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EVGA 9800 GTX+ 1GB Upgrade

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April 13, 2011 7:53:25 PM

I am considering upgrading my graphics card, primarily for use in an RC Airplane Simulator called RealFlight G5.5. From what I can tell it is based on Direct X 9c. I want to get a minimum of 60fps and be able to get some good anti-aliasing, for when the planes get far away. Wings tend to look like strings of Z’s when they are far away 
My current hardware
Core 2 Duo E8650 2.33 GHz ( this may not be exactly right, but it’s pretty close)
6 GB Corsair Dominator RAM
EVGA 780i MOBO
EVGA 9800 GTX+ 1GB
I have a dual monitors at either 1680x1050 or 1920x1080, I can’t remember which.
Win7 Pro 64 bit
I am most likely going to upgrade my MOBO, CPU, RAM and GPU around the same time frame, in the next 4-6 months.
I read this forum post from a few months ago…
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/298324-33-time-upgrad...
And I’ve read the best gaming cards for the money for March 2011…
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-graphic...
And I also read the new article on anti-aliasing…
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/anti-aliasing-nvidi...
I’d like to spend less than $200. But if my requirements aren’t hardcore enough to make an upgrade necessary, then I won’t.
What would I have to spend to get an upgrade over my current performance? I know when I was playing WOW, my CPU was always the bottle neck. Is that likely the case in the RealFlight simulator as well?

April 13, 2011 8:13:48 PM

Wow, i just found an EVGA recertified GTX460 card with 768 MB of RAM for $110 after Rebate. gosh for that price it's hard not to get two of them
and it does pretty dang well in the passmark ratings...near the top in performance, and rated #2 in value (performance/cost)!!

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/g...e+GTX+460#price
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April 14, 2011 12:32:14 AM

well after comparing the two here

http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=633&card2...

it looks like i still have a bangin card

but my current card ranks pretty low here...

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

like pretty far down the list. I think i should put more weight in the benchmark scores vs just the raw hardware number like core clock and memory bandwidth, but i'm not sure how to account for the wide difference between the two cards.

Oh well, i'm not sold on this card or anything, i just saw it and figure that it would be a pretty good deal for the money.

And, i can't believe i forgot to mention this, one of the major reasons i am wanting to upgrade the GPU and other system components is because i want to be able to process HD video files and publish them on YouTube. When i say process, i mean pretty basic stuff. I record myself building airplanes with a Flip HD handheld video camera, and i want to be able to timelapse shorten the videos by about 10x, and publish them on YouTube using CyberDirector9. WIth my current hardware, my system is really really bogged down when i do a longer video, say anything over about 30 minutes. Will an upgrade in GPU help with this, or is that going to be more of a CPU and RAM upgrade?
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April 24, 2011 1:21:57 AM

Can anyone provide any more info on what would be a good upgrade to my current card?
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April 24, 2011 3:46:18 AM

your cpu will severly hold back a 768mb gtx 460... there is no worthwhile upgrade until you get a new cpu, and there is really no sense in upgrading to a c2q so you might as well try to oc the cpu you have and save for a new build instead of wasting money on a gpu at this point
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April 24, 2011 3:47:56 AM

turbinetester said:
Wow, i just found an EVGA recertified GTX460 card with 768 MB of RAM for $110 after Rebate. gosh for that price it's hard not to get two of them
and it does pretty dang well in the passmark ratings...near the top in performance, and rated #2 in value (performance/cost)!!

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/g...e+GTX+460#price



are you kidding me? the OPs cpu would choke with one of those cards let alone two, really upgrading the gpu at all at this point is a bad idea imo
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