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    PC/Software Advice on a New Build

    Hi, all, I'm a newbie to this forum. I've been building a cockpit over the past several months and am now building a new PC to run it. These are my specs:

    • Intel Core i5-6600k 3.5GHz
    • Cryorig H7 49 CFM cooler
    • MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X motherboard
    • MSI GeForce GT 710
    • MSI GeForce GTX950 2GB
    • G.Skill Ripjaws V Series DDR4 16GB
    • Crucial MX300 535GB SSD
    • DIYPC S280-W case
    • EVGA 100-B1-0500-KR 500W power supply


    On my old computer, I am running MS-FSX Gold Edition w/Acceleration on Windows 7 with these add-ons:

    • Orbx-FTX: Global BASE
    • Orbx-FTX:VECTOR
    • REX4 Texture Direct w/ REX Soft Clouds


    My Questions are:

    • Do I stick with Windows 7 or move to Windows 10?
    • Do I stick with FSX or is there an advantage to switching to FSX-SE?
    • Any other 3rd party plugins I should consider?


    Any and all advice or suggestions welcome!

    Thank you kindly!

    Dave

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    Re: PC/Software Advice on a New Build

    Hi Dave,

    Looks like a nice rig you are building. I mostly run P3D but from the reading I have done, the FSX-SE version is apparently more efficient and handles memory better so it probably is worthwhile. Personally, I run Windows 10 and have not had any issues and do not need to run the compatibility checker and.or run it under simulated win 8.1, or XP, or win 7.

    FYI. All of these programs are still 32 bit (not sure about X-Plane) though I hear that 64 bit versions are coming at some point. So, currently, none of them can take advantage of multi-core processing or the 16 gb of RAM you have.

    The 3rd part plugins are completely up to you and what you are running and want to run. I use FSUIPC as my flight controls need the tool and I really like it but my radios use Sim Connect. I would suggest you decide what you are going to run or what you want to run and then make any determination on 3rd part tools, etc.

    Good luck with your new cockpit.

    Steve

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