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Advice Please: Nummy Hunkered In, Getting Ready to Blow Cash on good Sim Computer

Get advice on your tackle, or for Charlie to ask questions when he's broken his computer.

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Hi Chaps:
As a former world traveler with nowhere to go now, and hunkered down
behind his monitor in Texas, El Nummo is getting ready to blow his cash
on a good IL2/BoS flight sim computer.
The concept is 'Top of the Line' for 2019, as TOL for 2020 is financially out of the question.
Comments and advice about what works well and what doesn't, gratefully acknowledged.

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VR or no VR Mummy?
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Budget?
In selecting the motto... 'all for one and one for all'... I have done so because it expresses what should be the creed to every Fighter Pilot. Never forget that you are an essential cog in the wheel, and if you break or fail it will let down your brother pilots, and the grimness of war allows for no such weakness.

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That might be beside the question but if you wait a few more weeks prices might drop significantly. As unfortunate as that may be ...

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Hey Gosho, a few weeks I will wait . . . .

Currently, no VR Prang, but it is the desired goal.

My Thousand League Boots being put away in the closet for the CV duration,
seems time to amp up the flying.

I'll look again in April . . . hmmmm.

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I'd buy now before supply lines disrupt even more and cabin fever causes even more folks to buy new computers. I'd buy a VR optimized rig and a VR headset from the get-go.
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Sparky, I agree on VR and optimized rig.
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Don't be surprised if your first VR flight makes you queasy. Limit it to a few minutes. Each day it will be less problematic but don't push beyond early queasiness. Within a few flights you should have no more problem and the increase in immersion and realism will bar a return to a flat screen.
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Hi Sparky.
Cast iron gut here.
I'm the guy made my flight instructor sick. (More than once)
Seasick--almost--only twice in my life--in an offshore gale 200 miles off Cape Hatteras in 1978,
trying to read the HO 249 tables and figure out where the hell I was, had to bolt to the deck.
Then, rolling in a calm over the bar at Rockland Maine, having had nothing to eat in 24 hours,felt a bit 'urpy'.
Other than that, put me in Blind Flying goggles, turn the plane upside down, and roll that sucker all you want.
Probably puke my guts up in VR.
But looking forward to it anyway.

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Nummy, we're in the same time zone so when you get your rig up, we can fly while all these Limeys snore and drool the night away. We can go on a public server or do a co-op. Dogfighting me is like bagging a target drone, only easier.
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Okay chaps: The era of the new computer is here in a month or so.
I have 1000 US dollars (804 BP) as the very top budget limit.
Also, my former computer builder is no longer available.

My thoughts are simply to purchase and have shipped to me the
best flight sim computer I can find from such vendors as Newegg, etc.
This computer has to do double duty as a Video maker, so it needs
a whopper of a hard drive, 4 TBs minimum I am told.
Reading the forums says I need 16Gs memory, plus whatever video card
makes them work together.
Any advice any TP has will be deeply appreciated.
I won't at first have VR, but that is the direction I want to go,
and if a VR compliant rig can be had for the above funds, so much the better.

Sparky, yep, I have done some flying--and running for my life--on the MP servers.
First thing I noticed ya gotta have a wingman.
Or a very fast climbing plane.
See ya there.
Haha.

Thanks chaps, Nummy
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Nummy, can we assume you already have all peripherals you need - i.e. good monitor, mouse + keyboard, headset + mic, etc.?

Is there are a chance you have a case and some fans from an older rig? Maybe a PSU? I could be getting out of hand here :) but if you can salvage any of the non-essential components from a PC you already own, most of the budget can be spent on a juicy video card and CPU which you will need for VR and video editing.

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Hi Gosho:
I do have a case--slightly dented as a brick I was using as a book press fell on it.
Diabolical I thought, but it made me realize my old machine was kaput anyway.
I have extra funds for a new monitor--my old one went south at the same time my old PC did.
Mouse, keyboard, headset are good.
It seems that it's been a long time since a from the ground up build and it might be the way to go.
I do have a nephew who builds computers and I might be able to twist his arm.
He is into VR so knows the ropes that direction.

But I like the idea of a juicy video card and CPU.
Ooooh.....tell me their names please.
Oooh, Simone and Deborah . . .
Ha ha.

Thanks, Nummy
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I'm surfing the net and this came up which is affordable.
Would something like this work for Il2--and video editing?

https://www.newegg.com/allegiance-gamin ... 000P-00009

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Nummy, I jumped in a web-site (https://www.letsbld.com) to quickly create a configuration to your requirements albeit slightly above your budget. I haven't used these guys but wanted to just give you a ball park. Here it is:

CASE:
NZXT H510 (White) $69.99

GPU:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti - ZOTAC GAMING $279.99

CPU:
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 6-Core 3.4GHz $119.99

CPU COOLING:
DEEPCOOL GAMMAX GTE $29.99

MOTHERBOARD:
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK $109.99

RAM:
XPG GAMMIX D10 16GB 3000MHz $79.99

SSD:
WD Blue 3D NAND 250.0 GB $49.99

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda 4.0 TB $99.99

POWER:
NZXT C750 Gold $109.99

SOFTWARE:
Microsoft Windows 10 Home $119.99

SERVICE:
$99.00

Total: $1,168.90

If you can twist your nephew's arm, maybe those $99 could disappear.

The video card and processor are should work for IL2 in VR, I believe. Anyone else reading this - correct me, if I am wrong.

Take this with a pinch of salt, of course - if anyone has better ideas on how to balance the budget, shoot. Truth of the matter is a VR-ready rig is still quite expensive, unfortunately.

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