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  1. Doogie said it for me, and like I tell people when they are watching me: this is too much fun to be legal..
  2. This is a most concise and thorough recreation of the final minutes of the disaster that killed the Polish president and 95 other people. It is 36 minutes long, slightly technical and probably of interest only to pilots and people like us. The video quality is poor but it makes very clear what led to the crash and absolves the Russians of any blame in the matter. I found it extremely interesting watched it twice.. http://rt.com/news/polish-plane-crash-simulation/
  3. A lot of conflicting info out there, but read about it below.. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Intel-Admits-to-Design-Flaw-in-6-Series-Cougar-Point-Chipsets-Promises-Replacements-181682.shtml here's more about the source of the bug: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4143/the-source-of-intels-cougar-point-sata-bug
  4. possible upgrade

    How about this one: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=58457&vpn=ENGTX560 Ti DCII%2F2DI%2F1GD5&manufacture=ASUS or http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=58347&vpn=01G-P3-1561-AR&manufacture=eVGA
  5. Another year gone. :)

    Happy Birthday Caleb..and many, many more to follow..
  6. You i7 guys... I need yah!

    I think those recommendations are very good airshow. If it was me though, with that budget, I would be inclined to get the 2600K and go cheaper on the motherboard. say something like this one below http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=58014&vpn=P8P67 LE&manufacture=ASUS You have built in features to do the overclocking for you, so you can't mess up and set voltages too high. But, like mentioned above wait for a while until the bugs are ironed out of the BIOS chips for these boards and also some reviews from people running FSX with these processors. there will be lots of deals down the road. here's a bundle with the above motherboard and the i5 2500K ( just to give you an idea what to look for) add another 75. 00 for RAM and you are in the ballpark.. http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58048 you mentioned a 500watt power supply. with the kind of system you are contemplating the quality is probably more important than the capacity (as long as you have more than enough) Don't buy cheap, but you don't need to spend a fortune either. a good example: more than enough for what you are planning unless you decide to run two big video cards. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
  7. You i7 guys... I need yah!

    Is that an OK processor or a really good one? OH! Fair pricing! Did not know the sandy bridge was with Intel!! Wow! That is perfect for my budget too! Heck, I may not even to overclock with that baby. I have Ram taken care of. For that processor you sent me, Horatio, what processor do you recommend? Definitely the Core i7-2600K same one alainneedle pointed to earlier.. Of course you will overclock it - these things were made for that - and why wouldn't you?
  8. You i7 guys... I need yah!

    I would go with the Sandybridge airshow rather than the i7 875K I mentioned to you before. It looks goog right now, and it's cheaper into the bargain. Having said that, my system with the 875K (moderately overclocked) runs fsx very smooth using all addon scenery and mostly flying the pmdg 747-400X. If I look at them, I see frame rates drop kind of low around YMML and YBBN, so I solved that problem by not looking at them. You can still get the main three components together for well under six hundred. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070 Going with the latest intel chip will bullet proof you for quite a while hopefully..
  9. Upgrade

    that's what we've been trying to tell you. if you go to the site below it will give you an idea of video card rankings, and comparisons re price. you will also see that the 5770HD ATI card is ranked much higher than the Nvidea 9800 gtx. 1100 to 1620 for the ati. (doesn't necessarily mean it will run fsx better) that depends on soooo many other things. http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/ best thing you can do is make up a list that fits your budget. read reviews, but don't take them too seriously (especially newegg reviews) then post it here and people can tell you if it is practical or not.
  10. Upgrade

    That's fine AP if it's what your budget requires, but don't expect to see much (if any) difference in FSX performance from what you have now...
  11. Upgrade

    the GTX 460 is a big step up from your HD 5770, but the CPU upgrade will make the most improvement to FSX performance.. Do them both if you can.
  12. Upgrade

    Well, if you can come up with some more dinero, I would (in the interest of performance bang for your buck) try and get this CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849 and stick with the first Gigabyte MB at $89.00 or the MSI board. stick with 4 gigs of memory. You can buy as much as you want but anything over 4gigs will not make a difference you will notice in your situation. the more expensive board won't really make your computer faster or help FSX. Unless you are planning on doing extensive overclocking, or running two video cards why waste money. Why do you want to take out all of your hard drives? If you want to get a new one for your new setup. These are very nice drives I'm using one myself for FSX http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=52888&vpn=WD6402AAEX&manufacture=Western%20Digital%20WD
  13. Upgrade

    Those are compatible. I would get FSX set up and tweaked with the HD 5770 and see how you like it before you buy another video card.
  14. Upgrade

    I would suggest something like this for memory. http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42745&vpn=F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL&manufacture=G.Skill&promoid=1277 The Phenom ll X 4 955 at $144.99 is fine. I don't know where you got the idea that 8gigs of memory is best for Windows 7. Windows 7 will use about 1 gig or a little bit more just sitting doing nothing. In order to use anymore than about 3.5 gigs aprox, you will need the 64 bit vers. of Windows. FSX will probably use between one, and two gigs at the most. 4 gigs will be plenty unless you are planning to be doing video editing while running the flight sim.. you can always add more later. the link you provided to your case doesn't go anywhere. the question is not whether the motherboard will fit in the case. It is: will the video card fit in the case? But I would leave the video card out of the equation for now until you get some more money. The HD 5770 you have now is fine and the GTX 460 although it is definitely an upgrade - it's not enough of an upgrade in my opinion to justify the cost. I would go with the MSI board I suggested unless you feel you need USB3 support, then go with the Gigabyte board for a bit more money but that would take you far over your budget. Don't necessarily take my advice. there are many knowledgeable people here who may give you better advice.
  15. Upgrade

    no, in my opinion that would be a downgrade.. the best advice I could give you would be to go with the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor 3.2GHZ AM3 you started with and save some money by getting a cheaper motherboard and 4 gigs of decent RAM. Otherwise there is no point at all. Bye the way - exactly which CPU do you have now? if you're not sure, download this little program and it will give you everything you ever wanted to know about your main core hardware components. CPU-Z http://www.cpuid.com/downloads/cpu-z/1.56-setup-en.exe