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      01-16-2021, 04:04 PM   #1
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New sim rig: opinions please

Let me start by saying I have a bad habit of going into things all in, so I am trying not to do that on sim racing since I don't really know how much I'll like it. Rather than spend the $6k on a setup that I would want, maybe I spend half or less on a base I can upgrade over time, if I like it. This should also put focus more on quality controls which should have good resale if I bail on it.

Was thinking of basing it on a PS4/5 for now as that cuts $1800 of PC cost and I don't already own one. Just a PS4.

Cockpit would be Next Level F-gt ($500) plus a $150 monitor stand. A Fanatec setup based on CSL V2.5 with shifter, inverted pedals and BMW GT wheel. That would be about $1700 in controls. Finally, a good monitor for about $250.

So all in on this should be about $3300. Does this make sense or anyone offer up suggestions? Obviously playing PS4 games won't be anything like PC based, so that is a concern too.
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Upgrade the seat to a Trak Racer and that is a great kit.
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PS4 doesn't contain any of the hardcore sim racers like iRacing, Rfactor etc.

I might get burned for this but I would go with a Logitech or thrustmaster wheel/pedal kit for $3-500 and decide if you actually like it before you go deeper with Fanatec gear. Logitech and Thrustmaster are better known to the general public and when you are ready to upgrade you can easily get more of that money back. I got a Logitech G wheel/pedals for around $230 brand new at a sale and sold it for $200 when I got my thrustmaster setup

I would take the savings from the wheel and invest in a PC. RTX3070 equipped ready made systems are available for $12-1400
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I agree with Turbo. You can be fast and have a good experience with even an old Logitech G27 or G29 wheels and pedals. Yes, the belt driven or direct drive and load cell stuff is better, but its not so huge you can't be competitive and have a great time.
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Let me start by saying I have a bad habit of going into things all in, so I am trying not to do that on sim racing since I don't really know how much I'll like it. Rather than spend the $6k on a setup that I would want, maybe I spend half or less on a base I can upgrade over time, if I like it. This should also put focus more on quality controls which should have good resale if I bail on it.

Was thinking of basing it on a PS4/5 for now as that cuts $1800 of PC cost and I don't already own one. Just a PS4.

Cockpit would be Next Level F-gt ($500) plus a $150 monitor stand. A Fanatec setup based on CSL V2.5 with shifter, inverted pedals and BMW GT wheel. That would be about $1700 in controls. Finally, a good monitor for about $250.

So all in on this should be about $3300. Does this make sense or anyone offer up suggestions? Obviously playing PS4 games won't be anything like PC based, so that is a concern too.
That's the same seat and stand I'm going with, along with the CSL elite F1 set with loadcell brake. I'm using an RTX3080 PC to drive a samsung 49" curved monitor.
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That's the same seat and stand I'm going with, along with the CSL elite F1 set with loadcell brake. I'm using an RTX3080 PC to drive a samsung 49" curved monitor.
Curious about your choice of a single large monitor over multiple. Wouldn't multiple smaller monitors give a greater field of view?
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Curious about your choice of a single large monitor over multiple. Wouldn't multiple smaller monitors give a greater field of view?
It will, but some people don't have room for a triple-monitor setup.

Trip 27s or 32s take up a LOT of space.
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once you go vr its hard to go back. i just use my monitor to get the game fired up and in vr
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Curious about your choice of a single large monitor over multiple. Wouldn't multiple smaller monitors give a greater field of view?
What the other person said. Simply don't want to mess with all of that.
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once you go vr its hard to go back. i just use my monitor to get the game fired up and in vr
How did it take you to not feel motion sickness, assuming you did.
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once you go vr its hard to go back. i just use my monitor to get the game fired up and in vr
That is something I'm going to look at in the future. Not to hijack OP's thread, but any recommendations?
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How did it take you to not feel motion sickness, assuming you did.
I don't get motion sickness normally so driving was fine. I can only be in VR for about an hour though before heat (sweat, i wear a head sock) and just eye strain starts to kick in.

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That is something I'm going to look at in the future. Not to hijack OP's thread, but any recommendations?
Best right now in my opinion is the Oculus Quest 2. Get the link cable and use that. If you don't know about it the Quest 2 is a stand alone VR headset meant to be used to play more "mobile" sized VR games but there is a beta program to connect it to PC and use it for full VR games.

I started with the original oculus rift (retail version) and the resolution wasn't as good and it had a feel like looking through a very light screen door. It also had external camera you had to use which added another wire along with the wheel/pedal/shifter etc to deal with.
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Having a PC is a must if you want to race for real. Solid softwares like iRacing don't run on consoles. They need more "Kraft" and with that, they are way more sophisticated than forza.

Not to sling mud on arcade/console style games it's just a different kind of entertainment.

Need for speed/GT/forza is something you can enjoy while having a couple of beers and hang out. IRacing is a whole different ball game. That's a race for which you practice hours to shave off the last 1/10th of a second, and you get a good night's rest and and espresso before the race so you perform to the best of your abilities.
To each their own.
I personally love iRacing and it provides endless entertainment in addition to improving your skills.
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