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  1. Question Best For $600? FSXG

    Hey everyone, I have both MSFS Gold and X-Plane 10. I need to obtain entry-level hardware to get going, but I am limited right now to $600. I do not want to build the box, rather get an off-the-shelf unit and later on upgrade the PS to 500w and also the vid card.

    So...with $600 in hand, what can I buy that will get me off and running, allowing for upgrades as I go?

    Also, I'm realized that both of these sims are data hogs, so I can only choose ONE to run (right?). I am willing to use the software at lower than optimal levels JUST so I can get going with this.

    I also already have a Saitek grouping of pedals and controls ready to install.

    Thanks!

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    Start here and then configure for $100 less:

    http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Gamer_Xtreme_1000/

    Yes, you can have and use both FSX and XPX on the same computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSkorna View Post
    Start here and then configure for $100 less:

    http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Gamer_Xtreme_1000/
    +1 But...Do yourself a favor and do not sacrifice the "K" suffix CPU...Don
    HAF 932 Adv, PC P&C 950w, ASUS R4E, i7-3820 5.0GHz(MCR320-XP 6 fans wet), GTX 970 FTW
    16GB DDR3-2400, 128GB SAMSUNG 830(Win 7 Ult x64), 512GB SAMSUNG 840 Pro(FSX P3D FS9)
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    Keep the info coming...please. I'm looking at the CyberPower boxes. I believe from what I've read that I really need to focus on i7 rather than i5. So I'm wondering IF I go for the GamerExtreme 1000 but upgrade to Intel® Core™ i7-4770 3.40 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1150, will this put me on track better? This would leave me room for future Video Upgrade and a PS upgrade. I'm not sure if anything else requires upgrade, except maybe RAM.
    Last edited by jzaharek53; 08-01-2013 at 09:23 PM.

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    The i7-4770K runs 100MHz(0.1GHz) faster than the i5-4670K, and adds HyperThreading(HT).
    HT does virtually nothing for our sims. In the case of my i7-3820, when enabled, HT limited my overclock while providing zilch performance gain.
    If you don't intend pushing the absolute limits of an overclock, the i5 is the budget alternative.

    CPU cooling can be a pain to change if it is done in the distant future and the TIM has dried out somewhat.
    The Asetek 510LC is OK, but, for best performance add the $9 dual fan(Push-pull) option, or, step up to a better cooler.
    Intel put the VRM(Voltage Regulation Module) inside the Haswell CPUs. So far, they seem to run hotter than the Ivy Bridge.
    That could limit overclocking potential with less than stellar cooling.

    Make sure the selected motherboard has all of the features that you require.
    The OS is tied to the mobo when activated, so, a later mobo change may require a new Windows Disk.
    The motherboards that are labeled (Extreme OC Certified) or (All Venom OC Certified) have tighter tolerances and better OC control.


    Video and RAM are the simpler swaps, so, your budget can be assisted there, and upgraded later...Don

    [edit] I should have moved this yesterday! Better late, than never, I guess...
    Last edited by fxsttcb; 08-02-2013 at 08:45 AM.
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    WD 1TB Black(FS98, CFS2&3, ROF, etc.), WD 2TB Black-(Storage/Backup)

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    Some great info, thanks. Just to clarify a bit, at this point in time my objective is to use my sim(s) as a supplement/hobby as I am preparing to attend flight training. The whole matter of OCing hasn't even entered my mind. While it MAY be something I wish to explore in the future, I guess what I'm really hoping to learn here is what hardware will give me enjoyable performance.

    Sort of like "this is good, this is better, this is best, this is crazy ultimate". I presume that the matter of OCing moves into the crazy ultimate spectrum.

    So - with a good, better, best scenario, (and I suspect that $600 will get me at LEAST into the "good" range), where would these rank (Cybertrons):

    5150 Escape FX Quad-Core GamingPC Red $799

    AMD FX 3.60GHz
    8 GB PC3-12800 Memory
    500 GB SATA3 7200 rpm Storage
    Radeon HD6670 1 GB
    Windows 7 Home Premium


    Spartan i5 Quad-Core Gaming PC Black $769

    Intel Core i5 3.40GHz
    8 GB PC3-12800 Memory
    500 GB SATA3 7200 rpm Storage
    Intel HD4000 Video Graphics
    Windows 7 Home Premium


    Thanks again!

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