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A good graphics card for playing FSX

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May 17, 2011 11:30:26 PM

Hi people,

I am going to build my own system in July, here are the specs:
-Intel Core i5 2500k CPU @ 4.4GHz (overclocked)
-ASUS P8P67-LE Motherboard [P67 Chipset]
-8GB DDR3 RAM @ 1333MHz
-Nvidia GeForce 9500GT 1GB @ 1280x1024
-650-700W PSU (depending on the graphics card)

Here is my question:
Is the Nvidia 9500GT any good for FSX compared to my CPU and RAM? I thinks it’s not but which GPU should I upgrade to so that FSX runs smoothly, I mean no lag at all!
-Nvidia GTX295
-Nvidia GTS450
-Nvidia GTX550 Ti

Please can you help me choose the right graphics card, for FSX, Mafia 2, GTA IV etc. those type of games! And my budget isn’t too high!
Sticky situation eh??
May 17, 2011 11:48:19 PM

I would go with an NVidia GTX 460 or 560 or higher - ideally or something like an ATI 6850 or 6870 or higher as a rough ball park.

Out of the cards you have listed, I would pick the GTX550 Ti, but honestly - an older GTX 460 is a better card - try and find one at a good price:
http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=632&card2...


Bear in mind that FSX in particular is CPU intensive far more than GPU intensive. You've got a 2500K listed, so you should be fine.

I can happily max out FSX at 1980 x 1020, with about 4x AA and 4x AF on an Overclocked 2600K with a GTX 460. Graphics settings all maxed with DX10 preview enabled. I get worse performance in DX9 mode, as the GTX460 is orientated to DX10 or above. I do not have all the environmental world settings cranked (i.e. objects like road traffic, other planes at airports etc) - I typically run those around 35%, but have all the graphics options cranked - like scenery complexity etc. Looks and plays very nicely.

I think if you choose a GPU based on FSX DX10 performance, the other two games should be fine. GTA 4 in particular isn't very challenging graphically compared to current titles.

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May 18, 2011 12:19:39 AM

garga said:
Hi people,

I am going to build my own system in July, here are the specs:
-Intel Core i5 2500k CPU @ 4.4GHz (overclocked)
-ASUS P8P67-LE Motherboard [P67 Chipset]
-8GB DDR3 RAM @ 1333MHz
-Nvidia GeForce 9500GT 1GB

Here is my question:
Is the Nvidia 9500GT any good for FSX compared to my CPU and RAM? I thinks it’s not but which GPU should I upgrade to so that FSX runs smoothly, I mean no lag at all!
-Nvidia GTX295
-Nvidia GTS450
-Nvidia GTX550 Ti

Please can you help me choose the right graphics card, for FSX, Mafia 2, GTA IV etc. those type of games! And my budget isn’t too high!
Sticky situation eh??


Prices may be differeny in July, especially if you wait till the end of July, I would wait till you are going to buy the computer before you start looking at prices. Regarldess you forgot two important hardware parts to list, PSU and screen resolution, those greatly affect what GPU is right for you.

Regardless of your decision I wouldn't get anything from the 9000, or 200 series. I would stick with 400/500 and 5000/6000 series. But look into them a little closer to when you are about to purchase the computer.
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May 18, 2011 12:45:00 AM

Well, what is your budget? Also, what power supply have you chosen?

You'll want a minimum of the Nvidia 560 or a 6870 to keep up with all that hardware.
May 18, 2011 3:48:01 PM

muz_j said:
I would go with an NVidia GTX 460 or 560 or higher - ideally or something like an ATI 6850 or 6870 or higher as a rough ball park.

Out of the cards you have listed, I would pick the GTX550 Ti, but honestly - an older GTX 460 is a better card - try and find one at a good price:
http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=632&card2...


Bear in mind that FSX in particular is CPU intensive far more than GPU intensive. You've got a 2500K listed, so you should be fine.

I can happily max out FSX at 1980 x 1020, with about 4x AA and 4x AF on an Overclocked 2600K with a GTX 460. Graphics settings all maxed with DX10 preview enabled. I get worse performance in DX9 mode, as the GTX460 is orientated to DX10 or above. I do not have all the environmental world settings cranked (i.e. objects like road traffic, other planes at airports etc) - I typically run those around 35%, but have all the graphics options cranked - like scenery complexity etc. Looks and plays very nicely.

I think if you choose a GPU based on FSX DX10 performance, the other two games should be fine. GTA 4 in particular isn't very challenging graphically compared to current titles.


thanks alot, I found that very helpful, and the website too. I will try and find a GTX460 for a decent price otherwise I might as well stick to the 9500GT, depending on how my games run, as you said that FSX is dependant on the CPU and mine is a great 2500k!
May 18, 2011 3:49:59 PM

my budget is around £100-115, and a 700W power supply (alpine 700W PSU)
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May 18, 2011 5:05:05 PM

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