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Desktop for flight sims past/future?

Confused2018
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My brother wants to get into flight sims now and I am trying to convnce him that he does not need to spend a trunk full of cash. He is currently using a Dell Inspiron 17R N7110 with a HD/3000 onboard GPU.  Dont think that GPU will cut it at high levels. Currently playing IL-2 1946, maybe Cliffs of Dover if we can find the DVD!

 

I do not want to go so cheap that the system is not worth upgrading if some company FINALLY comes up with a new flight sim.  I'm looking for a balance between cost/current performance/future upgrade.

 

Output will be to a large flat screen TV

 

He has k/b, mouse flight controls.

 

We are in Canada. Budget under 1k if possible.

 

I put this together, but I think, overkill?

 

Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8 GHz 6-Core Processor
Cooler Master - Hyper 212 BE 42 CFM CPU Cooler (place holder, as I want something better than the Intel stock fan but quiet)
Asus - Prime Z370-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 

Kingston Valueram 8 gb ddr4 2666
Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB SC GAMING ACX 2.0 Video Card
Cooler Master - Elite 371 ATX Mid Tower Case (Place holder. A nothing special case will do)
Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (PSU quiet as possible)
Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit

Total before tax $1167.00

 

I think that with help that I can get the price down and still meet the requirements above.

 

Thanks for reading/suggestions.

 

 
 

 

 

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8 hours ago, Confused2018 said:

FINALLY comes up with a new flight sim. 

Xplane is very new. Updated around once a month. Ever heard of it?

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Hello Mad153,

 

Thanks, I will show that to him.  I'm still trying to figure out what I can do to save some $. Part of me wonders how much prices may drop for the components that I selected when the newer components come out.

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A non k Intel cpu makes no point with a z370 board, you can do better with a rx580 8 gb

Dual channel ram is always nice and I don't know and just assume but with high render distance you might need higher vram

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PCPartPicker part list: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/GJC9YT

Price breakdown by merchant: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/GJC9YT/by_merchant/

 

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($238.97 @ Amazon Canada) 

Motherboard: ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($77.63 @ Vuugo) 

Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($132.99 @ Newegg Canada) 

Storage: Kingston - A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($47.95 @ Vuugo) 

Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.95 @ Vuugo) 

Video Card: Sapphire - Radeon RX 580 8 GB NITRO+ Video Card ($297.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop) 

Case: Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($70.99 @ PC-Canada) 

Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Memory Express) 

Total: $1006.46

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-10 11:44 EST-0500

 

And get a cheap Windows key for 10 $

 

And maybe a better psu I don't know if it is any good and don't want to do research right now, the corsair you choose is a great choice. But i am using my phone so I forgot the budget and pcpp and forum tabs suck on mobile ?

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Thanks Manderis.

 

The budget was under 1K if at all possible.   Part of me almost wants to get something like this ACER TC-780-ES11 and add a better GPU and power supply.

 

https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=7_1203_124&item_id=123554

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You wishlist doesn't seem to be public. 

Don't go prebuild. That is something almost everyone would tell you here in the forum. 

Some exceptions aside it is almost never a good deal. 

The rx580 8 gb is a potent gpu. 

Maybe you can get a used 1070 or 980(ti) somewhere for that price. But I don't know your lokal used market. Maybe it is flushed with mining cards

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Thanks Manderis

 

Local market isokay, but as I found, a number of the the relatively recent used cards are close in price to a new 1050 for example. 

 

I think my slap a GPU into a prebuild is just me wanting this to be done, but, I will discuss the budget with my brother and see just how commited he is to this, as I do not want him to spend $$ on capacity that he may not use in 6 months. 

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