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Need a little help please. I am currently running FS2004 on the following sys: Amd 64 3200 2 GB DDR 400 Ram 2 x 80 HD NVidia Ge Force FX5600 256mb Graphics Iam thinking of upgradeing my grapics card which i paid alot for a few years ago, but dont want to break the bank any reccomendations / suggestions
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I should have said your system is perfectly adequate enough to run FS9. Why spend more money?
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that is a very nice system, but if you do want to upgrade the graphics card, i would recommend the Geforce 6600GT - i think it gives me awesome results, but it isn't the most powerful out there, and it won't break the bank (or atleast i think so - certainly no where near the small fortune that you need to give up to buy the newest top cards). they are going for about £90-100.
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Spend as much as you can afford and then try for a little bit more...!! I have a pair of Geforce 6800GTs in SLI and it is stunning, but the difference from just one is negligible...
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I concur with Adam, I have the 6600GT as well, all my sliders are maxed out to the full and I hit 25fps nearly all of the time, after installing FS Traffic 05 it hit my frame rates down to 20fps, this is with activesky 6 installed too Dean

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Thanks for the advice thanks, ive taken your advice and order a gainward nvidia 6600GT 256mb card

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I have an XFX GeForce 6800GS Ultra XXX 256MB PCI-e, and FS9 (And Others) runs beautifully, also with all sliders on MAX. :D Deano... I have my frame rate "Locked" at 35fps, and the game sits at 34.8 constantly. ;) Mind you, to be fair I dont run FS Traffic or any similar add-ons, just FS9.
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Ah yes, same here, I also have that awful fx5600 256mb card... when I have some money I will probably also replace it with a 6600GT or better.

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Two Graphics Cards I ve heard that you can use 2 graphics cards. When i connect my 6600gt is it possible to also use my old fx5600??
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I have an XFX GeForce 6800GS Ultra XXX 256MB PCI-e, and FS9 (And Others) runs beautifully, also with all sliders on MAX. :D Deano... I have my frame rate "Locked" at 35fps, and the game sits at 34.8 constantly. ;) Mind you, to be fair I dont run FS Traffic or any similar add-ons, just FS9.
Yes that's excellent, and to be honest I have never tried to lock mine above 25fps, I set it as that for a ball park figure and it stayed there, it will probably go higher but I was happy with it, thats some great frame rates you have there, but my card only cost 100 smackers ;) I also have all the add-ons under the sun so I'm relatively happy with 20fps all the while
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Arnie321 - you can only do this if one of your cards is PCI - there is also the option of a mobo with 2 AGP slots, but these are pretty rare.. Or perhaps two PCI-E cards running in the same rig MIGHT work if not in SLI mode....
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I ve heard that you can use 2 graphics cards. When i connect my 6600gt is it possible to also use my old fx5600??
Im pretty sure that both cards have to be identical. there are motherboards (as Chris has explained) that you can get so you can use two cards, where they each do 50% of the workload, but the cards have to be identical models - you can't use the 5600 with the 6600.
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In fact you can use 2 different cards - lets say an Nvidia 6800 in the AGP slot and an nvidia 5200 in a PCI slot - this way you can setup a basic multimonitor system.... if this is what you are interested in then have a peek at ... www.maxivista.com or http://www.realtimesoft.com/

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Well the new Graphics card landed Nvidia 6600GT installed it this afternoon...... well to be honest i havent noticed much difference ...?... got the latest drivers .... etc played around with the sliders and settings and not to impressed rubbish frame rates (like b4) 10 - 15 & not very stable occassionaly frame rates jump up and down ... not sure what to do realy
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Something is deffo wrong there Arnie..... did you get the drivers from nvidia.com? any chance you can grab some screenshots of your FS config and mail em over to me so I can have a look? Cheers

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Not sure what fsconfiingy is mate can you let me know how to do that please
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Load up FS, select settings, and take some shots of the various screens in there for Display, Aircraft, etc. etc.
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I had that problem until I downloaded the latest drivers for my 6600GT, something does not sound right, that card is a GPU as well so it should not rely on your CPU, what memory have you got installed?

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AMD 64 3200+ 2 gig DDR 400 will take some pics of the settings later this evening. Many thanks for advice so far

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Chris, Tried with the settings not sure what or how to take screen shots... not something ive ever done
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Arnnie - just whack the PrtScn key and then open up paint or something and whack it in via the Paste function (CTRL+V) - then save em and pass em on.... Deano - nice to see you!! You ok mate?