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Graphics Cards for P3D v3

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I'm looking at buying a new graphics card in the next few months. I've read people using the 980 ti's 980 titan X's which are pretty pricey graphics cards. At this point in time I don't want to break the bank to get a graphics card.

My current specs:

Nvidia GTX 650 ti
 

DIYPC Skyline-07-G Black/Green SECC ATX Full Tower Gaming USB 3.0 Computer Case w/ 7 x 120mm Green fans

 

ASUS Z97-E/USB3.1 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
 

CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 120mm Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler – Intel Only

 

Rosewill ARC-650, ARC Series 650W Power Supply, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified, Single +12V Rail, Intel 4th Gen CPU Ready, SLI

 

Intel Core i7-4790K Devil’s Canyon Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I74790K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600

 

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM

Does anyone recommend a good enough graphics card for my system that will help me get by at least until I can do something like say the titan x's? I was thinking of maybe getting another 650 ti so I would have two of them in my system but per my online research, I shouldn't do that.

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If you're on budget, the best cost x benefit is GTX 970 from MSI.

 

It's a good GPU with 4Gb of Ram, and you'll be able to run most of the latest games with full specs (not in 4k res) and will be able to use DSR in some of them.

 

I personally have a Titan X and it's totally overkill for P3D v3 or XP10 (I can run it maxed out and up to 60fps)

 

Check this topic http://www.pcgamer.com/the-best-graphics-cards/

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what is your budget?

Not more than $500

 

If you're on budget, the best cost x benefit is GTX 970 from MSI.

 

It's a good GPU with 4Gb of Ram, and you'll be able to run most of the latest games with full specs (not in 4k res) and will be able to use DSR in some of them.

 

I personally have a Titan X and it's totally overkill for P3D v3 or XP10 (I can run it maxed out and up to 60fps)

 

Check this topic http://www.pcgamer.com/the-best-graphics-cards/

Titan X might help out well with triple monitor configurations unless I should be using triplehead2go for a setup such as that?

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Hi leefree,

 

A msi gtx970 might be great for you. I have one myself and I'm reallly pleased with it. I run it at 3440*1440 or 20 or 30 % lower using custom resolution in nvidia settings. Things get a bit more blurry but that is only noticeable when reading Word documents or pdf files. In a game,sorry simulator.. Like p3d and x-plane only the menu texts get slightly blurry, the constantly changing pixels appear the same.

I use the 970gtx together with a 2600k running at 4.4 Ghz. For x-plane I have 32 Gb installed but for P3d 8 or 16 Gb is perfectly fine. I picked up the card for 340 euro's in the Netherlands. It never struggles to get 30 fps even with high resolutions. I must note that I fly in fair weather and in GA aircraft only.

Good luck with your choice!

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As mentioned above, the best bang for the buck is the GTX970 (which can be overclocked to 980 levels).

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Yeah I've been looking at prices online for the 970. Pretty good pricing for a card like that. Definitely want to get this card. Thanks for the help, guys :)

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970 is your best bet as everyone has said before. I had it, its a good card for 1080p gaming, SGSS will kill it in P3D though (even 2X) in dense clouds. 

Cheers!

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I was just wondering the same. Was going with SLi 970s or wait for Pascal this spring/summer. My issue is if the CPU will bottleneck. Have an i5 3570k @ 4.1Ghz and 24Gb RAM. Not looking to upgrade mother board and everything else.

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I was just wondering the same. Was going with SLi 970s or wait for Pascal this spring/summer. My issue is if the CPU will bottleneck. Have an i5 3570k @ 4.1Ghz and 24Gb RAM. Not looking to upgrade mother board and everything else.

 

It won't bottleneck for sure. By the way thats an odd number for RAM lol.

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It won't bottleneck for sure. By the way thats an odd number for RAM lol.

 

Lol yea. I had 8Gb when I built it and got 16Gb later and just kept the 8Gb in.

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Lol yea. I had 8Gb when I built it and got 16Gb later and just kept the 8Gb in.

I see. Unless you do video editing or the sorts I don't think you will need that extra 8gb anytime soon.

 

Besides you will probably see a performance boost by removing it and going back to dual channel ddr.

 

Edit : Oh and btw you might get memory errors and such by mixing RAM kits.

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970 card seems to be the best bang for my buck. I also posted this same question on a CGI animation forum and they said that this card would also be good for 3D animation and editing although alot of them recommended the Titan X lol. But at least with this card, I can kill two birds with one stone so to speak lol

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Is flight simming the only kind of "game" you are using your PC for? When not then also the ATI R9 390 is also worth considering.

This GPU is in the same price range like the GTX970 but more powerful in the majority of other video games especially in 2k or 4k.

It also does have 8GB of VRAM instead of 3.5GB (+ slow 0.5GB) VRAM.

I also saw a test that this GPU is as powerful like the 980ti when running in DirectX 12 (at least testing in Hitman, which is the only game available with DX12).

 

I am using this one in my rig and I am quite happy with it. Unfortunately I don't have a direct comparison with a GTX970 in P3D, so i don't know how much better P3D would run with it.

