Description

** UPDATE 8/4/2019 - New Ikea Desk Hack. Redesigned "ManLoft" with the addition of new desk. - See pics - Flight Yoke now stored in the lower left file cabinet drawer.

**Update 2/07/2019 - Upgraded to x299 Platform - Asus TUF x299 M/B - i7 7820x CPU - 64Gb Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro - Corsair H100i RGB

**Update 8/30/2017- Added WD Gold 10TB for X-Plane 11 Ortho4XP tiles

The hardware I chose for this system is based on the understanding that I will be using the system as a powerful flight simulator as well as editing videos and content creation. As a pilot, having the simulator will enable me to keep my procedural practice up. The CPU Cores will enable heavy production and the Video Card means Maxed Out gaming ... from time to time, I'm more interested in the cuda cores and SIM.

Below are the questions/comments I hear often, so I'll place them here first.

1.) Why Noir? - I am a fan of old 30's Black and White Noir style movies and decided to build a black and white themed PC.

2.) Why the one 24" Monitor? - I use it to display flight information, maps, weather et et while flying. On really long flights I may throw a movie on it. :)

3.) Valin, for that cost you could get flying lessons! - True, but I'm already a pilot. - videos here. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pOqOHltHBvkxQ_0h86uVw?view_as=public

4.) You're a pilot? That's cool, flying for a living must be sweet! - I am not a pilot for employment, just a private pilot. I am an IT Manager at a large local State College.

5.) Do You Like the 34" monitor more than your previous triple 24's"? - YES YES YES!!!.

6.) How much did all that cost you!! - Based on this site - Total RIG and custom stuff - Total: -$5911 + the old parts I still have in storage now.

Based off my wife -Too much!!

-The Build-

PLEASE SEE parts list for main parts.

Flight simulator controls are CH flight yoke, CH Quadrant, Saitek Pro Flight Pedals, Saitek Radios, and Saitek pro switch panel. This gives me a very usable and complete flight simulator setup. I do think I may add another radio panel soon.

I also use track IR, a head tracking system that enables users the freedom "ingame" to move the POV with 6 degrees of freedom. Very useful in the Sim when looking over my shoulder to check my 45 degrees on downwind while landing.

I replaced all OEM fans with Corsair Quiet SP and AF fans. It's very important one uses SP fans when running radiators. Static Pressure fans ensure that the correct amount of air is passing over the radiator fins an opposed to the fins "blocking " the airflow of normal fans because they don't have the pressure to move the air through.

The case is so big there were not really any issues. Plenty of room and the rear SSD holders made it possible to remove the HD cage for even more room. I did have some slight clearance issues with the CPU power header cables and the push-pull radiator setup. I ended up having to just run one set of fans. I have a pic of the clearance issue.

For those into flight Sims, and who understand the way they work as compared to normal games. I run a clean 50-60FPS in all locations on X-plane. I no longer fly FSX but use X-plane 10 and X-plane 11.

For production, I use Sony Vegas and have, but have not really used Abobe Premier. This is for editing family movies and my flying videos. See above youtube link.

I was "evicted from home office" by my wife to make my office into a playroom, so the system now sits on Ikea "Desk Hack" Karlby Butcherblock countertop and Alex Storage Drawers. Prior to this update, it was sitting on a picnic table from Costco.

Sheesh, kids...

If you have any questions please ask. Cheers, VN

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Wish I was in IT for any place at this point I envy you bud! Good stuff nice build! +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Keep at it you'll land something I'm sure. Cheers!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey thanks for the vote of confidence. I may actually have a little luck soon, still in limbo with this one company at the moment but who knows maybe I'll get a call next week!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck hope you do.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Now I NEED to get a job...

+1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, problem is no time to enjoy my rig as much as I would like.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

WOW this makes my pc look like crap

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool white and black theme build and awesome 4 monitor setup!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it was a fun build.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

clean build - i would spin the H100 the other way around so the tubing is on the right when your looking at it though personally

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree but the tubes on this unit is very thick and the fittings are plastic. The only way to do that would be to bend the tube in a direction they do not want to go, or flip the CPU block upside down. With tubes, both custom and AIO units its best to go "with the grain" of the tubes. Not bend against the curve. See here. This is Corsair actual build with the same CPU AIO I have. notice the tubes are the same. I do agree with you would be better but I dot want to damage the plastic fitting on the block.

