Im planning to build my new core i7 system and my main goal is to fluently run MS Flight Simulator X, having seen the best performances are given from geforce 8800 gts or 9800 gtx /gx2 which are slightly out of date respect the rest of the system technology and more difficoult to find (specially with <=1gb vram). which graphic card would you suggest for the use? the gts250 has the same core of the above I've read, will it work well with fsx? and for the enclosure/power supply woud be correct an antec sonata with a 500w PS? or would be better to go for an antec perfomance one serie P182 with a 650W PS? Thank you in advance for the kind and expert collaboration.
From what reading I have done, FSX seems to respond well to multiple fast cores. There is a patch to enable that. The i7 is a winner there.
As to the vga card, I don't know how important it is. Certainly the 8800gts or similar is not that strong a card today. I tried FSX on my sustem (i7-920, GTX260-216) and it seemed to me to run well. As I recall, it was important to activate the DX10 option to get good performance. I think there is a patch to enable that also. If the 8800GTS is good, then the GTS250 will be better. It would not hurt to look at something as strong as a GTX275. Go with one of the newer generation cards. They use a smaller manufacturing technology, and are therefore faster, cooler, and cheaper.
Such a card should use a quality psu of 550 watts and 40a on the 12v rail/s.
Corsair and PC P&C would be my first picks.
The GTS250 would do fine with a quality 450w psu.
go get wired2fire hellspawn with gtx285 and i7 /920 overclocked to 3.38 runs cool with 3fans also featured in pcpro sep09.I am in fsx heaven smooth so smooth wow! All about £999 with standard cd/rom no speakers or monitor. this systwem so good bought wired 2 fire 3x monitor package..........booleyz
as gpu I'm waiting since ages for an EVGA GTS250 Superclocked 1GB, but unfortunately, seems to me it wiil not arrive (can't find it any more not even on the official site), so I'm getting lost and can't decide wich other card purchase (maybe xfx, maybe asus or even GAINWARD, which produces a gts250 model loaded with 2gb of vram). Since the gtx2xx series from nvidia are dual gpu in sli and this is not good for fsx and the shader clocks are lower, how about switch to ATI's HD 5xxx series?
please help (I'm feeling every day passes it'll be more difficoult to find a good gts250 out)