I have a 2,4G P4, lotsa memory, and "onboard" video. The game runs ok, except for a bit of jerkiness, and when the traffic is too busy (especially in adventures) the game black screens me.
I understand that it is too much to ask for this generic video system, and am looking to buy a 3D card.
The 3D vidcard market just confuses me however, and I would like to find out in plain language what is a good enough card (/chipset) that will run the game smoothly. I don't really want to spend $500+ on a card if I don't have to... If you know what I mean...
What's a good value way to get 3D on my system? Any help appreciated!
😎 1st thing do you have an empty agp slot or a pci slot(agp good/pci not so good, but not all bad)
Then we can all start spending your money
Yes, I have both AGP & PCI slots spare. It's an ASRock P4 board with onboard video & audio.
I probably should add, that I used to upgrade laptops for a parttime job, so I know my way around the insides of a PC...
I just have not much of a clue when it comes to gaming hardware!~)
Realistically, although I think prices are higher in Australia (you are there I presume) I would go for an nvidia GFX 5700 or an equivalent ATI card or better if you can afford it. I mean, you want to get out ot this simulator as much as you can of what MS put into it.
I know some people are using FX 5200 cards satisfactorily but in my experience with the one I had it was inadequate for FS2004 unless you want to run at low resolution with no antialiasing. I found that any antialiasing crippled the FX5200 that I tried.
A GFX 5700 (128 megs DDR mem.) here in Vancouver will run around $215.00 Can.
An FX 5200, about half that.
👏 Here are some prices for the two best brands on the market.
I use ATI and I think TomTheTank uses Nvidia.
I'm looking at the ATI 9800
I'm from Vancouver too. I picked up a leadtek fx 5900 and it rocks hard, this was before the 5900 XT's were being sold all over the place though. I would definitely go for an fx 5900 XT. The card is basically a 5900 with slower memory, but it's nearly as fast. It's only slightly more expensive than the fx 5700, but it's way faster. The XT is definitely what you want to get.
Here's an article from Firingsquad showing three different makes of it.
As you can see, they all stomp the 5700 in every test.
See if you can pick one of these up, if not go for the 5700, cause it's an awesome card in it's own right, just overshadowed by the new XT's.
hope that helps,
😀 Hi all
I use the fx5700 and have no probs with it (got it for under £80 at a computer fair)
I have seen a fx5200 running about 15/ 20 fps on a xp2600 with xp and loads of ram......Looked ok
I also read today that Easter is not only a time for eggs but new cards from Ati and nvidia
So buy now or wait a while??? (new cards will bring the price down on the "older cards")
Whatever you do Ati/nvidia spend as much as you can afford and try and get at least a card with 128mg ram and Direct x9
The only reason I use nvidia was cost (it was very cheap)and was looking to upgade my old mx440.........I was going to buy an Ati
Make of that what you can but its all down to much you want/have to spend
Go with the G-Force 5700 Ultra...Good card...Better Tech help.....
I had the ATI 9600 and took the whole puter back...It is susposely an *All In Wonder* card and for me did not configur properly and Tech help sucked...
Thats just my humble oppinion....Mason
Last night I ordered the ATI RADEON 9800PRO 128MB, and should have it installed and flying by the end of the week.
I'll report any problems or successes here for all to see. Possible some of you will help so I and others can learn. 👍
👍 I belive that is one of the best cards around
Good luck with it and I look forward to hear your 1st reactions when you fire up Fs9
We really should have an envy emoticon because I would use it here 😁 He will do
Hey fellow aviators.. I just picked up the Radeon 9600 and let me say that I have never seen such a sweet improvement when it comes to graphics!!!!!!! I have all of my settings set on maxium and the details are awsome! I highly recommend the 9600 for what it is and the price was even better!
I would say the only downside of it is installing the card on your PC. My PC happens to have the graphics built into the motherboard and I had to download the latest software version from the website. Wants its on then you will be in flying heaven!!
Peace out.. 😳
There's some good feedback there, guys 😂
Radarman, did you get a good deal on that 9800? I couldn't find a price under AUD$580 (+blahblah shipping) for that baby. I guess you've got more experience than me on that matter.
I was stuck in tha middle of deciding between a 5700 ultra, and a 9600 xt. they seem to be about equal when everything is in the balance...
I'm seriously wanting the 9600xt at the moment, since the filtering performance beats more expensive cards. I'll post the results in a week or so...
Fantastic price. I'm anxious to see if they fill the order, they have a pretty good reputation.
By the way, it's $226.17 delivered. 😳
Aww man, the 5700 is an awesome card, but it is significantly slower than the 5900 xt. Did you check out the link I gave you? You will pay a few dollars more for a lot more frames per second. I didn't get one only because they were hard to find when I was shopping for my vid card.
All of the xt's smoke the 5700 in all of the tests, and this card is only marginally more expensive.
Not that I'm telling you what card to buy at all... 😉
Geordan, thanks for the input - I realise you see the difference, but that review doesn't compare non-Nvidia cards with the others, so it's a little unbalanced.
Do you have a review which does compare the 2 chipsets??
Ok, I found it out.
G, your were right.
For people having problems with the Radeon 9800 and 9700 due to old drivers, heres an article that may be of interest:
Oh I see what you're looking for...
Read that, it'll explain everything better than I did.