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Hi all

I am about to order a completely new PC to FINALLY play DCS at an enjoyable level (current PC is about 10 years old, but has done well bless him)


I wish to spend around £800-£850 (about $1250 for my American readers), and am using a UK site called Arbico which has been recommended to my by friends as it lets you custom build your PC from a base template set of specs which you can then customise to your needs, and they build it for you - and they are VERY reasonably priced.

I'm AVERAGE in terms of my PC components knowledge, but I know there's a lot of experts on here that can give me valuable advice on exactly what I should be including in my PC within my budget.

It's common DCS knowledge that frames are a problem, so I wan't a fairly decent CPU, but to be honest anything up to the 3.5-3.7GHz level will do me just fine, with maybe the option to over-clock to 4.0 if it's really necessary (I doubt it will be).

I'd also like a moderately impressive GPU so my game looks good. I'm not looking at anything towards the GTX 690 spectrum or anything because it's much too expensive, but I'd like a fairly DECENT one.

Everything else such as RAM (I only really want 8GB), cooling, power supply etc I'm fine to choose by myself, it's just I've read horror stories on here of people who have built a computer specifically for DCS, but they run it poorly because they didn't do enough research and DCS's strange core management (everything on 1 core, sound on the other) ended up compromising the setup.

My budget is £800 because I will also be buying a TM Warthog and Saitek Pro Pedals at the same time (not the combat ones, don't see what the extra cost justifies), and well I'm not made of money.


As I say, ANY advice one what I should be focusing on & buying to suit DCS, whether I should be prioritising GPU over CPU etc is very much appreciated.


FYI I'll be running Windows 8 64bit on it.


Thanks guys :)

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I recently built a new rig with the following spec for around $1,000, its a good compromise for performance and price and was easy to overclock, frame rates are very good in DCS above 40 fps most of the time.

i5- 4670k Overclocked to 4.6 Ghz Stable

1 x GIGABYTE GA-Z87-D3HP LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

1 x Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D- 0verclocked at 1800

Rosewill ROCC-13001 AIOLOS PLUS 120mm Long Life Sleeve CPU Cooler C

Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC

Nvidia GTX 660

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