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!