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000505/CORSAIR-Obsidian-750D-Computer-Case-Review/6#axzz3niOHAx7a

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

All this money spent for flight sim and no payware addon aircraft? What is this madness?!?!??!? Awesome build though. Wish I was just as fortunate as you. I just built a pc for flight sim too!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you missed this line. I have all Carenado light aircraft. (small piston.)

"... For those into flight Sims, and who understand the way they work as compared to normal games. I run a clean 50-60FPS in all locations on X-plane and average 35-50 in P3d settings almost maxed. Autogen one setting down on all. This is with ORBX World Textures and all NA regions with most NA Orbx airports. I use only Carenado/Albaeo aircraft..."

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh I see. Didn't see that before. Nice build anyways!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, which sim do you use? Or do you fly combat sims? I really like XPlane but one cannot deny the eye candy of an add on enhanced P3D or FSX. I wish there were as many developers for XPlane scenery as there are for FSX. I need more detail for VFR flights in XPlane. Just think about an Orbx enhanced XPlane 10!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I fly FSX right now (boxed edition ftw). Currently use freeware addon planes and the QualityWings 757 right now. Saving up for a gpu right now (using cpu graphics at the moment) and then Ill most likely purchase the PMDG 777. I mostly do long flights.

My specs are i5 4690k (turbo boost up to almost 4ghz at times) Biostar HiFI B85S3+ GSkill Ripjaws 8gb 1600 mhz ram Seagate Barracude 1tb 7200rpm and case, optical drive, etc dont really matter

Saving for most likely a Asus GTX 970 STRIX 4gb card

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

That should fly smoothly, as you know FSX/P3d is CPU driven so your CPU is good for this type of purpose. My only other suggestion would be to use a dedicated SSD SIM drive.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, no I do not.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like this build I would really want to build this for my first PC build but more for gaming got and suggestions on what I should change to make it right for me?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello sure, for pure gaming I would go with a Devils canyon i7 4790k or to save a bit of dough you could always go with the i5 4690k as hyperthreading is not really needed in a pure gaming environment. For video card I would go with nvidia 970 or 980ti. The titian is not much faster than the 980ti and cost a lot less. It does have more Cuda cores but you are looking at gaming. For main board any higher end Asus, asRock, gigabyte, Evga board will be fine. Does this help?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does that gpu perform? Would you recommend it? +1 btw!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

It performs very well. I can run surround, on games that support it, with little to no lag. For single monitor applications it crushes everything. Single GPU 4K is fine but IMHO pointless at normal seating distances from a 24"-27" monitor. I definitely recommend it! Just wait for a price drop or large rebate as it's still pricey. Cheers!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

wow, this pc is a slice of awesomeness. i like mil sims myself.

seriously epic build man...its beautiful :')

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I appreciate it. Cheers!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 great build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all, massive congratulations on getting this build together ! I would give an arm and a leg for a build like this. But then, what would I game with -_-

Second of all, I dig the Flight Sim gear.

Amazing build, great description ! +1 !

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Looks very nice! I personally am going for a black and white themed build as well.

How are those fans? I've heard bad reviews on those, but how do they work for you?

BTW...What is with the fake reservoir and extra tube running behind the h100i?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans are fine, I have not had any issues with them. The res is not fake it just doesn't have water in it.

As the description states I was going to do custom water cooled and changed my mind after I installed the 980ti. This of course after I have the res. so I installed it any way because I had it, I had the room and it looks nice. See here for simple Mod.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D8YvFLLKYw

I still may do this time permitting. The Fall Semester started and I'm really busy at work.

The light in the reservoir's cable was odd and short so I hid it in the tube. Looks better than a cable hanging from the top.

Building a show piece PC is like building a custom car, some things/items are just for show. Even though I think that Res. adds like 100Mhz to my OC. ;)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah lol. Nothing wrong with looks, just added some custom braded cables to my rig to give it an aesthetic appeal. :D

Thx! I'm considering buying those fans to completely my black and whitish theme.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Just make sure you snap on the color clips TIGHT so the fan is balanced.

I kind of wish I went black and white instead of all white on my cables though.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The sign is funny

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build is so fly bro. (pun intended)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL thanks..!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

You're a mooney guy? Nice setup.

