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Old 11-17-2018, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default Intel Z3## build

Intended use:
1440p
VR
DCS2.5
X-Plane11

So I decided to go for an Intel rather than a Ryzen build mainly because of the lack of 32GB DDR4 kit support X470 boards and higher Intel clock speeds. Still not convinced an i7 is worth it for DCS or Xplane:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWVngv3iAvY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt4Q7eqtrNA
Need to narrow down components, below is what I'm considering, green I already have, all comments welcome.

CPU
i5-9700K
i5-8600K
H/S
Dark Rock Pro 4 BK022
Noctua NH-D15
GPU
EVGA GTX 1080Ti FTW3
RAM
32GP (2x16) 3200MHz CL14 / CL15 ???
M/B
Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra
Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro
Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite
Z370 equivalents to above???
Storage
2X Samsung 860 Evo 500GB (for OS + FS)
PSU
Corsair TX750
Corsair RM750x
Seasonic Focus Gold 750
Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 750
Case
Fractal Design Meshify C
Other high airflow???
Display
Acer Predator XB271HU IPS 27"
Controllers
Saitek X52 Pro HOTAS
Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS HOTAS
CH Rudder Pedals
TrackIR
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Old 11-19-2018, 10:49 AM   #2
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Any thoughts on the Gigabyte Aorus boards? The Elite, Pro and Ultra all have the same VRM.
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Old 11-27-2018, 05:06 AM   #3
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The Corsair look very good https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...u,5585-12.html
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Old 11-27-2018, 07:15 AM   #4
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I'm looking at a DCS build and thinking i5 9600K it's only a 6 core 6 thread but DCS doesn't benefit from hyperthreading.

I think the z390 pretty much any flavour I'm looking at the lower end EVGA range mobo but latter I have an upgrade path for the CPU. for the 9600k I save over 200 bucks over the the other 9xxx CPU's currently on offer. Besides I'm not sure for DCS whether any of the features the high end boards have really do anything for DCS anyway.

As for i5/i7 on my i7 5930k I get up to 16~18% CPU utilisation 1 core peddling pretty hard another core doing a bit and the other 10 cores doing sod all under DCS but when I render NEF's out to jpgs it's great to watch all 12 cores hit full utilisation.

Having said that Vulkan API threatens to provide multi core utilisation so that might be interesting for AMD threadripper offerings.

I currently have a NH D15 on my OCed i7 5930@4.7Ghz I've only bothered to put 1 fan on and it's more than enough to keep the CPU cool even on a 40c day, although it's too hot to strap a heater umm Rift to your face when the temps are like that.

32GB is nice to have.

PSU's 750W to 850W is more than enough.
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Old 11-27-2018, 07:57 AM   #5
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people still buy intel?
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Old 11-27-2018, 01:49 PM   #6
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people still buy intel?
only if you are a hardcore gamer at home or professional at work.

if not, you have other options.
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Old 11-27-2018, 11:35 PM   #7
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It's for DCS, and DCS - currently - feeds off of raw horsepower.

I'd go with the 9700k, I hear you could o'clock that effortlessly up to 5 or a little higher.
Invest in a closed loop water cooler. Probably better in the long run.
I'd go with the seasonic plus gold psu
As far as the other components are concerned, just make sure ram is consistent with the VRM of the mobo you decide to get.
HD? Hopefully an SSD
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Old 11-28-2018, 02:05 AM   #8
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Old 11-30-2018, 12:29 PM   #9
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Any benefit to current VR hardware on an i7 vs an i5?
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Old 11-30-2018, 12:46 PM   #10
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That's maybe not too precise anymore, rather ask how many REAL cores make sense.

New i5's have more cores, new i7 's may have no HT, it all changed.

but to answer, i think more than 4 cores makes sense, 6-8. I'd pick and 8-pack chip now
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