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  1. Very true. Another thing to keep in mind is that most people who are still using FSX have been doing so for a long time. They already used FSX when it was still a new and popular platform, and that's when all the add-ons for FSX were released. That's also when they bought those add-ons. And now that FSX is old and outdated, they don't buy add-ons for FSX anymore for the simple reason that they already got every FSX add-on they're interested in. They already bought these add-ons years ago and they're still using them. Therefor it doesn't matter what you do with the price, people ain't going to buy what they already own.
  2. That used to be true for FS2004 and FSX as they could only use one core and ignore the rest, but with modern sims like P3D that's not the case anymore. They can spread their work over multiple cores, so the more cores you got the more powerful your CPU. Basically you can see it as a crew of men doing a load of work, for example let's say they're moving boxes. You got the choice, 4 men each moving 20 boxes a minute or 8 men each moving 16 boxes a minute. The result is that with the 4 men crew a total of 80 boxes a minute are being moved, while with the 8 men crew 128 boxes a minute are being moved. So even while the 8 men crew work slower, the fact that there's more of them still makes the entire crew faster.
  3. Since you mentioned a budget of £650, I guess you're based in the UK. Unfortunately I couldn't find prices for the UK, but I could find prices for the Netherlands. They're in Euros instead of Pounds, but I guess it doesn't make much difference. How does this sound? AMD Ryzen 7 3700X socket AM4 processor € 299,00 ASUS PRIME A320M-K, socket AM4 motherboard € 47,90 Gainward GeForce GTX 1660 Pegasus graphics card € 202,90 G.Skill 16GB DDR-4 3200 kit memory € 56,90 Patriot P210, 512 GB SSD € 53,90 Windows 10 Professional OEM € 11,95 Total € 672,55 At the current exchange rate that would be £ 607,65, making it suit within your budget with a little surplus. That's for prices that might be different in the UK than they are in the Netherlands, although I don't expect them to be much different. Also there might be space for a little extra, such as 32 GB RAM (recommended) or a bigger SSD (512 GB might be a bit small). But those are decisions to be made once you know the prices in the UK.
  4. Usually I'm one of the guys giving advice here, but this time I'm looking for some input to come to a good decision. My current video card is getting a bit outdated. It's a GeForce GTX 960 with 2 GB GDDR5 memory (ASUS GTX 960 Mini OC). Not much special these days. One disadvantage is that it only has one DVI output, so technically only one monitor can be connected to it. However I have three monitors and use a Matrox Triplehead2Go Digital Edition to connect them all to my system. And while it's all still functional, I'm thinking about updating. A better videocard on which all three monitors can be directly connected, abolishing the need for the TripleHead2Go. This is mainly due to the drivers and software for the TripleHead2Go getting outdated (they're not updated anymore) and slowing down the system. The video card I got my eyes on is the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Mini OTX OC 6G. It comes with three DisplayPort connectors, so all three monitors can be directly connected (although I will need adapter plugs since the monitors can only be connected through DVI, they don't have a DisplayPort connection). For details, this is the card I'm eyeing. https://tweakers.net/pricewatch/1413374/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-1660-mini-itx-oc-6g.html But before I make my purchase, I'd like to hear what others think. By the way, the rest of my system looks as follows: Motherboard: ASUS TUF X299 Mark 2 CPU: Intel Core i7-7800X Memory: 32 GB DDR4-2132 / PC4-17000 (2x 16 GB) Drives: 1x Kingston SKC1000960G NVMe 960 GB (for Windows and other applications), 1x Samsung SSD 840 EVO 750 GB (for P3D v4) and 1x Toshiba DT01ACA300 3 TB 7200 RPM HDD (for storage) Optical drive: Plextor BD-R PX-B950SA Any thoughts?
  5. Agreed. Certainly when a sim is "just out", there aren't a lot of add-ons for it yet. For P3D on the other hand, there are a whole lot more add-ons. And since it's the add-ons that make the sim, P3D will remain the preferred platform for the foreseeable future. Maybe in a few years, when the number of add-ons for MSFS has grown, I'll give it a try. Or maybe not, that remains to be seen. After all it's not that much of an improvement over P3D, if Lockheed Martin releases a few updates for v5 they bring their product up to the same level as MSFS. So what's the gain?
