Microsoft Flight Simulator is a big hit for simulator games. The title uses real-world data streamed from the cloud to create one of the most realistic world environments available in gaming. While you don't need a beefy RTX 3090 GPU to play it, having quite the capable gaming rig will make this game more immersive, which is where these pre-built desktop PCs come into play. Here are our top choices for the best pre-built computer for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
High-end gaming PC
The OMEN 30L is a serious gaming machine. The most affordable model comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, AMD RX 5500 GPU, and 8GB of RAM. Alternatively, the highest spec features a Ryzen 9, NVIDIA RTX 3090, and 64GB of RAM, depending on the graphical settings you're planning for Flight Sim.
A laptop pre-built, ready to go anywhere you wish. The Razer Blade 15 is slim, packed with powerful gaming hardware and excellent display options. This model comes with an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, NVIDIA RTX 3060 GPU, and 16GB of RAM, but it's customizable.
Budget gaming PC
There's no GPU inside this gaming PC, but the excellent AMD Ryzen 7 5700G processor has fantastic integrated graphics processing. The Q-Box can run Flight Simulator and other top PC games without issue, helped by 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 500GB SSD, and an AIO liquid cooler.
Reach the skies
This Shiva gaming PC from Skytech has it all for a good value build. Inside, you'll find an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor, which is still more than current, NVIDIA RTX 3070 GPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB SSD. These specs are great for Microsoft Flight Simulator and other PC games.
Packing an AMD Ryzen 5 5600G at 3.9GHz with 16GB DDR4 RAM at 3000MHz, this mid-range PC also features a decent AMD Radeon RX 6600 as its GPU. Incredible value for an easy start with Flight Simulator.
MSI offers an alternative for a mid-range Flight Sim pre-build with the Aegis ZS. An AMD Ryzen 5 5600X CPU pairs with 16GB of DDR4 RAM at 3200MHz, and a Radeon RX 6700 XT handles the graphics. The 500GB SSD could fill up fast with DLC, so consider upgrading to a bigger SSD.
Choosing a PC for Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator is an ambitious game. Still, it doesn't have seriously high system requirements for playing on anything but the best gaming desktop PC. All you need is an AMD Ryzen 3 1200 or Intel i5-4460 CPU, Radeon RX 570 or NVIDIA GTX 700 GPU, and 8GB of RAM. All of our recommended PCs in this collection meet these requirements.
If we were to offer a single recommendation, we'd go with the CyberPowerPC Gamer Master 7500. Not only does it look sleek, but it's also got everything packed inside that you'll need, including an RX 6600 GPU and Ryzen 5 5600G processor at an affordable price. It's possible to even upgrade the PC at a later date with a more capable Ryzen and NVIDIA GPU if you want to play some more demanding games with RTX features like DLSS.
The Skytech Shiva has enough to handle the game without destroying your bank balance. It's also entirely made from standard parts, allowing you to swap, sell, and upgrade parts as desired.
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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