Description

For years I have been operating on a shoestring budget piecing together computers from used and past generation parts to make machines that would run Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, A Century of flight. I have owned a copy of Flight Simulator X for quite some time but never had the machine that could run it at all, much less at any resemblance good performance.

This year, my wife told me it was about time I spent some of our tax refund on something for me! I was shocked! Pleased, but shocked nonetheless. Knowing that I was given a great opportunity, I did not want to over do it and take advantage of her offer.

That being said, as much as I wanted to opt for the ultimate processor for FSX, the Intel I7-3770k, I could not justify the expense and be able to put together the other components to compliment it. I settled for the AMD FX8350 to get the best I could for the price.

I also opted for the EVGA Nvidia GTX 650Ti 2g, again knowing that a more current version would break the budget.

I made the mistake of cutting corners on the case/power supply combo. Not knowing the 480W power supply included was actually a 330W continuous/ 480W max. So after the initial build was complete, I learned the PSW would not carry the load.

All total, at the time of assembly I spent just over $830. I feel like I got a lot of bang for the buck. I wouldn't have been able to do this without the AWESOME sight known as pcpartpicker.com. AMAZING!

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 6 points

You might want to return that power supply if you still can...It's a very low quality unit and is liable to fail spectacularly (re: take a lot of your components with it).

Seasonic, Corsair, XFX and Antec are all reliable brands for power supplies.

  • 80 months ago
  • -3 points

I'd be a bit iffy on Antec, some of their PSUs aren't exactly the best PSUs to use anymore.

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

Anything above bargain bin is still fine. Which is basically anything that isn't the Basiq series.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, wasn't sure which ones were the ones to avoid.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

OK, for PSU, brand isn't as important as the general user thinks, it's all about OEM, SeaSonic, Corsair, and XFX happen to have the same OEM (SeaSonic), and certain Antec are actually very good (also Seasonic). I know these examples are onesided but they are the most common.

Check out this PSU Hierarchy which is pretty updated. Another big help is above the actual lists, there is a few links to PSU companies and their OEMs. It won't take too long to realize that most of the good supplies come from a select few OEMs.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page541.htm

I like this database better. Provides which OEM designed the supply, if it puts out its rated wattage, and links to reviews, if any.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Delta is also a good OEM too isn't it?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I was meaning that I wasn't sure which Antec PSUs were ones to avoid. I knew some of them had some issues, but I wasn't sure which ones do or don't.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Not all Corsair psus are made by seasonic. Only the AX series are. Their power supplies are still pretty good though.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Temperature while idle is 18 C? Woah, it must be super cold where you live. Or that's an error. Either way, very good build for the price. Thumbs up from me.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

With the FX-8350, I'm getting temps that are that low as well. Granted, I'm using an Evo 212 but it's not unheard of...

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

I remember someone mentioning that the FX series doesn't report temps very accurately.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

No, they don't. Unless I am running 6C on my fx6300 with a hyper 212 evo at 20C ambient lol. It reads wrong in all the software I have tried, can only get correct temps in BIOS.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

If It wasn't for the tech in the photos, I would swear most of those images were taken in the 70's. What did you use to take them? Nice build though for your intended purpose.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheap mobile phone and poor lighting. :-/

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  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I was thinking of getting that mouse, how is it? My hands are on the smaller side and I'm more claw grip so my CM SSA2 isn't cutting it for me

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it. Fits nicely. I have a small to medium hand (Ring size like a 9 or 10). Hope that helps. It was a great choice for the money.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats! Maby we can fly together some time :D

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I can be found most evenings at www.metroairvirtual.com . Take a look around. You might find us interesting.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

WHat a mid life crisis. lol jk

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I know right!? Why couldn't it be a Corvette or maybe even a real airplane??

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I see the midlife crisis in the curtains. :-P Thanks for the contribution, I'm about to build one with the same CPU and Mobo -- I've been flipping back and forth on MBs due to poor reviews for previously well regarded boards. This one sounded pretty stable and easy to work with -- well marked /documented and all.

Oh and I don't know that you "settled" all that much unless you're playing Crysis 3. A seemingly unbiased review/benchmarking of this CPU vs Intel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu8Sekdb-IE

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Nice find on the "Face off". Thanks for the compliment!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

From my knowledge, you should get a better GPU. I have seen that processor mostly used with stuff like HD 7970s, 280Xs, and even titans!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

you could use a pentum with a ti its what the bottle neck will be is the question

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

how many fans did u put in it

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  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Only $10 difference too.....I didn't even look at that one!

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  • 80 months ago
  • -1 points

I also opted for the EVGA Nvidia GTX 650Ti 2g, again knowing that a more current version would break the budget.

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