Bones, Interesting to read your views about FS always being launched ahead of the hardware available to run it adequately, I wonder what machinery it gets tested on......... I have 2 reasons why I have already purchased FSX - Scenery - OK I know there are problems with the Horizon offering at the moment, but I have seen enough to realise the potential. When I compare what we have now with those little pyramids of the early FS versions we have come a long way. I think this is a landmark version as it now passes the "pub test". By this I mean I could take an aerial screen shot of our village, take it down to the pub, and everybody could look at it and recognise the village. Not possible before, but the higher resolution offered by FSX does the trick. The SDK - I have very much enjoyed the challenge of building gauges, which has given me a few headaches, but taught me a lot about FS and aviation, ignorant bean counter that I am. The SDK is far from perfect, but its better than what I had before. Next year when Vista and DX10 appear I will invest what looks like £2K in some new hardware, which I hope will allow smoother flights in FSX. I doubt if I will be able to afford such expense when I retire, but while I'm working, I can endure the pain. Frank T.