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Just thinking today about how enjoyable this hobby has "continued to be"! I never seem to tire of it, and FSX just seems to be progressing within itself because of all of the talented developers out there that continue to give us users phenomenal planes, breathtaking scenery, and accurate weather.I've been fortunate to be able to always have the hardware necessary to run the latest stuff, and I continue to look forward to the incredible possibilities of the future in this hobby.Right now, I'm enjoying the Carenado Baron 58 and the RealAir Duke Turbine like you cannot believe. These planes feel like the real deal, and the instrumentation, views, and handling bring a real smile to my face every time I fire them up. I cannot say enough about my Orbx scenery in the Pacific Northwest, along with Ultimate Alaska. I find myself flying out there more frequently than anywhere else on the planet. Using ASE for weather and REX for textures and sky help create the perfect simulation for me.I can only hope that many of you feel the way I do, and continue to support the many talents who continue to make this wonderful hobby and learning tool what it is today. Thank you.Stan

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Just thinking today about how enjoyable this hobby has "continued to be"! I can only hope that many of you feel the way I do, and continue to support the many talents who continue to make this wonderful hobby and learning tool what it is today.
I believe I feel the same way.With a new video card, and FSX stored on an SSD, my system has never been smoother andthe scenery has never looked better.PNW and RME is where I do most of my flying, although I still like the California coast as well.My favorite airplanes are the Bonanza, and Baron (which has received an autopilot makeover by yours truly)and the fantastic Turbine Duke.Add to that a yet to be released VANS plane for just flying around,and I could not happier!

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Same here. Enjoying FSX like never before : the amazing Duke, Orbx AU and PNW, a mix of REX and FEX textures, ASE,... and EZCA 2.0 just round the corner... :(

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My computer sucks but I have been enjoying the Duke (piston/turbine), Orbx Lancair, and Eaglesoft Citation, especially on vatsim. I make a lot of "adjustments" to my system, mainly turning off any ai traffic, deleting tower view (my textures always get blurry), and using external limiter, and sometimes avoiding large cities. I do like to fly over PNW lately, flying very slow, maybe not more than 120 kts in RealAir Citabria. I just discovered yesterday that the thing has flaps LOL!! I've owned it forever hehe.So yeah I'm enjoying FSX!

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Yeh, i must say since i have been lucky enough to build a new rig FSX has really come alive and im really enjoying it

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It is depressing you have to spend at least 2 thousand dollars just to get a computer fast enough to run FSX. And even after that, you have to overclock it to 4ghz so frames are acceptable. Here's hoping MS Flight is a more modern graphics engine.

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It is depressing you have to spend at least 2 thousand dollars just to get a computer fast enough to run FSX. And even after that, you have to overclock it to 4ghz so frames are acceptable. Here's hoping MS Flight is a more modern graphics engine.
I know I built mine for around $700 USD and my FSX cranks.

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Great to hear that others feel this way, too, Stan. You're right - it's finally "come of age" hasn't it - thanks to the new hardware, and in most cases the 64-bit version of Windows 7. Most sliders to the right, Nvidia Inspector, Bojote's mods - it all works quite amazingly now. I love the sound and the look of the BN Islander - its engines are the most realistic I've heard: the crispness of the landmass as far as one can see: tooling around the OrbX PNW airfields in the BirdDog: feeling the rush as the nose of the Maddog lifts at V1 at SEA: That A2A Spitfire! OrbX "People Flow"! Multiplayer success! I's all there.We could chew the fat forever about the evolution of this sim. It's really nice that so many of us can finally sit down at the drop of a hat without all of the tweaking and fly just about anywhere we want, being immersed in all the reality we expect. Cheers! :( :( :( B)

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It is depressing you have to spend at least 2 thousand dollars just to get a computer fast enough to run FSX. And even after that, you have to overclock it to 4ghz so frames are acceptable. Here's hoping MS Flight is a more modern graphics engine.
P8P67 Mobo............$159.00Intel 2600K...........$344.98Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8 Vengeance 8GB....$126.00Nvidia 550 Ti gpu......$150Total....$779.98 That's a far cry from $2000.

