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  1. It all depends on whether or not his card is limiting his system performance - it's easy enough to check with something like MSI Afterburner. You can have the fastest CPU available and still be limited by the GPU (probably less likely at 1080p but still possible). Probably also the case at 1440p with his existing card. In some ways, that's the point. His current GPU gives him nowhere to go whilst a new card is not wasted money because it will still be good if/when he decides to upgrade his system fully or get a higher resolution monitor.
  2. The chances are that his GPU (with only 1GB of VRAM) will then almost certainly be the bottleneck. But if he does that, he effectively needs a whole new system (new CPU, motherboard, RAM and GPU and probably even a new PSU) and he doesn't seem to want to do that. If his current GPU is the bottleneck in his existing system, buying a new one may help solve his low FPS and, even if it doesn't, he'll have a decent GPU for any subsequent system upgrade. With regards to the 7700k, why go for an older generation CPU when the latest, the 8700k (with a higher turbo boost speed and more cache), doesn't cost too much more? The extra cores may not make much difference in FSX but most of us use our systems for other things as well.
  3. Win 10 Home or Pro

    Disabling the service will certainly stop the updates but it's potentially a very bad idea. This also disables all of the security and critical updates which potentially keep your system safe when you go online. It's easy to set Windows Update to ONLY download security and critical updates and ignore all of the rest (including driver updates). Last year's WannaCry ransomware attack should have taught everyone who goes online how risky it can be not to keep your OS updated.
  4. That should, of course, read 1920x1080 at the end of my previous post. Not enough coffee!
  5. The 1050 Ti is not bad but you would probably outgrow it quite quickly if you decided to get a higher resolution monitor or upgrade other components later. Take a look at http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/galax_kfa2_geforce_gtx_1050_ti_exoc_review,35.html for an idea of relative performance. It's maybe not as important with FSX but it potentially would be with other sims or games that you may want to try in the future. If you can afford it, I'd recommend a 1060 - the version with 6GB of VRAM. If you look at page 1 of the link above you'll see that there's more to the 1060 than just a higher clock speed and more VRAM. That said, if your budget won't stretch the 1050 Ti will probably work OK for you at 1920x1050.
  6. If you're not looking to upgrade the whole system, I'd say get a better graphics card. Normally upgrading the GPU doesn't add significantly to the FPS but, in your case, it's likely that it's causing a potential bottleneck - it's an old card with a very small amount of relatively slow VRAM. What screen resolution do you use? 8GB of RAM should be OK with FSX as long as you don't run too much in the background.
  7. Anyone use a Tobii eyetracker?

    Haven't tried it but I did some research into the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C (the newest version) recently as it works in a number of games I have. I found that there appear to be number of drawbacks when compared to something like TrackIR or OpenTrack. Unless I've missed something significant, the biggest drawback for me was that it only works like a mouse - that is, you get two degrees of freedom: pitch and yaw (up and down the screen or left and right) and there's no roll tracking. Also, unlike TrackIR and Opentrack, there don't seem to be any translations - you can't move your head forward or back to zoom in or out and there doesn't seem to be left/right or up/down tracking where your head and eyes don't turn but the view point moves. For example, in FSX with OpenTrack I can stretch my head up to look over the nose of the aircraft. The other thing that put me off buying it was the price. Not that It's too expensive compared to something like TrackIR, just that you seem to get a lot less flight sim functionality for the price. What's more, if you're handy with a soldering iron you can get all of this functionality for about £10 (UK) if you already have a suitable webcam. Alternatively, you can buy a ready-to-go setup from Track Hat (https://www.trackhat.org/) or Delan Engineering (http://www.delanengineering.com/) for less than half of the cost of the Tobii product (or TrackIR, come to that). Take a look at this site for a review: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3146226/peripherals/tobii-eye-tracker-4c-hands-on-mousing-with-your-eyes-has-surprising-potential-for-gaming.html
  8. Sim Market Installer

