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ejoiner
April 9th, 2015, 20:32
Bonus time was surprisingly good to me this year. Most of which will go to savings and household improvements in the real world.

However, I have carved off a wife free 500 bucks to play with. If you had this money, what would you buy with it?

I do have a late model PC, and a good Saitek HOTAS set up, so pretty well set for hardware, though a video card might be in my future and or a replacement 2nd hard drive. My FSX is on a dedicated 1TB drive but is almost full thanks to owning a lot of FTX/Orbx stuff.

any ideas?

Anthin
April 9th, 2015, 20:40
Maybe a new video card.i currently have a GTX 670 TI.

Anthin.

roger-wilco-66
April 9th, 2015, 20:44
Depending on the GPU you already have, I'd invest in a NV 970 (980) card. That brought me the biggest bang for the buck a few months ago, on P3D though.
Also nice are the Saitek panels / throttles / combat rudder. Or a Track IR head tracking device...

Cheers,
Mark

gman5250
April 9th, 2015, 21:10
I'd have to agree that the video card may be worth a look. I'm running the GTX780 with very good performance but looking seriously at the 980.

With flight simulation tech advancing to the point where are looking at extremely high immersion and superior rendering, scenery design is going to become a significant factor. To really enjoy what is coming in the near future, a strong video card is a prudent investment. IMHO....

000rick000
April 9th, 2015, 21:16
$500....just one item....

occulus rift. There's been some.video displaying both sides of the eye pieces and I did the crazy thing of putting my face about 2cm from my monitor and focusing hard and viola the 3D is unreal. ;) don't try it at home folks ;)

falcon409
April 9th, 2015, 21:38
I'd buy the new set of tires I need for my car. lol. . .then whatever was left. . .I'd get new floormats and have the interior detailed. It has everything to do with Priorities!! lol

ejoiner
April 9th, 2015, 21:57
I'd buy the new set of tires I need for my car. lol. . .then whatever was left. . .I'd get new floormats and have the interior detailed. It has everything to do with Priorities!! lol

LOL! As I said, my bonus was much larger and 99 percent spent on practical stuff like you mention... this bit is MINE. :-)

I think video card is where I am going though the HD thing is going to be a requirement soon. My 1TB hard drive thats dedicated to FSX is very nearly full. Going to have to get a bigger one and then figure out how to transfer.

falcon409
April 9th, 2015, 22:04
. . . . .I think video card is where I am going though the HD thing is going to be a requirement soon. My 1TB hard drive thats dedicated to FSX is very nearly full. Going to have to get a bigger one and then figure out how to transfer.
Yep, those sound like good ideas, especially the video card with the way they continue to improve.

cortomalteseit
April 9th, 2015, 22:18
A new stick and throttle!

fsxar177
April 9th, 2015, 22:51
Maybe make an offer on a CT-133 Cockpit that I was viewing for R&D.. Would make a nice yard ornament!

- Joseph

dmaloof
April 9th, 2015, 23:10
repairs to my car

roger-wilco-66
April 9th, 2015, 23:19
LOL! As I said, my bonus was much larger and 99 percent spent on practical stuff like you mention... this bit is MINE. :-)

I think video card is where I am going though the HD thing is going to be a requirement soon. My 1TB hard drive thats dedicated to FSX is very nearly full. Going to have to get a bigger one and then figure out how to transfer.

Just a few notes from my own experiance:

- if you want to stay with a mechanical harddisk, get a SSHD. Your loading times will improve significantly, and the cost is unsignificantly higher (IMHO).
- if you want to keep your data and structure on the new disk as it is now, clone it with Clonezilla or other clone tool and expand the partition afterwards to the full capacity.


Cheers,
Mark

Daube
April 9th, 2015, 23:30
$500....just one item....

occulus rift. There's been some.video displaying both sides of the eye pieces and I did the crazy thing of putting my face about 2cm from my monitor and focusing hard and viola the 3D is unreal. ;) don't try it at home folks ;)

This. Totally.

txnetcop
April 10th, 2015, 01:49
Just a few notes from my own experiance:

- if you want to stay with a mechanical harddisk, get a SSHD. Your loading times will improve significantly, and the cost is unsignificantly higher (IMHO).
- if you want to keep your data and structure on the new disk as it is now, clone it with Clonezilla or other clone tool and expand the partition afterwards to the full capacity.


Cheers,
Mark

Total Wisdom here!!!

Bushpounder
April 10th, 2015, 03:01
I would spend half of it on my wife, and put the rest into something I could use in my hobbies - simming, models, trains.

Don

johndetrick
April 10th, 2015, 03:24
Occulus Rift, I'm trying to squeeze money from my budget to get this.

Jafo
April 10th, 2015, 04:24
I would spend half of it on my wife, and put the rest into something I could use in my hobbies - simming, models, trains.

Don
I'd spend all of it on the wife.
Eventually it'll come back as a plus...like when you spend 7K on your next machine [like I did]...where the 'slow bit' is the GTX980...;)

Rimshot
April 10th, 2015, 06:32
I would invest it in some real flying time :jump:

Bjoern
April 10th, 2015, 07:07
That'd be $500 off my education loans.

dvj
April 10th, 2015, 09:28
You could get 15 or 16 ORBX/FTX sceneries! Or a nice 27" IPS display. or................. a new Apple iThing.

Marvin Carter
April 10th, 2015, 17:08
A new AR 15 upper in 300 black out!!!

Jafo
April 10th, 2015, 17:12
Or the old joke....
I'd spend half of it on gambling, booze and sex....
...and the other half I'd just waste...;)

Marvin Carter
April 10th, 2015, 18:31
My dad used to say he would buy a new ass because his has a hole in it.LOL!!!

heywooood
April 10th, 2015, 18:45
what kind of monitor do you have...because you can get a nice one for around 500$

Anthin
April 10th, 2015, 19:08
I think I will start saving up for a new video card.It will take some
time as it is becoming very hard to live on the aged pension.:dizzy:

Anthin.