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    Best bang-for-buck CPU for X-Plane 11

    Hi everyone, I'm (re-)looking to spec and price a new Windows PC solely to play X-Plane 11 on. I did embark on a project a couple of years ago to do a similar thing but that never happened due to costs involved.

    The X-Plane site states the following CPU that's recommended for X-Plane 11:

    • CPU: Intel Core i5 6600K at 3.5 ghz or faster


    A quick look on Scan and a this CPU would cost about £216. Is there better value out there that will give me more performance for the same or lower cost?

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    Re: Best bang-for-buck CPU for X-Plane 11

    Right now the Ryzen 1600 is the one to beat for £200 generally but a lot of games are limited to 2-4 cores and the i5 models come out ahead as they're faster per core.

    The 6000 series have been tweak slightly to create the 7000 series so you'd probably go for a 7600k if the prices are the same but there's nothing substantially faster available for that workload for any price.

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    Re: Best bang-for-buck CPU for X-Plane 11

    Yes indeed, I've priced up an i5 7600K as there doesn't seem to be a lot better for general gaming at that £200 price point.

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