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Quote jake T Replybullet Topic: FSX Build
    Posted: 29 Dec 2010 at 9:32am
I need advice on a Flight Sim computer for FS2004, FSX, and XPlane.  I want to spend no more than 1500 (w/o monitor).  I looked at the Black Pearl which seems like a deal with lots of Ram.  Can someone help me pick the right parts and post a build. MANY THANKS  Jake
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Quote Deividis Replybullet Posted: 29 Dec 2010 at 9:46am
Here is a build. You dont really need a lot of RAM, you just need good ram thats all. This build will also give you the flexibility to go Crossfire with 2x HD 6970 if you wanted. But it is all your choice lol

*BASE_PRICE: [+869]
BLUETOOTH: None
CAS: CoolerMaster 690 II Advanced Mid-Tower Gaming Case (Black Color)
CASUPGRADE: None
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: None
CPU: AMD Phenom™II X6 1075T Six-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology [+20]
CS_FAN: Default case fans
FA_HDD: None
FAN: Asetek 550LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Advanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) [+18]
FLASHMEDIA: None [-3]
FLOPPY: None
FREEGAME_VC02: None
GLASSES: None
HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
HDD2: None
IEEE_CARD: None
KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
LANSURGE: None
MB_ADDON: None
MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (A-Data Gaming Series with Heat Spreader [+28])
MONITOR: None
MONITOR2: None
MONITOR3: None
MOTHERBOARD: * (3-Way CrossFire Support) GigaByte GA-890FXA-UD5 AMD 890FX Chipset Support CrossFireX DDR3 Ultra Durable™3 Socket AM3 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, eSATA, Dual GbLAN, USB 3.0, SATA-III RAID, IEEE 1394, 4 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1, & 1 PCI [+96]
MOUSE: Coolermaster Storm Inferno Wired 4000 DPI Storm Tactical Laser Sensor Gaming Mouse + FREE! Coolermaster HS-M Weapon of Choice M4 SSK Mouse Pad [+34]
MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: None - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY
POWERSUPPLY: * 950 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-950TX 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+131]
RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 10~15 BUSINESS DAYS
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: None [-5]
TEMP: None
TVRC: None
USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
USBFLASH: None
USBHD: None
USBX: None
VC_PHYSX: None
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+278] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
VIDEO2: None
VIDEO3: None
WNC: None
_PRICE: (+1466)

Intel i5-760 Quad Core
4 Case Fans
AMD HD 6850
700w Cooler Master PSU
1.5 TB HDD
24'' Acer Monitor
(Upgrades Soon: Blu-Ray player, Ultra Media Card Reader, 120 GB SSD)
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Quote jake T Replybullet Posted: 29 Dec 2010 at 9:52am
Is the 6970 the "preferred" card for FSX,  or could I get good FPS with a less expensive one?
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Quote jake T Replybullet Posted: 29 Dec 2010 at 9:52am
Also,  You chose the AMD vs Intel.  Can I ask why?
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Quote loyalcustomer Replybullet Posted: 29 Dec 2010 at 10:06am
Well, most here will use an AMD build based on the fact that it is cheaper and you can add more quality parts with the money saved over an Intel build.  If you were to create an i7-950 build it would look much less impressive due to the fact the motherboard/cpu ate up more of the budget, leaving less money for all the other stuff. 
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Quote jake T Replybullet Posted: 29 Dec 2010 at 10:13am
I guess I will have to do some trimming on your suggested build, D,  to allow me to get the OS, pay the tax and shipping.   Any thoughts?  I won't be playing other games, so I don't plan on a 2nd Video card.   
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Quote loyalcustomer Replybullet Posted: 29 Dec 2010 at 10:24am
Something like this would work:
 
  • *BASE_PRICE: [+939]
  • BLUETOOTH: None
  • CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
  • CAS: CoolerMaster HAF 912 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Adjustable HDD Cage [+1] (Black Color)
  • CASUPGRADE: None
  • CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
  • CD2: None
  • CPU: AMD Phenom™II X6 1090T Six-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology [+116]
  • CS_FAN: Default case fans
  • FA_HDD: None
  • FAN: CoolerMaster V6 CPU Cooler (Copper Base Double-V Heatpipe) [+6]
  • FLASHMEDIA: None
  • FLOPPY: None
  • FREEBIE_CU1: FREE Game: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
  • FREEGAME_VC02: None
  • GLASSES: None
  • HDD: 1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-23] (Single Hard Drive)
  • HDD2: None
  • IEEE_CARD: None
  • KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
  • LANSURGE: None
  • MB_ADDON: None
  • MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [-64] (A-Data Gaming Series with Heat Spreader [+16])
  • MONITOR: None
  • MONITOR2: None
  • MONITOR3: None
  • MOTHERBOARD: * GigaByte GA-890XA-UD3 AM3 AMD 790X Chipset Support CrossFireX DDR3 ATX w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, IEEE1394, USB3.0, SATA-III, RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [+36]
  • MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
  • MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
  • NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
  • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
  • POWERSUPPLY: * 1,000 Watts - CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gaming 80 Plus Power Supply [+135]
  • RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 10~15 BUSINESS DAYS
  • SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
  • SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
  • SPEAKERS: None [-5]
  • TEMP: None
  • TVRC: None
  • USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
  • USBFLASH: None
  • USBHD: None
  • USBX: None
  • VC_PHYSX: None
  • VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+221] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
  • VIDEO2: None
  • VIDEO3: None
  • WNC: None
  • _PRICE: (+1397) +$65 Shipping = $1462
  • I added extra packing for the extra large CPU cooler and I used the Gamer Dragon 8000 Configurator.  If you wanted to shave off some more $$.  Just lower the CPU and/or video card a notch or whatever you think suites you best.  I just noticed you said you aren't adding a 2nd card.  You could also change the mobo to a different/cheaper chipset if you don't plan on crossfiring.



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    Quote Deividis Replybullet Posted: 29 Dec 2010 at 10:28am
    Yup that looks good too. I would suggest maybe lowering the PSU because since you wont ever go Crossfire there is no need for 1000w lol an 850w would be just fine.

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    Quote loyalcustomer Replybullet Posted: 29 Dec 2010 at 10:31am
    Haha yeah, was thinking crossfire the whole time then updated my post above about the motherboard.  Yes, you can get a lower wattage PSU and a different mobo to save a little more $$. Smile
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    Quote jake T Replybullet Posted: 29 Dec 2010 at 10:32am
    You guys are awesome!  One last question,  would the 6970 2gb be that much better than the 570 1.2gb?
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