How to build your own home flight simulator

How To Build Your Own Home Flight Simulator

To most people, desktop flight simulators are nothing more than a computer and a monitor. They are however, much more than that. On top of all that computing power are plenty pf peripherals, checklists, programs, etc. in order to accurately simulate flight. Because of the amount different of things that go into building a flight sim, newbies tend to get lost in the sauce. That being said, I am here to help. The following is a list of everything you’ll need to build an amazing home sim! If you’ve been wondering how to build your own home flight simulator, stay tuned! I have everything you need to know.

 

Computer

The computer is undoubtedly the backbone and the brains of any home flight simulator. Without it, you’d just have a chair and desk! That being said, the PC also tends to be the largest investment so you want to be sure you make the right choice. But where do you even start? There are really two directions you can go when it comes to acquiring a PC. You can either build your computer or buy it pre-built. The topic of building a computer is very in depth and deserves a post of its own. Fortunately, I’ve already written an article on it! You can find it here. If however you’re wanting to go the easier route, you can purchase a pre-built computer! I actually recommend this for beginners as all it takes is plugging it in and turning it on! If you’re more budget minded in regards to your build, I would highly recommend taking a look at the HP Pavilion gaming PC. it’s a minimal build and isn’t too flashy but it will definitely get the job done! You can find it below!

If money isn’t an issue, the number one pre-built PC i can recommend is the OMEN 30L! It’s arguably one of the most powerful computers on the market and will have no trouble running any flight simulator you throw at it. It looks quite nice as well! You can also find this one below!

 

Monitor

Piggybacking on the topic of computers, you’re going to need a monitor to see what you’re doing! If you’re wanting very high fps, one thing to keep in mind is that you’ll need to make sure your monitor can keep up with your PC. Another important thing to note (especially for flight simulation) is the width of the monitor. Having a wider monitor will give you a much wider field of view, keeping your hands off the mouse and keyboard! While this isn’t mandatory by any means, it will definitely make things easier for you. Like before, I’ll list both a budget option and a performance option!

For the budget monitor, I have to recommend the VIOTEK GNV29CB. With 120hz and being an ultrawide monitor, the GNV is a steal! You can pick one up and learn more about it via the link below!

In regards to a high performance monitor, your best bet is undoubtedly the LG 34GL750-B. The 34GL has a perfect balance being wide, but not too wide! What’s even more impressive is its 144hz refresh rate! With any high end PC, this LG monitor will serve you well. It can be found below!

 

Yoke and Throttle/HOTAS

Perhaps the most fun piece of hardware in a simulator is the control surface! For civilian simulators like X-Plane 11, you’ll want to get yourself a yoke and throttle quadrant. For military sims like DCS World, a HOTAS is going to be your best bet. Unfortunately like everything else, there are LOTS of different items to choose from. Luckily I’ve already written an article for both yokes and HOTAS systems! the yoke article can be found here and the HOTAS article can be found here! In regards to yokes and HOTAS, there aren’t many ‘budget’ options that are worth your money. If you spend money on anything in this list, I highly recommend it be your control surface. A bad yoke or HOTAS will lead to LOTS of frustration in the future.

For yokes the best yoke in my opinion is the Honeycomb alpha. With plenty of mappable switches and superior build quality, it will last you a lifetime! You can find out more in the link below!

For HOTAS, the best stick is undoubtedly the Thrustmaster Warthog. In pretty much every arena, the Warthog is the king of all HOTAS systems. If you plan on playing DCS World or anything like it, the Warthog is your best bet. You can find it below!

 

Rudder Pedals

Oftentimes overlooked, rudder pedals are actually quite important for a realistic simulator! Not only is it important for ground movement,  but the rudder is also vital to many maneuvers. There aren’t much to rudder pedals other than their build quality but I will still list two of my favorites!

The best set of budget rudder pedals has to be the Logitech G Pro pedals! You can purchase them or find more info on them via the following link!

When it comes to the best rudder pedals overall, I without a doubt believe they are the Thrustmaster TPR pedals! What I really like about them is easy it is to mount to the floor or even a cockpit chair! They can be found be below!

 

Desk/Cockpit

I often don’t see people talking about this part of a simulator but I think it’s quite important! You have to mount all your hardware somewhere! The desk or cockpit is the skeleton of your simulator. You have two options when it comes to mounting. You can either mount everything on a traditional desk, or put everything on a faux cockpit! The cockpit is obviously going to be much more immersive and is (in my opinion) worth the money!

Any desk will do but corner style desks tend to be the best as they provide more space for mounting your hardware. The desk I’ve linked below is one I think that’s best for the money.

Now, when it come to choosing a cockpit it gets a little more tricky. You have to be mindful of what kind of setup you want beforehand. This is ultimately up to you but I have found a faux cockpit that I think meets the needs of most flight simulator builds. It provides mounting for everything from your pedals to you monitors to keep everything organized! Want to check it out? Find it below!

 

Conclusion

Ultimately, what you decide to put in your simulator is up to you! That’s the fun of it! The purpose of this article is to provide insight for those that don’t quite know where to start or even lead an experienced builder to a new product. Either way, I hope you all found this article helpful on how to build your own home flight simulator! If so, feel free to share and comment!

 

 

 

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