** UPDATE 8/4/2019 - New Ikea Desk Hack. Redesigned "ManLoft" with the addition of new desk. - See pics - Flight Yoke now stored in the lower left file cabinet drawer.
**Update 2/07/2019 - Upgraded to x299 Platform - Asus TUF x299 M/B - i7 7820x CPU - 64Gb Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro - Corsair H100i RGB
**Update 8/30/2017- Added WD Gold 10TB for X-Plane 11 Ortho4XP tiles
The hardware I chose for this system is based on the understanding that I will be using the system as a powerful flight simulator as well as editing videos and content creation. As a pilot, having the simulator will enable me to keep my procedural practice up. The CPU Cores will enable heavy production and the Video Card means Maxed Out gaming ... from time to time, I'm more interested in the cuda cores and SIM.
Below are the questions/comments I hear often, so I'll place them here first.
1.) Why Noir? - I am a fan of old 30's Black and White Noir style movies and decided to build a black and white themed PC.
2.) Why the one 24" Monitor? - I use it to display flight information, maps, weather et et while flying. On really long flights I may throw a movie on it. :)
3.) Valin, for that cost you could get flying lessons! - True, but I'm already a pilot. - videos here. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pOqOHltHBvkxQ_0h86uVw?view_as=public
4.) You're a pilot? That's cool, flying for a living must be sweet! - I am not a pilot for employment, just a private pilot. I am an IT Manager at a large local State College.
5.) Do You Like the 34" monitor more than your previous triple 24's"? - YES YES YES!!!.
6.) How much did all that cost you!! - Based on this site - Total RIG and custom stuff - Total: -$5911 + the old parts I still have in storage now.
Based off my wife -Too much!!
PLEASE SEE parts list for main parts.
Flight simulator controls are CH flight yoke, CH Quadrant, Saitek Pro Flight Pedals, Saitek Radios, and Saitek pro switch panel. This gives me a very usable and complete flight simulator setup. I do think I may add another radio panel soon.
I also use track IR, a head tracking system that enables users the freedom "ingame" to move the POV with 6 degrees of freedom. Very useful in the Sim when looking over my shoulder to check my 45 degrees on downwind while landing.
I replaced all OEM fans with Corsair Quiet SP and AF fans. It's very important one uses SP fans when running radiators. Static Pressure fans ensure that the correct amount of air is passing over the radiator fins an opposed to the fins "blocking " the airflow of normal fans because they don't have the pressure to move the air through.
The case is so big there were not really any issues. Plenty of room and the rear SSD holders made it possible to remove the HD cage for even more room. I did have some slight clearance issues with the CPU power header cables and the push-pull radiator setup. I ended up having to just run one set of fans. I have a pic of the clearance issue.
For those into flight Sims, and who understand the way they work as compared to normal games. I run a clean 50-60FPS in all locations on X-plane. I no longer fly FSX but use X-plane 10 and X-plane 11.
For production, I use Sony Vegas and have, but have not really used Abobe Premier. This is for editing family movies and my flying videos. See above youtube link.
I was "evicted from home office" by my wife to make my office into a playroom, so the system now sits on Ikea "Desk Hack" Karlby Butcherblock countertop and Alex Storage Drawers. Prior to this update, it was sitting on a picnic table from Costco.
If you have any questions please ask. Cheers, VN