**Disclaimer, for those who also peruse the flightsim.com forums, yes...this is a duplicate post, but the work computer I'm on for some reason let me post a new topic, but won't actually let me view the post and responses...so it's going here to so I can still hear back...**
I like to have a realistic flight sim experience. I'm a real world private pilot who doesn't fly as much as I'd like to, so I default to FSX when I can't rent a 172. I've seen the real McGee from the pointy end of a real plane, so it pretty much put an end to my default FSX days.
I actually put my money where my mouth is though... 6 months after the original build, the Haswell's came out. So, along with the 4770K, I had to get the Z87, and what the hell, why not upgrade the GPU why I'm at it.
Final build is the ASUS Z87- PRO, with the 4700K, clocked up to 4.6GHz (Separate story there about the overclock, for those who build your own rigs and do your own OC'ing, I totally lucked out and got a 'golden chip')
What else...oh, 16Gb of DDR at 2400Mhz. I'm at work, so this part is a little bit foggy, but I believe I left the timings at
9-11-11-24-1T. I have a 1Tb 7200rpm HDD, but the OS and FSX are on a SSD.
GPU is a 4GB 760. Before you go off on that, I want to point out I'm running 4 monitors, 3 for FSX and 1 for charts, youtube, etc. So I needed a wee bit more VRAM, plus I was told after the fact that PMDG does a lot of their stuff outside the FSX engine, and is more GPU intensive than most FSX addons, so I got that going for me, which is nice.
So, it's not a crappy computer. I'm proud of it, and it runs everything under the sun fantastically. Even FSX under conditions most people would find acceptable.
Maybe I'm looking for too much, maybe I need to wait until the Broadwells come out and pick up a couple Titans, but here's my dilemma.
I'm in a typical VA group flight, so at the departure and arrival airports I'm going to see on average 3 or 4 NGXs, perhaps 777's if it's a long haul, or Aerosoft's A320s, perhaps a handful of Carenado's 208s, it's always a different combination, but also always payware.
Also, I have various scenery from LatinVFR, FSDreamTeam, and SunSkyJet. On top of it is FTX Global, and in the case of SoCal flying, I have MegaScenery X.
I have ENB enabled, for daytime that is, I can't find a good setting for night flying, always too dark.
I have REX textures, but not Active Sky. Might have to get it eventually, always been satisfied with real world weather within FSX until recently, I think Jeppensen and FSX are getting into a tizzy.
So it's a fairly intensive demand, and right now I'm getting on average 10-15 fpm. I tried different tweaks, ironically not highmemfix, which I just found out could help out some, but I'm at work right now, so I'll plug that in when I get back and see if that helps some.
Anyone in my boat? If I have to wait until the next generation of hardware comes out, so be it I can fly with some intended AI planes for now, the only reason really I have the other planes in the group flight as payware is because it's a payware only fleet, with no repaints for anything else, so the screenshots wouldn't be awesome.
That's it for now, thanks for any help.