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My friend is heading off to North Dakota for college to become a Pilot, and so before he leaves he wants to do some upgrades to hold him over through out college and allow him to play FSX even better

What he has right now

Core i5 750 @ 3.8GHZ (ill be overclocking to 4.2 before he leaves)
Gigabyte P55A UD3 w/ SATA III/6 and USB 3.0
4gb Corsair XMS3 at 1600mhz
HD5770
Thermaltake 750w PSU
A dieing seagate 500gb hard drive

What i want to upgrade for him

Get rid of the 500gb hard drive and get 2 Western Digital 500GB AALX SATA III 6 drives in raid 0 or 2 1TB Samsung F3
and possibly upgrade his HD5770 to a GTX460 1GB or if you guys think the extral ike $80 is worth it for FSX then a GTX 560ti


Comments, recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thank you
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post #2 of 6
don't get rid of the 500gb, just add to it, that way you are only gaining space.
Just use the 500gb for useless stuff, so when it dies you just toss it.
I would say upgrade the video card to a GTX 560. That will greatly improve his FPS in game.
What CPU cooler does he have?
Also, what exact PSU does he have, because thermaltake PSUs are known to be crap.
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don't get rid of the 500gb, just add to it, that way you are only gaining space.
Just use the 500gb for useless stuff, so when it dies you just toss it.
I would say upgrade the video card to a GTX 560. That will greatly improve his FPS in game.
What CPU cooler does he have?
Also, what exact PSU does he have, because thermaltake PSUs are known to be crap.
I was thinking a GTX460 1GB and overclocking A LOT! and then he has a Xigmatek Balder in push pull and he has a Thermaltake Toughpower 750w. Works fine
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OCZ Vertez 2 90GB and Samsung F3 500GB Asus 24x DVD burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit w/ SP1 Samsung 2493HM 1920 x 1200 
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I was thinking a GTX460 1GB and overclocking A LOT! and then he has a Xigmatek Balder in push pull and he has a Thermaltake Toughpower 750w. Works fine
Ok, the toughpower ones are pretty good. I would still say go for the 560. You will be better off. Why buy old tech when you can buy new tech.
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Ok, the toughpower ones are pretty good. I would still say go for the 560. You will be better off. Why buy old tech when you can buy new tech.
itll depend on how much he wants to spend

if we got a 560 it would be this one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130604
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OCZ Vertez 2 90GB and Samsung F3 500GB Asus 24x DVD burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit w/ SP1 Samsung 2493HM 1920 x 1200 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertez 2 90GB and Samsung F3 500GB Asus 24x DVD burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit w/ SP1 Samsung 2493HM 1920 x 1200 
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DAS Professional Clicky Mechanical Corsair HX1000 CM HAF 932, Interior Black Logitech MX518 
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post #6 of 6
Also, SATA-III on a mechanical HDD is useless, seeing as they don't max out SATA-II speeds.
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