I’ve never had anything use over 16GB but DCS. Usually it stays below that, but I have flown missions here and there where it got to around 30GB!
Keeping the 1080 for now is a good idea, because we might see a new gen of cards in 6 months or so that would give you some remorse if you bought one today.
As for the SSD, I’ve had 2 models. I’ve got a pair of Samsung EVOs (an 850 SATA and a 970 NVMe) and a pair of WD Blue (1TB and 2TB SATA).
All 3 SATA models perform about the same. Much better than a spinning drive, but not nearly as good as the NVMe. My new mobo has 2 slots, so in the future I will trade up my old 850 Evo 500GB (which used to be C: and is now E:) to another NVMe.
Honestly, though, my games on C: don’t load much faster than those on the other drives.
One thing I learned about modern CPU‘s is that it‘s all about cooling. They will throttle up and down based on how hot tiny little bits in the core will get. This is fully automated to the point where manual overclocking is becoming pointless. The faster the heat is dissipated, the more clock boosting can happen. Also volume helps to store heat spikes. It is super fast paced these days. Like tiny little immersion heaters.
Go big and get good material.
NVMe drives are awesome. Make sure they stay cool. Much easier to accomplish as compared to CPU‘s, as old school knowledge still applies
Oh I don’t know…once, when I was stationed in Germany, I manually overclocked a US computer by plugging it into a 220V outlet…it smoked! (literally).
About a year ago I went with the RTX 2080 and have found that to work very well. I use mostly the default DCS VR settings (add cockpit lighting on). Haven’t tried XP11 recently since the whole Spock thing (Vulkan…oops I said no snark) so can’t comment there.
Money is always an object…however, ere I am a year later still happy wit the card…just a thought.
It was so big that It blocked the RAM slot closest to the CPU. I was basically forced to go with 32 GB of RAM in the two available slots.
Re overclocking, I would overclock the heck out of my Intel CPU’s but I don’t touch my AMD CPU … they’re built for “core attrition” is what I like to call it. I don’t think liquid cooling is necessary.