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      07-21-2020, 10:46 AM   #1
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Any regrets getting a sim rig?

Had a slow morning so I was perusing through the subforum and you guys got me interested.

I'm absolutely more of a console kind of a guy, and more casual when it comes to racing games, although I don't like the overly arcade ones. I generally prefer the Xbox for the non-racing games I play.

I'd be open to getting an entry level setup, but going with recommendations of everyone here and going with Fanatec.

My question is do people just leave all this in their basement collecting dust after purchasing everything? I know for me, I end up playing something like Forza for a while, then get bored of it and don't touch it. A lot of it has to do with the fact it's a console controller, but I'd hate to spend money on a steering wheel and then only use it a handful of time.
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      07-21-2020, 03:50 PM   #2
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To each their own and you won't truly know until you try. Will depend on how passionate you are about driving.

I use my sim rig at least once a week to race against my friends. It is a great way for us to improve our skills in a financially sound way while also enjoying the accessibility to jump on at any time regardless of the weather out side.

However, we are part of a team that competes in 24hr Lemons and weekend track days.
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I bought a rig mid march (ps4 / fanatec elite), I'm still playing 5 out of 7 days / week.

What keeps you going is playing online.

I play F1 19/20 with my friends. We race together a couple times per week but also continuously try to get the best laps doing time trials (your friends times are posted).

Gran Turismo for the daily (weekly) races and trying to get better ranking. That keeps you going.

I bought Assetto Corsa Comp but haven't gotten into much yet.

Also gradually removing assists is something that keeps you going. Very challenging to get to no assists.
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I regret selling mine a few years ago.

My current desktop (which hasn't even been turned on in 3.5 years) is so outdated I need to build from scratch. Add in triple monitors, new pedal/wheels, and the rig itself. I'm going to be in for $4-5k to build it like I want.
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The cost to build a sim rig can be a single season of NASA, yet you get more experiences throughout a given month with a simulator than with NASA.
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The cost to build a sim rig can be a single season of NASA, yet you get more experiences throughout a given month with a simulator than with NASA.
Also no replacing suspension/body work was you continually try to find all the exit speed on the last turn at Lime Rock.
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get the fanatic csl elite bundle:
https://fanatec.com/us-en/bundles/cs...s4-starter-kit

and the wheel stand pro:
https://www.wheelstandpro.com/produc.../wsp-super-csl

imho this is the best way to do it without spending more money. folds and hides away, you just need your own chair (any chair). Fanatec ships slow, but the wait is worth it. The next level up's 3 screens and a true rig configuration.
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get the fanatic csl elite bundle:
https://fanatec.com/us-en/bundles/cs...s4-starter-kit

and the wheel stand pro:
https://www.wheelstandpro.com/produc.../wsp-super-csl

imho this is the best way to do it without spending more money. folds and hides away, you just need your own chair (any chair). Fanatec ships slow, but the wait is worth it. The next level up's 3 screens and a true rig configuration.
I can't do the wheelstand, not stable enough. Especially when paired with an office chair.

I've been trying to find where I could skimp on the budget to start sooner, but I can't find a ton. The fold up Playseat would be better, but it's still $250, still need a way to mount 3 monitors.

I wish Fanatec still had their entry level seat and wheels like I had purchased back in 2014.
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I wish Fanatec still had their entry level seat and wheels like I had purchased back in 2014.
Fanatec had an entry level seat?

There are plenty of fixed seats available at good prices. I went with Trak Racer. Ultra solid construction good for DD. They have single or triple monitor mounts as well.

IMO you either do:

Basic thrustmaster with foldable playseat
Fanatec elite + mid level rig
DD wheel (PC setup) + solid rig + multiple monitors etc
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I would do a simple rig like an rseat and a logitech w/ your console (G920 for xbox) and start from there. There's no reason to buy a PC w/ hefty specs. Logitech regularly goes on sale for $200-250

I played Pcars2 and AC with friends 3-4 times a week until we all kinda moved on. I still have my rig and just got iRacing to try to play more solo rather than relying on friends and their different schedules.
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I regret selling mine a few years ago.

My current desktop (which hasn't even been turned on in 3.5 years) is so outdated I need to build from scratch. Add in triple monitors, new pedal/wheels, and the rig itself. I'm going to be in for $4-5k to build it like I want.
In the same boat, in the process of piecing things together but the price tag keeps going up. wondering how to explain to my wife the initial 3-4k is now double lol

I'm waiting on the new Nvidia cards before I get a PC but so far:

Rig: trakracer tr160
Fanatec DD2 + Porsche gt3 wheel
Heusinkveld sprint pedals
Monitor - still debating on 3x32 1440p or 49 Ultrawide
PC - estimated 2500
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Fanatec had an entry level seat?

There are plenty of fixed seats available at good prices. I went with Trak Racer. Ultra solid construction good for DD. They have single or triple monitor mounts as well.

IMO you either do:

Basic thrustmaster with foldable playseat
Fanatec elite + mid level rig
DD wheel (PC setup) + solid rig + multiple monitors etc
Yeah, the CSL seat, basically an actually sturdy version of the Playseat Challenge. They used to also sell bundled wheel/pedal setups in the $300/350 range below the current lowest level they sell. And they were still miles ahead of G29-type stuff.
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I can't do the wheelstand, not stable enough. Especially when paired with an office chair.

I've been trying to find where I could skimp on the budget to start sooner, but I can't find a ton. The fold up Playseat would be better, but it's still $250, still need a way to mount 3 monitors.

I wish Fanatec still had their entry level seat and wheels like I had purchased back in 2014.
Definitely need a fixed bottom chair to do the wheel stand. I went through the very same dilemma when Covid began. I already had an Xbox and didn't want to spend $6k on a full rig when wasn't sure whether I would still be into it after a few months.

Bought the Logitech G920 wheel/pedals and GT Omega Apex wheel stand. All in it was ~$500 shipped to my door in a few days. Months later, I'm still playing and enjoying being able to fold up the stand and put it out of the way.

We are planning to buy a new house in the next few months and will have an additional area for a full rig then. Once settled, I'll ditch the Logitech and stand and move up to a DD Fanatec setup, rigid seat, 3-monitors, etc. But now I know, and it only cost me a few hundred to get started..
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