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  1. Thank you both. I did not know about the trick to test the PSU. The fans do spin up. Removed from the case and isolated, but connected to the MB does not resolve the issue though. It seems at this point either CPU or MB, but I'm suspecting MB presently. I'll mess with this a bit more, but I'm suspecting this may be left for what it is, as the CPU will still be more than I want to spend, and I think a new MB would have to be a second hand market, which isn't the most appealing to me.
  2. A recent FS computer upgrade left me with an old computer to rebuild and purpose for our home "office" that has not had a computer ever before. The computer build itself has been on the shelf for about 5-6 weeks, but worked perfectly fine when it was last powered down. A couple hard drives were reused on the FS computer and the graphics card swapped back to an older graphics card. No core components were changed. The build was moved from a gaming style case that wasn't felt to be reasonable in appearance for a more public space in the home to a different, more contemporary case. I currently have everything seemingly connected, but nothing will happen with the power switch. No fans, no error codes, no POST, nothing. The core of the system is: Asus Z97-Pro, i7-4770k, GTX 970, 750 W Corsair PS. From what I have tried, troubleshooted, and tested so far: 1. I don't think the power supply is the issue. There is a power switch directly on the motherboard with an LED light that lights up. This is lit up. The switch does nothing, but the LED works. Of course, this doesn't mean every phase of the PSU, the CPU power bundles, PCI and SATA works, etc. But there's something coming from the PSU. Other than completely disassembling my new FS rig (extensively zip tied and cable managed, no small task), I have no other power supply to test. 2. The CPU was not removed while moving the MB. The Noctua air cooler was removed (it blocked MB riser screws) and reseated (with new thermal paste of course). The CPU worked before, so while this is no guarantee, I am skeptical anything really changed with the CPU 3. RAM likewise was not removed 4. The front panel switches have been double checked several times. Additionally, the power switch directly on the MB does nothing. 5. I do not have a system speaker to test for beep codes, but there is a LCD display on the MB that is also supposed to report error codes, and nothing displays. Does anyone have any additional thoughts on troubleshooting? I suspect this has to be MB, PSU, or CPU. Anything else should boot enough to get some error code or other information. But with only a single unit of each, all used in the build, I don't have any further ideas how to test this further. I would like to minimize cost in this current system. We're only in it for about $80 so far that was used on the new case. If all that was needed was an inexpensive MB or PSU, I would consider replacing those parts. However, since this will be an office computer, we wouldn't spend much money on this before moving on to a cheap off the shelf Best Buy or similar PC that would serve the office role just fine. This is primarily based on the financial aspect, since these can be had for as low as $3-400.
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    How to calculate the Radial a Fix is on ?

    As others have mentioned, the real way to do this is with charts. However, nerding out, you technically can calculate the radial as long you know the coordinates and reference system (lat/long, mgrs). You can the made this a trigonometry problem with a right triangle of E/W and N/S travel based on the changes in these coordinates and solve using sin/cos. This can be done with straightforward Euclidean geometry/trigonometry for short distances where the curvature of the Earth is negligible, but for long differences, polar reference or non-Euclidean geometry is needed to account for the curvature of the Earth (sorry flat Earthers). Of course this is widely impractical and will always just be referenced on charts. But my inner nerd wanted to speak that it is technically it can be “calculated”.
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    Is ASCA worth it?

    I have not experimented extensively, but have both ASCA and REX TD. After a reinstall I had put REX TD back in before ASCA and something seemed to be much better than I remember with ASCA. Like I said, hardly scientific, but I think ASCA was early to the P3D v4 texture game, but has been surpassed. The one nice thing was that it would automatically pick clouds based on the flightplans weather, but not something I've missed.
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    PMDG 747-8 expansion vs CS 757

    Flight Sim Labs?
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    PMDG 747-8 expansion vs CS 757

    Yes, pardon my cynacism, but they released a third version of the 757 you have to buy all over again without ever cleaning up the last two versions to a reliable and flyable state. They take your money for half finished products promising service packs. Then they do a handful, but it peters out and major bugs remain.
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    PMDG 747-8 expansion vs CS 757

    If... Captain Sim does not have a great record of actually fixing their bugs and making a complete product. They usually stop at something akin to an early beta product you'd see from the bigger developers. We could use a good 757. If the Level-D ever surfaces, or PMDG goes ahead.
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    PMDG 747-8 expansion vs CS 757

