Hello, I'm just getting into iRacing (Sim Racing) and building my first PC. I'm hoping I can get some expert advise and opinions on both the $1500 and $1250 builds but I'm open to suggestions (I'm trying to get up to speed on the components). I will be using it primarily for sim racing and general computing. I'm planning on running 3 monitors. I would like a PC that will do a great job with nice graphics and speed for now and in the future. Could I get by with less?
Thank you for your help!!!
Hello DennisD, and welcome to The TBG Forum!
The good news is that racing games do not need as much power as typical 3D games to perform well. For your triple-monitor iRacing setup, however, are you planning on spanning your game across all three screens, as is typical for racing simulators? If so, you'll still need a lot of graphics horsepower, because your resolution will likely be 3 x 1920 x 1080. Sims also need serious CPU power, due to the physics involved in re-creating the racing experience.
I'd therefore go for the $1,500 High-End PC Build
, which uses the GTX 1070 video card, rather than the $1,250 Build, which uses a GTX 1060. The 1070 is about 30% faster, which will help for a triple-monitor setup. On the other hand, if you'll just be racing on one monitor, a 1060 is plenty fast.
There a two areas where you can save some money:
(1) you can save almost $100 on the solid-state drive, assuming you'll only have a few games loaded on it. Just drop down from the 960GB model to the OCZ Trion 150 480GB
. That should still have enough space for around 10 games plus your general-usage apps, but if you have a lot of media (photos, music, etc.), it could get a little tight.
(2) you can save another $20 or so going with the Arctic i32 CPU Cooler
, which is the one recommended for the $1,250 Build. It's not going to allow extreme overclocking, but that won't affect your uses at all.