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Coming 2020, Microsoft Flight Simulator 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.
Microsoft Flight Simulator Optimum PC Build

Microsoft Flight Simulator 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 18th Jan 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 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 $119.92
Graphics Card $383.08
OLOy 16GB (1x16GB) DDR4 2400MHz
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
Pioneer SSD 512GB
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
Redragon K552
Redragon M711 Cobra
HyperX Cloud Stinger
Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Build Total Price $1,042.78
Future 3 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $5.89, was previously $1,036.89.

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 Radeon RX 5700 XT MSI 8GB today as a well placed option. The price for this card today is $383.08 which really helped mark it as a good fit.For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the Radeon RX 5700 XT MSI 8GB is $366.42 on 9th Jan 2020. Over the last few weeks we have noticed it increase its price by $16.66, proving that additional savings can be found you will just need to shop around.

Selecting The Right Microsoft Flight Simulator 1080p Motherboard and CPU

We are choosing a well rounded and best priced motherboard (the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4), that can provide us with the cpu Socket AM4 socket type. This is so we can select the Ryzen 5 2600 that has the best price to performance position today, at $119.92. Looking through our data we can see the lowest price for this cpu was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it marked up at $114.99.This CPU and GPU provide the required Microsoft Flight Simulator experience while maintaining the best price point at this 1080p resolution.

With a price tag today of $54.99, the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard is certainly in good company, representing a feature rich, cost effective mobo for the Microsoft Flight Simulator PC. Bottom motherboard prices recorded for this mobo was when we saw it at $54.99, on 29th Nov 2019.

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

Researching the correct system memory for our build means we need it to meet Microsoft Flight Simulator requirements, with a view to running reliable FPS at Ultra settings leads us to OLOy 16GB (1x16GB) DDR4 2400MHz. Today it is one of the best priced RAM options at $49.99 and will certainly support the CPU and GPU well. Lowest RAM prices were recorded for this OLOy 16GB (1x16GB) DDR4 2400MHz when we saw it priced at $47.89, on 7th Jan 2020.

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

This PC build has been optimized to deliver around 61 FPS at Ultra settings for Microsoft Flight Simulator, while running on a 1080p screen size. While you might want to increase this to 85 FPS if you lower some of the graphics options inline with High graphics settings.

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PC Build Research Area

Microsoft Flight Simulator
Radeon RX 5700 XT MSI 8GB

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We expect Microsoft Flight Simulator would also run in higher screen resolutions but this would be 47 FPS average, at 1440p Ultra. We would see an improvement of frame rates if we tweaked the 1440p graphics options to be around the High preset graphics option, which would then return 65 FPS.

How this build performs for other popular games

Lets take a look to see how this Microsoft Flight Simulator PC build will run some other popular games today on 1080p. Need For Speed Heat will get 86 on Ultra and 120 FPS on High graphics settings with the Radeon RX 5700 XT MSI 8GB. Whereas on FIFA 20 we see a return of 200+ FPS on Ultra and 200+ FPS when lowered to High. Another popular game at the moment is Fortnite: Chapter 2, which is 176 FPS run at Ultra and 200+ on High.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Microsoft Flight Simulator

We opted for this higher quality gaming mouse, Redragon M711 Cobra, because it would cater to the Sim genre type that Microsoft Flight Simulator sits in. This is still the best priced mouse we had in our lists today, just a better quality peripheral than we might normally consider.

An Alternative Microsoft Flight Simulator Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Why not switch out the graphics card in this build and replace it with a similarly powerful card from Nvidia. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Asus Dual Advanced 8GB graphics card has a 3% worse performance variation compared to the currently chosen video card. As the best price point for an alternative manufacturer in this range it currently costs $379.99.