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Best Value GPU for FSX (AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE)

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September 8, 2012 4:11:19 PM

Hey guys,

I'm looking to get a bit more performance out of my FSX rig.

At the moment, with complex scenery and addons, I struggle to maintain a 10fps constant rate. I upgraded my CPU a while back (old one hit the sack), to an AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition (Not overclocked).

I thought that this was the main bottleneck, however I do not think it is any more. I have a feeling that it is the current GPU (XFX Radeon HD4650 1GB). Can you guys recommend me a GPU that would help to remove the bottleneck, and allow me to play at around 30FPS?

System Specs:
AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE (3.4GHz)
3GB Kingston DDR3 PC3-10600
WDC50 00AAVS 500GB (Holding the OS)
Hitachi HTS541612J9S 120GB (Holding FSX)
XFX Radeon HD4650 1GB

I'm looking to spend around £100. Many thanks in advance! :hello: 

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a b U Graphics card
September 8, 2012 4:19:48 PM

3GB is a bit small. Get another 2GB or 4GB stick. Get a 7770. Awesome budget GPU for $100. Equal to the 6850.
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September 8, 2012 4:28:37 PM

lukecalderon said:
Hey guys,

I'm looking to get a bit more performance out of my FSX rig.

At the moment, with complex scenery and addons, I struggle to maintain a 10fps constant rate. I upgraded my CPU a while back (old one hit the sack), to an AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition (Not overclocked).

I thought that this was the main bottleneck, however I do not think it is any more. I have a feeling that it is the current GPU (XFX Radeon HD4650 1GB). Can you guys recommend me a GPU that would help to remove the bottleneck, and allow me to play at around 30FPS?

System Specs:
AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE (3.4GHz)
3GB Kingston DDR3 PC3-10600
WDC50 00AAVS 500GB (Holding the OS)
Hitachi HTS541612J9S 120GB (Holding FSX)
XFX Radeon HD4650 1GB

I'm looking to spend around £100. Many thanks in advance! :hello: 


an HD 7850 should work well, and you should think about adding more ram with a matched pair. What is your mobo?
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September 8, 2012 4:34:13 PM

Thank you both! I've read that you get better performance with nVidia cards, so was looking into them, but I don't really have a preference. My motherboard is a Gigabyte M68MT-S2. I'm also going to need to upgrade the PSU (only got a 350W one in there hehe)

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a b À AMD
September 8, 2012 4:41:11 PM

What operating system is installed? You'll need a 64 bit OS to take advantage of more than 4Gb of RAM.
Try to stick to matched pairs of memory-the stuff's so cheap these days they're practically giving it away with packets of Frosties so a pair of 2Gb sticks would be a good choice.
September 8, 2012 4:42:46 PM

coozie7 said:
What operating system is installed? You'll need a 64 bit OS to take advantage of more than 4Gb of RAM.
Also what powersupply is installed? The 4650 needs no extra power but more potent cards like the 7850/7770 will require 1 or 2 6-pin PCI-E power leads from the PSU.


I'm running the 32-bit version of Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Yes, Windows 8, not 7).
There's a 350W PSU in there, but I know that I will need to upgrade that regardless :) 
September 8, 2012 4:43:20 PM

obsama1 said:
Also, I'd recommend getting 64bit Windows. It's a lot better.


Thanks for the info. It's mainly for FSX, and I've read (and experienced) that nVidia cards handle the shaders a lot better, hence looking at the 560 Ti. I can get this one (http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-geforce-gtx-560-810mh...) for £75 which leaves another £40 for the PSU.

a b U Graphics card
September 8, 2012 4:43:48 PM

That is false. The 7850 out performs the 560Ti and both are in the same price bracket. In the $50-$250 range, AMD is what I'd chose, but after that, you have to consider what games you will be playing, your resolution, purpose of the card, etc. The 7850 is £140 at minimum. Your best bet is the 7770 which is £100.
a b U Graphics card
September 8, 2012 4:44:36 PM

Also, I'd recommend getting 64bit Windows. It's a lot better.
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September 8, 2012 4:57:20 PM

@ lukecalderon: You Dabs link is n't working.
If you can get a Direct CU card for that money, I'd jump on it right sharpish, mate.
Here's a little article from Toms, you'll find the chart at the end particularly useful:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Be VERY careful with the powersupply upgrade, there's an aweful lot of poor quality, cheap stuff out there, stick to the better makers: OCZ, Corsair, Silverstone and Antec.

EDIT : vvvvvv Amongst others ;) 
a b U Graphics card
September 8, 2012 4:58:15 PM

The 6850 is on par with the 7770. The 560Ti is the same price ast the 7850 which demolishes the 560Ti.
a b U Graphics card
September 8, 2012 5:02:35 PM

Don't forget SeaSonic, XFX, and PC Power and Cooling.
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