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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises. From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions.
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Microsoft Flight Simulator 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 31st Oct 2020

Here we will create the best priced PC build to run Microsoft Flight Simulator, where it will meet the demands that a game like this will put on a custom PC. Our view is to answer the question, what PC should I buy that can play Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 really well, and for the best possible price today? With the PC build brief being to maintain a stable and reliable FPS on the best graphics possible, returning the visuals upon a 1080p monitor screen. These prices are are checked multiple times each day and we update the build if other hardware is better value for money, while still meeting our gaming hardware standards.

Before getting this build together we need to consider a few background characteristics about the game we are building this PC for. Microsoft Flight Simulator falls into the Sim genre category groupings and would have been finished being developed during 2020 on hardware released around that period of time which may be a factor when we choose the type of hardware as it would need to be comparable in performance to hardware available from around this time. The game is not in our top demanding games lists. While these facts help us put together the best PC for the game we will still be selecting components based on the latest prices for the chosen peripherals and hardware for our build. Choosing today’s best priced items to give us an ideal PC build today for the game.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$304.99
Graphics Card
$435.61
Memory
Silicon Power 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 RAM 2400MHz
$104.99
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4
$53.99
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$59.36
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
Redragon K552
$34.99
Mouse
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
$18.89
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$47.23
Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Build Total Price $1,634.96
Rig
9.9
Score
Future 3 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $1.90, was previously $1,633.06.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Build

When putting this sort of PC together we want great value for money but a machine that can deliver solid FPS on Microsoft Flight Simulator at 1080p ultra graphics. We have selected the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Zotac Gaming AMP Extreme 8GB today as a well placed option. The price for this card today is $435.61 which really helped mark it as a good fit.Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 22nd Dec 2019, which had it priced at $426.41. Watching this card over the past 2 weeks we have seen its price drop by $159.23, further supporting our selection in this hardware.

We were looking to get a video card with at least 8GB of VRAM available onboard it, which acts an image data buffer between our video card and CPU. The GeForce RTX 2070 Super Zotac Gaming AMP Extreme 8GB has 8GB, which is suitable at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Microsoft Flight Simulator 1080p Motherboard and CPU

GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard is today’s best buy mobo, that also provides us with the Socket AM4 cpu socket type. Which is ideal for the best performance to price processor we have seen for our build, the Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz. This processor is currently priced at a competitive $304.99 and really works well with the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Zotac Gaming AMP Extreme 8GB. You can get this processor for $89, which we saw it at that price on 7th Jul 2020. This is the lowest we have seen it at while watching processor prices.

Looking at motherboard prices and features the competitively priced $53.99 GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 certainly takes a well-deserved place in our build. This motherboard was priced at $53.99, which we saw on 25th Jun 2020. While monitoring prices this is the lowest we have seen it at.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Microsoft Flight Simulator At The Right Price

To make sure we meet the Microsoft Flight Simulator system requirements and to help us achieve the required FPS for Ultra at 1080p we have chosen the Silicon Power 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 RAM 2400MHz, which is todays best priced system memory. It is priced at $104.99 and compliments the CPU and GPU nicely. We looked through our records and saw that the RAM prices on 13th Jan 2020, represented a low price point $99.99. Which gives us an indication of how things sit today with the RAM price

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Microsoft Flight Simulator

Now on to the frame rates for our Microsoft Flight Simulator running on GeForce RTX 2070 Super Zotac Gaming AMP Extreme 8GB at 1080p. We should see an average of 45 FPS on High settings or you could push up the quality to Ultra, which would get us 32 FPS.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Zotac Gaming AMP Extreme 8GB

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Having the option of larger screen resolutions in the future is a handy thing to consider. This gaming PC setup, running Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 at 1440p would be pulling in about 38 FPS at High. We would expect that to drop again to 27 if you were playing it at 1440p Ultra.

How this build performs for other popular games

To get a more general understanding of how our PC build for Microsoft Flight Simulator performs we can look in to how it copes with some of the more popular games of today at 1080p. To begin we see that FIFA 21 is expected to achieve 200+FPS on Ultra and 200+FPS on High graphics settings. Next up looking at Mafia: Definitive Edition we would find 60FPS on Ultra raising to 83FPS at High. For our last comparison, Cyberpunk 2077, we would likely achieve 86 FPS on Ultra and 120 FPS on High graphics settings.

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An Alternative Microsoft Flight Simulator Graphics Card Option for 1080p

While we have suggested a Nvidia graphics card for this build you can also consider putting in a AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB, which is similar, with a 5% worse performance difference, but provides another reasonable alternative graphics option. It is currently priced at $379.99.