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About mikejr

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    Cambridge, Suffolk, England, UK.
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    Pub-going, holidays, warm weather, beaches, cool places, friends, family, reading, writing, history, video gaming, humanity, development work, films, music, cars, motoring, planes, flying planes, aviation and of course flight sim'!

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    Born and bred country boy. Student. Content, most of the time. Aspiring writer, pilot, or whatever takes my fancy. Loves life, on the whole. 'nuff said!

    I am interested in gaining a PPL in the UK in the near future. If you have any advice, offers or anything I should know please don't hesitate to get in touch. Flying has been my passion for as long as I can remember!
  1. Okie doke; no worries - I will have to revert to DX9 when using those two aircraft.
  2. Hi Steve, Thanks for the confirmation. I guess I'll just have to put up with windowed mode (first world problems, eh?). Do you reckon having tool tips on might have something to do with it? Cheers, Michael.
  3. Hi Eric, Thanks, but, unfortunately, these are already unchecked
  4. Hi all, Just bumping up this post and to let you know that I also suffer from this problem! http://www.avsim.com/topic/474491-unusual-graphics-issue-in-virtual-cockpit-in-some-aircraft/ It's a little infuriating... it seems the last thing I ever get to do on FSX and for the least amount of time is actually fly a plane and takeoff and land it! :mad: Cheers
  5. Hi all, I've known about this for a while and kind of put these aircraft at the back of the hanger until I was ready to tackle it, and now I am. Basically, it's exactly the same issue as this guys': http://www.avsim.com/topic/471088-strange-graphical-issue-with-vc/ I have the CLS 767 and POSKY 777 and I use DX10 mode in FSX-SE with Steve's DX10 Fixer which otherwise works brilliantly; I can't be sure it's an issue with DX10 but I imagine it might be since I've found next to nothing about it and these aircraft aren't recommended on DX10 anyway... but I don't want to let that stop me! B) As Kris says, everything is set up as per the guides and this only seems to occur in full screen mode (but not necessarily) and only when the cursor is visible and not over a menu or the tool bar. It goes on like this for a few seconds until the cursor disappears, but the polygons change and flicker at a rate of about 10 times a second, and outside the sky can appear black when it should be blue and the VC seems to disappear altogether (whilst the polygons continue to manifest) now and again for a brief moment. I have an i7 4790k at 4.0ghz and a GTX970, with 8MB RAM, running on Windows 7 64-bit. Here is what I mean, in the POSKY 777 (I had to use my phone as it was impossible to capture the effect through my computer at all): And the CLS 767 has it the worst: It would be great to use these two planes (as part of my 'jump in and fly' fleet) on DX10! :rolleyes: Any tips would be much appreciated as this one has me stumped! I've tried using bufferpools and reducing the sliders in game, and modifying/removing relevant textures from the aircraft, and flying in a sparse scenery area all to no avail... Look forward to any tips! Cheers
  6. It's just Mike, I'm the most senior Michael currently in our family , and no problem! I think as the jury is pretty much out on all of the latest FSX derivatives, I will be getting the Steam Edition for the time being, based purely on the fact that it's a slightly improved version of the sim I'm used to, and it's on Steam As for OOM's, that is very much unproven ground for me anyway. There's only one way to find out, but I hope this hefty i7, GTX 970 and SSD can keep it at bay for a while. :mellow:
  7. Right, more beard-scratching to do! I've been looking at P3D videos and it does look very impressive indeed - the only issue is all the addons I've spent more time than I can remember gathering for FSX... -_-
  8. Hmm, what to do... fork out £20 for FSX:SE or £40 for P3D V2.0?! I guess what it boils down to is is it worth the £20 difference?
  9. It is done. ^_^ So I've been up and running for over a week now and nothing has gone bang (yet). The build was pretty straightforward for a DIY virgin; the only difficult part was getting the case back on after wrestling with the snakes of cables! <_< I've done some benchmarking and it performs very well indeed... at least far better than anything I've ever owned before. I got Far Cry 4 bundled with my GTX 970 and it can run that very well on all Ultra settings - very pleased! At the moment my 'Performance' SSD drive reserved exclusively for FSX is sitting empty, as I decide where to go with FSX. I think I will be biting the bullet and investing in the Steam version very soon. :rolleyes: I have got IL-2 1946 up and running with some HD mods and I am quite happy with that - though it doesn't prove much considering my laptop could run it relatively well (assuming there were no more than about 8 planes in the sky and very little going on in the way of effects)... FSX, on the other hand - that will be the biggest test. Anyways... here are some pictures! http://imgur.com/a/Ind1p Thanks for all the tips guys - I can safely say you did have some involvement in my decision making. Soon as I've bitten that FSX bullet I'll inform you of the obviously good news. ^_^
  10. It is done... Made the final purchase today, and most of the near £1000 worth of gear is sitting in my room gathering dust until I can spare the time and pluck up the courage to build it - ideally in one day. Here are the final specs, after much deliberation, procrastination, hours of the early morning squinting at my laptop screen scrutinising 101 reviews for each piece of hardware, resulting in more indecisiveness and delays... It's no wonder many people choose pre-built machines... Three months it's taken, and it's not even built! <_< And now with the introduction of FSX: Steam Edition I've got even more thinking to do! :unsure: [PCPartPicker part list](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/ZbVJqs) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/ZbVJqs/by_merchant/) Type|Item|Price :----|:----|:---- **CPU** | [Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i74790k) | Purchased For £245.74 **CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2) | Purchased For £30.10 **Motherboard** | [ASRock Z97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97manniversary) | Purchased For £67.34 **Memory** | [G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31866c9d8gab) | Purchased For £61.84 **Storage** | [Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct128mx100ssd1) | Purchased For £52.17 **Storage** | [Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct256mx100ssd1) | Purchased For £77.98 **Storage** | [Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd1003fzex) | Purchased For £0.00 **Video Card** | [Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/zotac-video-card-zt9010110p) | Purchased For £266.48 **Case** | [Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse200kkn1) | Purchased For £37.79 **Power Supply** | [EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-100b10600kr) | Purchased For £52.12 **Optical Drive** | [Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-optical-drive-sh224dbbebe) | Purchased For £0.00 **Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | Purchased For £49.99 **Wireless Network Adapter** | [TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/tp-link-wireless-network-card-tlwn781nd) | Purchased For £7.54 **Case Fan** | [Arctic Cooling Arctic F12 74.0 CFM 120mm Fan](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/arctic-cooling-case-fan-afaco12000gba01) | Purchased For £3.66 **Case Fan** | [Arctic Cooling Arctic F12 74.0 CFM 120mm Fan](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/arctic-cooling-case-fan-afaco12000gba01) | Purchased For £2.82 **Case Fan** | [Arctic Cooling Arctic F12 74.0 CFM 120mm Fan](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/arctic-cooling-case-fan-afaco12000gba01) | Purchased For £2.82 **Case Fan** | [Akasa AK-FN073 109.5 CFM 145mm Fan](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/akasa-case-fan-akfn073) | Purchased For £5.79 **Other**| Acer S220HQLBrbd 21.5" Full HD LED Monitor| Purchased For £0.00 **Other**| Fusion5 Wireless Keyboard And Mouse Combo| Purchased For £0.00 **Other**| Creative A250 (2.1) Speaker System| Purchased For £29.99 | | **Total** | Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | £994.17 | Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-06 21:25 GMT+0000 | http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/mikejr/saved/TZWKHx PS: Anything stated as £0.00 were Christmas pressies from generous family. In the end I went for a GTX 970 which was an upgrade from the original 750Ti, and a couple of Crucial MX100's for the OS Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit (120GB) and FSX (256GB), alongside G.Skill RAM rather than Corsair. This has all meant, with all the additional bits and bobs like cables, but not including the monitor and keyboard/mouse, it is exactly double my original budget - oh how much I have learnt when it comes to the cost of a DIY build... my wallet has taken a severe beating and any moths that might have been in there after my largely broke summer, the best part of which was spent in Africa, are dust! At least the £1,000 will now pay for much of my entertainment in the colder seasons! I'm looking forward to building the rig but want to avoid blowing any of this kit up... I'll post a few photos in the next couple of weeks (/months/years) when it is finished and all polished up... explosion free. Thanks for the tips guys, very much appreciated. :Applause:
  11. Hi Gizmo, Yes - the whole reason I'm buying this system primarily is because my FSX experience on my laptop is summarily dire - unless of course you enjoy watching a slideshow of a plane landing! :huh: I'm trying to stretch the budget as far as I can go and I think a difference of less than £100 is enough for a next gen GPU in the GTX 970. Can't wait to build it now!
  12. That's the philosophy which I think is pretty proven. It's all reassuring at the very least. Thanks for clearing up the NVIDIA branding - I was never 100% sure how it worked, but as it happens you've confirmed the 970 is still the best option. Time to bite the bullet and make some more orders, along with other people's Christmas presents! Cheers.
  13. Hi Ryan, Okay, that's reassuring (though not for my wallet, of course), I want to get this right first time to avoid any upgrades - and expenses - for literally a few years. I do a fair bit of tweaking of add on aircraft where it is simply a one second edit of the aircraft.cfg file; swapping between aircraft is the most infuriating thing whilst waiting for the aircraft selection menu to load every time. So this along with the initial FSX loading time would make for a much improved experience. ^_^ Ideally I would have everything FSX related (minus a number of non-integrated add on softwares) on the SSD but once it gets full I'd perhaps have some scenery on the 1TB WD Black HDD... but that's a very long way off! I can imagine that the performance of the WD Black would be noticably better than my laptop 500 GB 5,400 RPM HDD... The current best value option for the FSX SSD is this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BQ8RM1A/?tag=pcp0f-21 .
  14. I think that with my current experience of running FSX (everything on one 500GB HDD), even with just a handful of add-on planes, no scenery and even with a defrag loading times of FSX can take up to 5 minutes and flights about the same. I might not necessarily have FSX on one SSD entirely, just have some add-ons such as scenery located on a HDD (1TB WD Black to be precise). I plan on having the OS on one standalone 60GB SSD so it would be impractical to have FSX on this too. From what I've read around it cuts loading times dramatically, but is so dramatic to be worth £70-odd? Who knows. :unsure:
  15. Nice one, Zotac it is - love that 5 year warranty. Plus... I've actually found it on offer with a free game! Updated specs: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/mikejr/saved/TZWKHx Had/having a few of things bought for me since it's Christmas (how convenient!) and that's already a big help. Also I've decided to go for the dedicated SSD option on which to run FSX - is this worth it with this system? Is 250GB enough? Final question, I have 4 case fans (2 of which came with the case), all PWM control, and just bought this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400747567451?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT since the mobo only has one fan header, my question is, with all the fans being 4-pin, and only one of the pins on this adapter obviously having useful 4-pin connectivity, will all the fans still have controllable RPM; isn't that the point of this adapter? (Better explanation here: http://www.gelidsolutions.com/products/index.php?lid=2&cid=11&id=63&tab=1)