What you need to start iracing

Discussion in 'iRacing' started by Ollie20, May 13, 2020.

  1. Ollie20

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    Hi

    After a few years off sim racing I have purchased a New set up. Can anyone tell me the minimum I need to purchase for iracing. I would be looking to run it through a tele due to room. Also best place to buy the bits I have no idea about computers at the moment. Could it be through a laptop and hdmi wire? Also would like to keep the cost down as that all just went on the setup
     
  2. Z Crazy

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    A strong laptop could run it OK, but I would use the iRacing Hardware Test to check. Honestly, I think the video requirements are higher than your normal/mid level laptop spec.

    Good news, on PC's even older equipment will work fine. G25, G27, Thrustmasters, DFGT's whatever you used to use should still work, so you can save money there. But if your starting from scratch, those can be found for a song and a dance on the used market. Dial up might be an issue though... considering the comment "run it through a tele" refers to dial up. Its possible you'll be at the edge the lobby's bandwidth limits and getting kicked out occasionally. Truth be told though, I'll have to defer to those that have used dial up to confirm.
     
  3. CPT_RowdyGiff

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    I think by tele he means television
     
  4. Ollie20

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    correct I want to Know what I buy from
    Pc world or wherever the best place is and then put a hdmi cable from the laptop to the television.
     
  5. Z Crazy

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    Ok, if your laptop is a beast your good to go. If its normal, it might be tight... check the link above with the laptop and see what it says.
     
  6. CPT_RowdyGiff

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    If you have to buy a laptop still, I would recommend building your own pc instead. You can get way more bang for your buck and still display it on your television. Building a pc is simple as long as you watch a few YouTube videos on building a pc.
     
  7. DBL198106

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    You can buy good PC parts and build it yourself. You don't need a crazy fast PC to play Iracing. Best advice is, do some research before buying anything.
     
  8. azrilnazli

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    The real thing you need to have is mental strength. iRacing is brutal period.

    If you reached 2000 Driver Rating in Rookie Mazda, once you try a race in Skip Barber, the slaughter will begin.

    Just focus 1 series per season
     
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  10. Maxim Katsur

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    A mental health. Real-world (non-virtual) racing can be traumatizing and extremely difficult (or vice versa, a way to overcome the trauma). Decent PC or laptop, because it matters.

    My laptop:
    GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT 740M
    CPU: Intel Core i5
    RAM: 8GB
    OS: Windows 10
     
  11. Daz555

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    I get bored if I focus on one series. I have league raced for years and am used to the variety of racing multiple series at the same time. As a result I have to be the same with iRacing.

    I'm back on the iRacing train after 4 years away. I've decided to start from scratch with a new account so bring on the Rookies - which is me as well. It has been so long I think all my old experience is irrelevant!
     
  12. Lapse

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    This is the way to go IMO too. Practice, practice, practice and race as much as you can.

    I won't say 2k iR before exiting Rookie Mazda, because it's a Rookie series and sometimes can be a mess, but Production Car Challenge seems fine to me to achieve that. 3k before leaving Skip Barber Race Series seems another good target too. Or never leaving SB at all, it's one of the most beloved cars in the service!

    But yes, one series only is needed to give your best.