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A new FSX PC Build for 2015

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Afternoon All,


I've been spending some time putting together a list of components for building myself a new PC. Primarily I'll be building it around FSX but as a photographer I've also compiled the components with Adobe Photoshop CS in mind.


I think I've covered all bases relatively well but please feel free to post comment and suggestions for any alterations you think I should consider. I'll be using my current monitor which is ilyama Prolite B2409HDS, I guess its getting on a bit now but I think a monitor upgrade can wait for now.


CPU - Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core


Motherboard - Asus Z97-E ATX LGA1150


RAM - G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133


Drives - Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive


Graphics Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB Video Card


CPU Cooler - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler


Case - Fractal Design Define R4 (Arctic White) ATX Mid Tower Case


PSU - Fractal Design Newton R3 800W 80+ Platinum Certified Semi-Modular ATX


Optical Drive - LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer


Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)


All in all, this lot comes in at £1175 and hopefully will see out maybe 5-6 years



Please feel free to comment and post advice or suggestions.


Thanks in advance.



Luke Harvey

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Do not get a Samsung 840 (non Pro) or you may well get bitten by the "old data slow down" bug like I have on my 1TB version. While Samsun posted a "fix" last Oct. it does not work for most people, they have said they are still working on it but that was a month ago. I frankly don't trust Sammy anymore, but really their Pro drives are not effected so safe to buy (and very fast) or try some other brand. My old data slowed down to USB 2 speeds, really bad. The older the data is the slower it is. At this point the only solution is to use a program that reads and re-writes every bit of data on your SSD about once a month which isn't great for the life span of the drive. Some speculate that when Sammy does come up with a solution for this it will decrease the life span. So avoid these drives. It has to do with the type of memory they used (which is also what made them so cheap, but they did not do enough testing).


Also while ok, you can do better in the power supply department, get one of the tier one or two units from this list, you'll be better off in the long run (power supplies become less effective as they age, starting with a better unit gives you more leeway and also can help with your OC, if you OC).



Edit: Take a look at the OCZ ARC 100 240GB sells for just over $100 on Amazon--it's a very good deal and a Tom's recommended drive.

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For overclocking I'd consider boards with a higher phase power design, the Z97-E is 6-phase:

Asus Z97-A 8-phase

Asus Z97-Pro Gamer 8-phase power design

Asus Z97-Pro 12-phase

Asus Z87-A 8-phase power design (less future proof but you might get a good deal)


Re PSU my favourite right now is:

Seasonic S12G-750 750W



Also are you sure you need Win7 Ultimate? Perhaps you could save a few quid with Win7 Home Premium?

Regards, Django EGLL.
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