I am looking for a graphics card to replace my ailing 6800Ultra (PCI-E). I'm not looking to replace anything else as I am going to get a new rig next year.My specs are:
420 TAGAN PSU
2 MONITOR RUNNING 1280X1024
250GB WD HDD
CH YOKE AND PEDALS
My main use is Flightsimming so I don't use the top games
Looking at the cards I would have to ugrade my psu, correct? I am not looking to upgrade anything else unless there is no other option. My current cpu is enough to run Flight sim on high settings so I will not be changing that. It would mean changing motherboard etc. As I will be getting a new rig next year it would not be cost effective. BTW my budget is up to £100 although I would be looking to spend less if possible.
I'd say 8800GS > 9600GT = HD3780. For that resollution you won't need much more than a 9600GT/3870. Anything higher will just be CPU limited. Even those solutions will be limited with your current CPU. Consider upgrading that after a new graphics card.
You're getting a new rig in a year. Don't get anything over an 8800GS or HD3850 to avoid straining your PSU. If you are otherwise satisfied with the performance of the 6800 Ultra, get an 8600 GTS (which may be only slightly better according to Cleeve's table: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/graphics-card,1923-...)
...and save your money for something nicer when you build your new rig.
^I wouldn't be surprised if that's at least part of the reason he's getting a new rig next year.
Otherwise, I'm guessing that's a single-core 3800+ on Socket S939, for which few CPU options are available any more.
Your right about the CPU, there is'nt much point in upgrading due to limited options on the 939. I can get hold of a x1950 pro but thinking of sticking with GeForce family. I got to honest though, as I mainly use FS2004 not FSX due to the number of payware add ons that still do not have patches for FSX its a case of waiting for the right time.So thanks again guys.