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May 29, 2008 7:55:04 AM

Hi

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:
AMD 3800+
420 TAGAN PSU
2GB RAM
SB AUDIGY
2 MONITOR RUNNING 1280X1024
250GB WD HDD
CH YOKE AND PEDALS

My main use is Flightsimming so I don't use the top games

Gary

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a c 169 U Graphics card
May 29, 2008 8:09:42 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums mate :) 

Well FLIGHT SIMULATOR X is more CPU limited than GPU limited so i say upgrade to an Intel QuadCore CPU (Like Q6600......) and upgrade your current card to a HD 3850/ Geforce 9600GT
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May 29, 2008 8:30:59 AM

Dotheayatollah said:
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:

King of the market now is 8800GTS (512MB)
May 29, 2008 8:34:05 AM

Hi Guys

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.

Gary
May 29, 2008 10:48:06 AM

No, not if you only have 1 9600 GT, faster and more efficient, you should be ok PSU wise, though an upgrade might be nice.
a c 147 U Graphics card
May 29, 2008 3:27:11 PM

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.
a c 191 U Graphics card
May 29, 2008 3:58:27 PM

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.
a c 169 U Graphics card
May 29, 2008 5:01:42 PM

But if he plays FXS alot then he might consider upgrading the CPU too
a c 191 U Graphics card
May 29, 2008 5:27:17 PM

^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.
May 30, 2008 9:19:49 AM

Hi Guys

Thanks for your replys.


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.


Gary

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