Having run x-plane for 2 years, I am building my second computer dedicated to x-plane (meaning it will only be used as a flight simulator for x-plane - nothing else). I do not use any computer games I will be purchasing an i9-7940X CPU (14 cores), an X299 motherboard and 64gb of 3600mhz RAM. My current simulator runs a GTX 1080 ti graphics card running three 2560 x 1600 Dell U3014 monitors.
Having spent many hours of research, I am confused by the term "gaming computer". As far as computer resources are concerned, is X-plane considered a "game"? Many forums seem to suggest that a far less capable CPU such as an i7-8700k (Passmark rating for i9 = 25,289 vs i7 = 16,262) might perform better. What am I missing??
When I called x-plane tech support a year ago, I was told "get the most cores you can", to achieve the highest fps (I think 14 cores fits that description).
I am obviously not looking to do this on the cheap. I have experienced 50+ fps in X-plane and the experience is vastly different than 25-30 fps Nothing I have read (many hours on x-plane.org etc.) seems to make it clear: what is the best solution to get the highest performance from x-plane 11 and beyond?.
I don't know where else to ask, I would pay someone for their time if I could get clarification. Any help I can get would be greatly appreciated.