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Screw I'm going to bite the bullet need help

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I am new at all of this and was going to at first just upgrade my old PC but the more I thought about it I figured I would just go ahead and build it myself. I have two questions do I need 16GB of RAM or can I use 8 and does this build look like it will work for sim racing. I will be running a t300 rs with clubsport v2 pedals on a 50 in vizio all hooked to an obutto revolution. Let me know your thoughts and also anything I missed or I could add.

Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Gigabyte Black Edition LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboards

Intel Core i7-4790K Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.40 GHz)

EVGA SuperNOVA 850G2 80PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V/EPS12V 850W Power Supply

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming 4GB GDDR5 PCiE Video Graphics Card GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD

WD Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache

Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD

LG WH16NS40 Super Multi Blue Internal SATA 16x Blu-ray Disc Rewriter

Corsair Graphite Series 230T Orange with Window Compact Mid-Tower Computer Case

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan

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8Gb of ram will be fine and swap out the i7 for the i5 4690k ;) also there might not much cost saving in it but a 750w power supply will be plenty even for 2x GTX970 they are suuupper power efficient.

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Swap out for an i5 (unless you plan to model and render 3D animations or build complex video projects). You don't have to have the latest i5.


PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION to the socket of your motherboard and the socket of the processor. It's almost too easy to mismatch them. My brother bought the latest gen i7 processor, but mixed up and bought a motherboard for the previous gen processors. It wasn't until he placed the processor on the socket and closed the spring/clamp that he realized the mismatch. It damaged about 14 pins on the socket, and that $150 motherboard ended up in the trash. He tried to return it, but they looked at the socket with a magnifying glass and said they couldn't give him a refund or exchange.


8GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming.


Increase the SSD drive to at least 250GB, 500 will be better. I have a 500GB SSD system drive and I still bought an additional 250GB SSD to install a few other sims and games--this PC is for gaming only.


Add a 1 to 2TB HDD for archive or misc storage (I have Gigabytes of mod files for various sims).


Of course, don't forget a copy of Windows. My gaming PC came with Windows 7 Pro, and my work PC is running Windows 8.1. Either will work fine, and 8.1 has been out long enough that I'd recommend it now. Premium, Pro, and Ultimate versions are usually better--you just need to confirm there aren't any limitations placed on a "lower" version that may affect your gaming.


BTW, my gaming PC is a dual-core Pentium (upgradeable to an i5 or i7) with 4GB of RAM (just haven't had time to pick up another stick), and a 650ti GPU (for now). It runs iRacing at "high" settings (not ultra), as well as most other titles very well. Assetto Corsa will run at around 60-80fps with all effects turned on, and most settings at "Normal," which still looks quite good.  Of course the older Simbin GTR2 (hundreds of mods) and Race 07 are super smooth with everything maxed out (I highly recommend those titles, even if they're "old"). Codemasters' Formula 2013, 2014, and Dirt 2 and 3 look and play very well. The only sim this PC struggles with is rFactor 2--which I think isn't optimized very well.


My i7 PC has dual GPUs, a RAID array, and 32GB  RAM for animation and video work.


If you can get to a Microcenter, I've found they often match or beat mail order, and most of the employees are very helpful... at mine in Houston anyway.

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