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What diff types of systems ie: PC laptop ect..... are you guys using for iRacing or other sims?

 

On iRacings site they give you minimum requierments dual core cpu +++ nividia 8800 +++. If you have the min req and the guy racing beside you has the best graphics card and an intel i7 cpu / quad core ect...... will he have a competitve advantage over you?, kinda like real racing the best setup, best equip, best prepared team, against a shoe string budget used equipment. ????

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Grintch

As long as you connection is good and your frame rate is steady, a faster machine is probably not mcuh of an advanatge. A better wheel & pedals would probably make more difference.

 

I started with a Core 2 Duo and an ATI 4870, now have a i7 and a 5850 with 3 22" monitors.

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formula87

Thanks.

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Simon Tibbett

If you're looking for a PC I have one that I bought as a basis to mod for iRacing, it has a dual core AMD processor, 80GB hard drive, DVD drive, currently only 1GB of ram, NVIDIA chip set, throw some more ram in it and a video card and it will run iRacing just fine, I ran the same setup a while back with a 512mb video card and 3gb of ram. Asking $150 obo.

 

Comes with a clean copy of XP installed, discs included. (It's a Vista computer but I prefer XP)

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08Bullitt0572

I have an Intel Q9300 2.5 GHz with 4 GB RAM and a Nvidia 9800GTX+ video card with 512 MB RAM (a few years old so a bit slower than what is out today), and it works just fine with the video quality turned to max. I am also connected to my DSL router via wired ethernet dual gigabit LAN. I use a Logitech G27 steering wheel set. If you have a machine that is a few years old the best bang for your buck is to upgrade your video card and add some system RAM.

 

A good high-speed broadband connection is key. If you are on wi-fi, try to connect your computer directly via ethernet LAN to a router if you can since a weak wi-fi signal will cause a bottleneck. These are the most important things for good performance. If you ever see a car that sporatically disappears and reappears on track that means their frame rate is slow, and usually the system kicks them off. A faster rig will not have a competitive advantage other than uninterrupted and smooth play.

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boaisy

I started off on the following:

 

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400

EVGA 790i Ultra

EVGA 275 GTX

8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 G.Skill

640 GB Western Digital Black

 

It was able to run "high" settings, not "ultra," but did its job for the years I had it. I was about to upgrade it to a quad and upgrade the GPU before the motherboard died.

 

I then upgraded to this:

 

Intel Core i7 4770k

MSI GD65-Z87

EVGA 570 HD Superclocked

16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 G.Skill

256 GB Samsung 840 Pro (has Windows and iRacing installed on it)

1 TB Western Digital Velociraptor (for everything else)

 

This system will beat the crap out of iRacing, with the only limiting factor being the video card. On both systems I've been using the ASUS PB278Q monitor.

 

At one point, I even pulled out my old Pentium 4 system with a 6800 GS AGP card, and 2 GB of DDR 800 MHz. That was able to "run" iRacing, but everything had to be set as low as possible (except the resolution). At the time that I had to fall back on the P4, I was running a Samsung T220 Monitor.

 

iRacing is more CPU intensive until they update it with the DX11 engine in the next couple of builds. Then it will hopefully start using the GPUs more efficiently.

 

NOTE: I do not overclock any of my systems. Only parts that were overclocked were made that way from the factory.

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bmwjoon

My only tip is if you are just going to iRace, then don't spend crazy money on your PC. I have a pretty powerful computer and video card and it's way overkill. If you're going to play a game like Pcars, then that's a totally different story.

 

The main thing about any sim racing is the wheel and pedals. Good wheels will give you good feedback which is basically the only way you can feel oversteer. The G27 is good, I use Thrustmaster which I think is better. Fanatec is another brand name that gets used a lot.

 

Pedals are also important. Again the G27 and TM use a pot for the brakes while the fanatec has a load cell. Actually the fanatec has a nice clutch too. Positional braking vs. load cells gets talked about a lot too but personally speaking the load cell is better. There are load cell mods for both the G27 and the TM available.

 

Great luck and JOIN OUR LEAGUE !!!

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