I think I got one of the last ones that Dell sold as the Intel processor is now 2 generations old. The Dell XPS 8930 Special Edition with an Intel i9-9900K overclocked to 4.7 GHz on all cores. Also 32 Gb RAM and an NVidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super with 8 Gb of VRAM (I considered an Alienware gaming rig with a Ryzen processor but it would have been much more expensive and required liquid cooling, which just seemed like something extra to break-even though in multi-core processing the Ryzen processor has about 50% more processing power than the i9-9900K, I figured that most of the heavy lifting both for machine learning and gaming was going to be done by the NVidia card, which would have been the same in both Dell machines). I got the machine for machine learning before I read about FS 2020 and then realized, having only a 512 Gb NVMe M.2 SSD system drive that I would be hurting as the basic download for FS is 150 Gb just to start with! (my 2 Tb 7200 rpm SATA drive would be too slow). So I had one free Gen 3 x4 PCIe slot, got a $16 NVMe to PCIe Yateng card on Amazon and put a 1 Tb Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 V-NAND SSD into that. The added SSD is faster than my system drive, even without using the Samsung NVMe driver-just the built-in Windows 10 NVMe driver!
My wife actually asked me (fearfully, I think): “Are you buying anything else to go with the flight simulator?!” It seemed frugal not to go too overboard so I dusted off what may be an original analog CH Flight Stick from the early '90’s that I used to play X-Wing back then. Its connector is a 15-pin serial plug so I bought a Rockport serial to USB game port adapter on Amazon for ~$25 that’s supposed to allow it to work on Windows 10. I’ll try my Xbox controller, too, and maybe sometime in early 2021, I’ll splurge on something better. I thought my PS2 Logitech Gran Turisimo auto steering wheel and pedals might at least give me a set of rudder pedals but, alas, Logitech says that equipment won’t work under anything Windows 8 and above!
26 million of the 175 million Windows devices that shipped in fiscal year 2020 (for Microsoft) were gaming PC’s, which gives some idea of how big high-end gaming is when you throw gaming consoles into the count, too. There must be a bunch of home-built rigs, too, that are not officially counted as game machines.