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I'm curious as to know how much you spent on that system. Also, what kind of FPS you looking at in what kinds of situations (ie, heavy at big airports or singles over the desert...). Screenshots would be sweet :) I'll be in the market next year for a desktop and if this guy got you a good price, I'd be happy to buy from him :)

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Sounds like a great setup, but you have got to get the Trackir 4 up and running and get yourself a yoke and pedals. You won't regret it.Randall

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Hello PastorPilot. Glad to hear you got your system up and running. I hope to join you with a new system that I want to build later this year. Still waiting like I was the last time I talked to you. I hope to start build it by the end of the year at the latest.

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Randall,Thanks! Its not the "top of the line" but I am very thankful. My problem is that I have too many hours with the real yoke and the real pedals. I saw some pedals somewhere that had some "beef" to them but they were SO expensive. And I was at FRY's electronics and handled a CH Products yoke... and the feel was so "distant" for me from the real McCoy. I really would like some good pedals. I began flying with a stick and have logged hundreds of hours flying stick airplanes... so I'm good with a joystick. Even some of the newest designed advanced light airplanes (with glass panels) come with a stick and not a yoke. Yep! TrackIr is next week!Take care,Steve

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Hello Redvan...Well, after I added the $250 liquid cooling system, and about $200 for the waterblocks, and 2 Gigs of extra memory, and a $100 or so for the extra operating system (dual boot), I think it was around $2500.Here's a link to one of John's ads on eBay:http://cgi.ebay.com/Core-2-Duo-Gaming-Comp...1QQcmdZViewItemI think you will see, that he uses nothing but top of the line components. For example the NVidia EVGA 680i mb is more expensive than the ones many of the big name builders use, but it is soooo EASY to overclock... plus it allows you to upgrade to SLI (two video cards) if you wish, some day. Also will accept a QuadCore chip.There may be somewhere you can do as well or even better, but this guy's customer service promise, warranty, integrity... well you know the routine. He was such a pleasure to work with. If you ever get the urge... contact him. He will take lots of time to talk with your and answer your questions even before you are ready to buy.Steve

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Hi Hocking!Yes, it is WONDERFUL to finally be using FSX!!! Nice to hear from you again. Golly, by the end of the year, things will be very cheap from when I bought my CPU... (late May). With the new generation of Intel/AMD chips, the current batch (which work great... Core 2 Duo/Quad, will be a whole lot less! Best Wishes! I hope to hear of your good result!Steve

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Steve,Great to hear that you are enjoying your new system. I too will be building one with just about the same specs in a few weeks. I think I will be using the NVidia 7950GX2 in SLI mode.I have a PFC rudder pedal that I am selling for $400.00 plus shipping.They are 7 months old, however I am replacing them with a Flight Link rudder pedal system which is actuated by hydraulics and has better travel, which is also better suited for what I use them for.The waranty in non-transferable unfortunately. These pedals were replaced by PFC due to a factory default on the previous pedals that I owned for over two years. So that is how I was able to acquire a brand new set of Pedals back in December 2006You can email me if you are interested srichie (@) gmail.comRegardsSimeon

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If yoke and pedals aren't your thing, I highly recommend checking out an XBox 360 controller. I find rudder control to be much easier than using a twist stick. A friend of mine suggested it, and I had read tdragger's and other's comments about it, but I was really sceptical at first. But then I tried it and it's what I use just about all the time now. I use a laptop a lot, and it's very portable, and I even use it with my desktop rather than yoke and pedals since it keeps my desk clear.This is how I like to set up my buttons:http://www.flyingscool.com/images/UsingAnX...ontroller01.jpgY- Increase throttleB- Decrease throttleA - BrakesX - Switch Views (S key)1 - rudder left2 - rudder right3 - Elevator trim down4 - Elevator trim up5 - Aircraft control (ailerons, elevators)Press 5 - Flaps all the way up6 - Dynamic viewingPress 6 - Increment Flaps Down7 - View Pan left, right, up, down, up-left,8 - Transmit Voice (push to talk) (For multi-player play)9 - Gear up/downMakes it more natural for the way I fly. A friend of mine prefers to use button 9 for autopilot master on/off.Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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$2500 ?!? That's only $500 more than I paid for my laptop in my siggy... dang... lot cheaper than i thought! I'll have to contact him for sure... thanks!

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>This is how I like to set up my buttons:>Makes it more natural for the way I fly. Isn't it hard to control the plane with your thumb only? I often have to hold the stick just a little backwards or something like that, and that's seems pretty hard to do with such a button. Also, how does it work with the rudder: one press = full rudder and letting go = centre rudder? Or can you apply a little rudder and does it stick there...?The thing is I do not have rudderpedals nor the money for them (or better said, I think they cost way too much for 'just' two pedals: I really wonder why you can't but them for 35 bucks!). Controlling rudder on the keyboard doesn't work for me. All in all this means I always fly with no wind at all, otherwise I just get into trouble. But using a gamepad.... well, it almost seems inappropriate! :( But maybe it's something you just have to get used to.

