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New Build for FS 2020

Deringer

New member
Have spent the afternoon reading through the recent threads about good builds for the new flight sim and have adjusted my choices accordingly. I will be purchasing an RTX 2060 Super (EVGA?) to add myself. Has anyone any suggestions for improvements/changes? I have a few questions:
Is the standard thermal paste sufficient for CPU cooling?​
Will the very long 29cm cards fit in this case?​

I will add up up to five more data discs to end up with 3 x 3.5" & 3 x 2.5" SSDs - basic question - I presume all gaming motherboards allow up to six connections?​
Given the number of data discs, is the 750W power supply overkill?​

I currently have the HP 27FW 3KS64AA, 1080 monitor; I would like to upgrade to a 1440 one at some point. How does that work with the suggested GPU?

Thanks for your help.

Case
LIAN LI LANCOOL II GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT Eight Core CPU (4.7GHz/36MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® TUF GAMING B550-PLUS (DDR4, USB 3.2, 6Gb/s) - ARGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 2666MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
NONE, I ALREADY HAVE A GRAPHICS CARD
1st Storage Drive
512GB PCS 2.5" SSD, SATA 6 Gb (520MB/R, 450MB/W)
External DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
8x Slim USB 2.0 External DVD-RW
Memory Card Reader
USB 3.0 EXTERNAL SD/MICRO SD CARD READER
Power Supply
CORSAIR 750W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
CoolerMaster MasterLiquid Lite 240 High Performance Liquid Cooler
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Extra Case Fans
2x 120mm Black Case Fan (configured to extract from rear/roof)
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2,400Mbps/5GHz, 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD + BT 5.0
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00001]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Microsoft® Edge (Windows 10 Only)
Surge Protection
6 Socket 2m Surge Protector
Cable Management
3 x PCS 1.5M Zip Cable Tidy - Professional Cable Management
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 16 to 18 working days
Price: £1,179.00 including VAT and Delivery
 
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Nursemorph

Spamtastic
My apologies...I saw this post earlier in the week and meant to reply but got side-tracked and then promptly forgot.

Could you please edit to include the "Unique Configurable URL" from the post to forum page? Makes it easier for us to go in and amend if needed rather than doing the whole configurator. Thank you

To answer your questions:

Yes, standard thermal paste is fine as the cooler comes with high-grade paste (I ran my Coolermaster cooler for years with standard paste and never had trouble)
Case: Apparently, the GPU clearance in the case is 38cm.
Motherboard: Not sure on other boards but the 550 has support for 2 M2 drives and 6 SATA drives
PSU: The 750w should be fine
Monitor: It depends...the 2060 Super is a 1440p 75Hz GPU. For 1440p 144Hz gaming (the ideal option) you would need the 2070 Super

What is your maximum budget? SO we know what room there is as your build needs an edit or two (the RAM needs to be better for example)
 

Deringer

New member
Thanks @Nursemorph for your reply. No worries about the delay. This is a retirement present to myself and FS 2020 has come out at exactly the right time! Overall budget is about £2,200. Thanks for answering questions.

After my original post I found out some more so have now worked out most of the answers and have already ordered (29th) and, subsequently, made two amendments . . . which is typical for me!

I now have a new 1440 monitor ready to go and will order a 2070S separately. Does any particular card stand out from the rest? I have this in mind: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Super WINDFORCE OC 3x 8G mainly because it is slightly cheaper. I don't mind paying a little more if there is a noticeable performance advantage with another one.

This is the spec I've ended up with (relevant bits anyway), hopefully it will be more than good enough for high specs . . . I contemplated an M.2 drive, but there is a limit on the budget!

Case
LIAN LI LANCOOL II GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT Eight Core CPU (4.7GHz/36MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® TUF GAMING B550-PLUS (DDR4, USB 3.2, 6Gb/s) - ARGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE RGB PRO DDR4 3200MHz (4 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
NONE, I ALREADY HAVE A GRAPHICS CARD
1st Storage Drive
500GB Samsung 860 EVO 2.5" SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (up to 550MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
2nd Storage Drive
1TB Samsung 860 QVO 2.5" SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (up to 550MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 750W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
CoolerMaster MasterLiquid Lite 240 High Performance Liquid Cooler
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2,400Mbps/5GHz, 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD + BT 5.0
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)

Can I ask you one related question . . . my existing computer is in a large gaming case. I am now considering transferring it to a much smaller case so I can keep this new one, at least until the other gives out, just for gaming. Current one is a seven year old, overclocked, i7 3rd gen on an ASUS P8Z77-V LX with a 750Ti GPU. The CPU is overclocked so I need reasonable cooling. Can you suggest a suitable case for an ATX motherboard?

Thanks in advance
 

Nursemorph

Spamtastic
M2 drive: If you swap the 512GB Samsung Evo SSD for the PCS M2 drive, you actually save £21 whilst getting the benefit of a quicker drive.

If it was me, I would:

- Swap the first SSD for the PCS M2 drive
- Swap the second SSD for a 2TB SATA drive (slower but if the drive is being used for storage it doesn't matter that much)
- Up the cooler to the H100i Platinum RGB

That would give you a faster primary drive, more storage and a much better cooler for slightly less money

GPU: That one should be fine. At that level, they are all pretty similar. Any Tri-fan card will be good

Case for old system: I'm not hugely knowledgeable on cases. Depends on what you consider to be "much smaller" to be in size? Something like the Fractal Focus G is a good ATX case (though if bought from elsewhere may need an exhaust fan bought as it doesn't come with one)
 

Deringer

New member
Many thanks @Nursemorph , have taken your advice with the cooler and M.2, but have kept an SSD for the flight sim.

Re the case, so long as it has adequate cooling, the smaller the better. It will only be used for normal day to day work with a single added data disc. Can you suggest someone who could help with this?

The current i7 is overclocked to 4.4GHz. It was bought overclocked as part of a bundle and it has behaved flawlessly for 8 years with a lot of use. If I do change the case, would it be more sensible to leave it as it is or return it to its factory default, which would help with the cooling? Current normal running temp is 40-42 degrees?

Thanks again.
 
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