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New Year New PC

Post by VulcanDriver » 05 Jan 2018, 09:27

Hi Guys

I've decided to build a Windows 7 PC that is capable of running FS9 and FSX. I want it to have a SSD or two and a high FPS rate with everything maxed out. I'm thinking of C: for the OS, D: for the sceneries, E: FS9 F: FS9 retro and G: FSX with H: for swap space. I'm looking for recommendations for the CPU, a graphics card, motherboard. Also how much RAM would it need?

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Re: New Year New PC

Post by swp53 » 05 Jan 2018, 10:31

Hi John
When I built my FS only PC a couple of years ago I used the specs from http://jetlinesystems.com/ go to performance and you will get recommendations for options on processor, ram, graphics card, HDD-SSD. Also info that some things that are good for games are not for Flight Sim.
I then used ebay for parts to suit my budget. I bought a second hand case, motherboard, power supply and DVD drive and win7 operating system. New CPU, RAM, HDD,SSD, graphics card and water cooling. Still cost over £1000. Current specs have moved on since I built mine. Drop me a PM if you want more info.
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Re: New Year New PC

Post by Firebird » 05 Jan 2018, 12:37

I presume that your E, F and G drives will be different partitions on the same disk due to the fact that you will not be running more than one sim at the same time.
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Re: New Year New PC

Post by VulcanDriver » 05 Jan 2018, 22:15

Firebird wrote:
05 Jan 2018, 12:37
I presume that your E, F and G drives will be different partitions on the same disk due to the fact that you will not be running more than one sim at the same time.
Hi Steve yes that is correct.
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Re: New Year New PC

Post by VulcanDriver » 06 Jan 2018, 10:57

Hi Steve

My eBay cart is now at £1,473 for a PC the same spec as the Gravity GT1 which is designed to run FSX. The good news is my neighbour works in the VR industry and can get all the stuff at cost or "free" depending what is in the spares department ;) So hopefully it wont be that much.
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Re: New Year New PC

Post by mikewmac » 06 Jan 2018, 21:11

John,

Maybe this won't be of much help, but below is a summary of my current Flight Sim PC that I built several years ago and have upgraded several times since. I ran FS9, FSX and LM P3D v2 on it very successfully for several years when I had just Windows 7 Pro installed, but an abortive initial Windows 10 Creators upgrade crashed and trashed my new Windows 7 Pro and Windows 10 Pro dual boot setup, so I have now reconfigured it with only a fresh Windows 7 Pro installation with LM P3D v2, 3 & 4 along with DCS World 1.5 and 2.1 installed.

It runs all of these extremely smoothly so far despite my somewhat out of date overclocked Intel Core i7 2600K CPU. I haven't decided whether to install FS9 and/or FSX on it yet as I do have my FS9 development setup on a different workstation PC that I built. At some point in time I will probably have to build a faster, more powerful up to date system, but this one is still running anything I throw at it very well.

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<<< System Summary >>>

> Mainboard : Asus P8Z68-V GEN3

> Chipset : Intel Z68

> Processor : Intel Core i7 2600K @ 3400 GHz (max : 6077) OC'd @ 4.5 GHz

> Physical Memory : 16384 GB DDR3-SDRAM

> Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB)

> Hard Disk : Crucial_CT1050MX300SSD1 (1050GB) (LM P3D v2.5, v3.4 & v4.1; Addon Scenery P3D; AI Aircraft P3D;
MegaSceneryEarth; Toposim Terrain Mesh & DCS World 1.5 & 2.1)

> Hard Disk : Crucial_CT275MX300SSD1 (275GB) (Windows 7 Pro OS)

> Hard Disk : Western Digital WD2003FZEX-00SRLA0 (2000GB) (Supporting Software, Downloads, etc.)

> Hard Disk : Western Digital WD10 EADS-00M2B0 SCSI Disk Device (1000GB) (Backups)

> DVD-Rom Drive : HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW UH12LS28

> Monitor Type : Acer Acer T272HL - 27 inches

> Monitor Type : Acer Acer T231H - 23 inches

> Monitor Type : Acer Acer T272HL - 27 inches

> Monitor Type : Acer Acer T272HL - 27 inches

> Network Card : Intel 6 Series Chipset Family Ethernet Controller

> Operating System : Windows 7 Professional Professional Media Center 6.01.7601 Service Pack 1 (64-bit)

> DirectX : Version 11.00

> Windows Performance Index : 7.8 on 7.9
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    Re: New Year New PC

    Post by petebramley » 06 Jan 2018, 23:08

    When I decided to take the plunge into P3Dv4 in July I decided to treat myself to a new box. I was happy with the externals
    that I already had so it was only the box I needed:


    Case COOLERMASTER CM690 III ADVANCED CASE (GREEN)
    Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-7700k (4.2GHz) 8MB Cache
    Motherboard Gigabyte Z270X-Ultra Gaming: ATX, LG1151, USB 3.1, SATA 6GBs - RGB Ready!
    Memory (RAM) 16GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3000MHz (2 x 8GB)
    Graphics Card 8GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1080 - DVI, HDMI, 3x DP - GeForce GTX VR Ready!
    1st Hard Disk 250GB WD Blue™ 2.5" SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 500MB/sW) ---- OS
    2nd Hard Disk 500GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW) ------P3D

    (I also installed a spare 1TB WD Black that I had loafing around for all my utilities and for the Google earth cache &
    other bits I did not want cluttering up the SSD's)

    DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
    Power Supply CORSAIR 650W TXm SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
    Processor Cooling PCS FrostFlow 100 Series High Performance CPU Cooler
    Sound Card ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
    Wireless/Wired Networking 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT (Wi-Fi NOT INCLUDED)
    USB Options MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
    Operating System Genuine Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence
    Operating System Language United Kingdom - English Language
    DVD Recovery Media Windows 10 (64-bit) Home DVD with paper sleeve

    I was too lazy to build it myself so bought it from PCSpecialist whom I have had several PC'S from and always been very
    happy with. I'm sure you can source the parts more cheaply than I forked out but overall I'm very happy with the result.

    I may even get around to sticking in another HDD and installing FS9 again just to see how it goes with my new box.
    Pete B
    Retired and busier than ever !!

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