  • 50 months ago
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Fast, 165Kts on 9-10GPH

Low maint. cost - IO360 4cyl / not big 6cyl Eng.

Did I mention fast?

It's on my short list LOL.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. I've never gotten a chance to fly one but I've heard good things. I'm a diehard Bonanza guy myself.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet build.

  • 50 months ago
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Thank you...

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait a minute. You swapped your 250 GB ssd for a 2500 one? wat? All I know is that

IT'S OVER.... TWO... THOUSAND?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for finding that. It's a typo LOL 2x 500GB LOL

Cheers!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

all i can say is: DAMN SON! YOU JUST HIT WITH A WOW EFFECT!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!!

Cheers!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

welcome. In the future you should add 3 more monitors on top off the existing 3. :D

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you like the psu? im thinking about getting it but it kinda seams expensive :P i just want my psu to be really quiet

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

No sound at all. Plenty of power looks good. They are great and worth the money. If not Corsair Seasonic for me.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

they have the hx850i for around 130 i think and the ax760 for 100 right now. which would you recommend? (they look so similar to me, im looking through so many reviews and cant decide XD)

  • 49 months ago
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Not sure what the application is but either one is fine and should power anything. Just pick up what makes you comfortable. Too much research can cause you pain. LOL

  • 49 months ago
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LOL ill just go with the cheaper one then :P

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I cannot imagine how much fun Dogfighting in Battleground Europe with this thing would be.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Battleground no... Upcoming Battlefront YES!!!!

(Have to look into battleground EU.)

Cheers!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

almost had one of them there nerdgasms lookin at that first pic!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, Bernacules Nerdgasm has 46" Samsung TV's. My little 24's are "limp" as compared.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwST7leB0Sc

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! I love your setup never the less

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question: In the last few pics I noticed that the tubing has changed and there is also a reservoir therefore I assumed that you have made a custom loop, however looking at the cpu waterblock, I still see the waterblock of the Corsair AIO cooler. Would you care to explain to me as to whether you have just changed the tubing of the AIO cooler or built a custom loop but using the AIO waterblock still somehow? I am very confused O.o Nice build tho all the way!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Copied from above reply form earlier.

...As the description states I was going to do custom water cooled and changed my mind after I installed the 980ti. This of course after I have the res. so I installed it any way because I had it, I had the room and it looks nice. See here for simple Mod. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1x_XE-pIaQ

I still may do this time permitting. The Fall Semester started and I'm really busy at work.

The light in the reservoir's cable was odd and short so I hid it in the tube. Looks better than a cable hanging from the top.

Building a show piece PC is like building a custom car, some things/items are just for show. Even though I think that Res. adds like 100Mhz to my OC. ;)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm loving the sim setup and build.

I noticed you purchased a G930 headset, I don't know which aviation headset you use or whether it's stereo or not but I bought the Flight Sound X for my David Clark H10-13S a few years ago and the sound quality is amazing. I don't have anything to compare it too in the way of regular headsets but I love it. You might want to check it out in the future. My only complaint is that occasionally I get static from moving within my sim(racing)rig which mutes my headset at the computer for whatever reason (I stuffed a grounding strap in my seat to my simrig frame top fix it though).

Anyway, I like the idea of the dedicated Flight sim drive, FSX took up a ton of space on my old computer.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the comment.

I have used DC headsets while in flight training and found the clamp force a bit much. Had to go a different route.

If you look closely at the first or last picture you will see on the second shelf down under my ARRIS SB6183 Cable modem a headset case containing my Bose A20 Aviation headset. I love that headset. I use it every once in a while when gaming to drown out ambient noise with it's outstanding noise cancellation; but generally only use it when flying.

"EDIT" Just realized I'm wearing them in my Avatar PIC. LOL

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that's a drawback of the DC headsets. The A20 is extremely nice and I totally understand just using it for flying.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

what kind of chair is that? looks hella comfy and i want one lol

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure. It is very comfy and I find myself "waking up at 3 or 4 in the morning sitting here. It is however a bit "warm" in summer. Should have gotten a mesh chair. This is micro fiber/suede and is from Office Max.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build man! Do you have ForeFlight working on FSX too (noticed it on your iPad there)? I know there's a plugin and I've debated on getting it.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, yes I have ForeFlight running in the pictures. It is well worth it for SIM and Real flying. Great situational awareness.

