Help me build the sim setup I've wanted the last 30 yrs

6
United States
United States
Long time lover of racing games here. I recently downloaded F1 2019 on Xbox and quite enjoyed myself with a controller but longed for a wheel setup. This led to some searching on Amazon for a wheel but then falling into the sim racing rabbit hole and realizing how far things have come. I definitely want to get a wheel and cockpit for Xbox and PC use first. I do like the idea of PS5 compatibility for use on GT7 when it releases but that is far off. I have a 7 year old PC which was good at the time but old and slow now. It'll play AC though and which I do have a copy of.

Wheels
Leaning toward the Fanatec Forza Motorsport wheel bundle which includes the CS 2.5 base, xbox one hub, forza wheel, CS V3 pedals, CS shifter v1.5. It's probably a bit more than I wanted to spend but I appreciate quality and you only live once. Speaking of that would a stretch toward a DD1 base be noticeably nicer of an experience. I can afford the difference. Would I even notice the DD1 base when playing on the Xbox or only PC?

Cockpit
Simlab GT1-evo or Trak racer TR-80. Definitely am open to others but don't want to regret something later like I think I would with some of the chintzier offerings. I was thinking of adding casters to either so I can move it to the side of my theatre room when not needed.

Monitor
At first I'm thinking of using my 65" Samsung qn65q65fn QLED tv. It has a motion rate of 240hz,

PC upgrade
Stage 2 of this will be to buy a new pc for sim use. When I do that will I still be able to use the above display? I assume most graphics cards have HDMI out? I've been out of the PC game for 7 years.

Other easy option is to buy a Logitech G29 wheel and camp chair for awhile to see if I like it. Waste of money or worthwhile research time to see if I enjoy? Doing this would also let me start enjoying in a few days vs a 1-2 months as I think I'll be waiting for shipping with most cockpits.
 
1,201
United Kingdom
Bristol
MrCrynox
Long time lover of racing games here. I recently downloaded F1 2019 on Xbox and quite enjoyed myself with a controller but longed for a wheel setup. This led to some searching on Amazon for a wheel but then falling into the sim racing rabbit hole and realizing how far things have come. I definitely want to get a wheel and cockpit for Xbox and PC use first. I do like the idea of PS5 compatibility for use on GT7 when it releases but that is far off. I have a 7 year old PC which was good at the time but old and slow now. It'll play AC though and which I do have a copy of.

Wheels
Leaning toward the Fanatec Forza Motorsport wheel bundle which includes the CS 2.5 base, xbox one hub, forza wheel, CS V3 pedals, CS shifter v1.5. It's probably a bit more than I wanted to spend but I appreciate quality and you only live once. Speaking of that would a stretch toward a DD1 base be noticeably nicer of an experience. I can afford the difference. Would I even notice the DD1 base when playing on the Xbox or only PC?

Cockpit
Simlab GT1-evo or Trak racer TR-80. Definitely am open to others but don't want to regret something later like I think I would with some of the chintzier offerings. I was thinking of adding casters to either so I can move it to the side of my theatre room when not needed.

Monitor
At first I'm thinking of using my 65" Samsung qn65q65fn QLED tv. It has a motion rate of 240hz,

PC upgrade
Stage 2 of this will be to buy a new pc for sim use. When I do that will I still be able to use the above display? I assume most graphics cards have HDMI out? I've been out of the PC game for 7 years.

Other easy option is to buy a Logitech G29 wheel and camp chair for awhile to see if I like it. Waste of money or worthwhile research time to see if I enjoy? Doing this would also let me start enjoying in a few days vs a 1-2 months as I think I'll be waiting for shipping with most cockpits.

I would go with the Logitech & see how you get on. No sense in spending loads of money only to find you don't enjoy it/prefer your controller.

Also if you take good care of it you wouldn't lose hardly any money if you decided to sell the G29 & chair, people are always on the lookout for them.

Good luck !
 
6
United States
United States
Good input. If resale is like that then I might just start that way. Is a Logitech G290 good enough to determine if I'll like things overall? Just don't want to hamstring my initial experience.
 
1,201
United Kingdom
Bristol
MrCrynox
Good input. If resale is like that then I might just start that way. Is a Logitech G290 good enough to determine if I'll like things overall? Just don't want to hamstring my initial experience.

Definitely. It's a good wheel set, great value for money. Many people on here have it.
 
6
United States
United States
G920 purchased, will be delivered Wednesday. This will give me some time to see how much I enjoy using a wheel and also time to decide on proper hardware If I love it.