What video card should i get?

By Glucagon
Oct 25, 2006
  1. hi, i have a 3 year old dell with a ATi Radeon X300se. I'm getting flight simulator X. And im worried about it lagging(i tried demo-it lagged)What video card would you guys think best for the game between 0-$150

    Additional info

    pentium 4 ht@3.2gigahertz

    1gig DDR2 memory

    Or do I have to upgrade memory or both?
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    What model dell is it, because ddr2 ram hasn't been arond for 3 years!!!!
  3. Glucagon

    Glucagon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    i think i made a mistake but it was made in 2003 i'm not that good with memory-- u guys have any idea what kind of memory i have-DEll 8400 made in 2003
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

  5. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Is the X300SE AGP or PCI-e?
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    From the look of the specs i found, i'd say its a pci-e!!!!
  7. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

  8. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

  9. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I'll second what vnf4ultra said. The 7600GT card is the best choice, and should work properly with your Dell PSU, because it is not a power hog.

    BTW, FSX will lag anyway, it's designed for Windows Vista. It runs on XP, but not too well. That's why I won't get it ;) Back to FS9 :)

    Regards :wave:
  11. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    That's actually not a bad system for a Dell. If the specs linked is the actual system, then you do indeed have an open PCI-Expressx16 slot, so you have a wide variety of 3d cards to choose from.

    I do have a little bit of bad news though- while the X300SE is a really, really low-end 3d card that most certainly needs upgrading... Flight Simulator-X really is a slow, stuttery mess on even the most upper-end systems I've been trying it on.

    You'll get definate improvements with an upgrade, but it'll still be a chore of configuring and re-configuring to get decent/acceptable performance from it.

    I'd truly recommend an X1800/X1900 or 7800/7900 series PCI-Express card for FS-X. While you'll still be limited to very, very low framerates- you really don't need super framerates for a flight sim. But going with a modern SM3.0 card will improve smoothness and framerate consistency (to the extent of your CPU, which will also be very taxed by FS-X). You'll want the smoothness so you can actually land a plane without belly-planting on the runway from stutter lol.
  12. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Well, my bad, I thought he was AGP :p
  13. Glucagon

    Glucagon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    yeah,ill get the 7600gt
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