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yeah... rudder controls really suck if you dont have rudder pedals. Unless I'm doing something wrong... I have my rudder control set up on the T5 and T2 buttons of my Cougar HOTAS throttle, and center control surfaces as T3 (see throttle diagram here: http://cougar.frugalsworld.com/hatsandbuttons.php)I have to push the buttons multiple times to get different rudder degrees of movement... It's a hassle. Wish I could set it as an axis, so I could just hold it down and have it increase at a set rate...

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>Wish I could>set it as an axis, so I could just hold it down and have it>increase at a set rate...Can't you do that from within FSX? I mean, not set them as an axis, but mimick one? If you assign those buttons to the rudder, there should appear a Repeat-slider in the right column, enabling you to change the way the button works: slider to the left means the press isn't repeated so pressing and holding results in a sinlge click, while setting the slider full right will repeat 'clicks' as long as you hold the button (if I remember well: it may be the other way around). But maybe those sliders don't show up with rudder or maybe you use other software to set the Cougar HOTAS up...?

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I had a Thrustmaster Top Gun Afterburner Pro II something some time ago. I managed to destroy it accidentaly and didn't want to buy it again, because I think that this massive throttle is just too big. However it featured an alternative rudder control via one big rocker-switch at the back of the throttle. In retrospect, I think that it would be pretty convenient to control the rudder this way (and definitely more precise and natural than those twisting sticks).And the Thrustmaster Top Gun Afterburner II isn't very expensive any more and even available with force feedback.I also heard from some guys who are happy with some very cheap steering wheel for rudder control...

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i'll take a look at that... i did notice the slider, i placed it mid range, but didn't seem to make a difference... i'll try maxing it...Just turned it up all the way, works great like that :)

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>I also heard from some guys who are happy with some very cheap>steering wheel for rudder control...I have a wheel with pedals (Logitech) but unfortunately I can't get them to work in FSX as rudderpedals... FS just doesn't accept or see the input while it DOES see the wheel and all.>i'll take a look at that... i did notice the slider, i placed>it mid range, but didn't seem to make a difference... i'll try>maxing it...>>Just turned it up all the way, works great like that :)Cool! :)

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I actually find it easier to control with my thumb, I have much finer control than with my hand. "I often have to hold the stick just a little backwards or something like that"I use elevator trim to remove this.Rudder is fine control, pull a little, you get a little rudder, pull a lot, you get a lot of rudder, let go, it centers.I find rudder control very easy with the XBox controller. Much easier than stick twisting or keyboard rudder control.Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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>"I often have to hold the stick just a little backwards or>something like that">I use elevator trim to remove this.Yes, so do I, but sometimes you have to hold the stick in a certain direction for a while (during turns etc.) and in that case you won't trim. Seems to me it is hard to hold your thumb steady when a small movement of a single millimeter will make a difference in the flight path. But maybe it's not THAT sensitive.>Rudder is fine control, pull a little, you get a little>rudder, pull a lot, you get a lot of rudder, let go, it>centers.Hm, sounds cool. I do not have a gamepad at all at the moment, so maybe I should give this one a try. Who knows...

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Oh, I forgot to mention, I also turn the sensitivities on the ailerons and elevators way up. I've found that with the default settings you don't get full range of motion of the controls.You'd be amazed at the sensitivity with which you can control your fingers.Also, the one gripe that I have is that you can't get full range of motion of combined controls, which makes some aerobatic maneuvers difficult to do. The control stick motion is limited by a round hole, so when ailerons are at max, you can't put much elevator control in, and vice versa. But I'm thinking of opening the controller and cutting that hole into a square, and hoping there is some unused range of motion in the control stick so it can handle full elevators AND ailerons at the same time. For normal flying it's great though. I can do the red bull time trial with it just fine.Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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Looks great. Did you get the widescreen XHD monitor?How does that affect FS?RhettAMD 3700+ (@2585 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2gb Corsair XMS 3-3-3-8 (1T), WD 150 gig 10000rpm Raptor, WD 250gig 7200rpm SATA2, Seagate 120gb 5400 rpm external HD, CoolerMaster Praetorian

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Well Steve,Your post got my attention a while back, and after watching the systems he builds for his EBAY business, and your feedback plus EBAY users, I contacted Mr. Bagley, who is now building the following system for me.Case- Antec P180b PSU- Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Motherboard- MSI P35 Platinum CPU- Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3GHz Liquid Cooled Overclocked to 4GHz Liquid Cooling System- Swiftech H20-120 Video- BFG 8800GTX 768MB Liquid cooled @ 600MHz/1800MHz RAM- 4GB Mushkin DDR2 1066MHz HDD- Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB SATA 3Gb/s Optical- Lite-On 16x SATA DVD-ROMThis system should make FSX fly. No pun intended. Or maybe I should say pun intended, since its kind of a dog on my current set up.I will report back when everything is up and running in a few weeks. Out the door, its about $2,700 with shipping. Brian S.

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