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Hello all

 

I'm considering migrating to FSX from FS9 and am looking into whether it's worth it and which version to buy-standard,deluxe or gold etc etc. Any feedback 

would be welcome

 

Thank you

 

Alan W

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Hello all

 

I'm considering migrating to FSX from FS9 and am looking into whether it's worth it and which version to buy-standard,deluxe or gold etc etc. Any feedback 

would be welcome

 

Thank you

 

Alan W

 

Of course I'm going to say it's not worth it but if you have to go there get the best machine optimized for FS you can find to save yourself a whole lot of hassle:

 

http://www.jetlinesystems.com/

 

From there I'd get the Acceleration package of FSX and go from there.

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You have to spend some amount of cash - mainly for the hardware to run the graphics settings thing. Other than that FS9 is just a fine flight simulator.

 

If you DO want to migrate - get the deluxe version at least. The Gold edition is frequently on sale and can be quite inexpensive, so: why not Gold?

 

You don't need to install the Acceleration pack, SP1 and SP2 of FSX will do.

 

Make sure you follow the installation instructions from the PMDG knowledge base and have a look at the AVSIM FSX hardware&software guide for the necessary (but not too many!!!) tweaks  - HIGHMEMFIX and UIAutomationcore.dll should do for a start ...

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Get Deluxe or Gold. If you're not interested in the Acceleration pack content then go for Deluxe and apply the service packs. You might want to get a better graphics card. A GTX 660 will do nicely.

 

Some tweaking is required but usually all it takes is to add the following to your fsx.cfg:

 

[GRAPHICS]
HIGHMEMFIX=1

 

[JOBSCHEDULER]
AffinityMask=14

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Some tweaking is required but usually all it takes is to add the following to your fsx.cfg:

[JOBSCHEDULER]
AffinityMask=14

 

The Affinetymask setting depends on wether you have hyperthreading activated or not, 14 would fit a 4core with hyperthreading off, just tought I mention that..

The bufferpool tweak could also can do some magic to the performance...atleast it does it with mine.

 

For me tweaking is essential to get FSX run decently but for others it may cause havoc on the system so be careful, and backup your fsx.cfg file before getting into the "dark arts" of tweaking..

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Go for Deluxe, in any case don't go for Acceleration. Search for some guides about fsx - hardware guide, installing guide and tuning guide and you will be fine. FSX is excelent when you get it stable

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It's worth keeping in mind that there are some planes that do require Acceleration to be installed. But if it's not a requirement of the particular add-ons you're interested in, then disregard.

 

I fly both, but which I spend more time in depends on what type of flying I'm doing.  Lately it's been the marvelous Q400 as well as some carrier based jets (which all require acceleration, for what it's worth), so FS9 has been gathering a bit of dust.  But they both have their strengths, and whether the upgrade is worth it is purely a personal decision.

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Allmost all payware planes requres FSX SP2 or Acceleration. Majestic Q400 requires FSX SP2 or Acceleration. They(SP2 and ACC)are supposed to be the same, exccept that Acceleration has some missions and one default plane which SP2 don't have, but acceleration can be buggy, at least on some systems.

I did some research about this. Acceleration was made for simmers to spend some extra mooney for this upgrade - microsoft marketing. Not worked as planed, becouse not too many peoples cares about default planes and missions.

Then microsoft released SP2. Howewer, there are some differences which makes acceleration to perform not so well. The atmosphere is different and some payware planes will not perform like they should; Autogen is different and some more graphics. But simconnect is the biggest problem usually. And who knows what more is different...

I tested this on different systems, and i was able to get better performance and stability with FSX SP2

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Majestic Q400 requires FSX SP2 or Acceleration.

 

I didn't word it quite clearly enough, but I wasn't specifically referring to the Q400; rather some mil jets I like to fly such as Dino Cattaneo's F-14 and T-45 that list Acceleration as a requirement, along with the built-in-to-Acceleration carrier traps and launches.  Also, the hornet included with FSX:A is nothing to sneeze at once brought up to snuff with mods.  It's also worth noting that I have no performance or stability issues with Acceleration, although everyone's mileage varies I guess.

 

But as I also mentioned, if one's tastes don't run to addons for which FSX:A is a benefit, then feel free to disregard.

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It really depends on your reason. A lot of the new amazing addons are FSX only. That's a large factor. FSX also allows for higher resolution textures, both on planes and scenery textures.

 

Other than that they are similar.

 

If you do decide to add FSX to your collection get FSX Gold (FSX + Acceleration)

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