there’s no need to go for three screens right away if it servers you no other purpose or it might pressure space or budget. you can put 2 MFCD’s on a single screen. ofcourse that leaves you with some empty screen estate, since the displays are square but the screen is 16:9. Later on you might be able to fill that estate with information, like from the external tool helios, but that might be to much for now, especially since you only just started getting back at simming. Not to mention that I think most FC3 level aircraft only have 1 MFCD at max. Some of the higher fidelity aircraft, like the A10C and Ka-50, incase you consider getting them later, have 2 displays. and some of the upcoming planes, Like the F/A18 Hornet and Eurofighter Typhoon even have 3 displays wich will leave even me looking for a new solution.
it sounds like you had some fun last night, but I’m still sad to hear that you are shot down. Do you know what killed you? did you make use of the RWR ( radar warning receiver ) to make sure there where no threats?
in case you don’t know, the RWR is that sniper-scope shaped device. it’s very important, wich is why you can find it so high on the hud, here is what it looks like. http://i.imgur.com/csVqB.jpg without bombarding you with a lot of information, I’ll quickly explain how it works. it looks for radar signals from possible threats. it can tell you where it is coming from, but now how far away it is. Numbers below 15 could mean you are in trouble! these actual numbers are 3 for SA-3 ( SA means surface-to-air ) ‘goa’, 6 for SA-6 ‘gainful’, S6 For 2S6 ‘tunguska’, 8 for SA-8 ‘gecko’. 10 for SA-10. 13 for SA-13 and 15 for SA-15. numbers above 20 might also mean you’re in danger. 23 for MiG 23, 25 for MiG 25, 29 for MiG29, Su27 and Su33.
The F4,F5, 14(F14),16(F16),18(F/A 18) and M2 ( Mirage ) signals are NATO fighters, the 15 for F15 could also be an SA-15 so it’s best to check the actual source before assuming you’re safe. the A stands for AAA ( anti-aircraft artillery ) and could mean friendlies like the Gepard or PIVADS, but also enemies like the shilka.
there’s a lot more the RWR can display, friendly sams also have codes like RO for roland PA for patriot. complex SAMs like the SA10 and 11 have multiple radars with different functions and each has their own code, like CS and BB for the SA10 clamshell and big-bird radars ( the actual tracking radar, wich locks on to you and kills you carries the 10 ). I think this might already be more then enough to take in in one go. it’s perhaps perhaps to read to the briefing of a mission, and then familiarize yourself with the codes of potential threats enlisted. MANPADS like stingers and IGLA’s are not detectable by the RWR and hard to see by eye, so it’s perhaps best to fly at atleast 4km or 13000ft above banditcountry, as these weapons typically have an max engagement altitude of 11000kft.