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Old February 26, 2013, 01:08 PM
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If you decide to go with the APU + Xfire GPU combo (which I think will be potent enough), here is a potential build, including three 24" displays.

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CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($46.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($82.04 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Memory Express)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Memory Express)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($109.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Monitor: Samsung LS24A650SS/ZA 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($219.99 @ Memory Express)
Monitor: Samsung LS24A650SS/ZA 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($219.99 @ Memory Express)
Monitor: Samsung LS24A650SS/ZA 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($219.99 @ Memory Express)
Total: $1368.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-26 16:07 EST-0500)
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Old February 26, 2013, 03:33 PM
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Lucky them. When i was in cadets when we flew glinders, they basically told us all the controls, took us up to 2000 feet over abbotsford international and handed us the controls.
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Old February 26, 2013, 04:50 PM
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One comment - I've had nothing but trouble with older games (older as in 2011) including MS FSX on the Win8 side of my dual boot machine. Go Win7 if you can and avoid that headache.

I've noticed several vendors have had A10's & Mobo combo's on sale so do check out all vendor's before you order. If you are in Canada Memory Express will ship everything for one price of $4.99 via Canada Post and they not only match other vendor's prices, but give you an additional 10% off to price so price it out at the best price and then get another 10% off if Mem-Express is not the lowest. BTW I have no interest in Mem-Express and was not paid for this endorsement. .... :)
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Old February 26, 2013, 04:54 PM
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Also, looking at the specs supplied above add an Active Displayport Adaptor to run three screens. 3X 24 would be grand, I have 20" models and paid $89 each for them at The Source for LG LED screens. I have one 24 inch in the middle and the two side screens are 20's. For flight training if you are pinching pennies going with 20" models would save you over $300. To be honest, if you pull the 20" screens to about 12" from the front of your desk, they do take up you full field of vision and I think would be jim-dandy, especially if they are being compared to an old Laptop.
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I gave them a list pretty similiar to what GBA listed above....Win7 instead, as that is what they prefer, and a regular hard drive in place of the ssd (I did give them a list with an ssd) Now they have to find the funds to put this thing together. If they take too long they might not have a choice which operating system they go with though.



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