I use it on both P3d and X-Plane. Plugin for FSX/P3d is "fsxflight." For X-plane it's natively built into the software, one just needs an IP address and have the ipad on same network.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

A fellow Aviation and flightsim lover i see? well ive got a few questions. What pilots licence do you hold? What ratings/endorsements do you have? What do you fly? (do you own or rent?) How long? And have you tried any of A2A's aircraft? (Piper Comanche is my fav)

nice build BTW :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, thanks for your reply, I hold a PPL SEL / working on my IFR now. I have flown, Piper Cherokee 140, 180, Cherokee 6, Piper Arrow 180, Piper Aztec, Cessna 172, Cessna 182. I had a 172 but got rid of it for IFR instr. platform. Looking into Mooney M20j, Cessna 177RG, Cessna 182, Piper Arrow 200 Lancair 360.

Yes, I have tried A2A and find them a bit over the top on Realism side. It's not really like that in real life. Things don't break that fast. I found it annoying. (I don't fly for 1-2 days, and the airplane has engine problems all of a sudden, or it's out of oil.) Annoying. I get the idea but found it annoying. Just me though.

Flight dynamics are too light IMO it flicks around. Pipers are a bit "heavy" in control harmony. Maybe a better way is to say its has slow response, super stable. The sim version is light.

Also, note I do however use X-plane more than P3d.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah pipers are very nice to fly from what ive heard. ive only flown a 1979 Cessna 172 and a CT/4-E which is a semi aerobatic trainer the the RAAF use. I love the handling performance of the low wing CT/4.

The Comanche and the M20 are quite similar because the Comanche was co designed by Al Mooney. its kind of an inside joke because the m20 has a reversed tail and the Comanche doesn't.

My grandpa used to own a turboprop Lancair IV-P, he could fly from Perth to Brisbane (2,200nm) in 6 hrs including a stop in Adelaide for fuel. I can defiantly vouch for Lancair just be careful of the windows because he had a blowout mid flight once (probably why he sold it).

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting about the windows, I will have to look into that thanks for the info. Defiantly don't want that happening at altitude.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

69th like, eheheheh

Seriously, as a hobby flight simmer (failed High, dream of being pilot crushed :( ), this is really great. But I'm so broke I use FlightGear.

Don't really like Corsair AIO coolers (although that's disputable), and I thought there was a heavy Corsair bias here but their SP fans are really good so it's alright.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

SP fans are really good, I like them.

cheers....

  • 49 months ago
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oh mama

  • 49 months ago
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Why did you buy so many SSD's when you could have put 7200 RPM drives into a raid and created an SSD cache?

EDIT: Oh, windows. I still would have ran the programs and OS on one SSD and then storage space on 7200 RPM drives.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not use mechanical drives for my personal "RigPC" builds. I like to use one single drive for one certain thing only. OS is OS only. Simulator is simulator only. Scratch is scratch/temp. Data drive is actually all other installed programs not storage/data. I do not store "data", as it were, on my PC I have a 36TB media/storage server Running Unraid 6.0 (linux) for that type of thing. When I had my house built I installed structured wiring through out. (CAT6 10/1000GB) So network data transfers are fast between all my home computers/servers. For instance when I edit videos I do not actually have any of them on my PC they reside on the Servers "Video Editing" share. This keeps my PC very clean of garbage data

Last SSD's look nicer and don't make much if any heat.... :)

Thanks for your comments cheers!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW, what an amazing build! Love the colour scheme and the cable management is fantastic. Also really nice to see someone who posts LOOOTS of pictures, I love that! Anyway, I was wondering why you chose to use a push and pull setup on the cpu radiator? Is this advantageous enough for it to be worth buying extra fans?

Amazing build anyway and love the detailed description, gave me good laugh!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello good question. There is not, even though some may argue, any real advantage. It does not move more air as the SP fans move air at a specific rate and pressure. Adding more fans that move air at the same rate or pressure does not add any more true airflow.

