Originally Posted by adamr100
on the case it recomends an ati radeon 9600, is my ati radeon x550 lower than this
Your X550 is a little better than the 9600, but not by a whole lot. Within your budget, I'd go for an X700
. It's not a great card that will run future games at high (maybe not even medium) settings by any means, but it should get the job done for the games you listed. It's got twice the pixel shader pipelines, and it's memory clock's a little better than the X550's, so it'll be a little better, but I can't guarantee how much.
If you can budge just a hair, I'd grab an X1600PRO
. It's a much nicer card for the price you pay. Still not top-of-the line, but a good card nevertheless. It should
run Flight Simulator fine at medium, if not high, settings, without anti-aliasing, anisotropic filtering, etc. because it's only got 128MB of video memory. It's overall better than the 7300GS, the 7300GT, and the 7600GS. Though a 7600GT would really be good, I realize that it's way out of your budget, so I'm not going to say anything about it besides...if there's any way you can earn some extra money, I'd take advantage of it. But I don't know if it's really £35 better than the X1600PRO, though there's no question that it is indeed better, especially with eye-candy effects like AA and AF. I, personally, wouldn't pay that much for that small of a difference if I was on that budget, but that's just me.