An Introduction to Flight Simulation - Computer Hardware

Choosing the right components

In this section, we will outline the hardware items you’ll need to get started in flight simulation: the different components that make up a PC System, their specific functions and some suggestions with regard to the optimum and minimum specifications. While this is not specifically aimed at one particular simulator, we have commented about some requirements needed for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator (MFS).


The brain, (or heart if you will) of any PC system is the Central Processing Unit (CPU), which, as in our own body, is essential for us to function. Currently, there are two main manufacturers of CPUs: Advanced Memory Devices (AMD) and Intel. They both produce a range of processors tailored to different requirements and budgets.

Intel CPUs 

i5 – The i5 series is now the lowest CPU capable of running MFS with acceptable frame rates.

i7 The i7 is available in a number of configurations and speeds, ranging from the i7-2700 series through to the 10th generation 10700 series.

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