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Hello all!

This is my first post, though I have been a long term lurker. I finally decided to join and seek advice from you knowledgable folk as I begin my flight sim adventure in earnest.
I am a flight student doing virtually all of my PPL hours in the flight school’s Cessna 172, but I plan on purchasing a used Beechcraft 36 shortly after completing my PPL and complex/hi-perf certs. I also plan on immediately moving on to my instrument rating so I am hoping that by building a reasonably good simulator in my home I can build proficiency more rapidly as well as practice approaches/landings, etc on the various airports I will be flying into once my license is acquired. I also am keen on getting practice with cockpit workflows incorporating ForeFlight as well as the various avionics I may encounter in my actual flights. In short, I wish to use this as a true simulator with my own personal entertainment a secondary concern. 
Budget is not much of an issue, except when it is. Wife Acceptance Factor is an issue however, which is why I’m not doing the full blown home simulator (e.g., The complete immersion that his simulator provides is really attractive, but I do not have the space to build such a simulator. I would like to be prepared for VR flying once it is ready for prime time. 
I am not interested in gaming, though my 6 kids will likely use the rig sans flight controls for their own entertainment purposes, nor am I likely to ever fire up an aircraft on the simulator which I am unlikely to fly in the Real World (RW). With that in mind, here is my plan:
Already Purchased, not yet built
  • Intel Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake Quad-Core 4.0 GHz
  • GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 Motherboard
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming GV-N1080G1 GAMING-8GD Video Card
  • Noctua NH-D15 SSO2 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler
  • G.SKILL TridentZ Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3400 
  • SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 1TB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 
  • CORSAIR RMx Series RM750X 750W Power Supply
  • Fractal Design Define R5 Blackout Silent ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • LG 34UM88C-P 34" FreeSync IPS LED Monitor 3440 x 1440 WQHD 21:9 UltraWide Monitor
  • Logitech Performance Combo MX800 Illuminated Wireless Keyboard/Mouse
  • Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System
iPad Pro 9.7”
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home
  • ForeFlight
Flight Sim Hardware
  • Saitek Pro Flight Cessna Yoke System
  • Saitek Pro Flight Three-Lever Throttle
  • Saitek Pro Flight Cessna Trim Wheel
  • Saitek Pro Flight Rudder Pedals
So that is my starting point. Here is where I am going I think…
Planned/Proposed System Purchases
  • Saitek Pro Flight Radio Panel
  • Saitek Pro Flight Switch Panel
  • Saitek Pro Flight Throttle Prop Mixture System
  • Wheel Stand Pro Stand for Saitek Pro Flight System (So I can mount everything and put it away when not in use)
Flight Sim Software
  • Prepar3d v3.x
  • FreeMeshX
  • Active Sky 2016 (P3D)
  • REX 4 Texture Direct HD with Soft Clouds
  • FSX HD Moon Texture V3.0
  • Aimé Leclercq’s FSX Road Textures
  • ORBX: FTX Global: Base
  • ORBX: FTX Global: Vector
  • ORBX: FTX Global: OpenLC North America
  • A2A Cessna 172 Professional
I would very much appreciate any guidance, comments or suggestions.
Thank you for your help!

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Budget is not much of an issue, except when it is. Wife Acceptance Factor is an issue however, which is why I’m not doing the full blown home simulator (e.g.,


Soooooo...The WAF didn't deter you from the Bonanza purchase...yet the OTG DIY project did?


Guess it boiled down to where your plane/sim is parked huh?



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Bingo. I have a wonderful supportive wife, but she is not going for a 4' cube in the den.




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Just build an 8x10 ad-on Mancave for your 4' grandad created one for his frequent "escapes"... Calling it his "doghouse".



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