Here's an example using real world physics for you. I was flying towards the mountains in my area on a really windy day. The winds were blowing faster and faster to the point that I could "fly" the plane with out actually moving. I was hanging in space almost like a helicopter as the airflow over the wings from the strong head wind was over 50Knots. Regardless of how I got the 50 knots over the wing be it my engine or just super strong winds, the airflow over the wings produced lift. Powering up or down my engine, (more airflow) is moot the wings have what they need to work. SP fans work this way, they push enough constant pressure air over the fins Adding more fans yields the same flow canceling out any advantage.

I originally chose it for looks.

Cheers, VN

  • 49 months ago
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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually mine is from Costco. LOL KEK HOH >>>>>

From my description.-

... I was "evicted from home office" by my wife to make my office into a playroom, so the system now sits on a picnic table in the second floor loft. My desk and office stuff will now be in storage for aaa 10-12 years I guess....

I miss my desk :(

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

top kek indeed, but it seems to work. so wutevaaaaahhh

  • 49 months ago
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It works great for this application albeit a bit odd. Heck one could argue a $10 Power cable for a $5K System. It does it's job!! LOL

Cheers, VN

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Super Clean Build! I love the 4 laterally mounted SSDs so there's nothing obstructing the airflow.

  • 49 months ago
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Thank you.. !!

  • 49 months ago
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Thank you all for your comments, I did not think there would be this kind of traction so thank you again.

If you have any questions please ask.

Cheers, VN

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, Nice Build. Do you mind explaining what you did for cooling. Since I see an empty reservoir , and sealed liquid cooler with custom tubing.

  • 49 months ago
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Hello, I explain in above posts. Please see above.

  • 49 months ago
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This is an awesome setup! Well done!

  • 49 months ago
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Thank you.

  • 49 months ago
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Great Build! I've been patiently waiting someone with Flight Sim Experience. Since I am new to Flight Sim let me get your opinion. First, I bought FSX when it first came back out and X-plane 10 through Steam. I'm Looking to build a micro atx or m itx box for my new UN65JS9000 TV/Monitor. Do you have any knowledge or heard how the 980 ti runs these sims at 4K?

  • 49 months ago
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Hello, thank you for your question. Some of your inquiries are answered above in earlier responses and in my description.

Flight simulators are not "Games" and are not programmed as such. Flight simulators are much more dependent on CPU power than GPU power. Rendering 4k is fine with any 7-9 series Nvidia cards, do not use ATI cards for hard core flight simulators (X-plane-FSX) you will have frame rate/stutter issues because of OpenGL vs Direct3d rendering on the card but that's for another forum. !NOTE! that is not a hit on ATI it is simulator coding incompatibilities/issues. ATI will work but you wont get the high FPS you need for immersion. Nvidia is fine with the rendering API used.

The issue with flight sim PC's with respect to video is the way the processor crunches the Sim data before sending it to the GPU to render to screen. FSX is heavily threaded to Core 0. It is not really programmed for multi threaded CPU's. Newer versions and or P3d have been tweaked to take advantage of multi core but the kernel code was not written this way. A decent GPU is all that is needed. Spend the money on a really good CPU. Also note FSX does not use hyper threading so OCing an i7 to the extreme with HT on will only add more heat, not frames. PM me if you want more in depth information regarding Sim stuff

  • 49 months ago
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Originally I purchase FSX because it was a bargain and enjoy flying with it. But X-plane seems to have more technical detail. Like the flight instructor add on. Check lists that come with the planes. So I'm looking more at X-Plane. What would your recommend for a system around $1500 USD?

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

You are ******* crazy = Im so jealous.

What impress me the most with your PC is all the detail with black and white theme. Even with your budget, my build won't look that good.

Sorry for my bad english, im french !

Thumbs up !!!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Just take your time and plan it all out before you begin to even buy parts. This build was done over 3 days. I first built main parts and tested all hardware on the bench, then I took everything apart and started the actual In case build.

I add a part, test fit, test cable run, remove cables, add next part repeat. Then I get to the actual cabling part. Add main board case connections first. Clean cables, Add power connections, clean connections, add drives et, clean connection. I make sure it looks good from the front. I dont worry so much about the back till later. Just work slow and steady it will look good. Biggest thing Don't rush. and plan your cable runs first.

Cheers!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, I am an IT major at your University and I also built my own gaming rig. I was supposed to bring it in the same day you were a guest speaker in my IT102 course, however I wasn't able to make it. If it is at all possible I would like to come by your office and chat a bit if you don't mind.

