Wifes pc has popped. She’s basically taken mine now as that has more than enough power to run her games for the foreseeable future.
I’m gonna pinch the (I overspecced) corsair 1000w psu for the new one and put a 750 or 850 in the old one.
I don’t like doing things halfway so I’m gonna go all out on the new one and pimp it hard.
I’m thinking Asus 490F or 570 not much in It on price
I9 10900k (maybe a 10850k as its £100 cheaper
32 or 64 gb ram dependant on total price
H150 water cooler or similar
I’m undecided about gpu yet.
Too much and a waste of money? Or future proof for at least 5 years? I’m not a fan of adding and subtracting bits later on. I want to pay for it. Build it. And use it till its no good anymore and then give it to the Mrs.
If you can, go 64GB of RAM.
If not, do 32GB as 2x 16Gb so you can expand later.
With the Syria map, we’re getting close to maxing out a 32GB set. So far I pushed my system to 29GB in use (total system use), on purpose - it won’t go that high normally, I flew around with the F11 free cam to make it load up tons of terrain. However, it is possible so be aware 32GB may be on thinner ice.
Other DCS maps may push system total RAM to 20GB (+- 2GB). If you exceed available, the system will use the pagefile to avoid out-of-memory. Pagefile (disk/SSD) is dozens of times slower than RAM, so you may find there is stuttering. Depends on where the pagefile is and how big it is, etc.
This is heavily dependent on graphics settings and the mission itself (number of units etc.)
Also how much VRAM your GPU has plays in as your system will use RAM as overflow for VRAM running out.
You can still get good performance on 16GB of RAM, but it you like to push the fidelity up and have busy missions you should go for 32GB at least.
If DCS is an occasional hobby, 32GB would be a waste of money as most other games won’t push the system anywhere near requiring it.
Pretty much every review I’ve read has said there is no need for the i9. Unless you’re doing some CPU-intensive build that normally takes hours and you run them all the time, the speed differential does not add up to that price difference. In most tasks it’s negligible, but the price isn’t!
Any thoughts on RAM clock speed and whether CL matters much @Wes?
3200MHz / CL16 / 1.35V seems to be the higher mid-range end of what’s being sold in NZ, except for some specialist overclocking online shops where they have lower latency and higher clock speed options at considerably higher prices.
You can find threads on the ED forums about it too, timings vs. quantity but quantity gets you far more per dollar as loading up on high clock speeds gets you 1-2% more FPS but a big hit to your wallet.
Then there is the whole base/XMP speeds I touch on in that post - depends if you like dealing with O/C or not and the stability issue that can bring.
True, of course. I just read through your earlier RAM usage experiment thread. It’s good to understand where the peak is when abused, though - if your PC can take that, then normal use should be a cakewalk RAM-wise.
I find this to be less and less of an issue, since increases in CPU computing power aren’t that big anymore per generation. i bought my last CPU 9 years ago, the one before that I had for 6 years. Previously their lifespan was much shorter. At 9 years, my MB is so hopelessly outdated (PCIe2? i think, no m.2, DDR3 instead of DDR4, etc.) that there’s not other option anyway.