And it was garbage. By my own tests, my machine can play FSX on Ultra settings, but my 2007 Deluxe Edition DVD version is so buggy that it’s a waste of time tuning my GPU to run it. I have no idea why I’m still trying to use my old FSX DVD when the better optimized Steam Edition exists. It seems to me that Windows 7 was the last OS that the DVD versions could efficiently play.

At any rate, it took me over a week to get this machine running. First, I had to trim the front fan down 1mm so it wouldn’t strike its own ducting. Then I attempted to circumvent having to pay for Windows 10 by installing one of my 100 copies of Windows 7 then using the Assistive Technologies loophole to get free Windows 10. But alas, both my mobo and my CPU are entirely incompatible with Windows 7...So even though I was finally able to get it installed after a few days of fighting non-working USBs in the installer (sourcing a PS/2 keyboard solved this), the OS was so broken it was literally impossible to get the Windows 10 upgrade to run.

So uh, I had to part ways with $100.

Pro tip: If you want to run Windows 7, DO NOT get a Ryzen CPU with current architecture.


Here’s the finished build, quietly running behind a spare 32" 720p TV.

Side Note: Why in the heck does Windows 10 come with freaking bloatware? Come on Samsung Microsoft!

Also weird how Speccy states my RAM is 1064 unknown. Edit: Apparently that’s a known Speccy thing...It sometimes displays half the advertised clock speed of a RAM stick.

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