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As you see by title, I mean REAL flight sim. The only thing missing is motion.

These pictures were taken by a crappy camera phone with (almost) nothing powered on (including all the HUD screens small and large).

All switches and consoles are functional as well as completely tandem joystick and all parts aircraft original.

Upon final build completion I will make sure to post HD pics instead of bad camera phone pics.

You get the basic idea. Anyone care to help with opinions on a massive build w/ oc on Graphics vram and CPU?

NOTE: This is for FINAL build. There are already 2 other systems (and a thin client or two) running other systems (consoles, HUD's, etc). Their specs are i5-2500k @ 4.3Ghz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 560ti's.

This final build needs to power the FSX app with an additional 400GB+ of data to access on app modifications + maps, view unique images on 5 HD screens (65"FR, 65"FL, 65"CTR, 60"RR, 60"RL)

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It is necessary that this system require little maintenance, hence the reason why there is not custom water cooling.

CPU: Intel i7-3770k

Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Extreme board

Graphics card (x2): Sapphire Toxic HD 7970 6GB

DP Port expander: Sapphire Vid-2x

Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum

SSD (x2): Samsung 830 Series 512GB SATA III MLC SSD (chose this for its stability)

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme

Front bay fan controllers (x3): 1st PC Corp 4 Channel Throttle Control

120mm Fans (x12): Scythe Kama 2

PSU: Antec High Current Pro 1200W

External BD Drive (this will be placed inside cockpit for easy access as there is already a KB / Mouse setup inside cockpit): Asus USB 3.0 12x Blue-ray Burner

USB 3.0 for front bay: SYBA USB 3.0 Multi-Function HUB

Internal DVDRW Drive: LG DVD Burner 24x

Case (here is the fun one) Mountain Mods U2-UFO Custom: Go HERE and select the below options to customize:
  • Front Panel: Standard
  • Left Panel: Original
  • Right Panel: Solid
  • Top Panel: Triple Original
  • Motherboard: EATX
  • Back Panel: Standard

Screens to be attached via dual link DVI to HDMI cable.
Edited by d0rkb0y - 9/19/12 at 7:17pm
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I'm really not familiar with the requirements of flight simulators but I would imagine your budget is pretty darn high...why go with 3 mid level cards as opposed to 7970s or 670s??
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Wow looks cool. It wouldve cost you quite a bit I'm assuming!!!!!!
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Well that's quite a setup...damn
 
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Why the hell would you get 3 660tis?
If you're wasting money why not go 2x680 or 3x680?????????????????????
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I'm really not familiar with the requirements of flight simulators but I would imagine your budget is pretty darn high...why go with 3 mid level cards as opposed to 7970s or 670s??
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Also, if you're wasting thousand of dollars on cockpits, why not buy some flight lessons? I really don't get people. Agoraphobe?
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thats an awesome setup. as for the people saying that you should get flying lessons.... i guess that they have no idea how much flight lessons cost and even with all the flight lessons in the world it would take years to get enough flight hours to get on anything bigger than a 737-200

i dont think that fsx is very gpu demanding. it is extremely cpu demanding! you better overclock that cpu to at least 4.8 gigglehertz

    
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Also, if you're wasting thousand of dollars on cockpits, why not buy some flight lessons? I really don't get people. Agoraphobe?

Some people aren't allowed to, my step dad wasn't allowed to join the army 'cause he's colour blind. Also, do you know how much it cost's for a pilot license? Like $20 - 30,000
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Some people aren't allowed to, my step dad wasn't allowed to join the army 'cause he's colour blind. Also, do you know how much it cost's for a pilot license? Like $20 - 30,000

Yeah because cockpits are so cheap rolleyes.gif
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Yeah because cockpits are so cheap rolleyes.gif

Well actually if you bought one from a plane graveyard I'd imagine one could be had for a very reasonable price.
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This is just something I have been piecing together for someone. I will update the original post with parts.

I know FSX is insanely CPU intensive, but what about graphics? The detail on the terrain over such a large area?

I was under the impression the 660's were already overkill but if they are not I will gladly swap that choice!

EDIT: 3 cards needed as this will be running the 5 big screens.
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