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About williambuxton

  • Birthday 10/08/1939

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  1. Thanks for all the input. I did a good bit of research and after looking at monitors decided to go with a 27" (2k - 2560x1440 - WQHD) Asus PB278Q. I didn't have room for a 32" but this fits perfectly. I used the Win 10 feature to up scale to 125% and everything looks and reads just like my old 23" unit. The increase in size and resolution is a definite upgrade. P3D looks great and my GTX 970 is able to handle the extra pixels with no problem. 4K will probably become rather standard in the future but 2K is a nice managable upgrade for now.
  2. My 23" 1920x1080 monitor crash landed after many years of service. I'm thinking of replacing it with a 27" 2K 2560x1440 monitor. I have an i7-6700K CPU and an Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 GPU. Good investment or would I be better sticking with standard HD. Thanks
  3. I installed the 970 and I'm very pleased with the results. GPU usage is down to 30% running two monitors. The system I have isn't the strongest but it seems nicely balanced and will do nicely until I upgrade my MB and CPU. Thanks for the help with this decision. It was a good one.
  4. Thanks for the advice about the warranty and step-up program. I did read the the full post you mentioned. It is a valuable cautionary tale. I hope everyone contemplating a GPU upgrade sees it. I think I will be OK with the 970. I have a decent system that gives me good results but it's clear the GPU could be a little stronger. I'll report on how it works out.
  5. With your help I have decided to go for the GTX 970 for now. There are so many models it's hard to decide. I'm not interested in doing my own OC of a GPU but like fast and quiet. Would this be a good choice? Or does it matter? EVGA GTX 970 Superclock ACX 2.0 Thanks again and good luck on your next build. Bill
  6. I had CPUZ and used the snipping tool to capture the image and with time will figure out how to paste it to this forum. In the meantime I think I know what you want to see. Model: P8Z68-V-PRO Chipset: Intel SB Rev. 1.xx Southbridge: Intel Id1C44 Rev. 05 LPCIO Nuvoton NCT6776 Graphic Interface: Version: PCI-Excpress Link Width: x8 Max Supported x16 To be clear, the improved performance with P3Dv3 by shifting more of the load to the GPU is my motivation to upgrade my graphics card. Because I'm looking to upgrade to a Skylake i7 6700 CPU and Z170 MB next year I would prefer to jump to the GTX 980 ti if my MB can support it. If not, a GTX 970 might be a good interim solution. Thank you so much for your feedback. Knowledge is a wonderful thing to share.
  7. Thank you so much for your response. I followed your suggestion by starting up P3Dv3 with MSI Afterburner and watched it jump to 99 and stay there. So a better GPU would upgrade my system? I don't think I'm alone in this situation. Many of us who bought i7 2600K CPUs and the GPUs of the day are looking at Skylake and Z170MBs and are planning our future purchases. Should I get a GTX 970 to hold me over or invest in a GTX 980 ti or something more exotic to future proof? Would a 980 ti even run on a Z68 MB? If I had the money I would do a whole new build; but I promised "SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED" that I would only build every five years. V3 ROCKS
  8. I have been very pleased with the performance improvement with V3 of P3D generally and particularly with payware aircraft. My current system,(see below) still struggles with payware scenery and weather. I plan to move to Skylake in the future and wonder if a better GPU would be a good investment for the short term. I like the price point of the GTX 970 but would consider a GTX 980 or 990. Thanks for your help. CPU: i7 2600K OC 4.4 GPU: Geforce 580
  9. This forum was very helpful when I built my second computer a few years ago so I'm back looking for more help. I have held off waiting to see how P3Dv3 would run on my gear. The results were interesting. With a default aircraft, scenery and weather I could move the sliders way up and still get a jitter free 60+fps. If I loaded a BIG aircraft, payware airport and nice clouds my system choked until I moved everything way back down. Here is what I have now. Case CM HAF 912 Advanced Power Supply Corsair AX750 750W Mother Board ASUS 1155 P8 Z68-V Pro CPU i7-2600K ocd Cooler Noctua NH-D14 Memory MushkinRed8GBDDR3 1600 Video Card GeForce 580 OS and FSX 2- Agility3 240 GB SSD I just ordered a Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD because I'm running out of space. I would like to put in a i7-6700K but I would also have to change out the MB and memory. $$$ Questions: PMDG recommends a GTX 960 as the minimum graphics card. Would a GTX 970 or 980 make a difference with the way P3dv3 shares the load around? I only have one monitor. Thanks, Bill
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