Primarily for general aviation discussion, but other aviation topics are also welcome.
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Tonybishop wrote:The new Mac laptops and Mac mini, powered by Apple's own ARM processor are phenomenally fast and run x-plane. Looks like a winning combination, so need to move to a Windows PC.

Also, having tried games joysticks, I've moved to a Gladiator for joystick and rudder controls. Much more precise.

True but laptops are expensive and neither are really upgradable. A PC box can be upgraded piecemeal as the technology changes for this use.
Full Metal Jackass wrote:
There is no real reason to choose between AMD or Intel, the difference is purely bang per buck and I would recommend you get a system specced the way you want it. If you buy something from (eg) Currys, you'll pay too much or have some sort of bottle neck.

To get a reasonable performance, I would recommend a computer with:

AMD Ryzen 3700x
Mainboard with B550 chipset
RTX 2070 Graphics card
600W PSU

You should be able to run 4K with 35 - 40FPS with these components.

I would never buy a CPU or graphics card second hand - a relatively new board / CPU might have been overclocked and damaged - what warranty will you have? Yes, you might be lucky if it's from someone like me, then you could have a second hand GTX 1080 which hasn't been clocked but such a card it's not up to the performance if you want to run ultra setting. You'll then regret not splashing out on the 2070 in the first place....

For VR, all you'd need to add would be the Oculus Quest 2 and the Oculus Link cable... add 300 quid.. done....

just my 0.02 worth....

Thanks very much, that's a good spec to work to. Interesting thoughts on the cards, I didn't realise you could actually damage them that easily, I figured either they work or they don't. Worth pondering as I spec the system out.
Pretty much spec'd a setup that's £1000 without a GPU. Seems there's a worldwide shortage of them. Might have to resort to eBay after all.

Stock ID Description Price Total
1 MY-107-PA Patriot Viper Steel 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 PC4-28800C18 3600MHz Dual Channel Kit (PVS432G360C8K) £149.99 £149.99
1 CA-03S-KK Kolink Castle Midi Tower Case - Black £46.99 £46.99
1 CP-3B7-AM AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Eight Core 4.4GHz (Socket AM4) Processor - Retail £299.99 £299.99
1 AC-000-AC Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound (3.5g) £6.49 £6.49
1 MB-6FC-AS Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming (Wi-Fi) (AMD AM4) B550 ATX Motherboard £189.95 £189.95
1 HD-56L-WD WD Blue SN550 1TB NVME M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 Solid State Drive (WDS100T2B0C) £94.99 £94.99
1 CA-24S-CS Corsair RM Series RM750 750W '80 Plus Gold' Modular Power Supply (CP-9020195-UK) £104.95 £104.95
1 SW-172-MS Microsoft Windows 10 64-Bit DVD - OEM (MS-KW9-00139) £109.99 £109.99
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