PizzaPolli
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Graphics Card V. Memory:The Final Say For FS2004

Fri Nov 28, 2003 1:16 pm

So I am going to buy the ati radeon 9800 Pro 256MB tomorrow and also 1024 of memory. My question is though that if I want to play fs2004 it with all the visuals maxed out with lots of add-ons present etc etc, will this set up make it happen? I assume it will but is there any better configuation that I am not thinking of? Would 512 be enough? Any knowledge would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
 
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RE: Graphics Card V. Memory:The Final Say For FS2004

Fri Nov 28, 2003 7:03 pm

It looks a bit like overkill Big grin, however, if your pockets are deep enough, why not ?
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RE: Graphics Card V. Memory:The Final Say For FS2004

Sat Nov 29, 2003 2:54 am

If you can, Upgrade your processor first.

The way that the Graphics Engine for FS2002/04 works, Most of the load is put on the CPU. The graphic card will help with all the different texturing and visual effects. But of all the information that is processed to run FS2002/04 only 60% of that information is visual (i.e. Seen on the screen) The other 40% is Aircraft flight dynamics, terrain modeling, flight physics, AI aircraft, ATC, and other things.

With a game like Unreal 2, only 15% is not visual.

So, If you want high frame rates for 2004, spend less money on the Graphics Card and and save for a faster Processer. If you play lots of diffrent games like Unreal2 or games like that, Then put all the cash into a high end Grfx Card.


When you buy your card. If you see a "faster" card with 128 of ram for the same price as a slower card with 256meg, Go for the 128 ram card. Most games can't don't make use of the extra 128 megs even a high texture monster like MSFS:COF
 
PizzaPolli
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RE: Graphics Card V. Memory:The Final Say For FS2004

Sat Nov 29, 2003 3:36 am

Right now I am running a pentium 4 at about 2.4 gigs. I assume that that is fast enough, yes?
 
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RE: Graphics Card V. Memory:The Final Say For FS2004

Sat Nov 29, 2003 4:22 am

It all really depends on how deep your pockets are , as stated above. If you have a decent graphics card& CPU now go with the ram, or go with the video card if not, but 2.4Gigs and 512 mb of ram seem fine, because you can always overclock the graphics card, CPU , and even memory. If you want more info on that go to www.overclockers.com , a very helpful site!
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