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About daveyg073

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    Motor Sport. Antique watch repair and restoration. Military aviation. Rugby Union. Flt Sim
  1. Many thanks for that insight into a self build. I have a couple more videos to watch and I might just give it a shot; as you say it will save a few quid or open up the budget to move up the spectrum a little bit. I am also tempted with making a decision before Black Friday . I was, belatedly, aware that the True Earth packages were not going to work with FSX, in fact it was Chris who pointed it out to me. Really that just accelerated the need for a better spec system and a switch to XPlane 11 - then I read about the impending arrival of XPlane 12, although the book seems to be still open on when that might happen. I could, of course, just return to Solitaire or Chess and sack the confusion Thanks again dave PS You be very careful flying those 737s - not to be trusted I hear.
  2. Thank you so much guys, I really do appreciate your guidance. The new build is gonna have to wait until after the festive season, four grandchildren are in the driving seat before then. However, I am going to have another chat with my buddy Chris and look at what his costs are going to be to build and accommodate the improvements suggested by Doug. After watching the Paul's Hardware videos though I am tempted to have a try at building my own - but as an erstwhile mechanical (aircraft) engineer, perhaps not a clever idea, or maybe clever but not too intelligent. If anything it is the software side of things that have me backing off. regards Dave
  3. I am very grateful for the great advice tendered by you guys, really helpful. I think that upgrading the current machine is a dodgy issue as the MB sports an 1155 socket, so the current CPU is, I believe, the fastest that I can install there. I have been casting around and talking to a local computer guy, Chris, who I know quite well and it seems that my budget (£1K) is never going to get me anything outstanding. From what I have read and been told it would seem that AMD is probably the way to go. I have located a commercially available machine that is within the budget and will even allow me to include a reasonable monitor. I wonder what you guys will make of it: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 @4.2Mhz ASUS® PRIME B450-PLUS 16GB Corsair VENGEANCE 2666MHz 8GB AMD RADEON™ RX 590 1TB SEAGATE BARRACUDA HDD 256GB ADATA SX6000 Pro PCIe M.2 2280 (2100 MB/R, 1200 MB/W) CORSAIR 550W VS SERIES™ VS-550 POWER SUPPLY STANDARD AMD CPU COOLER Windows 10 Home I would appreciate your opinions please. It is quite likely that I will have Chris build me a system based around the above with the odd tweak here and there based on any advice that folks can pass on. Renault, I have watched a couple of the PaulsHardware you tube episodes. I am impressed: informative, logical and not 'geeky'. Thanks for the tip. Thanks again everyone. Dave
  4. Many thanks. That gives me a great starting point. I can, hopefully expand my knowledge from that baseline and start to come to some decisions.
  5. Of course I have already visited the company web site, viewed the specifications and read the reviews. The one useful review of the offer is what lead me to the decision not to pursue a purchase, what the review didn't tell me was whether that spec would offer me a benchmark for determining what I do need to buy to deliver a useable system. I have looked at a lot of hardware websites recently and spent a goodly time going through posts on this forum but I do not entirely understand what I am seeing and reading. However, thanks for your help.
  6. I am not at all knowledgeable about the internals of computers and my system is desperate for - I suspect - replacement. I'm pretty sure that my current system can't be upgraded as the MB has an 1155 socket so I think I am pretty close to the best CPU I can get. I don't know whether other elements can be improved but I guess without upgrading the CPU it would all be a bit pointless. A well known UK supermarket is currently offering a gaming machine, with the following spec, at what seems to be a reasonable price. I do not intend to go down this particular route but wondered what the more knowledgeable folk here make of the spec. 1024 GB PCle SSD 16GB DDR4-2666 Core i5-9400 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 - 6GB GDDR6- VRAM No specs listed for MB or Power Supply. I would like to operate FSX SE with the True Earth scenery for, at least, the UK and to have an element of future proofing in the new system. Regards daveyg
  7. Thank you Don. As an FSX user I guess that I'll be one of those that don't reap the benefits then . However, more information for the memory bank.
  8. I'm new to ORBX, about a week now, and still finding my way around. I am also experiencing the load pause at 6% and at 71%, although not long enough walk the dogs. I had put it down to my fairly low spec system but I am interested to learn that it ain't necessarily so and of the Hot Fix 1& 2. Could someone explain the concept and how to access the fixes please? I'm not sure that it would impact the issue with my current system but it will good stuff to know.
  9. Many thanks Nick and I apologise for not finding that information for myself. I have subsequently found the DX10 Discussion Sub forum and some interesting stuff there too. I have downloaded the AvSim fixer and, with a 10 minute local flight it seems to have done the trick. thanks again Regards dave
  10. Hi John, I did look at that steam offer, was a wee bit more expensive here (£55) with quite a few free bolt on bits and pieces. I was tempted but I decided that I have too much invested in the FSX add ons, including a couple of A2A aircraft and several airfields. Then the ORBX sale was announced so leapt in and, taking Scott's advice, plumped for Global Base and LC Europe. Base is installed with one minor issue to resolve. Once I have that sorted I will install the Europe. You will have to keep me on board with how you get along with the X-Plane 11 mate, and I look forward to the Cherokee (A2A?) at Valley. I worked at Valley, after I left the RAF, on the old Hawk T1s Raf Valley approach.bmp
  11. I have just installed Global Base and after a few issues, now resolved (all my fault), I have one outstanding issue that I have been unable address so would appreciate some advice. The roads(and some other random features it seems) appear as a series of black squares. Is this something that I can sort out in a 'settings' area or is it a consequence of my fairly low end hardware? regards Dave 2019-10-7_11-15-24-925.BMP 2019-10-7_11-39-24-844.BMP 2019-10-7_11-40-18-526.BMP
  12. Hi John, More interesting options and, it would seem, I'm in the right generation to join the clan of ORBX aviators - being a septuagenarian myself . Thanks for chucking that little proposition into the mix. As a proud adoptive Cymro (Welshman) you'd be welcome back here anytime, drop in at EGOV and I'm just 10 minutes away. Thank you again Scott. I had looked at the Global Range Bundle but I was/am unsure if my fairly low end machine would handle all that lot. Although - Christmas is coming Thanks also go to Laurence and Sniper 31 for their help too. Cheers dave
  13. Hi Scott, Many thanks for your warm welcome and for your suggested solution, which seems to be as close to a gold plated way forward as I can currently afford. I appreciate the links too and will study those later.
  14. Thank you fellas. I have looked at some you tube clips and all of the photos on ORBX Central and remain undecided. I'm going to check out the compatibility of my existing airfield DLC and - well, ponder.
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