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

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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  1. 3GB is a bit small. Get another 2GB or 4GB stick. Get a 7770. Awesome budget GPU for $100. Equal to the 6850.
  2. 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?
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. 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 :)
  6. 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-560-810mhz-1gb-pci-express-hdmi-directcu-7HRD.html?refs=4294963788&q=GTX%20560&src=16) for £75 which leaves another £40 for the PSU.
  7. 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.
  8. Also, I'd recommend getting 64bit Windows. It's a lot better.
  9. The XFX HD6850 is considerably faster than the 7770 and cheaper if you look in the right places. Here's the version of the 6850 which I have : http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-xfx-hd-6850-4000mhz-gddr5-gpu-775mhz-960-cores-eyefinity-hdmi-2x-mini-displayport-2x-dvi?utm_source=google+shopping&utm_medium=google+shopping

    But if you're going to spend £100 on a Graphics card the take it up a notch and get the GTX 560 : http://www.jamdup.com/palit-geforce-gtx-560-smart-edition-1gb-gddr5-pci-express-2-0-736mhz-3828mhz.html
  10. @ 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-card-review,3107-7.html

    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 ;)
  11. The 6850 is on par with the 7770. The 560Ti is the same price ast the 7850 which demolishes the 560Ti.
  12. Don't forget SeaSonic, XFX, and PC Power and Cooling.
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