Which Motherboard/CPU for sim rig upgrade?
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I am running into capacity problems with devices connected to my computer.

Current setup:

computer: Z170 mobo, i7-6700k, 1080 ti, Asus Xonar sound card, inatech 5 port pcie USB hub, Windows 10 pro, 2 m.2 drives, 3 HDDs

Devices currently connected:

1. OSW wheel

2. Usb adapter for Fanatec wheel rims

3. Fanatec V3 Pedals with handbrake connected to pedals

4. Fanatec 1.5 shifter

5. Simracing Studio  wind simulator

6.Oculus Rift Cv1

7. Sensor 1 for rift

8. Sensor 2 for rift

9. Wireless dongle for keyboard and trackball

10. UR44 USB Audio Interface

I am now about out  of ports......

I would like to add:

Thrustmaster T.6000m hotas pack with throttle and pedals

Gametrix Jet seat

T1000.. prosim motion platform

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I want to build a PC that has enough pci lanes and USB ports to handle this much gear. I will also add 1 or even 2 of the Startech 4 port/ 4controller USB pcie cards to the motherboard to help with all of the devices.

Any help with a direction in which to go would be appreciated

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The best option overall is to only have the devices connected that are currently needed or being used. I've had way too many issues when leaving everything plugged in at one time.

This can be achieved by installing a hub on the front of your PC and "manually" swapping out the USB plugs, or by using a quality powered USB hub with switches for each port.

An option that I've installed in two of my gaming PC's--a 4-port USB 2.0 drive bay hub that plugs into the (extra) USB 2.0 plug on your motherboard. Most current motherboards have at least two USB 2.0 plugs, and unlike USB 3.0 (only allows two ports), the single 2.0 plug will allow four ports (maybe more). Other than your Oculus Rift, which requires USB 3.0, most of your other devices (wheel bases, pedals, shifters, HOTAS) work fine on a 2.0 connection.

Having the plugs on the front of your PC case also allows easy access to plug and unplug devices. I have Thrustmaster and Fanatec sim-racing gear, but I also like to play Elite Dangerous in VR with the HOTAS controllers. Before launching Elite Dangerous, I just unplug my four sim-racing peripherals and plug in the two HOTAS controllers.

You may also consider a well-rated powered USB hub that has individual switches for each port. This allows you to disconnect and reconnect a device with its' port's individual switch. This reduces wear and tear on you USB connectors and cables.

I actually ordered two of these from this seller (in China), and received them in just over a week. I've also installed this inside a larger tray that has two 3.0 plugs, one on each side.

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https://www.ebay.com/itm/3-5-inch-Floppy-Bay-Front-Panel-4-Ports-USB-HUB-2-0-Expansion-Adapter-Connector/192379974695?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D44040%26meid%3Da883685ba4674fffbef97b98c2a844d7%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dag%26sd%3D232593712501%26itm%3D192379974695&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851

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On 6/20/2018 at 2:56 PM, ApexVGear said:

The best option overall is to only have the devices connected that are currently needed or being used. I've had way too many issues when leaving everything plugged in at one time.

This can be achieved by installing a hub on the front of your PC and "manually" swapping out the USB plugs, or by using a quality powered USB hub with switches for each port.

An option that I've installed in two of my gaming PC's--a 4-port USB 2.0 drive bay hub that plugs into the (extra) USB 2.0 plug on your motherboard. Most current motherboards have at least two USB 2.0 plugs, and unlike USB 3.0 (only allows two ports), the single 2.0 plug will allow four ports (maybe more). Other than your Oculus Rift, which requires USB 3.0, most of your other devices (wheel bases, pedals, shifters, HOTAS) work fine on a 2.0 connection.

Having the plugs on the front of your PC case also allows easy access to plug and unplug devices. I have Thrustmaster and Fanatec sim-racing gear, but I also like to play Elite Dangerous in VR with the HOTAS controllers. Before launching Elite Dangerous, I just unplug my four sim-racing peripherals and plug in the two HOTAS controllers.

You may also consider a well-rated powered USB hub that has individual switches for each port. This allows you to disconnect and reconnect a device with its' port's individual switch. This reduces wear and tear on you USB connectors and cables.

I actually ordered two of these from this seller (in China), and received them in just over a week. I've also installed this inside a larger tray that has two 3.0 plugs, one on each side.

s-l1600.jpg

https://www.ebay.com/itm/3-5-inch-Floppy-Bay-Front-Panel-4-Ports-USB-HUB-2-0-Expansion-Adapter-Connector/192379974695?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D44040%26meid%3Da883685ba4674fffbef97b98c2a844d7%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dag%26sd%3D232593712501%26itm%3D192379974695&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851

Thanks for your advise.  I was really hoping not having to do that but, it's probably the way to go

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I have a Sabrent 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub with Individual Power Switches and LEDs (HB-UMLS) and for me it came with Sabrent 22AWG USB 2.0 Extension Cable - A-Male to A-Female [Black] 6 Feet (CB-2060) sadly that combo doesn't exist any more.

Maybe set that up on your sim rig and send just 1 USB cable to the PC.

You're only other choice after something like mine or ApexVGear's suggestions is to get a PCI/PCI-E USB card

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