Following on with ID's thread re new PC build.... and I'd only hijacked Starkers' one to describe what I'd been doing to date...so here's my own thread with the ins and outs of what's what.
My old machine [also home-grown] was a [then] reasonably OK machine....
Lian Li PC-A6010 case [black]
Antec TruePower Quattro 1000w PSU
ASUS P6T-se X58 i7 MoBo
Intel i7 920 2.66Ghz LGA1366 CPU
12G OCZ Triple [6x2G] PC12800 DDR3 Gold Ram
CoolerMaster V8 CPU Cooler
Vantec EZ2 Sata hot-swap racks [x2][black]
1TB Seagate Sata2 7200 HD [x2] [redundancy backup/data]
2TB Western Digital Caviar Green Sata2 HD [x2]
500G WD Sata2 7200 HD [game backups]
250G Seagate Sata2 7200 HD [x2] [secondary/alternate OS installs in racks]
240G SanDisk SDSSDX240GG25 [for OS]
ACR-105 Multi card reader
LG Sata DVD-RW [x2][black]
ASUS GTX590 3GB GPU
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit RTM.
That was its final specs...having doubled the ram from 6 and adding a 'faster' GPU.
The stumbling block was really 'just' the CPU. For FSX it's a case of 'the faster the better' - so just before Xmas I started researching....
More to come...