Our FSX PC
First: Custom Built HP
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 - 2.83GHz Processor / 12MB Cache
- Option: -$100 for a Q9400 - 2.66GHz Processor / 6MB Cache
- Option: -$200 for a Q8300 - 2.5GHz Processor / 4MB Cache
- 6GB DDR2 800MHz RAM (2x 2GB, 2x 1GB)
- Option: +$80 for 8GB DDR2 800MHz RAM
- 500GB SATA Hard Drive
- nVidia GeForce 9800GT 1GB VRAM
- Option: -$100 for a 9600GS 768MB VRAM
- Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit
- Price: Fully Configured $1,239.99. HP Customized M9500T.
Direct link to machine: Link Low cost Built to Order machine from Newegg...
- Intel Core 2 Quad 2.33GHz / 4MB Cache
- 8GB DDR2 800MHz
- 640GB SATA Hard Drive
- nVidia GT120 1GB DDR2 VRAM
- Note: DDR2 not the typical DDR3/GDDR3 in GPU's
- Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
- Price: $779.99. Gateway LX6810-01.
Direct Link: Link Mid Range Built to Order from NeweEgg:
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 - 2.5GHz / 6MB Cache
- 8GB DDR2 RAM
- 2x 640GB SATA Hard Drive
- nVidia GeForce 9800GT 512MB VRAM
- Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit
- Price: $899.99. Acer Aspire AM5621-EQ9300A.
Direct Link: Link
We looked at various PC's from Dell, HP, Acer, Lenovo, Gateway, and specialty vendors such as Falcon Northwest, Alienware, etc, and we eventually settled on HP's line because they offer the most compatible hardware for FSX.
Tests from Tom's Hardware also show that the best card is an nVidia 9800 series card paired with a high speed Quad core CPU.
Video of SSD RAID:
Jeppesen Discontinues Support for SimCharts 4.0
Dear Customers, This email is to let you know that the sale of our SIMCharts 4.0 service which works in conjunction with Microsoft Flight Simulator version 10 (FSX), will end on April 1, 2009. There is no new version being planned at this time. Support for the SIMCharts 4.0 service will continue for 1 year thereafter or until March 31, 2010. Access to the service after March 31, 2010 will no longer be available. We appreciate you as a customer and encourage you to visit our website, jeppesen.com, to view the full breadth of services and offerings Jeppesen has available to you.
New JaggyRoad Film & Videographer
New video by the name of "She's My Queen", features the talented Xavier, the new videographer at Jaggyroad!
Be sure to check it out in 720P here! [Link]
Fszone Spring 2009 Landing Competition
James from Fszone.org will be accepting video submissions through the end of April for the Spring 2009 Landing competition. The airport will be the classic... TNCM - Princess Juliana Airport. For a full list of contest guidelines and aircraft guidelines, visit the link. [Link]
Mark Talks X-Plane
Some great addons to spice up your X-Plane Experience:
-Mitsubishi MU-2 from X-Aviation [Link]
-Peter's Aircraft - Airbus A330 and A340 [Link]
Price: ~13-15 EUR
-Cessna 172 Garmin 1000 [Link]
According to their site, it turns out it is only a dummy Garmin 1000, but still worth a mention!
More about the ShamWOW guy! [Link] You followin' me camera guy?
Eric: FSScreen Screenshot Utility [Link]
Brenden: FAA Prep Test [Link]
Mark: Vehicle Simulator [Link] Now with more cow...
Voicemail & E-Mails
Voicemail from Chris...
Correction about FSWC
My name's Ashton, I'm the creator and programmer of FS Water Configurator, also the co-founder of Striking Software. The team and I recently came across your podcasts, and noticed that you had a segment on FSWC, which was kinda' cool to find, except we feel that the idea behind FSWC has been misrepresented. Basically, and all this info is on our features page, FS Water Configurator's designed to change the water shader of FSX's, so we're not touching textures at all, and thus we don't conflict with any other program which also changes the water, purely because we do it in a different way. It's because of this that we shouldn't really be compared to environment addons of sorts in any way shape or form, yet it would appear that on your show, one dude said that "there's other stuff that does essentially the same thing", which is quite untrue, since FSWC is the only utility which modifies the water shader. The only things that texture addons can do for the water in FSX is change the base texture, that is the "ocean floor", and various normal maps and height maps which define the shape of each wave, but that's it. They can't modify the intensity of the actual reflections, they can't fine-tune the strength of the base texture, they can't modify the moon glow (notorious for the milky water effect), and they certainly can't modify the intensity of the sun or moon's light on the water. Furthermore, they can only be changed when the simulation isn't running. A lot of the advertised screenshots of REX's water actually use FSWC in them. For example, the image in the following link wouldn't have been possible without the "Extreme Waves" preset...
Here is the image Ashton was talking about.
Question about Framerates & AI Flights
I do have a issue with FS9. I live in Southeast Michigan, and every time I try to fly out of any airport I get real bad frame rates, but anywhere else I fly i'm getting real good frame rates, all I've downloaded for the area are afcad files for the state. Here are some AI Sites I visit to get Free AI traffic : http://www.world-of-ai.com http://www.militaryaiworks.com
Try decreasing your AI traffic, or check the AFCAD files. You may also want to check out Project AI [Link] for more AI traffic.
Trip Suggestion & Question from Chris
Hey guys, great podcast. I am new to FSX. I have been flying for about 3 months and love it. I like to do sight seeing trips and I think others would like to hear about Yalls (the texan in me) favorite trips. And a great subject would be how to add free ware to the FSX program. Me and my friends would like that.
Our flight suggestions:
- KGJT to KCOS [Link]
- Around KEGE [Link]
- Portland to Seattle using Flight Zone Portland Scenery [Link]
- Lukla Airport [Link] (Good Luck!)
- TNCM and Caribbean Hops, with Flight1's Islands of the West Indies scenery [Link], or Flytampa's St. Maarten scenery [Link].
- Anywhere around Juneau Alaska.
FMC Question from Jason
I have a question regarding the use of CDU/FMC within airliners. I notice that the stock airliners that ship with FSX do not have a CDU/FMC and a lot of the payware products do. I've used Captain Sim's 757 and understand how the CDU/FMC is used. Is there any major disadvantage when flying on VATSIM with an airliner that does not have the CDU/FMC? How do you fly a SID or STAR on one of the planes that do not have a CDU/FMC? It seems to me that it would be a real challenge but I'd like to see what you think as I have not spent a lot of time flying the stock aircraft. Maybe there is a way to fly those procedures using the Garmin GPS. A ton of freeware planes also do not ship with a CDU/FMC such as the really nice Project OpenSky planes so any tips you can give on how to fly these planes online would be great.
Brenden recommends the vasFMC [Link], look like it's FS2002 and FS2004 only, but they have a second version in devlopment.