Best Gaming PC Builds for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is a hit, and the game can even be taxing on PCs with the best graphics card, which is why we've put together a few build suggestions to get you on the right track. Whether you plan on building a new gaming PC from scratch or wish to upgrade an older desktop already in use, these PC builds surpass the requirements for Microsoft's expansive flight sim.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Minimum SpecRecommended SpecIdeal Spec
CPUAMD Ryzen 3 1200
Intel i5-4460
Ryzen 5 1500X
Intel i5-8400
AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 2700X
Intel i7-9800X
GPURadeon RX 570
Nvidia GTX 700
Radeon RX 590
Nvidia GTX 970
Radeon VII
Nvidia RTX 2080
VRAM2GB4GB8GB
RAM8GB16GB32GB
Storage150 GB150 GB150 GB (SSD)
Minimum OS versionWindows 10 Nov 2019 update (1909)Windows 10 Nov 2019 update (1909)Windows 10 Nov 2019 update (1909)

Entry-level Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 PC build (1080p)

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Header Cell - Column 0 ComponentPrice
CaseNZXT H510 (opens in new tab)$69 (opens in new tab)
CPUAMD Ryzen 3 3200G (opens in new tab)$100 (opens in new tab)
GPUMSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (opens in new tab)$270 (opens in new tab)
PSUEVGA 500W Bronze (opens in new tab)$50 (opens in new tab)
MotherboardASUS TUF Gaming B550 PLUS (opens in new tab)$170 (opens in new tab)
RAMCorsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (opens in new tab)$64 (opens in new tab)
SSDSamsung 970 EVO Plus 250GB (opens in new tab)$70 (opens in new tab)
HDDSeagate BarraCuda 2TB (opens in new tab)$55 (opens in new tab)
Row 8 - Cell 0 Total:$848

Mid-range Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 PC build (1440p)

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Header Cell - Column 0 ComponentPrice
CaseNZXT H510 (opens in new tab)$69 (opens in new tab)
CPUIntel Core i7-10700K (opens in new tab)$400 (opens in new tab)
GPUZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER MINI (opens in new tab)$420 (opens in new tab)
PSUEVGA 500W Bronze (opens in new tab)$50 (opens in new tab)
MotherboardGIGABYTE Z490 AORUS Ultra (opens in new tab)$300 (opens in new tab)
RAMCorsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (opens in new tab)$64 (opens in new tab)
SSDSamsung 970 EVO Plus 250GB (opens in new tab)$70 (opens in new tab)
SSDSabrent Rocket Q 1TB (opens in new tab)$111 (opens in new tab)
Row 8 - Cell 0 Total:$1,484

High-end Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 PC build (4K)

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Header Cell - Column 0 ComponentPrice
CaseNZXT H510 (opens in new tab)$69 (opens in new tab)
CPUAMD Ryzen 9 3900X (opens in new tab)$430 (opens in new tab)
GPUNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 (opens in new tab)$1,500 (opens in new tab)
PSUbe quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 1200W (opens in new tab)$399 (opens in new tab)
MotherboardASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming (opens in new tab)$297 (opens in new tab)
RAMCorsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (opens in new tab)$108 (opens in new tab)
SSDSamsung 970 EVO Plus 250GB (opens in new tab)$70 (opens in new tab)
SSDSabrent Rocket Q 1TB (opens in new tab)$111 (opens in new tab)
Row 8 - Cell 0 Total:$2,984

Choosing the right PC build for you

Putting together the right build for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 largely comes down to the GPU. Even with an NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER GPU, one of the best graphics cards available right now, you're going to struggle to play the game at 4K on maximum settings. It's possible, but you will notice some significant drops in the framerate. What we'd recommend for 4K is to wait for NVIDIA's RTX 30 series of GPUs and try out the RTX 3080.

If you don't mind turning down the settings a little and simply want to enjoy the game at maximum resolution on your brand new monitor, our high-end gaming PC build is the way to go. The RTX 3080 SUPER is an excellent GPU that will not only play Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 really well but also most other PC games available right now.

If you'd rather save a little and enjoy Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 at 1080p or 1440p, our other two recommended PC builds will be a good match for your needs and wallet.