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How much have you spent on FSX?

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Out of idle curiosity I thought I would tot up how much I had spent on FSX over the years. The result rather surprised me  - about £600 on software and another £650 on dedicated hardware but not including the PC on which to run it..

This excludes what I had previously spent on FS2002 and FS 2004. And I thought I'd found my self a cheap hobby when I snagged a copy of FSX for £15 on eBay those few years ago :rolleyes:

 

I've no doubt however that this is small beer compared to what other enthusiasts have spent.

 

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Regarding FSX as a single computer game, it's gotten really expensive for me. (Every new rig I've bought was only because of yet another MSFS version.)

 

Comparing it to a model railway (a station here, a couple of trees there, once in a time a new locomotive ...) it's not as bad - as long as you judge the costs on a bucks-per-month basis!   rolleyes.gif

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Honestly, I don't want to know. A rough estimation would be about the same as you did, Michael, assuming that 1£ equals about 1.5€, but most of my spedings went into software, my computer was about 600€, which I'd guess is about one third of what I've spent on flight simming over the past four years.

But it probably sounds more than it is in the end, because it would be maybe 20-30€ a month - and one can spend that easily during one weekend in a pub on a couple of beers B)

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In terms of hardware, $5500+
If you look at my system, it isn't the most spectacular, but the figure is high because I included the upgrades I've made over these couple of years, and also, hardware in India is stupidly expensive.
In terms of software.. Don't want to look, don't want to see. All I know is, $200 over the last month (T7 + FTXG).

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I dont think I should count it all up ...

 

Hardware

PC - £1,400

Upgrade to 512gb SSD - £270 (best money ever spent)

Monitors x 3 - £600

TH2GO - £250

TrackIR - £130

Saitek Controls - £350

Saitek Panels - £180

VRI MCP - £450

Network - £60

Headset - £110

Tablet for CDU - £160

Hardware for new custom switch panel im making - £180 (+ another £100 to spend)

Backup Network Drive - £100

 

Software

Too much to list ... prop another £2,000 easy (prob closer to £3-4,000)

 

PLEASE ... dont tell my wife!!! LOL

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Whoever says "$/€ 0" (apart from FSX) will be my hero of the week.

 

 

 

(€150 or so)

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Since 1998

With all the computers

many monitors

LOTS of software most of which has become obsolete,

about 10 thousand dollars

 

 

so about 500 a year means about 2500 $ for FSX

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Probably around £3000 in total but doesn't run on a machine built for FSX only. In terms of a hobby, flight simulation isn't that expensive, in terms of a computer game ##### that's insane!!!! :)

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Yeah, but it's still much cheaper than the real thing.  And there's no way I'd get to have a real 777 :-)

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Nearly $300 in the past 4 weeks alone :blink: Although I'd love to see a new PMDG plane every month, I'd most certainly have to get a 2nd or even 3rd job to afford it :lol:

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Around £3000 on software and another £1000 or so on Goflight hardware, yokes throttles ect plus whatever the PC build I am running at the time cost me to build.

Have not really used the sim in a year, just burnt out with it all.

Hopefully the dark nights and winter weather get me back into it.

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I am not going to say how much I've spent over the years (don't want to look or know), but I will say this. The next time you are considering a new graphics card, CPU, etc. for FSX, consider the value of your investment and how these parts will help you get the most out of them.

 

In other words, why not just splurge for the 780 or Titan? You know you deserve it. And, you can justify the cost by lying to yourself that it is needed to justify all the other money you've spent on FSX. A Titan can help you maximize the money you've already spent.

 

And seriously, since I splurged for the 4770k and GTX 770, my investment in FSX has never felt so justified. I am seeing this sim the way the original ACES team thought about it. FSX has finally started to fulfill the dreams that the original visionaries had. 

 

You owe it to yourself! lol

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Wow, I guess as we get older "some times" we become a little more conservative. I have not spent nearly as much as the posters so far (as you can see from my configuration) but about $1,000 for hardware and about $300 on software, (it has only been a little over one year)!! :lol:

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I spent enough that if my wife found out...she would have my head. I know that much.

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$1700 on aircraft, scenery, traffic and weather.

 

And I still want more. Lots more.

 

I'm off to have my head examined.

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it surely seems that we take this sim extremely  very seriously!!

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Since the beginning of FSX:  Hardware Upgrades at least € 5000. Software maybe a bit less around 3000-3500€. Can't say it is cheap for computer 'gaming' but for a real hobby it is ok if one can afford it.

 

Harry

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I tried just counting software, then hardware but stopped. It's cheaper per hour than renting an airplane (I hope)!

 

My wife can never know about my FSX addiction.

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I am not counting but I would say that every Video card, CPU and/or Complete system build that I have done Including the Most recent (i7 4770k, GTX 780, etc.) since the release of FSX has been primarily motivated by getting better performance out of that program. Not to say that I don't use my system for other demanding apps but the bench mark has been FSX for years and years. Guessing $10,000+ in last 8 or so years. That does not take into account the I sold all the hardware that I nolonger need on ebay and retrieved at least half of that. I have about $1000 of FSX and related software. My last build was an i7 920 system which I managed to OC to 4.85GHZ It was not stable LOL but did 32000+ on 3Dmark06. My New system just built and still being worked on cost me over $4000 including a 60" Samsung Plasma. It does 32000+ on 3DMark06 at stock clocks! I have had years of entertainment out of this. Don't regret a penny of it!

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I put it all in a spreadsheet and was pretty shocked with what I found: Over $3000 USD in less than 2 years of flight simming. About 1/3 of that is hardware such as controllers (Yoke, pedals, joystick, throttle quad) and also trackIR, SSD's, video card, USB headset... My average software addon purchase is $29. That's not a lot for an individual purchase but it's very sneaky how those add up. My addon purchases have slowed quite a lot in the last year as I've resolved to only buy top quality addons and use them in depth rather than succumb to sales and impulse purchases. Also I'm spending a lot more time painting airplanes and learning to make scenery. Most of the needed development tools are free or very inexpensive for an amateur like me.

 

Hope my wife doesn't read this post or find my spreadsheet.  :lol:

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