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Update:7-5-2020New PC is up and running with the parts below plus the MSI 1650 Ventus GPU. Have FPS capped at 84 and it stays there even on start of a race. So awesome!!! Ran my first race on the new box at Summit Point in a Spec Racer Ford, got the pole and finished 2nd with 0 mishaps (bad start on my part). Pic below before I installed the CPU and I have a ID Cooling 240 Water Cooler enroute.
Update:6-23-2020Well I managed to work my way up to a C road race license running a lot fo Spec Racer Ford and Advanced Mazda along with PCA and Quarantine Cup (Spec944 league). Then iRacing updated their software and now my PC can't hang. So it's time to buy a new PC which I will build myself :) Here is what I've settled on:
I really wanted the MSI B550 Tomahawk but those are scarcer than hen' teeth. Pics coming soon.
Update:5-21-2020Fanatic Clubsport V3 Inverted arrived and I spent a short time using the Fanatec Wheel software to adjust the brake pressure. Drop 1.5 seconds off my best time at Summit Point Jefferson layout on the second lap. The main thing is braking is much more consistent as you can actually judge by pressure versus memorizing how far you've pressed the brake. Really like these pedals in the stock format so far. Highly recommend.
Update:5-13-2020Ordered the Fanatec Clubsport V3 Inverted pedals :) You can check them out HERE
Update: 5-8-2020Purchases a new monitor, MSI MAG272CR and holy cow it makes a HUGE difference in immersion. I can now look through the corners and use the mirrors. Still need optimize the placement (as seen in the pic below) but so far it has really increased the enjoyment of driving in iRacing.
I've also joined Porsche Club Sim Racing which starts it's next season in September. Also the Porsche 944 spec group has created it's own league using the Porsche Cayman GT4 and a fixed set up.
Update: 4-24-2020Installed the MSI GTX 1650 and immediate success!!! Frame rate jumped to 150+, I've since capped it at 130, with the detail/fps slider at 50%. Ran a race and drop 2 seconds off my time!
Update: 4-22-2020First off I'm not sure whether to put updates at the top or bottom...lol
Finally got to run some laps last night. First thing... brake pedal is everything when it comes to consistency and lap times. That said... ran some laps at COTA because it is a track I'm somewhat familiar, not fast mind you but familiar. Got within a second or two of my 944 SP1 time in the Miata. Ran 2 races at Tsukuba Circuit, spun once in each race but finished top 10 each time. Purposely didn't try and race just finish without incident as that seems to be the key to getting out of Rookie class.
PC Performance: even with the near minimum specs and low performance GPU I was able to get a consistent 60-65 FPS (frames per second) with the graphics slider (in game) set to 80% toward maximize FPS versus detail. I will grab some screen shots later for the video and controller settings.
Date: 4-14-2020Since we are all stuck at home and with no racing dates on the immediate horizon I thought it was time to get back into sim racing, specifically with iRacing.com. NASA has announced an iRacing series and I believe PCA is on it's 2nd or 3rd season.
My plan is to slowing build a rig and will start with a simple wheel and pedals clamped to my desk. Right now I'm trying to decide between Thrustmaster or Logitech. The Logitech G920/G29 is highly recommended especially if that model can be found <$300. Those with a higher budget might want to consider Fanatec.
Wheel/Pedal update: I purchased the Logitech G920 wheel as the pedals are highly recommended. Will most likely add either the Ricmo Tech brake conversion or add a set of Heusinkveld Sprints at a later date.
From all the research it appears brakes are what takes the "game" feel away and makes the sim immersion much better. I'm also a heel and toe person (I do it on the street too) so having a really good set of pedals will make a big difference IMO.
I've "borrowed" my wife's old desktop PC. This is a Lenovo workstation which has as i5-4460-3.2gHz quad core Intel chip on a B85 express chipset. 8gb of ram and a 1TB drive. Video card (or GPU) currently installed is a Nvidia GeForce GT 720 with 2gb of ram.