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Thread: I Made the Jump: My First MSFS Shots

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    I've enjoyed sharing with you guys my quest to get my cheap, store bought eight year old PC running well enough to handle FSX with some high-end addons and eye candy, and while it was holding its own, it was really beginning to show it's age. Once I saw the first screenshots and videos of MSFS, I knew it was time to do something I've wanted to do for years and build a real gaming PC. After getting the go-ahead from my financial advisor (aka my wife), it was time to make it happen.

    Over the last week I purchased everything, built the PC, got all of the necessary software and drivers installed and tested everything out to make sure it was operating properly (specs in my signature). Finally I installed MSFS yesterday and have started the task of learning all of the new controls, keys and nuances of the new sim. While I can confirm what many others have said, it's not perfect, the visuals really are stunning and are certainly worth dealing with a few of the issues that have popped up so far. I'm still very much learning this new sim, but here are a few screenshots of my first full flight from Reading, Pa to Cape May County, New Jersey as we cross the Delaware River at dusk in the Baron.

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    I'm sure I'll have many more shots to come, especially once I get used to all of these new controls. I still haven't ruled out installing FSX on my new system considering the airliners in MSFS aren't that great just yet, but I'm going to give it a few more days before I make that decision. Thanks for viewing!
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    Nicely done

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    Interesting use of lighting.
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    Nice shots, especially #2.

    And I don't understand why almost everyone doesn't build their computers? It's just plug and play!! Plus you get to choose what you need for whatever purpose you're planning for. Not be left stranded when a boxmaker puts hardware in there because it was on a closet sale!! Or worse yet builds high priced boxes with a bullshit motherboard or not enough power-supply!

    I learned back in the Apple IIE era, it's hugely easy!

    Michael
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rupert View Post
    Nice shots, especially #2.

    And I don't understand why almost everyone doesn't build their computers? It's just plug and play!! Plus you get to choose what you need for whatever purpose you're planning for. Not be left stranded when a boxmaker puts hardware in there because it was on a closet sale!! Or worse yet builds high priced boxes with a bullshit motherboard or not enough power-supply!

    I learned back in the Apple IIE era, it's hugely easy!

    Michael
    Building a computer isn't in everyone's comfort zone I think. I did build my son a rig a few years ago, but I had to watch many a tutorial to make sure I did it right. Wasn't that hard, and we did have a great time at it. However, I got really skiddish about installing the cooling fan....so I had a geek squad member install that for me.

    I'm looking at a computer at Best Buy that has all the specs I want, and is almost as cheap to consider buying instead of a full build. We'll see...
    - James

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    Fine first shots with your new MSFS James. I especially like #2. Looking at the sky shots I thought you might be flying near the fires in Oregon or California.
    Larry

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    Looks good if you ask me! Welcome to the forums!
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    Thanks everyone! I went back and forth on building vs buying a prebuilt. I had done enough upgrades to my PC over the years that I was confident I could build it, but the idea of pulling a PC out of a box, plugging it in and playing was very tempting. After doing lots of research I came to realize that while most prebuilds provide you with a solid CPU and GPU, the other components are hit or miss. I was looking at an Intel build at one point that had a K’ version CPU meaning you can overclock, but the motherboard wasn’t strong enough to support overclocking. Ultimately I decided I wanted to have my PC be everything I would need and not require upgrades for a while, so building was the better option for me.
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    You did good, Chris! Very well presented and I am sure with the build that you have produced, you will be able to give us the great shots that MSFS 2020 has to offer! Very nice indeed! Always a great feeling of satisfaction when you have completed a project up to your expectations!

    Enjoy and thanks for sharing!

    Rick

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