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    eb9's Avatar Junior Member
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    Hello All,

    Looking for some recommendations for a new video card (have Nvidia GeForce FX5200)

    Just bought the stand-alone version of PF and after reading the messages here figured out that I couldn't simply apply the latest patch by itself but had to use the intermediate ones too, so the forum has already proven to have knowledgable people here!

    I have a Nvida GeForce FX 5200 card 128MB which came with my Dell Dimension 4550 system. I have plenty of RAM (1.5g) and a 2.8GHz P4.

    I downloaded the latest drivers for the card from Nvidia, but the program still stutters (even during the start-up movie sequence) and sometimes locks up all together giving me the BSOD).

    From reading messages here it seems that the 5200 isn't a very highly regarded card, esp for use with this game.

    Can anyone recommend a different card? I am *not* a hardcore gamer, so cost is a factor, but if I am going to get something, I want to make sure it will work decently with PF and the aero/vista setup too. In fact I fire up MS FS (older version too) and StarCraft every once in a while, but that's about it. I would like to get into PF if I can make it playable with my setup.

    In the meantime, if anyone has some tweaks/settings that would let me play PF somewhat decently with my current setup (which really isn't that bad I think for a game of this vintage) I would be really grateful). I find it very frustrating that it is necessary to tweak games this much. I really just want it to work :-|

    Thanks!!

    EDIT: It's actually a Dell Dimension 4600 system, sorry. (The FX 5200 will go into a 4550 running Linux once the new card arrives for my Dimension 4600 box running XP)

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    Hi eb9,

    I am using the FX5700Le-td256 and I am very happy with it.

    The only other thing that may be of use, I have 2Gb of Ram, and a seperate sound card.

    This is by way of a suggestion, Have you done a antispyware clean and defrag?

    Cheer's

    Alex

    PS I am now running 1946 and I did not have to upgrade anything. In fact the new game (1946) seems to run a good deal smother than IL2fb+aep+PF+Patches...........A
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    eb9's Avatar Junior Member
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    Hiya,

    Yes, I have defragged (do it regularly) and also run spybot and ad-aware.

    I have Turtle Beach/Santa Cruz video card/game controller.

    I'll have to take a look at the card you mention. From the name another Nvidia card, but with twice the on-board RAM. I was starting to think that it was better to avoid Nvidia .. but like I said, I'm no expert on this type of hardware.

    eb9
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    I'm no expert on this type of hardware.
    Me niether. I had it recomended by my local PC store manager with a return guarantee.

    Hope all goes well.

    Alex
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    7900GT or GS, X1950Pro. Best bang for buck mid range cards.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

    Cheers!!
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    Hi,

    been reading hardware reviews, glad to get your post because several places seem to also recommend the GeForce 7600gs, so I think I will order it to replace my GeForce FX 5200 with it.

    EDIT: Just ordered it .. given my current system and its power supply, and the price, this seems like the perfect choice. Should get it sometime later this week .. can't wait.

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    studders can be cause by more then a low range card.i found the PCI Latency Tool v2.3 from http://www.guru3d.com/
    help with my studders GL<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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    Hi! I have GF 7900GT and the sim runs perfectly! (X2 4200+ as a processor) I beleive the card isn't that expensive anymore so I'd go for it. And after Christmas the prices are nearly always bound to drop so...

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    i have 2 7900 GTXs but i had 2 of the 512 7800GTXs so im guessing that since they are a year old, that you can get one at a fair price... but it all depends on what you want to spend on the card<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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    I have read reviews from several sites saying the Geforce 7600 GT is good choice for OpenGL games like this if you dont want spend too much money for the card. For example Gainward 7600 GT Bliss seems to overclock nicely and has fast memory in it. Available as PCI-E and AGP.

    But If I had the money, I would naturally go for the 8800 series on the other hand the upcoming ATI R600 seems to be 512-bit card with GDDR4 memory.. with huge price tag prolly
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