    Do you already own the PMDG 747-400? The -8 is an expansion and if you don't already own the -400, then you're looking about about $200 instead of $70. If yo do own it though, I would hands down say the -8 over the CS 757. CS aircraft usually look good and have a semi functional ability to use the systems, but you need to nurse them due to bugs/shortcomings. The PMDG birds act like the real one, so you can concentrate on flying, not how to work around a bug.
  9. Unfortunately, I am not sure if you will get what you want with almost any hardware upgrade. It does depend on where you want your sliders to be, but to give some personal experience... I just upgraded. Very happy with my upgrade, but FSL is hard on the systems. I'm currently running: Intel I7-8086k at 5.0 GHz (maybe some room to overclock further) 32 GB DDR4 3200 MHz CAS 15 RAM Asus Maximus XI Hero Zantac 2080 Ti All SSD setup This is a very new system and a major update for me. I came from a 4790k at 4.4 GHz and a GTX 1070, and am seeing 10-15+ FPS increases. My stress test is Gate 72 at FB KSFO v2 with ORBX NA, ORBX vector, REX TD, AS P3D v4 running. Currently I have all sliders 1 notch from absolute right, no DL, no animated autogen foilage, Vsync unlimited frame limiter on a 4k TV at 30Hz, AI traffic ~70% (WOAI and additional freeware). I get the following with add-ons: 1. PMDG 737 NGX: 24-26 FPS 2. Majest Dash 8: locked at 30 FPS 3. Leonardo MaddogX: 26-27 FPS 4. FSL A319/320: 20-22 FPS My stress test is not exactly what your looking at, but my experience has been that UK2000 airports are not easy on frames. I suspect this may be a bit easier than my stress test, but not far off. To run the FSL Airbus at add-on sceneries, I suspect you need more than what you have. Most likely, the CPU is the most limiting, but graphics is also very limited. I hope this doesn't come off as crass, but the system I just built is many steps ahead of where your's is and still struggles with the FSL Scarebus. I am not sure you can get a system that runs the FSL on a mini-ATX board. Perhaps you can get the same overclocks, etc, but I am just not sure you can get what you're looking for in a short step from your current setup. Hopefully I can be proven wrong, but P3D is a harsh reality on hardware. I think you might be ok without the add-on airports. But whether you're ready to make that sacrifice or not is up to you. I personally am not sure I could stand the bland default airports. Edit: You may be right, but the advantage of the 8086K is the silicone lottery. I overclocked mine with an entry level water cooler to 5.0 GHz without batting an eyelash. I still have HT on and temps maxing at 65C in P3D, so probably have more room. You may get similar results with the i3 and i5, but it will be more up to chance. I'm suspecting I can hit 5.2 GHz without much effort on my 8086k. Others have gotten similar results on the other chips, but others have not.
  10. Thank you! I had half suspected it was because of the "double" in the name, but wasn't sure. Additionally for anyone following, I did seem to solve the stutters by installing the latest FSUIPC (had 5.123c as an old file on my system).
  11. I'm in the tweaking and installation phases of my new computer build. I bought as advertised Corsair RAM, 32 GB, DDR4 3200 MHz C16 RAM. Through Corsair Link, CPU-Z, and Asus Bios, it was only reporting 1067 MHz RAM speed. I changed the bios to XMP I on my Asus Maximus XI Hero and now it shows up in Corsair Link and CPU-Z as 1600 MHz. Is this correct given the dual channel (2 x 1600 MHz = 3200 MHz), or do I still have some work to do? I am a novice overclocker, so while I have a working knowledge of the bios, I would overlook me committing an error somewhere. I'm particularly curious, as I am getting some stutters in P3Dv4. They slow down after 30-60 seconds, but still wasn't expecting that, as I've never really had problems before.
  12. The Eclipse could do the trick. They have a lot of cases, and I was struggling digging through to find the right one it seems.
  13. I will actually be removing an overclock and not planning on it ever again. This is an old FS rig moving to a family office rig. No need for the overclock. Just trying to make it more aesthetic for the better half since it'll be outside of the man cave.
  14. They look like nice cases, but everything I'm seeing is 20+ inches tall. That's what I'm looking to avoid.
  15. Thank you all for the clarification. I understand what is being said now, but I didn't realize it was based on core utilization, not a per core process. It makes it a no brainer at this point. And I already plan on turning HT off.