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  1. That's very helpful Paul -- thank you. I'm assuming a 980 ti would mimic your experience. Does that make sense to you? Brian
  2. Thanks Paul. I have no experience at all with a 980 so any and all advice is appreciated. I'm not sure if this is relevant to Prepar3d v4.x, but this thread seems to suggest more pain than benefit in a dual sli'd set-up: Brian
  3. Hello folks, I'm not a techie, so please consider this in any recommendations. I am interested in running Prepar3d (current version) on my current platform (spec below). I know I need to upgrade my gpu from my existing 1060 3GB unit and am contemplating an offer to buy dual sli'd GTX 980s (4GB versions). I limit my flying to GA and corporate aircraft -- no heavy metal, along with various ORBX packages. Will the 980s do the job? If not, what limitations and/or troubles should I expect? My current system specs are: - (CPU) intel i5 - 2500k (OC at ~4,4GHz) - (GPU) MSI Geforce GTX 1060 (3gb) - (RAM) G.Skill Ripjaws X (2x4GB). (I intend to upgrade to 32GB) - 500GB hdd; 1 TB ssd - Upgraded cooler -- (don't immediately recall the model) - (Monitors): I currently run three of: Asus HD VH238H 23"; as well as one PC Aviator GPS (5" display). OTHER: - Complete GoFlight corporate pilot platform; - Saitek PIDs (8 of). And; - Cirrus yoke and pedals. Thank you, Brian
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    GPS Bezel -- How to Question?

    Thanks Mark, I appreciate your very detailed and understandable advice. You make a lot of sense, Best regards, Brian
  5. I’ll start by stating that I am not particularly IT savvy, thus my questions. I have a couple of questions about the use of GPS bezels such as the one advertised here (as an example): https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Flight-Simulator-Garmin-530-Bezel-with-control-Switch-and-PCB/263824201895?_trkparms=aid%3D444000%26algo%3DSOI.DEFAULT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20170221122447%26meid%3Df2f71a5e4e7b40b9ae8b765ceb99cb01%26pid%3D100752%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D6%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D263824242396%26itm%3D263824201895&_trksid=p2047675.c100752.m1982 Specifically, I would like to know: 1. (Use/performance): When assembled with the related hardware/software, do these types of units perform as a realistic 530 GPS? And; 2. (How to build): Can someone direct me to a link(s) describing how to build the working GPS using one of these (or similar) bezels? That is: what other parts are necessary; what software; where to source these; and how to construct and set-up (assume using Prepar3d). Any help would be appreciated, Thanks, Brian
  6. I have a goflight corporate pilot system which comes with a large variety of magnetic component labels. Unfortunately mine have become demagnetized. I’d like to print out a new set which I can glue to a magnetic sheet. Does anyone have a template of labels that I can use? If not, I’ll make one myself and let members know should they want a copy, Many thanks, Brian
  7. Thanks guys. It didn't occur to me that there would be a colour matching issue. It makes sense, and its enough to look for a monitor matching my two existing units, Brian
  8. I'm not particularly tech savvy, so I'll apologize in advance if this is a dumb question. I currently have two, 24" ASUS 1080p monitors, both rated at 1ms. I have an opportunity to add a third 24" ASUS unit, which is rated at 2ms. My questions are whether mixing the two different performance ratings will cause any problems, experience and ease of set-up and use assuming I'm operating FSX SE or Prepar3d (4,x)? My use is primarily GA and corporate flying, with ORBX and REX, Thanks folks, Brian
  9. I have a "Desktop Aviator model 2450B" gps unit (with the vga screen) that I'm contemplating including in a new cockpit build. I haven't installed the unit before, and have a few questions, should anyone here be familiar with these units: (1) Sim compatibility: I understand they are compatible with FSX. I would like to know if they work with FSX Steam and/or Prepar3d? (2) Reliability: Before I make up a place for it in the cockpit, I'd like to know whether these units reliably install and operate? I ask because I see the manufacturer no longer offers these units. Any advice is appreciated, Many thanks, Brian Vancouver, BC
  10. I have relocated this post to the "HARDWARE CONTROLLERS, JOYSTICKS, ...." forum. (I don't know how to delete this original post) Sorry for the confusion. I have a "Desktop Aviator model 2450B" gps unit (with the vga screen) that I'm contemplating including in a new cockpit build. I haven't installed the unit before, and have a few questions, should anyone here be familiar with these units: (1) Sim compatibility: I understand they are compatible with FSX. I would like to know if they work with FSX Steam and/or Prepar3d? (2) Reliability: Before I make up a place for it in the cockpit, I'd like to know whether these units reliably install and operate? I ask because I see the manufacturer no longer offers these units. Any advice is appreciated, Many thanks, Brian Vancouver, BC
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    Hardware Adequate? -- Advice Sought

    First -- thanks everyone for putting in your time on my question. I'm going through the replies and now think that I'm down to a couple of options and questions. I don't want to waste anyone's time so I'm going to square my remaining questions to a minimum and repost them. Best regards, Brian Vancouver, BC
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    Hardware Adequate? -- Advice Sought

    Thanks folks. There's a lot of good information here. That said, I think I'm out of my pc tech comfort zone, when it comes to weighing some of the alternatives being suggested. Even the deliding question I raised was based on a third party tech recommendation, not anything that I conjured myself. I think my base question is what, if anything, in my spec should be upgraded (to what?) in order to fully benefit in using Prepar3d? I have three options: (1) use as is; (2) upgrade the current system; or (3) buy a new system. In all cases I prefer to need the least amount of hardware expertise to get the sim operating and optimized. I've made costly IT mistakes before, often based on advice from gamers not flight sim users, so want try to minimize the risk this time, Many thanks, Brian
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    Hardware Adequate? -- Advice Sought

    It's been recommended to me that I have it delided (sp?) to run at 4,7 Ghz. Is this a sound idea or am I baiting a hardware failure, and would it generate any meaningful sim improvement? Brian
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    Hardware Adequate? -- Advice Sought

    Thank you both for your advice, Regards, Brian
  15. Hello, I am wondering whether the following hardware configuration is suitable for use with Prepar3d, latest version? I have not used Prepar3d before, and am not especially computer savvy. My environment would include Orbx and either ga or corporate aircraft. If it is not sufficient, I would appreciate any practicable advice on which components will need to be upgraded (to what?). I'll either be using three (3), 24" 1080p monitors or a larger size UHD tv. Thanks, Brian Specs: CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K Socket LGA 1151 Unlocked (...should it be delided to ~4,7Ghz ?) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII GENE Video Card: 11GB Gigabyte Turbo GTX 1080 Ti Memory: 16GB 3000Mhz ADATA XPG DDR4 RAM Boot Drive: 512GB Samsung 950 PRO NVME M.2 SSD Second Drive: 1TB Samsung 850 EVO SATA SSD Third Drive: 6TB Seagate Barracuda Pro 7200RPM HDD Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 350D Windowed ATX Case Power Supply: 650W Corsair RMx Series RM650x 80 PLUS Gold Certified Full Modular PSU Networking: TP-Link TG-3468 Gigabit Ethernet Card (10/100/1000Mbps)