boxsmasher From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 50 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 15669 times:
I narrowed it down two these two PC's. If you had a choice, which would pick to run FSX? I will possibly have up to 3 monitors, FSX traffic, scenery add on's etc. Any components that you think I should change, add etc? Is there a better system out there? Thanks all for sharing your expertise and your time.
SYSTEM # 1:
-Intel Core i7-2600K Unlocked Sandy Bridge LGA 1155 Quad-Core Processor @ 4.5GHz
-CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm A70 Dual-Fan CPU Cooler
(Quad SLI/CrossFireX supported) ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 Motherboard
-G.Skill Ripjaws X 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 2133 Desktop Memory
-MSI Twin Frozr III/OC GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
-Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
-Onboard Realtek ALC892 7.1+2 Channel HD Audio Codec
-CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 850W 80 Plus Bronze Certified Active PFC Power Supply
-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with SP1 64-bit
SYSTEM # 2:
Processor 1 x Intel® Core™ i7 3820 Processor (4x 3.60GHz/10MB L3 Cache)-Intel Core i7 3820
iBUYPOWER PowerDrive 1 x PowerDrive Level 2 - Up to 20% Overclocking-
Processor Cooling 1 x Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-2011]-ARC Dual Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow)
Memory 1 x 16 GB [4 GB X4] DDR3-1600 Memory Module-Corsair or Major Brand
Video Card 1 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 - 2GB - EVGA Superclocked - Free Upgrade to EVGA FTW Series-Single Card
Video Card Brand 1 x Major Brand Powered by AMD or NVIDIA
Motherboard 1 x Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 -- 4x PCI-E 2.0 x16-
Power Supply 1 x 1000 Watt - AZZA Titan 1000W-
Primary Hard Drive 1 x 120 GB ADATA S510 SSD-Single Drive
Data Hard Drive 1 x 2 TB HARD DRIVE -- 64M Cache, 7200rpm, 6.0Gb/s-Single Drive
Optical Drive 1 x [12X Blu-Ray] LG BLU-RAY Reader, DVD±R/±AS Fluggeselischaft mbH">RW Burner Combo Drive-Black
2nd Optical Drive 1 x 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±AS Fluggeselischaft mbH">RW + CD-R/RW Drive-Black
Meter Display 1 x NZXT Sentry 2 Touch Screen Fan Controller & Temperature Display-
Sound Card 1 x 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard-
Network Card 1 x Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)-
Operating System 1 x Windows 8 + Office 2010 Trial [Free 60-Day !!!]-64-bit
Keyboard 1 x iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Keyboard-
Mouse 1 x iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Mouse-Blood Red
Monitor 1 x 24" LED 1920x1080 -- ASUS VS248H-P-
2nd Monitor 0 x None-
Speaker System 1 x Logitech S120 2.0 Speaker System-
conaly From Germany, joined May 2005, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 15586 times:
if I had to choose one of them it would be definitely the first one! Why? Because it has a 2600K CPU. And you need it for overclocking. If you wanna run FSX smoothly, you should go with one of the Intel K-processors (Sandy Bridge 2500K, 2600K or 2700K - Ivy Bridge 3570K or 3770K). FSX benefits from a high clock and a high performance per clock more than from a good graphics card.
I run my FSX with many add ons on a Ivy Bridge 3770K, overclocked to 4,5GHz with a GTX560 TI. And I actually would recommend you to get an Ivy Bridge CPU as well, as they are the newer CPU-generation and run pretty good. To overclock the processor you also need a mainboard, which supports overclocking (Z77-chipset) and a very good CPU-cooler. I use the Noctua NH-D12, which is quite expensive, but one of the best fan-coolers on the market.
Besides that in my opinion it is better not to buy a complete PC but only the parts and assemble it by yourself. In this case, you can choose only the parts you really need to. For example the 16GB RAM is an overkill for FSX, as it doesn't benefit from them. I have 8GB without any out-of-memory error. Additionally an 850 or 1000W power supply is much too much. If you don't plan for two graphic cards with SLI, you can go with 500-600W, just take one of a good brand and no noname-products.
What also is a nice-to-have (and I actually don't want without one anymore) is a Solid-State-Disk (SSD). Much faster boot-process, everything is much faster, no fragmentation and faster loading of FSX. No difference in FPS, though. I have a 256GB SSD for Windows 7, FSX and all the programs, I use very often (browser, photoshop etc.).