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A question for Darin or shawn. inside sim racing team.

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Hi Darin, Shawn,and Jessica.

My name is Anthony Fiorito.and from Melbourne Australia and l have just become a member of inside sim racing because after watching a couple of inside sim racing episodes l am very interested in getting into simulation racing because l love motorsport and because real motorsport is too expensive. As l'm new at this could you direct me in the right direction so l can race you guys online. Darin you started this around 10 years ago and l see the passion for this. I to share the same passion to try this. My question is in the future could you (Darin), Shawn and Jessica do a show about HOW TO GET STARTED IN SIM RACING. In the show you can show new members like me how to get going. You could break it down like this:

WHAT COMPUTER/SPECIFICATION YOU NEED.

THE COST OF A COMPUTER.

WHAT COMPANIES MAKE RACE RIGS/SIMS.

THE COST OF THESE RIGS.

THE COST OF THE WHEELS/PEDALS. You suggested a Logitech G25/G27 Wheels.

WHAT OTHER WHEELS DO THE INSIDE SIM RACING RECEMEND.

COULD YOU PLEASE NAME THE ONLINE SIM RACING WEBSITES.

WHAT ONLINE RACING WEBSITES ARE YOUR FAVORITES.

WHAT SIM RACING WEBSITES DO THE INSIDE SIM RACING USE TO RACE ONLINE.

COULD YOU SHOW HOW TO REGISTER ON THESE WEBSITES.

THE COST OF MEMBERSHIP.

Love what you do; keep up great work and hopfully see you on the starting grid in the future.

THANKSGUYS Anthony Fiorito

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I'm not sure if im jumping in where my nose isnt welcome but I can help you here.

Firstly, check out the main website http://www.isrtv.com/ and go to "Video Archive" then click on "Training" where there is a video to introduce new sim racers to the world of sim racing, though it is slightly old now its more than good enough to get you started.

Computer : You really do not need a fast computer, anything mid range from the last 3 years is more than enough, though you're looking at wanting atleast 1gb of RAM and atleast a decent graphics card with 256mb of ram at the minimum (Something you're likely to find even on a 5 year old computer). Obviously the better the computer the better your experience (Higher quality graphics, tripple screen setups etc), there is so much to discuss in this area that it would take pages, the above guidelines are a good place to start. Obviously pricing is heavily based on your location.

There are tonnes of rigs, pricing wise its hard to really say based on your location, but again checkout some of the previous SRT videos on the front page where they test and review various different rigs.

Wheels : The most popular ones seem to be the Logitech G25/27 and the Fanatec wheels, again i have no idea how much they would cost in your country, but here the G27 is around £230, the Fanatec wheels coming in a little higher than that with the clubsport pedals. I own a G27 and it is absolutely fantastic, again check out the SRT video reviews, though I will mention that a lot of people, SRT guys included seem to favour the fanatec wheels, they are a specialist company compared to logitech who are a much bigger company branching out into all types of PC peripherals. There are cheaper steering wheels, and i've heard decent things about the Driving Force GT, but the quality is definitely up another level with the G25/27 and Fanatec wheels.

Check out : http://www.fanatec.de/

Sims.

There are quite a few different ones but the main bunch (all of which are very very good) that seem to be most popular, though there are others.

Rfactor - http://www.rfactor.net/ (Main website, purchase/download/trial) - http://www.rfactorcentral.com/ (Mods, cars, tracks, support. A huge selection of excellent quality and free content for the sim)

iRacing - http://www.iracing.com/ - Subscription based racing simulator, this is considered by many to be the highest quality sim, constantly in development with updates and improvements. You can race and work your way up the ranks, in pure online competitive racing.

Live For Speed - http://www.lfs.net/ - Very high quality simulator, i don't have great experience with this one but its considered to have one of the most advanced physics models and great force feedback.

GTR2 (+ other simbin titles) - http://www.gtr-evolution.com/ - High quality and well made series of racing sims/games, alot of content is available for free online like Rfactor, though does require a little more digging.

Racing online websites

http://www.simraceway.com/ - These are the sponsers for InsideSimRacing videos and provide a free membership based website where you can race using Rfactor. Though the site seems to be in a beta/transition stage at the moment.

http://www.iracing.com/ - As mentioned above

http://www.tyka.net./ - another racing client/website that supports Rfactor, GTR2 and a bunch of others.

