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  1. Ive got the XP reality 430 and 530 in the Aerosoft Twin Otter - is the Flight1 430 & 530 a straight plug in??
  2. Thanks for your advice will do. Cheers Pete
  3. Hi Rob I'm still sticking with FSX for the moment and am in the process of building a new machine ( i7 6700K with in light of your testing a 980Ti) . I intended to keep my old machine which is an i5 with a GTX 660Ti and run as many secondary programs such as ASX ELB etc on it to take some off the load of FSX. What programs can I run on the second machine and do I risk creating a bottle neck trying to ram it from another machine to the new? Appreciate your advice. Cheers Pete
  4. Thanks for this Rob Been considering a change of Card and looking at your results think I might wait and see if the price on 980Ti drops a bit and go with that. Cheers Pete
  5. Hi Martin Thanks once again for the input. Had a look at the new GSkill kits as you suggested - they are quick little gadgets aren't they. Ive swapped out the Kingstons which I was going to do anyway on your previous advice and have opted for the G.Skill Trident Z F4-3200C16D-16GTZB 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 at $259 which looks pretty good value and is only $80 more than the kingston. Wish I could spring for 32GB now but Im stretching it. Ive locked into the Deluxe mobo now as I ordered it last night. Im trying to buy the large tag items first @ $500 a fortnight as Im worried about the AU$ falling again with the inevitable price hike. I'll have a look around over here and see if I can source the fan extension card for you. In regard to the separate Drive for AS Next and apps etc - Im afraid I've gone bigger and better? in my thinking - watching froggle on youtube today with one of his fully loaded flights in the Q400 and decided I now Need/Want Aivlasoft Electronic Flight Bag so Im going to follow suite with him and run that and AS Next and other applications I want open during the flight on my old PC networked. Hear what you are saying with ESD - Ive taken it very seriously most of my life first in the Military and as a long time GA pilot - amazing how easily things catch fire from a discharge you never see. Mate I really appreciate your time and input - I got myself so tied up in specs that I wasn't looking at the broader picture and solutions - thanks for the generous sharing of your experience and giving me someone to bounce things off. See what I can do about that fan card for you. Cheers Pete
  6. Charlatan & Martin-W - Thanks for your suggestions Wouldn't it be better to go for RAM specifically designed for Skylake? Higher frequency and density. I took on board your comments re RAM and downloaded the ASUS QVL which I hadn't thought to do prior to your comments. The Kingston I had short listed wasn't on it – I was also surprised to note that whilst there were pages of sets listed the majority weren't shown as having XMP support so Ill need to go through the exercise again - so thanks for that heads up. You could save money on your PSU. 1000 watts isn't required unless you're thinking of SLI sometime in the future Accept your comments on the PSU especially having regard to your later comments re disk drive overkill so Ill drop back to a EVGA Super Nova G2 Gold 850W which will save me $100. Same for the Z170 Deluxe. Do you need all the features the board provides? I was thinking of the Deluxe, but decided to save money and went for the Z170-A. In regard to the Motherboard choice I think I'll stick with the ASUS Z170 Deluxe. After comparing the specs the much better Wi-Fi performance, provision of bluetooth V4, better quality on board Audio and support for the latest USB 3.1 2nd gen are worth the extra dollars to me. Thanks also for the Drive advice – I can see I've been a bit one eyed looking only at FSX requirements and haven't thought about some of my other programs such as Photoshop and Auto Cad which I use regularly and I want to try some 3D modelling with either Solidworks or 3D Max so the program drive speed is important. Did you have any thoughts on my remaining question in regard to whether it would be performance benefit to run ASNext and FS2 Crew on a separate drive? Cheers Pete
  7. Hi Guys Been away for a couple of years and am looking to build a new machine to get back into the air. I have done a fair bit of reading here (thank you all contributors) and gone through the latest component specs for long enough to do my head in frankly, to arrive at the following short list of components below which I think fit together ok but open to any suggestions. Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler Asus Z170-DELUXE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4 GB EVGA Super NOVA P2 Platinum 1000W Fractal Design Define R5 Mid Tower Win7 64bit Home Premium with SPI (Currently Home standard) Extra 2 x Noctua NF-A14 ULM 140 Case Fans @ $35 ea The main area where I am trapped in a circular reference and would appreciate your learned opinion is in the drive selection. My current pick and proposed use is as follows; Drive C:/ 500GB WD 10K rpm VelociRaptor SATA 6GBS with 64MB Cache for Win7 & Programs - A$294 Drive E:/ Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive - for FSX & ORBX - A$520 Drive F:/ Samsung 850 EVO Series 500GB 2.5" SSD - for ASNext & Apps - A$265 Drive G:/ 1 TB WD 10K rpm VelociRaptor SATA 6GBS with 64MB Cache - for Clone /Backup Drive - A$329 Drive H:/ Reuse my 500GB 7200 Data Drive - for Data My first thoughts were to just pick SSDs but apart from cost I have come up with a couple of other things which are worrying me such as •Defragging FSX and ORBX installs which I understand is not an option for SSDs •To get around this I have thought about using the G:/ drive VelociRaptor in the first instance to clone my existing C:/ drive with installed programs to the new C:/ drive - then do the same to my existing FSX drive after a final defrag them clone it to the new E:/ M2 drive – Is this practical ? •Following on from above - is the cost of my proposed M2 Drive for FSX,add-on Aircraft and ORBX Scenery going to provide performance benefits commensurate with the cost compared to say the VelociRaptor which is pretty quick and can be defragged ? •Is there a performance benefit to be had by using my proposed separate drive for AS Next and other apps so as not to interfere with FSX or should they be on the same drive? I fly PMDGs 737NGX & JS41 - Majestic Q400 - Aerosoft Twin Otter Extended a lot plus some other resourse hungry GAs with G1000s and RealtyXP GNS 530 & 430. I was generally happy flying with my current rig but it has inevitably slowed down as I added most of the ORBX scenery which I love and some lovely but punishing add on airports such as YSCB Canberra where on late finals the frame rate is dropping to a fast slide show. My PRIMARY motivation is to get FSX running as well as is possible without re-mortgaging the house. I first looked at upgrading but decided this isn't an option with the recent change in the chip sets . I had hoped to keep the build under $3,000 but my current short list stands at just under $4000 which is just doable if I satisfy myself that the outcome will give me the most gain for the pain ? Sorry for the length of the post but wanted to put it all on the table first time round - Your comments / input would be very much appreciated and valued. - Cheers Pete