  6. This one has just been announced. https://fselite.net/previews/mk-studios-unveils-rome-fiumicino/ So far it's just MK Studios, no mentioning of Aerosoft as a publisher so far.
  7. With the current software I agree with you, you won't see the difference. However the same thing was said a few years ago about the difference between 16 and 32 GB. Back then 32 GB was overkill, you wouldn't see the difference. Nowadays 16 GB is still sufficient, but it's not overkill anymore. The difference is noticeable. And that'll be the case here as well. Right now 64 GB is overkill, in a few years it won't be anymore.
  8. These two are no longer part of the Aerosoft portfolio. The developer of those sceneries switched from FSDG to FlyTampa and took the rights to the sceneries with him. They are now under the FlyTampa brand. On the FlyTampa forums the developer has already said that in time these sceneries will be updated to P3D v5.
  9. Indeed it would. Only question that would arise is if X should tell the user name of the person who liked or thanked, or should it just say "somebody", leaving it anonymous. Actually, I don't really care. It's up to Aerosoft to decide.
  10. I agree with this. In fact it can be taken one step further by creating different categories. Right now we got one "previews" category where the previews for all sims are. But most of us only fly one sim, the other ones are considered irrelevant. Looking at myself, I only fly P3D v4. All previews for X-Plane products are irrelevant to me, but they are in the forums that I read. It would go too far to say that it bothers me, I just skip them and when I've read all preview treats for P3D v4 products I hit the "mark all read" button. But it can be done better by having a separate preview forum for P3D products and one for X-Plane products, and maybe one for other products that can't be placed under either sim.
  11. A minor thing, but still worth mentioning I think. When looking at notifications, I often get "Somebody reacted to a post in a topic {topic name here}". In fact they didn't actually react, they just liked or thanked. So I think that text should change. As I said, it's a minor thing. I can live with it. But if you're fixing things anyway, might as well look at this.
  12. It is still listed on Simmarket, but not for sale at the moment. https://secure.simmarket.com/aerosoft-thessaloniki-x-fsx-p3d-v2-(download).phtml This could have something to do with the developer of this scenery joining FlyTampa. It was originally developed by FSDG and sold by Aerosoft, but when the developer left FSDG and joined FlyTampa he took the rights to the scenery with him. Thing is, FlyTampa only offers this scenery for X-Plane. For the FSX/P3D version of it they're pointing to Aerosoft. But Aerosoft no longer sells it... I'm sure in time FlyTampa will publish this scenery for FSX/P3D as well, but I'm afraid at the moment you're out of luck. Turn to FlyTampa for support, they own this scenery now.
  13. So in other words, maybe there will be an update, maybe there won't. Nobody knows. Of course you could try installing the P3D v4 scenery in P3D v5 to see if it works. This is not officially supported, but it does work on some sceneries. But it's all at your own risk, don't blame Aerosoft if it doesn't work. As a last resort, Inibuilds has created a number of compatibility patches to make P3D v4 sceneries work in P3D v5. Note that in that case Aerosoft cannot provide support for this scenery (they couldn't anyway since it's not officially P3D v5 compatible) and Inibuilds only gives support on the patch. Not on the rest of the scenery.
  14. No, I don't uncheck the add-ons I'm not using. I have everything enabled all the time. That's one of the benefits of using modern sims, everything that isn't near you isn't loaded. Therefor it makes no difference if it's enabled or not, why put effort in it? That traffic add-on might eat into your fps quite a bit, try disabling AI traffic and see what frames you get then. About RAM, don't just automatically assume your current RAM will work on your next system. It might not! It's always recommended that when you replace the motherboard, you replace the RAM as well. If your current RAM is too slow for your next CPU, it might drag the whole system down. That is, if it fits at all...
  15. That sounds like a very reasonable setup, however I'm missing one thing: RAM. Not quite unimportant. The motherboard you chose supports up to 128 GB DDR4 RAM, however you won't need that much. Still, in order to match the rest of your system I would go for at least 32 GB of RAM. 16 GB would be too little, it would drag the rest of the system down. The CPU you picked has a DDR4-3200 memory specification, so that RAM speed would be the best. About the SSD, this motherboard supports two M.2 SSD's, which are faster than old-fashioned SATA SSD's. I would definitely recommend that. How big they are is up to you to decide, but don't pick too small SSD's. You don't want to be short of disk space on either drive.
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