Hope this helped, have fun.

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Hey Big Baz Anthony here from Australia

Just sending you a qik message to say thankyou for your advice/ information. I found it very useful. I do know that in around october l will have my computer. All l know at the moment is that it is one of the latest ACER Computers that is in the $1,500 price range. Now knowing a thing or two about PC the computer should be alright to use. My main concern was buying a proper race rig here in Australia. The price for a fully complete race rig here costs $1,400. I just want the race seat and framing and just for that it is around $600-$800 just for that. As for the Fanatic wheels and pedals, l have not seen them for sale here in Australia, so l have decided after seeing the video on inside sim racing review on the logitech G27 l am getting one of those wheel and pedal packages. Here the price for the Logitech G27 is $500. My future plan is to have a Butt Kicker and a 3 screen conversion.

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Not sure if this is something you would be able to pull off but some people make their own rigs to save on costs. You can make an awesome rig if you could aquire an old car seat, and enough wood to build the frame, the end result could be compared to something that would cost you 10x as much. Even further if you know a welder or can do it yourself, you would be able to make a steel rig customised to your needs, again alot cheaper than a commercially bought unit.

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Hi inside sim racing team,

I am thinking about buying the fanatec porsche carrera wheel and wanted to ask whether you are going to do a new review for the wheel or isn´t their any difference to the final production wheel?

best regards Max

I don't believe there are any changes.. It's a really good wheel for the price..

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I have a question to you guys. I want a wheel for my ps3 and maybe some ps racing but mainly with my ps3 ( f1 2010 and GT5). Now I am not so sure whether I should take the carrera wheel by fanatec or take it to a new level and buy either the gt3rs v2 or the g27. I dont know if its really worth for me to buy one of the more expensive ones or just stay with the carrera. I dont want want to be "dissapointet" ( if you can say it like this :D) and think that i should have bought the other wheel.

I hope to hear from you Max

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I have a question to you guys. I want a wheel for my ps3 and maybe some ps racing but mainly with my ps3 ( f1 2010 and GT5). Now I am not so sure whether I should take the carrera wheel by fanatec or take it to a new level and buy either the gt3rs v2 or the g27. I dont know if its really worth for me to buy one of the more expensive ones or just stay with the carrera. I dont want want to be "dissapointet" ( if you can say it like this :D) and think that i should have bought the other wheel.

I hope to hear from you Max

You can't go wrong with any of the wheels.> They are all good..

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yeah but which one is best for ps3 racing ?

If you look at episode 53 you will see the final results of the wheel shoot out that Darin and Shaun did. You will also see that some of the wheels happened to perform better in certain types of racing than others, but in the end when they were asked which wheel was their favorite, each person had their own opinion of the wheel that was the best. For the PS3 you probably can't go wrong with a Logitech G27, or if you choose the Fanatec wheel you should be good too because their pedals are awesome. Or you could buy a DFGT and be fine as well. When you ask the question, "What is the best for the PS3", personal taste will play a big part in the decision. To decide, do what I did and watch every episode the guys have done. By the end you will be well informed.

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yeah thats right but my question is whether its necessary to get the more expensive one instead of the carrera for me. And whether a "beginner" really needs for example the clubssport pedals or if I am just fine with the carrera. I am afraid that when I buy the carrera that I think that I should have gotten the gt2rs v2 or g27. You know what I mean?

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No one can answer your question, only you can.

If you are worried about wishing you would have bought the top of the line wheel if you buy a lesser wheel, then buy the top of the line wheel. I started off with a Logitech Driving Force GT, used it for about 6 months or so and then my girlfriend bought me a G25, I'm still using it and still love it, the DFGT wheel was a good wheel to get me started and have no regrets of buying it at the time, now my girlfriend uses it from time to time.

I know nothing about Fanatec wheels since I've never tried one, but I do know the G27 is a good wheel since it's supposed to be a little better than a G25 which I have.

It's a matter of deciding if you think you'll like sim racing or not, if the answer is yes and you plan on using the wheel a lot, then go for a top of the line wheel, this way it'll make your driving experience that much better than with a lesser wheel. If you think the wheel will sit there collecting dust most of the time, then get a cheaper wheel.

Good luck with your decision.

Take care

Regards: >>>> Jack <<<<

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