    Did you get a separate installation code for each airport?
  9. Just like Adaptive, Optimal also allows the GPU to select different power states when required. However, to save even more power, the Optimal setting apparently stops the GPU rendering any new frames while the computer is idle and nothing is changing on the screen (such as on the desktop). The driver just gets the frame that's already been rendered from the framebuffer and outputs it directly to monitor. The Adaptive setting continues to re-render the same frame even if it doesn't change, using slightly more power in the process. The only puzzling thing is why we need both options as Optimal seems to be the better (more efficient) of the two. It may be that Optimal only works with more recent graphics cards. I used to set Adaptive in the global settings but have used Optimal now for about a year and have seen no difference in performance.
  10. I don't think we'll really know this for sure until someone gets a retail version to test. It already look as though some cost-cutting is going on. Shame about dropping the hall-effect sensors as that was one of the main selling points for me. I think that's just for pre-orders. Again, from their Facebook page: "we have decided to ship all pre-orders per airfreight, directly from the factory at our cost. Pre-order will start as soon as we have a firm production schedule." As good as they look, I'm not sure I'd want to pre-order without seeing any reviews first.
  11. The RX580 gives similar performance to the 1060 but it's not as good as a 1070, particularly for resolutions above 1920x1080. See: https://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_radeon_rx_580_strix_review,38.html for a comparison. Further down the line you'd probably wish that you'd opted for the 1070 (or, better still, the 1070 Ti for not much more if you shop around).
  12. That link doesn't really support your claim. The author says at the end: Conclusion After 20 or so hours of prep and roughly 32 hours of benchmarking there was no difference between having a pagefile and not. Does running without a pagefile improve performance? Based on my observations there is no performance benefit to running without a pagefile.
  13. How do I get more FPS out of FSX:SE?

    I only mentioned a 40" screen to emphasise the difference between Full HD and 4k. I use a 32" QHD monitor which is more than enough for my needs at present.

    What resolution monitor do you have? I'm not sure that there's anything even on the horizon that can run FSX with those add-ons at max settings in anything much above 1920x1080 and certainly not at 4k. If the end of 2018 really is your goal, I'd say don't even think (or ask) about components until just before you intend to build. There are new processors and graphics cards due out later this year that are likely to be much more capable than what's currently available. RAM speeds will also most likely be much higher by then as well. Hopefully by the end of the year the current cryptocurrency issue will be gone and graphics cards will come back down to sensible prices. Sadly, the OOM problem is what it is! I've never had an OOM issue in FSX but neither do I have any PMDG aircraft with complex airports (I do fly in ORBX regions, though). Buying a state-of-the-art system isn't going to guarantee that you won't still get OOMs. As you've correctly pointed out, FSX is a 32 bit program and will only ever be able to access a maximum of 4GB of memory - only moving to a 64 bit sim (P3D or FSW, for example) will overcome this problem. Personally, I like FSX and will keep it as my primary sim until it stops doing what I want it to.
  15. How do I get more FPS out of FSX:SE?

    I used to have an i7-920 with a GTX 275 graphics card. FSX ran really well with the 1680x1050 monitor I had at the time. When I tried it with a QHD monitor with the same settings it was like watching a slide-show. Higher resolutions require more processing power due to the larger number of pixels being addressed and put a greater load on the GPU when trying to maintain similar levels of antialiasing and visual effects. That's why when people say things like "I've got an old/modest system but still get 40 FPS at high settings", it means little without the screen resolution as a frame of reference. It depends on the screen size and the viewing distance. 1920x1080 on a 21.5" monitor looks really good. With the same viewing distance and resolution on a 27" monitor, you can start to see the pixels which reduces the image quality. You then also need more antialiasing to prevent jagged edges and the image looks less sharp. If you change to 2560x1440 on a 27" monitor, the image looks fantastic and you don't need the same levels of antialiasing you needed with 1920x1080 so you get a much sharper image. At a fixed viewing distance, as you increase screen size you need more pixels (a higher resolution) to achieve the same image quality. The difference, when gaming, between 1920x1080 and 4k on a 40" screen from a normal computer viewing distance has to be seen to be believed.