Why settle when you can get the best? http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/09/flying-in-style-with-thrustmasters-450-warthog-joystick/
On a serious note though, I've had bad luck with Saitek in the past and would discourage anyone from getting the X52. If you want a great (and inexpensive) joystick, look at the Thrustmaster 1600m. It uses the same hall-effect sensor as the Thrustmaster Warthog, has a throttle slider on the stick base (which will save you desk real estate), and is left-hand friendly.