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Old but new

#1 Post by Peter Fantham » Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:35 pm

Hi all
Was into siming quite a number of years ago and now I want to get into it again.
In my absence there has been a number of changes. Most of which I have no understanding of, therefore I need some assistance to get back up to speed.
Will be using a PC now and not a mac :/ (this means even less understanding).
My system is:
Graphics Chipset
Radeon (TM) RX 470 Graphics
Memory Size
4096 MB
Memory Type
GDDR5
System Memory
8 GB
CPU Type
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6400 CPU @ 2.70GHz

I'm currently running FSX Steam but undecided whether or not I should be using X-Plane.
What addons would be suggested? Scenery, Weather, Comms etc.

Thanks in advance

Pete
Graphics Chipset Radeon (TM) RX 470 Graphics Memory Size 4096 MB Memory Type GDDR5 System Memory 8 GB CPU Type Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6400 CPU @ 2.70GHz

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Re: Old but new

#2 Post by Mark Richards » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:23 am

Welcome back Peter, good to see you getting back into the hobby!
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Re: Old but new

#3 Post by Peter Fantham » Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:56 pm

Hi Mark
Good to be back.
Hope to get some advice on what I need to get back up and running.

Pete.
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Re: Old but new

#4 Post by Eric Coufmann » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:15 pm

Hello,

It depends on how many add-on's you want to have, if you intend to have all the top payware software like Orbx scenery, PMDG, GSX, Active Sky etc. You will most likely struggle to maintain a consistent frame rate. Personally I would only make the change if you intend to get significant number of add-on's, since even with the best hardware FSX will struggle. X-Plane has one major advantage, there is a large amount of user content, which seems to be at a slightly lower standard than the relatively expensive P3D and FSX add-on's. From what I have seen X-Plane 11 has good performance as well as good graphics. I do not have a good understanding of how X-Plane works although, I know that it is easier to update your default aircraft to the latest AIRAC, meaning the default aircraft are actually useful.

Some FSX software that I would go for are listed below (in some sort of importance order):
AIRCRAFT:
PMDG 737 and / or 777 (https://www.precisionmanuals.com/pages/ ... ducts.html)
Cessna 172 (Carenado)

SCENERY:
Orbx North and South Island (https://orbxdirect.com/)
Fly Tampa Sydney
GodZone


OTHER:
Active Sky 16 (https://hifisimtech.com/)
GSX (https://www.fsdreamteam.com/products_gsx.html)

Those are the few pieces of software that I would look into, obviously there is a lot more and it is totally up to you how much you spend etc. There is also freeware scenery and aircraft which is good, it would be a challenge to compile a list of all the options.

FSX should maintain a good frame rate, although Orbx scenery dramatically reduces it. If you don't currently own any add-on's I would probably look into getting X-Plane or P3D, you will notice a significant performance increase with both of these.

Hopefully this has helped, sadly I do not have a lot of knowledge of X-Plane.

Cheers,
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Re: Old but new

#5 Post by Eric Coufmann » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:34 pm

To add to my previous post, I have just looked at some more screenshots of X-Plane and their addons and they look really good.

The reason I will not be switching from P3D to X-Plane is that I have already spent enough money on the addons for P3D, therefore if you have no addons I would say X-Plane is the better platform to start with.

Hopefully Duncan will reply and give you some useful information about X-Plane, so that you can make the best decision.
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Re: Old but new

#6 Post by Peter Fantham » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:25 pm

Thanks Eric.
Yes I'm quite interested in x-plane but have only ever used MSFS so not sure what its like in comparison with MSFS for IFR flying.
I quite like the idea of active sky or similar not sure if there is an equivalent for x-plane.
What I really need to know is what software I need to get back online flying, do I still need squakbox or fsinn if so were can I find? have searched and mostly find dead links.

Any suggestions/info on x-plane is welcome.

Cheers

Pete
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Re: Old but new

#7 Post by Duncan White » Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:30 am

Most people using FSX or Prep3D use the vPilot client now to connect to VATSIM.

http://vpilot.metacraft.com/

X-Plane uses XSquawkBox to connect to VATSIM

http://www.xsquawkbox.net/xsb/download/

If you ever bought FS Global Real Weather that can be used in X-Plane.

X-Enviro just came out, which is like Active Sky.

http://xenviro.net/
http://store-x-plane-org.3dcartstores.c ... p_551.html

There are also free weather plugins like NOAA weather.

It costs USD $60.00 for X-Plane 11. If you buy it now you also get X-Plane 10 for free.

http://www.x-plane.com/desktop/buy-it/

You computer looks to be good enough to run it.

You can download the free demo & try if you wish from

http://www.x-plane.com

It is limited to the KSEA area & runs for 15 minutes but is the full blown X-Plane.

http://www.x-plane.org is the website everyone uses for forums, free plugins, scenery & planes.

No matter what sim you use, buying a new airac cycle from Navigraph or Aerosoft is always a good idea.
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