Sadly, my nice new FS9/FSX PC, delivered 5 days ago, only lasted a few days before it broke down and had to go back to the manufacturer.
While this is very annoying (and not entirely unexpected: I am always unlucky with this kind of thing!), it does give me time to ask whether anybody running flight simulator in Windows 7 64-bit could advise me on a graphics card. I originally had a GTX 460 2GB, but this was giving me all sorts of issues (well documented, apparently) with Level-D and PMDG aircraft in particular, windows opening inaccessibly behind
the flight simulator screen and screens going black.
I have the opportunity to change the graphics card whilst the PC is being repaired, and I was thinking (vaguely as yet) of changing to a Radeon XFX HD 5850 1GB. Or possibly 5870. I'm not sure that it is quite such a high performing card, but will be more than good enough for FS9 and probably FSX too. And if it solved the problems I had in the simulator it would be well worth it.
Is anyone with either of theses cards (especially the Radeon HD 5***) able to comment? I marked this urgent because I have to let the PC people know within the next day or two. Any feedback meanwhile would be really appreciated.