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<br />P8P67 Mobo............$159.00<br />Intel 2600K...........$344.98<br />Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8 Vengeance 8GB....$126.00<br />Nvidia 55 Ti gpu......$150<br /><br />Total....$779.98     That's a far cry from $2000.<br />
<br /><br />And what exactly are you using for power? A case? dvd drive? Monitor? keyboard and mouse? Lets start adding all that up, then factor in tax and shipping and you are closer to 2k. Not to mention all the addons you would want to use like a yoke and pedalsAnd then I didn't even count all the addons you need just to make Flight Sim realistic looking, REX, Activesky, FSGenesis, Ultimate Terrain, Ground Environment, all the addon airplanes and airport scenery, ORBX, so now the total cost is more like $5k

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And what exactly are you using for power? A case? dvd drive? Monitor? keyboard and mouse? Lets start adding all that up, then factor in tax and shipping and you are closer to 2k. Not to mention all the addons you would want to use like a yoke and pedals
Power supply - if the gpu and proc need it - another 140 tops. Use your old case, mouse & KB, and drives.If you're computing and FSX'ing at this moment - you already have all of that stuff. Build the pc yourself. You don't "need" pedals, and a yoke is from 19.95 to 150. I built all my own from an old sidewinder and a couple of cheapo sticks.

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use your old parts? Did you not buy those? I'm just talking about total cost. And then like I said, all the addons you would want to buy, to make the game more fun. Out of the box, with the default airplanes, the scenery is bland and boring, and the aircraft are horribly basic. To make this sim realistic looking and playing, you need to spend a lot of money. That's all I'm saying. You can't deny that, why try?

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use your old parts? Did you not buy those? I'm just talking about total cost. And then like I said, all the addons you would want to buy, to make the game more fun. Out of the box, with the default airplanes, the scenery is bland and boring, and the aircraft are horribly basic. To make this sim realistic looking and playing, you need to spend a lot of money. That's all I'm saying. You can't deny that, why try?
It seems you are more concerned in wanting to create - and then win - an argument that no-one else but you started, rather than explore a constructive way to enjoy the FSX hobby to it's fullest, as the rest of us obviously are.So... take up golf: take up full size flying: take up scuba diving: take up skydiving; take up sports car racing.Every hobby comes with a price. You pay the piper and get on with it. I'm going flying. This is a waste of breath.

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<br /><br />And what exactly are you using for power? A case? dvd drive? Monitor? keyboard and mouse? Lets start adding all that up, then factor in tax and shipping and you are closer to 2k. Not to mention all the addons you would want to use like a yoke and pedalsAnd then I didn't even count all the addons you need just to make Flight Sim realistic looking, REX, Activesky, FSGenesis, Ultimate Terrain, Ground Environment, all the addon airplanes and airport scenery, ORBX, so now the total cost is more like $5k
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<br />It seems you are more concerned in wanting to create - and then win - an argument that no-one else but you started, rather than explore a constructive way to enjoy the FSX hobby to it's fullest, as the rest of us obviously are.<br /><br />So... take up golf: take up full size flying: take up scuba diving: take up skydiving; take up sports car racing.<br /><br />Every hobby comes with a price. You pay the piper and get on with it. I'm going flying. This is a waste of breath.<br />
<br /><br /><br />Huh? I just said I'm impressed with it too, but it sucks that it's so expensive just to get FSX to run right, you failed to prove me wrong, and now have decided to create a new reality on what we were talking about in the first place. Just admit you were wrong, and a computer built to run FSX right will cost around 2k.

