X-Plane Flight Simulator
Getting The Most From A Flight Sim

Built by ChrisS on 01/27/14

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Full Specs

Asus Z87-A
Intel Core i5 4670K 3.4GHz Quad Core 6MB 84W
2 x Kingston DDR3-1600 4GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB
Onboard Sound
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5inch SSD
Asus 24x DVD-RW SATA (Black)
Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey
Antec TruePower New Series 650W Power Supply
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler
Windows 8.1 64-bit
Logitech X-140 2.0 Stereo Speaker System
Microsoft Wired Desktop 600 (Keyboard/Mouse)
Warranty: Lifetime Labor and Tech Support, 1 Year Parts

Additional Notes

We had a customer contact us about finding a system to run X-Plane 10, a flight simulation program. They came with some specifications and asked us to take a look at them, and make any recommendations. After visiting the X-Plane site (http://www.x-plane.com), and some emails with the staff at X-Plane, we were able to put together a system that made sense. This build is for X-Plane 10, so you should check to make sure your software version is a match.

When configuring a system for X-Plane there are a couple of considerations. First, X-Plane loves cores. The recommended system specifications state, "X-Plane will take advantage of as many cores or distinct processors as you can afford." Based on our customers experience he was very satisfied with the performance of quad core processors, although you could step your game up to a Quad Xeon Eight Core Workstation by Puget Systems too! In the end we went with the Intel Core i5, because of the recommendation of the X-Plane staff: that although the software does take advantage of hyper-threading on some level, it may not be worth the step up.

We also made the decision to go with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB video card. At the maximum settings X-Plane 10 can "easily use" up to 1.5 GB of VRAM, leaving a little left over for other tasks running on your system. Although X-Plane doesn't recommend greater than 4GB of RAM for use with their programs, we recommend giving the system plenty of room with 8GB.

The decision was made to go to a Cooler Master Hyper TX3 cooling solution instead of a closed loop CPU cooler. You can see in the thermal images and benchmarking, the temperatures stay well within range of recommendations.

Lastly, we added to two Samsung SSDs, set in RAID 0 for striping, done to maximize the read/write speeds of the drives. Standalone, the Samsung 840 Pro has an amazing read speed of 530 MB/s; set in RAID 0 we were looking for read speeds in excess of 1000 MB/s.

If you have any questions please reach out to us at sales@pugetsystems.com; we would be happy to help!


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