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Topic # 150032 9-Jul-2014 10:55
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Hi Guys,
 
Have been looking at getting into racing sims for awhile but finally decided to sell my console and get a decent gaming pc. Assetto Corsa and iracing look awesome so will probably start with them and maybe check out rfactor eventually.
 I'm currently in the process of building my gaming pc. Just wondering what setups you guys have?
 Currently all i have is an empty case and a g27 so looking at building from the ground up.
 I want to eventually get a z1 dash, triple monitor setup and maybe later on a Simraceway SRW-S1.
 
What graphics cards do you guys recommend? GTX670 is one I have been looking at? Would like eyefinity too.
 Will be getting a decent i5 (maybe i7)
 128gb ssd
 1tb hdd
 decent mb and psu
 8gb ram etc
 
Cheers!

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  Reply # 1084611 9-Jul-2014 11:06
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i just setup a couple of gaming pcs.  not for racing sims, more of a console replacement.

i went with GTX 750Ti, i5 4590, 8GB ram, 128gb ssd, 3tb in one machine, 4tb in another.    I went for a smaller case, console like setup, cos mini itx mb + elite 130 cases.   all up was around $1000 each. 

for the 3 monitor setup, have you considered the occulus rift or similar?  just looking at these, makes me think whoa expensive and limited functionality, compared to a rift which would probably be better (better immersion) and cheaper.   

am considering the G27 though, my son likes racing games, but hes 5 so might get a cheaper one off trademe around $150.



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  Reply # 1084616 9-Jul-2014 11:15
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That is pretty much what i am after too, i dont want to spend too much, around 1k. Did you buy new or second hand?

No i havent considered that, might look into it.

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  Reply # 1084618 9-Jul-2014 11:18
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I wonder if a larger SSD would be useful - 128GB means OS and a game or three can go on the SSD, but probably not much more. Is 8GB RAM enough? If you have games on the hard disk then more RAM means more of the disk contents in the cache.




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  Reply # 1084619 9-Jul-2014 11:19
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brand new.

just built up a list on pricespy, took my smartphone with me to pbtech tech, they priced matched the whole list.

heres mostly my list
http://pricespy.co.nz/list.php?l=133298&view=l

you could save money by 
- dropping the controller
- getting a cheaper case that comes with a PSU
- small HDD, 2TB is probably fine, i wouldnt bother with 1TB personally

need to add ram + gfx to that, which would be similar price once you dropped the mentioned

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  Reply # 1084623 9-Jul-2014 11:22
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timmmay: I wonder if a larger SSD would be useful - 128GB means OS and a game or three can go on the SSD, but probably not much more. Is 8GB RAM enough? If you have games on the hard disk then more RAM means more of the disk contents in the cache.


im running all the games i play at best gfx settings, 8GB is a lot, and can easily be upgraded in the future if needed.  

personally i only run the OS and a few programs on the SSD, all games/steam is on the HDD.  mine boots up in about 15-20seconds, a lot quicker than any console ive tried :D.  

i considered getting a 256gb ssd but the price was pretty much double the 128 so didnt think it was worth it.  could fairly easily upgrade that in the future but wouldnt until 1TB became cheaper (not badly priced from amazon, but still better to spend the extra money on a better gfx card IMO).



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  Reply # 1085610 9-Jul-2014 11:32
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Will have a look now, cheers.

I just got offered this for $870

i5 2500k
8GB ram
120GB SSD
1TB HDD
Z77 Motherboard
HD 7950 3gb
tj08-e case
DVD drive
600W 80 plus bronze black Sleeved PSU

Does that sound ok?

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  Reply # 1085613 9-Jul-2014 11:37
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yeah i'd get that for the gfx card nearly alone :)

searching for that gfx card on price spy is about $400 at the cheapest depending on version.

i5 2500k is good, a bit old but good for overclocking (i have one in another machine, but never overclocked it).

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  Reply # 1085630 9-Jul-2014 11:52
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Hey man,

I have just bought the G27 and LOVE IT!! 

I play GRID 2 with it and it hauls! 

My system is an i5 4670k @ 4ghz (watercooled with intel), 2x 120ssd in RAID 0, 8gb Ripjaw Ram, MSI R280x oc gaming, MSI Z87 G45 gaming

I get 120FPS in GRID 2 on Ultra running @ 1440p on an AOC 27" with a second monitor sitting next to it with monitoring and its not even close to maxing out and running very cool

I'm selling my motherboard shortly and my cooler master case if interested. Any driving game i would suggest i5 or above. The K versions allow overclocking better than others. The new release Intel are about to hit the stores. 

If eyeinfinity you'l need AMD. The 270x should do it (same as the 7870) or the 280x (rebranded 7970) should do it. Import off ebay mate, save yourself 2-300 bucks on the GPU alone.

I'v imported all my gear but the monitor and the wheel which i got super cheap anyway. No real warranty but with the manufacturer but go for good solid components and never be let down. EBAY insure all their products until your using them.

Mat

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  Reply # 1085640 9-Jul-2014 12:01
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Having a kickass PC helps, but the best thing you can do is make yourself a proper rig to sit in...

This cost me ~Stuff All



Although I spent a bit of money on getting a button addition laser cut for the G27...



I haven't used it for AGES but just this last week have dusted it all off to learn the Nurburgring as I'mm heading over there in a few weeks and have booked a track car to have a blat round the real thing! :-)

Cheers - N

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  Reply # 1085660 9-Jul-2014 12:14
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check out monontyu on youtube very cool



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  Reply # 1085662 9-Jul-2014 12:15
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Haha thats exactly the guy i want to base my setup on!



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  Reply # 1085668 9-Jul-2014 12:24
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Ok so this is what the guy is offering, does it sound like a good deal? Its only racing sims i will be playing initially one monitor then eventually 3 using eyefinity.

 

i5 2500k
8GB ram
120GB SSD
1TB HDD
Z77 Motherboard
HD 7950 3gb
tj08-e case
DVD drive
600W 80 plus bronze black Sleeved PSU

$870

Does that sound ok?

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  Reply # 1085670 9-Jul-2014 12:27
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personally i say yes.  the gfx card is good (I prefer nvidia, but that personal preference), the i5 is a little old (not that old, but a little), but about half what you would pay for a brand new build with that gfx card and similar specs.

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  Reply # 1085671 9-Jul-2014 12:29
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theitman: Ok so this is what the guy is offering, does it sound like a good deal? Its only racing sims i will be playing initially one monitor then eventually 3 using eyefinity. i5 2500k
8GB ram
120GB SSD
1TB HDD
Z77 Motherboard
HD 7950 3gb
tj08-e case
DVD drive
600W 80 plus bronze black Sleeved PSU

$870

Does that sound ok?


Offer him $700 



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