We’ve had a few different PC build sanity check threads this year, which have been useful references.
I’ve slowly started to do my homework about PC components, with end-of-year sales in mind…and a few questions have come to mind. Mostly my questions are around components other than graphics cards, since the nVidia RTX 3080/3090 thread is actively discussing those (and I’m planning to keep my 1080Ti going for a little while, yet).
I appreciate you get what you pay for and the top-end i9-10900 will do great, if you’re happy to drop that kind of money…but would I be right in having the impression that for most of our purposes (flight sims such as DCS, X-plane etc.), single-core performance is still the most important thing? For the specific purpose of current flight sims - how much of a case of diminishing returns is it to buy i7 or i9 CPUs, when you could OC an i5-10600K to almost the same clock speeds for less than 50% of the cost? Are you just throwing money at features you will never benefit from?
My second question is - if you have an old spare GPU hanging around for emergencies, is there any benefit in buying a K-series rather than KF? I understand KF stand for no integrated graphics, which would only be useful if you had a GPU failure - is that correct?
I’m just working through Tom’s hardware, Gamers Nexus etc. to get up to speed on what’s out there these days so I’ll be posting a few more dumb questions here about other components…thanks for your patience!