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This is my first time building a PC.

I have been playing FSX on my 2009 iMac 27" since, well 2009. While the game runs alright, I have been waiting for an opportunity to get myself a proper gaming machine built specifically for FSX.

I wanted a solid system for FSX (Microsoft Flight Simulator X) that relies heavily on the CPU clock speed, and not so much on the GPU. So the processor choice was not very difficult -- Intel I7-6700K 4.0Ghz. When I researched the GPUs on the market, I chose to go with Asus Geforce 980 Ti OC, as it seemed to perform the best among competition. Another key aspect that helps with FSX performance is the low latency in DRAM. I went with G.skill Ripjaws DDR4-3200 16GB (2x8GB) CL14, which is blazing fast.

For storage, I wanted to have fast SSD for best performance. My choice of storage drives was Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 for Windows 10 boot drive, Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" SSD for the FSX and add-on install, and Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM for scenery, backups, etc.

For CPU cooling, I chose NZXT Kraken X61, which is keeping the CPU temps below 35C. Another very cool NZXT product I got for this build is the Hue+ lighting system. It completely changes the look of your PC with plenty of really cool lighting presets.

I am using the iMac as a monitor.

Finally, I chose Phantek's Evolv ATX mid-tower based on absolutely amazing reviews about the quality and looks.

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Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Visually stunning, nuff said.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude, you really love Flight Simulator X! Wow!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Very cool , build , also build my rig, so I can play FSX. One of my favorite , if not my favorite simulators of all time.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hate to break it to you but you can run fsx on a potato

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah but add ons can change that very quickly

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

HEY don't call computers potatoes consoles are... :D im joking its true i have that game

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, as long as the potato has enough beef.

  • 49 months ago
  • 0 points

10/10 ign

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this case support the MSI X99A Godlike motherboard?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, this is an ATX mid-tower.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes that is true But on the specifications listed it also supports E-ATX MOBOs with a restriction of 266mm. But I have seen someone put a 272mm wide MOBO into the case so i was wondering if I could fit the MSI Godlike

Here's the build with 272mm MOBO: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/HQm8TW

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm. Phanteks specs say it supports E-ATX mobos upto 264mm wide.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

so should I just try squeezing it into the case?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I am also new at PC building so can't really answer this for you.

Did you check with the other builder who was able to install the EATX mobo in this case?

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I have several payware add-ons that slow down FSX dramatically. Too bad FSX does not fully utilize the power of the GPU, and not even all CPU cores.

Hopefully, upcoming 64-bit sims will change that.

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