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<br /><br /><br />Huh? I just said I'm impressed with it too, but it sucks that it's so expensive just to get FSX to run right, you failed to prove me wrong, and now have decided to create a new reality on what we were talking about in the first place. Just admit you were wrong, and a computer built to run FSX right will cost around 2k.
Lucky not for me it's more around 500 euros lol (have a strange habit of build my PC stuff self:-)), but as with a few decades of Flightsim around it's with every version the same old story (not only FSX) ;-)But we aren't here for the sake of the argument, but just helping each other to get the most out of our beloved hobby and sharing our personal experiences.Which in your case can be 2K but remember that doesn't hold for every one ;-)@ topic yep it's still great fun to fly and also to develop for aviation and FSX will maybe have some new surprise in store :-)Cheers,

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....and FSX will maybe have some new surprise in store :-)
Yes, the 757 :(

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<br /><br /><br />Huh? I just said I'm impressed with it too, but it sucks that it's so expensive just to get FSX to run right, you failed to prove me wrong, and now have decided to create a new reality on what we were talking about in the first place. Just admit you were wrong, and a computer built to run FSX right will cost around 2k.
Ok, the way you initially wrote it was one needs to spend 2000 bucks to get FSX working well. How I read it was "I'm a happy {insert your favorite sim here} user complaining in the FSX forum." Let's just say for a moment you already have a older PC. Check out my specs... something like that. And you play XP, FS9, whatever. You already have the yoke, pedals, mouse, case, keyboard, monitor. It's not fair to factor that all in. Or perhaps I'm all wrong. You're a brand new user (or about to be with NO PC),you saw this post, however you were upset, so you made an account to post your thoughts.Yes, if you start from complete scratch, and build a capable FSX rig (without rudder or all the addons - you'll need a joystick at the very least so we'll include that) it will probably run you around $1500 for a quality value system. I admit, yeah that's a lot for someone who doesn't own a PC at all, or a younger person without a real (established) full time job. Still $2000 is a bit high based on some systems I just spec'd out yesterday. (I'm in the market for an upgrade and will be doing nearly a full-on upgrade) Stock FSX SP2 looks pretty dang good, a lot of default planes are actually quite nice. I enjoy flying the default C172. But you're right, you WILL spend more money on addons. But it's not fair to factor that in to your initial setup cost. Addons are something you acquire over time, much like the hardware in your rig. A lot of guys in these forums build their own rigs and already have some parts, so it's not abnormal for someone to quote 800 or 1000 bucks for a new FSX rig, cause they instinctively know they already have the case, psu, monitor, mouse, kb etc.FACT: FSX eats CPU cycles for breakfast. Deal with it, save up your money, buy a quality system, and enjoy the heck out of it - then be happy because you know you'll now destroy any other game that you run on your PC :(

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Great hearing from all of you. FSX can run on a system far less than the one I have. If you're still into FS2004, I believe you're missing so very much with the stuff that we have today. What an incredible experience with the scenery and exceptional planes we have now. Let's hope that FLIGHT from Micorsoft adds to the immersive experience we are getting with FSX.Stan

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<br /><br /><br />Huh? I just said I'm impressed with it too, but it sucks that it's so expensive just to get FSX to run right, you failed to prove me wrong, and now have decided to create a new reality on what we were talking about in the first place. Just admit you were wrong, and a computer built to run FSX right will cost around 2k.
Just to add my 2 cents, I started using FSX back when it first was released, with a E6700 C2D @2.67Mhz, 2GB mem, and a GeForce 8800GT (Top of the line at the time, now it would be considered minimal for FSX). I set my scenery to extremely dense, and Autogen to Dense. Airline traffic is 100% WOAI, and I got pretty good performance. You can see it in my early videos (The ones with a 4:3 aspect ratio). I had to replace the system mid 2007, because it got fried by a direct lightning strike to the house (It fried most of my electronics). This system, which is still my current system was only a modest upgrade to an E6850 3Ghz (No overclock possible (DELL)) 4Gb mem and a 9800GTX card. What would now be considered a mid range system. With the same settings with 100% WOAI to begin with and now 100% UT2 traffic, I'm getting even better performance. Not like a I7 @4.0 but still pretty good. Here's a sample with a Captain Sim 757 (Remember I lose a couple of FPS from the video recording software, so my normal performance is even a little better.)

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