Pretty much any setup is possible these days so I would say yes to your monitor question, however there are several people on this list more versed in monitor setup than me so I will let them give you a more detailed response.
First things first. To find FPS in flight sim (any version post 2000) just press SHIFT and Z at the same time, first it brings up your location, speed, heading etc, press it again and it brings up your FPS for you, press it again it brings up both, once more and they both go away.
A few years ago the main question about specification would be about price, however these days a decent computer is really quite cheap, For example you can get one of the latest dual core machines with a very good graphics card, ample RAM and Hard Drive space for a little bit over £350, which is a bit of a bargain considering that FSX is £60 (well perhaps not any more) and many add ons are quite expensive.
An example of a decent package is the one on the right here: http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/pcrange.html?ISY
No need to spend £1000s any more on a good PC.....which is good!
The possibilities are endless these days, best thing to do is just set yourself a budget and shop around, ask friends and people here about what they have heard of for that price and go for the best spec available for that ££££.
Or that'd be my suggestion anyway!
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