The Computer

A flight simulator software product places demand on your system in two places: the CPU (your computer’s processor) and the GPU (the processor within your graphics cars). Each simulator software package uses system assets in different ways. Some are more CPU heavy, others are more GPU heavy. By building or purchasing a machine using the guidelines below, you’ll ensure that no matter the software you choose, your machine will be able to handle it. Word of encouragement: google and youtube make building your own gaming¬†computer incredibly easy. Purchasing individual components and assembling them yourself will allow you to save a great deal of money, plus it’s fun! If you don’t feel confident with this, though, companies like Newegg offer ready-made gaming rigs that meet the specifications outlined below. Take note, this is not an expensive shotgun approach to make sure you’re covered. This is the most cost effective combination of components to give you the best performance for the money that also runs any flight simulator product well:gamingpc

  • Case/Tower
    • Large with multiple fans is best. Technology evolves, and especially once you have a solid system running, you don’t want to have to start from scratch to upgrade. A large case makes installing and cooling new and more demanding components easier.
  • Power Supply
    • 600 W or better
  • Motherboard
    • ASUS has proven to be the most stable we’ve tested. Just ensure that it’s compatible with your other hardware using Newegg’s compatibility tool.
  • ¬†CPU
    • Intel i7 processor. Ensures the most processing power and compatibility with flight simulation software.
  • RAM
    • Minimum 8GB DDR4 or better
  • GPU
    • NVIDIA (AMD Not recommended for compatibility purposes)
      • GTX 970 or Better
  • Hard Drive
    • 500 GB Capacity to allow plenty of space for
      software and addons
  • Input Capability (USB)
    • 10 USB 3.0 ports (Keyboard, Mouse, Joystick, Throttle, Pedals, Head tracking / VR, Headset, additional peripherals)
  • Operating System
    • Windows 7 or newer. (64-bit)
    • A 64 bit operating system will not only allow you to take full advantage of system resources, such as RAM, but is also a requirement for some of the better sims on the market.

There are an infinite combinations of system setups. We highly recommend using the Newegg builder tool to construct a system that meets the minimum specifications listed above. However, there are also several ready-made rigs from manufacturers that cater specifically to gamers/flight simulation enthusiasts. If you’re looking for something that’s all set to go, the options below meet all the criteria above at a good price: