PHBUF From Netherlands, joined Mar 2009, 238 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 16240 times:
I personally am very biased towards NVIDIA, but that's a personal issue..I would definately go for a GTX280/285/290/295. The 285 is my favourite to be honest, just a tiny bit slower than 290/295 while costing a LOT less.
PHBUF From Netherlands, joined Mar 2009, 238 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 16232 times:
Quoting Cpd (Reply 2): I'm after best value for the money
Quoting Cpd (Reply 2): Budget isn't too much of a worry
well no offense but I do think these statements kinda contradict eachother..if you want the best there is, get the GTX295 or the HD5870..if you want the best value for the money, get a GTX280/285 or ATI's equivalent.
Cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 40 Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 16219 times:
People have been trying FSX on the RC versions of Windows 7, and, the results weren't good - plenty of crashes.
The fix for Windows 7 RC involves copying the Vista version of that DLL to the FSX folder, and then registering the DLL in a manner so that it is recognised by FSX. Maybe, just maybe, MS will have solved the issue by the time Windows 7 is out (due in a few days in Australia).
Some people aren't affected by it however - so it could well be just people using unstable pre-release versions of Windows 7.
OKAY: I've placed the order for a Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 5870. It appears to be best value of the new cards, and really quick for everything else. I'll upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate in a later step, once I audit all the software I've got - and work out which will work, and which ones might not.
KevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 50 Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 16069 times:
Whatever card you choose, just be sure to have a sufficient power supply (especially if using multiple controls) and plenty of cooling! Even the best card will choke when it gets hot or starved for power.
Quoting Burkhard (Reply 8): The 5870 is a Direct X 11 card, so you have invested into the future...
I'm a loyal ATI user BUT ATI cards perform notoriously slower in FSX than compared to NVIDIA. I'm running dual 4870s (formerly the fastest video cards out there) and FSX would rarely go over 20FPS (I will confess I was fully maxed out) but still, all my other games, and much MUCH more complex ones at that, run like a dream with these two cards fully maxed out, I rarely see under 40FPS in all my other games. From what I've researched ATI cards just don't like FSX's crummy graphics engine for whatever reason and NVIDIA cards support it somewhat better. But I'm not about to change my two great cards over one poorly made game. Besides, I have FS9 so tweaked out it looks better than FSX and if I take the FPS limiter off it sometimes peaks at 400FPS
Anyways, I too am considering getting a pair of 5870s once prices go down a bit, I'm hoping they'll handle FSX better. Let us know how it runs for you.
Cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 40 Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 16022 times:
I'm still waiting - the video card is on back-order.
Maybe during the week I might get it...
I'm mainly not going NVidia because it seems the currently available ones will be superseded shortly and I need a video card now, rather than whenever the next-generation NVidia is released.
Speaking of those sorts of things, anyone tried the solid-state drives? I'm looking at some Intel ones that look quite interesting. Might be another way to unlock more performance. Maybe I just do an incremental upgrade of the whole lot.