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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.
Microsoft Flight Simulator Optimum PC Build 1440p

Microsoft Flight Simulator 1440p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 14th Jan 2021

Our objective here is to enable us to explore what PC we could buy that can play Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, where we carefully find the right hardware components that can run Microsoft Flight Simulator and meet its gaming needs while also heavily factoring in today’s best hardware component prices. Making our build requirement, when speccing this computer, to find the sweetest price point for our hardware list that can deliver the best FPS with max graphics running, while running on 1440p screen res. As new gaming components are released for PC we will continue to review prices here each day and consider swapping in and out better components.

This title falls in the Sim genre category, which itself can influence the type of hardware we might consider for this build. Something we sometimes dont consider is that the game would be developed in 2020 and therefore on hardware from around that period of time. We can also assume that hardware from around that period would be part of the targeted hardware, in terms of performance, by the developers, as they provide graphical options for the hardware capabilities available. It is currently not on our list of most demanding games. Also it is falling outside of our most popular games list at the moment. With this info in hand to help guide our hardware build choices we will now select today’s best priced components that meet these game characteristics.

Best 1440p Price to Performance Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
Graphics Card
Silicon Power 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 RAM 2400MHz
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
Crucial MX500 SSD 500GB
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
AOC 22 inch 5ms
Redragon K552
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Build Total Price $4,409.87
Future 3 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $92.96, was previously $4,502.83.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1440p Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Build

Choosing the graphics card needs to be done correctly and as we are putting together a gamer PC build for Microsoft Flight Simulator at 1440p ultra graphics we want something with the best price today while returning the best performance for that price. This has led us to the Titan RTX, which has a good price at the moment, as its currently priced at $3200. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this graphics card was on 5th Oct 2020 and it was priced at $2386.35. And with that in mind the Titan RTX is a great match for Microsoft Flight Simulator at 1440p ultra. It will certainly help us get good FPS. we will highlight those FPS in more detail later in this article. Over the past couple of weeks this card has seen a price drop of $93, which lends us confidence in picking it as a good purchase for this game.

Our PC build has 24GB of onboard card memory to act as an image data store between the GPU and CPU. At this resolution the game will need at least 8GB of VRAM from our PC build. So with the selected Titan RTX we have met that graphical requirement.

Selecting The Right Microsoft Flight Simulator 1440p 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 $324.99 and really works well with the Titan RTX. 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.

The awesome GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 is highly competitive, priced at $54.99, which provides it a position today in this gamer build. Our motherboard price records put this mobo’s price on 25th Jun 2020 at $53.99.

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

This is part of the gamers 3 core hardware components. Our Microsoft Flight Simulator built PC will need a correct amount of RAM while being found for the best price today. We have found the Silicon Power 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 RAM 2400MHz to be well priced at $104.99 and will complement the Titan RTX and Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz selections of our build, helping us to achieve the desired FPS at 1440p ultra settings. The cheapest system memory price for Silicon Power 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 RAM 2400MHz was recorded as $99.99, and this was on 13th Jan 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1440p Ultra Settings on Microsoft Flight Simulator

With our key performance components in place we are expecting to see this setup running Microsoft Flight Simulator at around 93 average frames per second, on 1440p screen resolution. This should be achieved on ultra graphics settings. If you turn a few graphics options down we expect around 131 FPS at high graphics.

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PC Build Research Area

Microsoft Flight Simulator
Titan RTX

Other Popular Game 1440p Ultra Custom PC Builds

Upping the screen size to 4k for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 using this build would return 78 frames per second on High settings. This would drop further to 56 when turning up to Ultra graphics.

How this build performs for other popular games

While we have put a great PC build together for Microsoft Flight Simulator it’s important to understand how it handles some of the more popular games of today at 1440p. With this PC build we can expect that the popular game eFootball PES 2021 will get 156FPS on Ultra settings raising to 200+FPS on High. On the other hand we see that Grand Theft Auto VI returns 59FPS on Ultra and 82FPS when lowered to High. Lastly Hitman 3 may see 64 FPS running at Ultra, and 89 on High graphics settings.

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