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About Jason_Peters

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  • Birthday 08/01/1979

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    Omaha NE, USA
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    Flying (both Real & Sim), Boating, Motorcycling.

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    I've been an avid Flight Simulation enthusiast since I was young, beginning with Microsoft FS 2.0, & SubLOGIC's Flight Assignment A.T.P.. I've owned/played every version of MSFS since FS 2.0!

    I'm a retired USAF Flight Engineer, with time aboard the E-4B (747), E-3B/C AWACS (707), & C-37A (Gulfstream V). However, prior to becoming an FE I was also a flying Crew Chief on the B-52H. I'm currently employed as a Charter Pilot with a Part135 operator and serve as Second-in-Command (SIC) on Citation II, V, Ultra, and Excel in addition to flying the company SR-22. I've also spent time in various King Air aircraft. I currently hold FAA Comm-ASEL, AMEL, IFR, and Flight Engineer - Turbojet certificate's.

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  1. As someone who operates an XL (as well as the II,V, & Ultra) for my day job in the Real World, I'll be keeping my eye on this one to see how the 64bit version turns out. Personally, I don't see the price point as problematic as long as the visual quality, depth of systems, and excellent customer support are all there...we'll see. Simmers have increasingly made the move towards study-level simulation, and FS aircraft at that level take years to complete, the price point reflects that work. That said, count me among the potential customers disappointed in the choice of NavData provider. Like it or not, Navigraph has indeed become the standard and I'm not excited about having to purchase yet another database provider to fly with updated databases. Went through the same issue with the Vertx DA-62, though they are working to provide Navigraph integration in the future. Years ago, ESDG released the very best GA add-on aircraft for FS2004/FSX and then basically fell off the radar. P3D updates eventually came along for the CX, which I purchased, though in my opinion it'd been left behind graphically by other newer products and was relegated to back of the virtual hangar. Regardless, It's a good thing to see them back in our community providing much needed competition the GA space. We NEED good study-level complex GA aircraft! Hopefully, they've kept up with where flight simulation technology has gone in that time-span. They've got my attention. If the product lives up to it's price point, I'll likely be purchasing... and I'll probably begrudgingly update that stupid database too...
  2. Keeping it simple and running the AIO and fans with NZXT's CAM software. Currently working on tuning it as a positive pressure set-up and so far it seems to be working nicely. It'll take some time to find the sweet spot between noise/cooling needs. Agreed. I just like to have it idle at 35C or below without running the fans up beyond 45-50%. I'm finding the 9700K tends to run a bit hot as it is, I've been idling (5-8% load) closer to 40C. Lowing the clock from 5.2GHz to 5.1GHz, had had other nice benefits though, my 100% load temps fell to around 70C. I'll keep tinkering with it, pretty happy overall though. I finally installed P3Dv4.5 last night and it was giggle inducing coming from the previous system. Basically maxed all my sliders, 3440x1440 screen resolution, and with the default scenario it reported nearly 200 fps, and hardly broke a sweat! I can't wait to get the add-ons loaded and start tweaking the sim to get some real world numbers.
  3. Greg, thanks for this! I'm not sure how I missed this last night while searching for a solution! At any rate, I utilized a few of the settings mentioned and now have the RAM running at 3200Mhz as advertised. Though I'm still not on the XMP profile (May try it tomorrow), running with it manually set to the correct numbers. Ryan, yeah the 2600k was a beast! I got nearly 8 years out of that build and it was still putting up respectable performance. But like you I've been ready for an upgrade for some time, and when the wife gave me the go ahead I swung as close to the fence as I could afford. So far I'm quite pleased. I was running 5.2GHz without issue, but wasn't happy with the temps even though they were safe. I've since backed it down to 5.1GHz which appears to have made a really nice improvement 8-10C drop in the temps under 100% load. Though I'm still idling at 35-40C, and would really like to bring that down a bit. It'll be a few more days of testing and tweaking my overclocking, AIO, and fan settings before I'm ready to install P3D again. Hopefully this system crushes P3Dv4 without issue!
  4. Well, I've spent the last few days assembling the build and the last day or so tinkering with the overclock and stress testing. Pleased to report, the system is stable and running 5.2 on all cores! Idle temp holds at approx 35-40c (Would like to get this down a bit, may back down the overclock a tad). During stress testing, with all 8 cores running 100% load (a load level I seriously doubt I'd see in normal use) the cooling held strong averaging 75-77C with a brief max at 82C. Not too bad I'd say...only one real disappointment so far is I've been unable to get the RAM to run at 3200. I can't get it to post in either XMP or manual. It's a G.Skill TridentZ RGB Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3200 (F4-3200C14D-32GTZR). Best I've done so far is 3000 at 14-14-14-36 1.35v, which is stable. Not sure if I should continue searching for the quoted speeds or give up and be happy, I'm not the most seasoned overclocker... Anyone have any thoughts/ideas?
  5. Sound advice as always Bob, I had all those on the list already. I'm currently working my way through my file structure and backing items up to an external HD to be moved to the new system. I haven't even gotten to the P3D drive yet, but will likely tackle it tomorrow. Any idea which P3D file contains our keyboard assignments? I'd rather not go through figuring those out again. I know the FSUIPC ini file contains the aircraft profiles for my custom button assignments. Hopeful I can back up both and do some cut and paste of the relevant sections to speed up configuration on the new system. Will likely attempt similar for PMDG and FSLabs too.
  6. I’m using a different h500, NZXT. But it’s good to know that a smaller 280mm AIO cooler is able to keep the 9700k running cool.
  7. For those of you following the saga in my previous thread, you already know I'll be assembling my new P3D rig this week which will include a fresh copy of Windows 10. I was doing a little prep, and was trying to figure out what needs to be done on my current rig before the move, backing up files, etc. I'd like to make sure to keep my P3D key assignments, FSUIPC aircraft profiles, and other little things to make the move as seamless as possible. With that in mind, does anyone have a checklist of items and or files to grab and back up? Many of us have years tied into getting P3D and associated add-on's running the way we like. What do you guys do when moving everything over to a new system? I've got a bunch of work to do...
  8. Yep, that's the stuff. It's on the way! Glad I chose wisely... really struggled with the RAM decision. Yeah, I thought about that. But, aesthetics won this round. I really want to put my case up on my desk this time to show off the build, hence the largely unnecessary, but super-cool RGB lighting stuff. My previous case, a Corsair Graphite 600T, is huge and resides under the desk hiding my nice build and trapping heat from the top mount H100i. I'm hopeful the Kraken X62 will be up to the task and keep the temps reasonable, fingers crossed...
  9. 118 lookers and zero help other than Vortex the awesome flying bear above... super! Who needs you guys! I can light money on fire all by myself! 😆 Anyhoo' I've done a bunch of homework over the past few days, putting together various mock builds and such... below is what I settled on, or rather what's on the way: Jason's swing for the fence (ish) new P3D rig: Case: NZXT H500 Black Power Supply: Corsair HX850i, 850W 80+ Platinum Cert'd CPU: I7-9700K (Plan to overclock, not sure how aggressively yet) Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 AIO RAM: 32GB G.Skill Trident Z RGB Series DDR4 3200, CAS 14 (I really struggled with this decision, I probably only needed 16GB. But future proofing, right? 🤪) GPU: EVGA GTX 1070 Ti (Recently purchased a used one intending to upgrade the GTX 960 in the old rig. Obviously I'm going to run it in the new one until I can sell a kidney and mortgage my house to afford a 2080 someday) OS Drive: SanDisk 480GB Ultra II SSD (reused from previous build) P3D Drive: WD Black SN750 500GB NVMe M.2 2280 SSD Backup & Storage Drive: Seagate BarraCuda 2TB Other: NZXT RGB Exhaust Fans x2, NZXT HUE 2, NZXT GRID+v3 A lot has changed since I last built a PC in 2011! Here's hoping I chose wisely enough to pull off another 7 1/2 years with this build like I did my i7-2600k rig.
  10. Slight change of plans, I got to thinking and decided it probably wasn't wise to push my nearly 8 year old power supply into the new build. So I plan on using a new Corsair HX850i 850W instead. I'm curious about 16 vs 32GB of RAM.. is the jump to 32GB worth it?
  11. Well my wife surprisingly gave me the okay for a modest budget ($1500-1600) to upgrade my P3Dv4 system. I've been limping along an I7-2600K build from late 2011 with respectable results, but it's time. Below is what I've come up with, any thoughts on system balance, or obvious poor choices etc... Rig is primarily for P3Dv4, but I do occasionally dabble in other games as well. i7-9700k ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E G.Skill DDR4 3200 32GB (2x 16GB, Cas 14) Should I drop to 16GB and save some money? EVGA GTX 1070 Ti (just purchased used, will reuse) NZXT Kraken X62 AIO CPU Cooler 500GB WD Black SN750 M.2 2280 SSD 500GB Corsair SSD (reuse from current build) NZXT H500 Case Corsair AX850 Professional Series Gold 850W power supply (reuse from current build) Thoughts?
  12. I decided to order a gently used EVGA GTX 1070 Ti (08G-P4-6775-KR) off of eBay.. fingers crossed!
  13. What about the 1070Ti? As far as the RAM I was just going to buy another 8GB kit, same part as the last time... would that not work?
  14. Thanks for the input Bob. Any particular model of the 980ti? I'm browsing around Amazon, and new is probably more than I want to spend. But there is a decent amount of them floating around used on eBay to consider. What about a 1070Ti? I'm also considering adding another 8GB of RAM too, DDR3 1600 has become cheaper than I remember. Be nice to give this system another year or more!
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