 

But I can run P3D with high moderate settings above 30FPS (unlimited) with 5 layers ASN clouds (Rex texture), PMDG 737, 60 WoAI Planes. 

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If Titan X is out of your budget  I would go with 980TI and no less - tons of bang for the buck  :wink:

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I have been running the 970 since it is on the market and while I agree that it is a fine card, even at 4K, there is the issue that the last 0.5 GB are not connected to the high speed bus. Take a scenery like ORBX SoCal, fly over KLAS or KSAN and have a look at the memory that is used. With scenery and autogen at dense or normal the usage is between 3.2 and 3.4 GB (no clouds). Throw in some bad weather and you can imagine what happens. I would most likely not settle for a 4 GB card anymore and certainly not for a 3.5 GB card. 980ti would be my choice today. 

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If you're on budget, the best cost x benefit is GTX 970 from MSI.

 

It's a good GPU with 4Gb of Ram, and you'll be able to run most of the latest games with full specs (not in 4k res) and will be able to use DSR in some of them.

 

I personally have a Titan X and it's totally overkill for P3D v3 or XP10 (I can run it maxed out and up to 60fps)

 

Check this topic http://www.pcgamer.com/the-best-graphics-cards/

It's not overkill if you use monitors higher tan 1080p...

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Having a fast video card is never over kill - flightsim will use all of it one way or the other been like that forever - also worth mentioning is each newer card has never been an earth shattering difference - the cure for that would be a solid sim platform from the ground up 

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Is flight simming the only kind of "game" you are using your PC for? When not then also the ATI R9 390 is also worth considering.

This GPU is in the same price range like the GTX970 but more powerful in the majority of other video games especially in 2k or 4k.

It also does have 8GB of VRAM instead of 3.5GB (+ slow 0.5GB) VRAM.

I also saw a test that this GPU is as powerful like the 980ti when running in DirectX 12 (at least testing in Hitman, which is the only game available with DX12).

 

I am using this one in my rig and I am quite happy with it. Unfortunately I don't have a direct comparison with a GTX970 in P3D, so i don't know how much better P3D would run with it.

 

But I can run P3D with high moderate settings above 30FPS (unlimited) with 5 layers ASN clouds (Rex texture), PMDG 737, 60 WoAI Planes. 

I play other games too but I wanting to gear my PC towards flight simming. Is that ATI R9 compatible with intel based PC's?

 

If Titan X is out of your budget  I would go with 980TI and no less - tons of bang for the buck  :wink:

Yeah the 980ti is even out of my price range. I may be able to get away using the 970 for right now. I just need something that's better than the 650ti but won't break the bank because I do have other purchases for my flight simulator that I need to make :)

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I play other games too but I wanting to gear my PC towards flight simming. Is that ATI R9 compatible with intel based PC's?

 

It doesn't matter which CPU you are using for your GPU. My system runs with an i5 6500k for example.

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I play other games too but I wanting to gear my PC towards flight simming. Is that ATI R9 compatible with intel based PC's?

 

Yeah the 980ti is even out of my price range. I may be able to get away using the 970 for right now. I just need something that's better than the 650ti but won't break the bank because I do have other purchases for my flight simulator that I need to make :)

 

Good luck with your choice  :wink:

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Save your pennies and wait to get a pascal.

 

Done!

 

I upgrade every 5 years but get something quite powerful enough for that period of time.

 

It's a waste of money to upgrade every year for minimal increase in peerformance.

 

Cheers

Mike

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Yes the best thing to do would to be wait for pascal. They're due pretty soon.

 

980ti is no doubt the best card for gaming at this moment but it's out of the budget for many.

 

In terms of best bang for buck right now it's still the 970 or R9390 for AMD. But I personally would stick with Nvidia for the time being.

 

My 970 never goes anywhere near the 3.5gb mark at maxed out settings at 1200p.

 

If you can wait then just wait for the pascal equivalent of the 970 (1070?). I'm sure it won't disappoint.

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Yes the best thing to do would to be wait for pascal. They're due pretty soon.

 

980ti is no doubt the best card for gaming at this moment but it's out of the budget for many.

 

In terms of best bang for buck right now it's still the 970 or R9390 for AMD. But I personally would stick with Nvidia for the time being.

 

My 970 never goes anywhere near the 3.5gb mark at maxed out settings at 1200p.

 

If you can wait then just wait for the pascal equivalent of the 970 (1070?). I'm sure it won't disappoint.

Its been a long time since I've used a ATI card. I like the fact that its 8 gb and the price is good. Gotta check though if this will also be good for 4K video editing, compositing and 3D animation. As far as I was told on the CGI message boards, they recommended Nvidia 970 on up. lol at this point, I should just build a separate rig for flight simulator.

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Titan X is overkill for most of games today, period. I bought it as an investment to don't change GPU for the next 2-3 years, and I was using a GTX 680 for the past 3 years and running everything smoothly.

 

With $500 you can find very good second hand 980 or 980Ti (you will have at most 5fps less than Titan X) and some points it get even.

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