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Lotus Computer: Ten VR PCs for Flight Training

by LotusComputerUSA

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20 Comments

Details

Date Published

Jan. 2, 2017

Date Built

Sept. 23, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.68GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.0GHz

Description

Who We Are: Hello! We are Lotus Computer USA, an American computer company based in Central Florida. We love to build custom gaming PCs in our workshop, and we want to share some of our completed builds with this wonderful and helpful community of systems builders.

The Build: A few months back, we were commissioned by a U.S. government agency to build 10 high-end PCs to be used in VR flight training. They sent a spec list, we made some modifications, built them all in a week, and these were the result!

Our client's primary desire was to have a top-of-the-line video card and CPU in order to facilitate VR training for their pilots. We opted to combine the powerful Intel Core i7-5930K and the NVIDIA GTX 1080 in order to meet the customer's needs. To keep up with the intense flight simulation programs, these PCs were equipped with 64GB of Ballistix DDR4-2400 RAM and a super fast 512GB Plextor M.2 SSD. We used our favorite case and favorite fan to work with, the Be Quiet! Silent Base 600 and the Noctua NH-U14S, respectively. The awesome Asus X99 motherboard and EVGA 850W PSU rounded out this build, assuring there would be lots of headroom despite the power-demanding CPU and GPU.

We were very happy with how theses turned out, and our customer contacted us upon receiving them; they were very pleased with the result and are looking to order more in the future.

Comments Sorted by:

jipster69 4 Builds 17 points 17 days ago

Finally...

Government money well spent =P

Wailord_use_Body_Slam 1 Build 3 points 16 days ago

Do you know how much tax money we could put towards free pizza and computers!!! Who needs nice roads!!! Not only would this solve hunger but I wouldn't mind paying taxes.

WirelessCables 2 points 17 days ago

Ayyyyy

LotusComputerUSA submitter 3 Builds 2 points 17 days ago

We couldn't agree more, jipster69 :)

Wailord_use_Body_Slam 1 Build 2 points 16 days ago

Says it's for "Flight simulators" when really President Obama is having a LAN party before he leaves...

AnyOtherWay 1 point 17 days ago

Well damn, that is an impressive story to tell... Ten PC's more then good enough for most peoples needs... Damn impressive, +1.

LotusComputerUSA submitter 3 Builds 3 points 17 days ago

Thanks AnyOtherWay! I suppose when you're training pilots of million dollar planes, you want only the best of the best :)

AnyOtherWay -3 points 17 days ago

You, uhh, didn't need to include the "AnyOtherWay" in your response, it actually looks sort of dumb... Which is just dumb because of my username, but still.

Also yeah, quite true they'd want the best of the best, I suppose.

Enrico411 1 point 17 days ago

Congrats!!!

Amazing systems!!!

LotusComputerUSA submitter 3 Builds 2 points 17 days ago

Thanks, Enrico411! They were certainly a blast to build and test :D

john0156 1 point 17 days ago

CPU is odd why the 5930k over the 6800k only major difference is number of pcie lanes 40vs 28 which woudn't matter with only 1 GPU. Unless the client specified the 5930k or the prices in the list are incorrect you could have saved $100 per cpu making you another $1000 on this project. just my opinion

LotusComputerUSA submitter 3 Builds 2 points 17 days ago

We hear you, john0156. At the time of negotiating the specs with the client, the 6800K had recently been released. Their original spec sheet included the i7-5930K, which we also thought to be odd, considering the brand new line of Q2 2016 Intel units. We suggested using the 6800K (or 6900K if they wanted to get really crazy lol), but the agency wanted a more reliable, tested, and known processor; so we ended up using 5930Ks.

uberlizard 1 Build 1 point 17 days ago

I'm going to sign up for the Air Force right now if it means I get to work with one of these.

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 17 days ago

Never seen government commissioned builds on PCPP before. +1 :)

jk184 9 Builds 1 point 17 days ago

I work for the government. They've provided a 7 year old Dell laptop for me to work on. Now I know why. +1.

Maetheus 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

I would like to gently inquire as to the reasoning behind choosing the 5930K over the cheaper 5820K. The main difference between the two being the amount of PCIe lanes, and your single card solution, why would you opt for the more expensive chip? You're simply not using the whole thing. There is but a negligible difference in clock speeds. Approximately $1500 could've been shaved off the total cost of the job, by my rough calculations. And unlike john0156's suggestion, the 5820K was a verified piece of hardware.

Not trying to knock the stellar workmanship though! +1

LotusComputerUSA submitter 3 Builds 2 points 16 days ago

Thanks for the critique, Maetheus! The 5820K would have definitely been a more optimal way to go on these builds, but the government agent we negotiated with seemed intent on keeping with the original spec sheet as much as possible.

Maetheus 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

And thanks for the thorough reply! Where I work we often get jobs making tubes (brake lines for tanks come to mind) for the government, be it for machines or otherwise, so I can absolutely relate first-hand as to how particular they can be!

Excalibur_Computers 1 point 8 days ago

Let me guess

This VR Ready PC will be used with Microsoft Flight

or

War Thunder :3

Lyrix 0 points 16 days ago

give me one pls! 1+! amazing builds!