|Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 4):|
ATI Radeon X800 AGP 256mb
|Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 5):
Any later models are PCI-E only.
|Quoting Gerry (Reply 7):|
NVIDIA has certainly been no help at all.
|Quoting Continental (Reply 17):|
I need someone to laugh at this, but I have a 32mb card. I lower all my settings on FS so I get decent framerates.
SO, could someone recommend a decent card THAT'S RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE that will improve my FS experience?
|Quoting Gerry (Reply 16):|
EA CO AS
Do you seriously have 7439 posts? 1200 or so a year or nearly 4 a day over 5 years? Is this a record?
|Quoting N231YE (Reply 23):|
Big recommendation for some of you guys: If you can allocate system memory to graphics via your BIOS, given that you have enough memory, do it.
|Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 24):|
How do you do that? I'm relatively inexperienced when it comes to tweaking my computer's performance, so I'm not sure I'm getting the most out of it.
|Quoting Noelg (Reply 27):
I don't think a graphics card is the be all and end all, I use the onboard 32MB graphics in my Dell GX260, 1GB RAM, 2.4Ghz processor and run FS2004 with full AI and scenery, and get quite acceptable frame rates.
As a guide I normally get 18-22fps at airports and 30-35 in flight with nothing around, which is perfectly fine (even with all the payware addons I have, PMDG etc etc).
|Quoting Speedbird128 (Reply 38):|
|Quoting SkyHigh777 (Reply 40):|
I am planning on buying a new computer sometime in the near future. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should look for? What would be a good computer to buy in order to successfuly run fs2004 or, even better, fsx. I use a Dell GX15 now and I am sick of the horrible frame rates I get in MSFS. I was going to get a new graphics card for it, but a friend of mine said it may not improve frame rates because of the processor. Anyone have any suggestions for me?
|Quoting Sv2008 (Reply 41):|
Personally I would wait for a year until Vista is released, but if I had to buy a computer tomorrow, it would probably be:
AMD 4800+ X2
Everyone has preferences for intel/AMD and Nvidia/Ati though. I usually buy Intel but my next CPU will be an AMD.
|Quoting Halcyon (Reply 39):|
DUAL: NVIDIA Geforce 7600 GS 512MB PCI Express x16 Video Card
Does anyone know if it's worth upgrading to the massively more expensive 7900 512 MBs in dual, or will this be fast enough for the next FS? I just ordered this computer.
|Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 43):|
You spent all that on your rig but couldn't pony up the ten extra bucks for a wireless mouse?
|Quoting Markyboy (Reply 42):|
I custom spec'd the machine specifically for flightsim and spent nearly £2000 in the end! She runs sweet as a nut anywhere with everything up, shed loads of add ons to boot. However you do need to lock down the frame rate for it all to run smooth or it just keeps trying to pump out the frames. I have been told the human eye cannot detect more than 30 fps and so i added a further 10% and locked mine at 33 fps. On the rare occasion I check the frame rate i never see it lower than 32.8 fps anywhere. I have never been a fan of judging things by frame rate numbers, rather the smoothness and appearance and what matters most to me.
Dual core processors and multi GPU systems may seem a bit of overkill right now but i am sure the add on developers and MS do their level best to leave me with an obsolete dinosaur in next to no time.
|Quoting Sv2008 (Reply 48):|
If by dual you mean SLI I think it is a waste of money. 10% fps increase for 200% of the cost makes no sense