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No, but I have the Oculus. What is iRacing?

edit: Ah, I see, a VR racing sim. Haven't done that but I played Gran Turismo on PSVR and I didn't love it. I didn't real the racing games were improved by VR.
 
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No, but I have the Oculus. What is iRacing?

edit: Ah, I see, a VR racing sim. Haven't done that but I played Gran Turismo on PSVR and I didn't love it. I didn't real the racing games were improved by VR.
Yeah, iRacing is a long-running racing sim that is considered extremely accurate. Professional drivers use it to get practice time on tracks or in cars to replicate the physics, preferred lines, etc.

I have read that the VR support is really good - some regulars in the amateur iRacing leagues swear it improved their performance. I'm interested because if it's really good, it's probably preferable to a single, mid-grade monitor and certainly cheaper and less intrusive than a three panel display setup.

Can you use Oculus as a monitor substitute, or do you have to basically launch it from a desktop like an app?
 

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Can you use Oculus as a monitor substitute, or do you have to basically launch it from a desktop like an app?
You can run a desktop interface within Oculus, but you would probably have to fiddle a bit to get it to boot to Oculus. Or maybe not - mine runs through Steam, which loads automatically, so you could probably do it. You would just need access to a remote desktop for the occasion when things went wonky or you needed an update.
 
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You can run a desktop interface within Oculus, but you would probably have to fiddle a bit to get it to boot to Oculus. Or maybe not - mine runs through Steam, which loads automatically, so you could probably do it. You would just need access to a remote desktop for the occasion when things went wonky or you needed an update.
I think I need a whole new computer setup to do VR in a sim game.

Does anything about this strike you as off, or wrong, or unnecessary?

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Here's basically the build on Amazon. It appears the i7-9700 (8 core) is $100 cheaper than the build with the i7-8700 (6 core), and other specs seem the same. Isn't the 9700 better?

 

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I haven't looked at the specs but I would think the 9700 is better than the 8700. Sometimes processors are unlocked for overclocking which can give them more value, but I don't know if that's the case here. Usually an incremental model increase will mean a performance increase out of the box.

The one thing I would consider changing is switch to an SSD HDD, at least for the operating system (and, ideally, your game files). A mechanical HDD is fine for storage, but SSD makes a huge improvement for load times.
 

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I think I need a whole new computer setup to do VR in a sim game.

Does anything about this strike you as off, or wrong, or unnecessary?

Part List for $1,500 PC Build
Intel Core i7-9700K
MSI Z390-A Pro
MSI RTX 2070
Cooler Master H500

CPUIntel Core i7-9700KVIEW »
FANCRYORIG H5VIEW »
MOBOMSI Z390 ProVIEW »
GPUMSI RTX 2070VIEW »
RAMCorsair Vengeance 16GBVIEW »
SSDWD Black 256GBVIEW »
HDDSeagate 1 TBVIEW »
CASECooler Master H500VIEW »
PSUEVGA SN GQ 650WVIEW »
ODDInstall O.S. from USB
OSWindows 10VIEW »
Grand Total: $1,470-$1,530


Here's basically the build on Amazon. It appears the i7-9700 (8 core) is $100 cheaper than the build with the i7-8700 (6 core), and other specs seem the same. Isn't the 9700 better?

Part wise I think you are mostly okay. Some minor suggestions, I would go with a bigger SSD for Windows and games than the 256. My current machine has 256 GB SSD from back when SSD were expensive and it has been the one scrimp I wish I had not made. I am constantly moving things between my 1TB storage disc and my SSD to make space. Another minor change or suggestion is the case, I do not personally like cases with the buttons on top or cases with a lot of obnoxious lights. Something about owning a kitten that enjoys climbing and playing, especially while mommy is playing video games, and frequently turns off mommy's computer at the worse possible times, makes top mounted buttons problematic.

Other than that it is largely brand preference. I am personally an Asus guy when it comes to Mobo and GPU, I am also a fan of Samsung when it comes to SSD, Western Digital is my goto for spinning platter hard drives. Corsair is my goto for cases, RAM, PSU, and Cooling.
 

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I don't know man. Dover International Speedway is just over an hour from here. I did the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience last summer, and there just ain't no substitute for the visceral experience of the real thing. If an F1 or a supercar is a scalpel, then these cars are sledgehammers. There is nothing subtle about them. A big engine, 4 fat tires, a roll cage, and a heavy-duty 4-speed manual. Nothing like it. 24 laps and I was high for 3 days afterward. :)

Hot, sweaty, loud, and raw. Oculus would be like watching porn as opposed to the real thing :hihi:

FWIW, the #88 car I drove was Dale Earnhardt Jr's car from the 2012 season
 
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I had a buddy that did iRacing for a while and got to be pretty good. We built a custom racing chair by scavenging a leather seat from a Lincoln Mk 8 at the "Auto-Pull-it". We mounted it to a frame, added a subwoofer under the seat and mounted the Logitech racing wheel and pedal system to the frame. He had 3- 24" monitors that gave him a wrap around view. I tried it a few times in practice mode and was quickly overwhelmed. My reflexes aren't anywhere near good enough to compete in the actual racing and I spent more time spinning through the infield or bouncing off the wall than I did actually driving forward.
 

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Once upon a time, I worked for a company that had a contract with one of those racing simulator companies. It's not the real thing, but it can give you a real workout. The audio setup is the key to immersion.
 

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