  • 47 months ago
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Yay! I'm your 100th like!

  • 46 months ago
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I am a private pilot as well (work for a large network gear manufacturer) , and recently took the dust off my Saitek flight gear from many years. After playing the latest X-plane for a few days on my Macbook pro, have decided to upgrade and build a gaming system. One question, leaving the cost discussion out, would you recommend adding an additional GPU via SLI for your flight SIMS. I read your comments, so I understand the card works well in your configuration.

You mentioned 35-50 in P3D. I don't have P3D (Mac User) but after my build I'm sure I will add it. Is 35-50 sufficient for your tastes? I know people in gaming always reference 60FPS as the golden stat, but for me, in the few limited days running on my Mac at the frame rates in the 30-40, I am not so sure it is a major deal. Just curious your thoughts?

  • 46 months ago
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I would not at this time recommend SLI. P3d and xplane do not benefit from SLI. It can actually cause the simulator to studder. Regarding frame rate P3D and XP are not games they are simulators. Anything above 30fps give the user the illusion of flying. If you can push higher frame rates great but simulators are CPU bound not Gpu bound. Spend your money on the best CPU you can.

  • 45 months ago
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Push? Pull? Push-Pull for fans?

  • 39 months ago
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Bottom and front fans pull, top and rear push.

  • 34 months ago
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Is my build good for a flight simulator? Do you have any ideas about storage, graphics, or processing? Thanks! Link: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/T2XXhq

  • 34 months ago
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Hello LiamPat1,

Good job, the build looks good. Very nice motherboard. I think the Thunderbolt addition is very noteworthy.

Although the WD Blacks are very fast drives, for the sim I would suggest install on its own SSD. It does not affect X-Plane as much as P3D or FSX, but loading times with the latter will be significant once you start using addon airports, cities, and airplanes. Or if you use mesh packages or anything ORBX. I found much better performance having the sim on its own SSD. As a matter of fact I install all addons to another drive as well. ( Install location permitting.)

Id go m.2 - OS SSD 500 - Sim Everthing else - 6TB

Using addon audio will free up resources not having to crunch onboard sound but your CPU has horsepower to spare so not really a big deal. I want to add a sound card to Noir but have been slow to do so. Xonar is good stuff.

GTX 1070... nuff said. :) Im still trying to justify my EVGA GTX 1080oc purchase during the holidays. No real gain but I can now crank AA up without frame loss so I guess it a win. The 1070 will be great, crank it up.

  • 34 months ago
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I noticed that we use the same case. Should I add all those fans you used? What is m.2 Also, thanks for replying! Just so you know, I'm a student pilot.

  • 34 months ago
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The fans are not really needed, I just put them in for show. M.2 is a small form factor super fast SSD. Since your post I have since updated my posting to reflect it's current build status. I also added a few new pics.

  • 31 months ago
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Dear sir.

You win the Silicon Lottery.

That's it.

You win.

  • 31 months ago
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Thanks, lol

  • 31 months ago
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Congrats again. PLEASE MAKE MORE COMPUTERS!

  • 31 months ago
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Lol thank you thank you, I actually do have another, build, its done and not so many pictures but Ill get it together and post when I have a spare minute.

(Tease) Unraid based, 3 Windows 10 VM's, 3 GTX 1050ti SC cards, 3 unmounted 500GB SSD OS Drives, 12TB array storage, Hmm? I wonder what this rig is for... ;)

  • 19 months ago
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Why not Intel’s newer X299 chipset?

  • 19 months ago
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This PC was built, as posted, Nov 2014. X299 did not release till second quarter 2017..... And even today, years later there is nothing I cannot crush with my rig... Cheers...

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  • 49 months ago
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Thank you, I think so too. Custom PC's are art IMHO... :)

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  • 50 months ago
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Thanks, short answer... My OCD LOL. Have to keep things even. Did not want gaps on the back tray.

Also, with regards to just data storage I have a 36TB Unraid media server... but that's another build (Hint Hint)

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  • 49 months ago
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+1 OCD right? lol

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  • 49 months ago
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Thanks for the compliment cheers.

Actually with bezel correction it is 6020x1080.

See here. - http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2685/~/what-is-bezel-correction%3F

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  • 49 months ago
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Thank you..!

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