I would use right now, I just never ever buy the first model of anything.


    CHIP: i7-4790K Quad Core
    MoBo: ASUS Sabretooth Z97 Mk.I LGA1150
    PSU: Corsair TX750M Bronze
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Nepton 280L Ki
    Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX970 Superclocked ACX2.0 4GB (x2 in SLI Optional)

    OS HD: Samsung SSD 840EVO 500GB
    FSX HD: Samsung SSD 840EVO 500GB or Samsung SSD 840EVO 1TB
    Backup HD: WD RED 2TB SATA III
    Optical Drive: LG CH12NS30 BLU-RAY
    RAM: G.Skill RipjawsZ 32GB PC3-19200 DDR3
    CASE: FRACTAL DESIGN Define RF4 Black Pearl ATX
    OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64






    "Illegitimum non carborundum".

    Corsair Obsidian 900D Full Tower. MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM. Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 5960X Haswell-E LGA2011-3 8 Core @ 4.8GHz. Thermaltake Water 3 Riing RGB Cooler Premium Edition 6 x Riing 12 fans. ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti OC Edition, 11GBx2 in SLI.
    Corsair Dominator Platinum 32G 2800MHz DDR4 Kit. LG BH16NS40 BluRay Reader/Writer. Corsair CMPSU-HX1000i FM 1000Watt x2.
    Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD x 3. Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD x1.
    Western Digital WD Gold 4TB Datacenter HDD.
    Acer Predator X34P 34inch IPS LED Curved Gaming Monitor 3440x1440 120Hz

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    Nice looking system Wombat, although I would opt for Gigabyte over Asus. (Asus stiffed me for a money back rebate on a Nvidea card so I have the huff with them at the moment)
    I agree Z99 are so new they are overpriced at the moment plus DDR4 memory is a ta premium to for a while yet. I would wait a while myself unless it is a must have. Plus it is a doddle to build a PC yourself. Go on give it a try. You will learn a lot and save a bunch.
    Intel i5-8600K 3.6 GHz Coffee Lake 6 Core Processor
    Asus ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming LGA1151 Z370 Motherboard
    Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
    Corsair 100i Liquid CPU Cooler
    Corsair 1000W PSU
    MSI RX580 Radeon Armor 8Gb
    Windows 10 Home Premium 64
    3 x 21" Acer LED screens

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    I really like the Sabretooth boards Naismith, all the systems I've built with them are rock solid and IMHO the layout of the board is great.
    The specs I've listed are the starting point for people who ask me to build a decent rig, I'll compromise on Graphics Card and RAM if needed, but if they don't like the MoBo, the case or the CPU Cooler then I dismiss them.
    As for all the new kit, it's way overpriced and I'll lay even money it will be far more affordable in 6 months time, and probably more refined.
    I will admit to testing a few new items on my 'next' box but I'm playing the conservative card right now.
    When I loaded up the dual GTX690 system in our new residence I had to ante up for an extra Air Conditioner to keep me and the Box comfortable ............ I do feel the heat these days but dealing with that 40C exhaust was not on!!
    Overclocking that poor little i7 377K to just on 4.6Ghz probably didn't help either.
    "Illegitimum non carborundum".

    Corsair Obsidian 900D Full Tower. MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM. Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 5960X Haswell-E LGA2011-3 8 Core @ 4.8GHz. Thermaltake Water 3 Riing RGB Cooler Premium Edition 6 x Riing 12 fans. ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti OC Edition, 11GBx2 in SLI.
    Corsair Dominator Platinum 32G 2800MHz DDR4 Kit. LG BH16NS40 BluRay Reader/Writer. Corsair CMPSU-HX1000i FM 1000Watt x2.
    Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD x 3. Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD x1.
    Western Digital WD Gold 4TB Datacenter HDD.
    Acer Predator X34P 34inch IPS LED Curved Gaming Monitor 3440x1440 120Hz

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    If it were me, I think I'd trade half of that 32GB of RAM for a faster CPU, especially if overclocking is not possible.
    My computer:Win XP 32 Home SP3, Q9650 @ 3.6 GHz, 4GB DDR2-800 RAM @ 800 MHz, EVGA Nvidia 560Ti-SOC-1GB

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    I was one of those must stay on the current latest and greatest kinda guys since Microprose F19. I agree and learned the hard way on buying the first Gen of anything including software. Also the waiting another 3-6 months and it will be cheaper has always been the case.
    But yeah I will take stability and support over speed any day especially with a crash prone FSX which is why I am asking.
    So for FSX put the money into the processor and good ram seems to have always been the rule. The only real unknown are I know nothing about SSD and Windows 8 pertaining to FSX. I do not run multiple monitors or extreme res so the card does not have to be 4 gig and breath fire. I use a LED 34 inch TV.
    I am not committed to Falconnorthwest and never bought a custom high end rig from them or anyone for that matter so I am very much open to ideas but I do not feel like putting one together. So any other alternatives,builders etc feel free to let me know.

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    Wombat is right about the Sabretooth...I have built many with that board and they are ultra dependable though not quite as fast as the ASUS X99. However you hare not going to overclock so OC speed is not quite as important. At some point you might learn overclocking, it is very safe and the Sabretooth is a decent overclocker. FSX, P3D and X-Plane is awesome at 4Ghz speeds. You mentioned you built one before I assume you did the build. If that is true you could do this one for a lot less money and still get the latest HOT thing off the shelf. Let us know if we can help in any way.
    Vivat Christus Rex! Ad maiorem Dei gloriam

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    I ran through their build options and it seems mostly high end.
    And to me, not a lot of choice when it comes to manufacturers either.
    Take on board the various suggestions made here and perhaps make up a list of what looks good to you, then shop around to see if you can find a pro builder who will build to YOUR requirements.
    Re the question on the SSD option, do try and go for a pair of 500GB drives, OS on one, FSX on the other.
    You might get away with a 250GB drive for your OS but the larger drive gives you a little extra wriggle room, alternately a 2TB HD (under A$100.00 for example) in conjunction with the smaller SSD is a nice big backup option.
    FSX really needs CPU power and the i7-4790K Quad Core runs 4G out of the box.
    Actually, rolling your own is not that difficult and is very satisfying, but maybe not for everyone.

    Right now I'm attempting to sort out a freaking Acer laptop and Windows 8 abomination for an older friend of mine.
    Now that is real PITA!
    He'll be delighted if I can clear everything out of the bloody thing and just install a basic W7 system ...........
    "Illegitimum non carborundum".

    Corsair Obsidian 900D Full Tower. MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM. Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 5960X Haswell-E LGA2011-3 8 Core @ 4.8GHz. Thermaltake Water 3 Riing RGB Cooler Premium Edition 6 x Riing 12 fans. ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti OC Edition, 11GBx2 in SLI.
    Corsair Dominator Platinum 32G 2800MHz DDR4 Kit. LG BH16NS40 BluRay Reader/Writer. Corsair CMPSU-HX1000i FM 1000Watt x2.
    Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD x 3. Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD x1.
    Western Digital WD Gold 4TB Datacenter HDD.
    Acer Predator X34P 34inch IPS LED Curved Gaming Monitor 3440x1440 120Hz

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    Quote Originally Posted by stansdds View Post
    If it were me, I think I'd trade half of that 32GB of RAM for a faster CPU, especially if overclocking is not possible.
    Just what I was going to add. 16 gigs is plenty..

    I would also spend a few more bucks and make the DVDRW drive a 24X , not a 16X

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