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upgrade advice needed (again)

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I have been re-thinking my upgrade plans.

The problem:

  • Spotting in FC on my old 22" monitor is virtually impossible unless the aircraft is close.
  • I also do wildlife photography and have frequent need to edit photos

The resources:

  • My current monitor is fine for photo editing, but too small for FC.
  • I have a gtx 970 video card, fine for photo editing, not for sim-ing. 

Possible solutions:

  • As discussed in a previous thread, I could get a large TV , but that would have to be swapped in and out with  my photo and data editing monitors.   (not desireable)
  • I could  get a rather pricey 32" Dell ultrasharp monitor that would be fine for photos, and should certainly improve my spotting in FC but by how much is unknown.
  • I could spend a couple hundred more and get an HP Reverb headset with a refurb GTX1080.   I've read great things about the experience, not sure how much it might affect spotting.

I'm interested to hear any thoughts/experiences along these lines especially from anyone who has traveled a similar path.

Thanks.

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5 hours ago, Jaus said:

As discussed in a previous thread, I could get a large TV , but that would have to be swapped in and out with  my photo and data editing monitors.   (not desireable)

We could have kept it in the same thread, it's okay.  Couldn't you use dual monitors, the TV and the 22"? You mention "monitors" is there another?

5 hours ago, Jaus said:

...pricey 32" Dell ultrasharp monitor...

Would need specs (resolution and refresh rate) to really give you an opinion.

5 hours ago, Jaus said:

...spend a couple hundred more and get an HP Reverb headset with a refurb GTX1080.

I thought this was on a limited budget.  I can tell you, from experience, that spotting in IL-2 on an HP Reverb (2080ti) isn't any worse than TrackIR and a TV/monitor.  I've spotted things before monitor pilots and I've had troubles seeing things they have, about equally.  There is a wonderful mod to help VR pilots with spotting and identifying in IL-2, it's linked in other VR posts, here. 

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I wasn't very descriptive of my photo editing 'monitor'.   It is actually a pair of monitors, one for the photo and one for the data about the photo ( I sell photography and metadata/cataloging is a big part of that).

To get a larger TV with that monitor pair would mean having to constantly swap the TV and the monitor combo as the TV is not acceptable for the photo or its metadata.

The 32" Dell would not have specs ideal for gaming (it is spec'ed for imaging, resolution, color gamut) but it would be able to provide a larger screen for FC and could be a one-monitor solution.

Everything is on a budget, but the options I'm looking at are manageable.     The VR option is very enticing for the immersive experience, but there are limitations I am worried about (rearward visibility, perspiration, lens fogging, headset fatigue, limited use, etc.)

Actually, the more I look at what I just wrote the more I realize that my situation is unique enough that it is going to be hard for others to offer applicable suggestions.   That said, I am interested in hearing other similar experiences (if there are any 🙂 )

 

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