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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • David Judson
    Contributor

    29 years old, Dave Judson lives in Mentor, Ohio. Dave has grown up with racing, watching his father win races and championships at the local go-kart track as a youngster and continuing his love of racing while watching NASCAR, Indycar, Formula 1 and sports cars.
    Judson has enjoyed a successful sim-racing career of his own in the IZOD Indycar iRacing Open and Fixed Setup Series. He has race wins to his credits as well as the Division 1 Championship of the Open Series in Season 1 of 2013 and the Overall Championship of the Fixed Series in Season 3 of 2013.
    Dave has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is looking to expand his horizons by writing for inRacingNews.

  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to his aunt!

  • Raymond Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • Scott Kelly
    Contributor

    Born and raised in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, Scott Kelly has had a love for motorsports ever since his father did the right thing by introducing auto racing into his life. No longer able to quench his need for speed by spectating NASCAR races on TV and watching dirt track stars slide around local tracks, Kelly eventually picked-up sim racing in his teens, wheeling cars found in Ratbag Games' "Dirt Track Racing" and "World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars" while also becoming introduced into multiple Papyrus sim-racing series. Joining the iRacing ranks in late 2011, Kelly set his sights on the short track racing he was familiar with, focusing on the sprint car, while also driving the Legends and street stock in multiple iRacing.com leagues.

    Kelly brings not just his enthusiasm for racing to the highest-rated motorsports simulation, but also his B.A. degree in English; he covers the action seen in the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series, while also placing the spotlight on various leagues within the service. Enjoying his start to a career in motorsports journalism, Kelly also doesn't mind visiting victory lane from time-to-time.

  • George Wood
    Contributing Writer
    After beginning his racing career with go-karts at age seven, George then turned wrenches on street stocks until he could finally turn the wheel. Following the successes of his friends and family, George has since retired from real-world racing, where he is now a science and mathematics faculty member for several local community colleges. When George isn't grading laboratory reports or iRacing, he is performing at bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, making fishing lures, playing golf, and rooting for his beloved Baltimore Orioles.
  • Chris Hall
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Chris Hall has been writing since the nineties and moved into motorsports reporting in 2005, covering series such as ALMS, British GT, FIA GT, Le Mans and 2CV racing for Full Throttle magazine, Motorsport.com, The-Paddock.net, GTGateway.com, L' Endurance and, of course, inRacingNews. During 2008 and 2009, he worked with the RSS Performance Porsche Carrera Cup Team (and former British GT(C) champions) as a data engineer for a variety of drivers and models of 997s.
  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Dylan Sharman
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in Adelaide and we moved-out for Angle Vale for a few years until I was about 7 years old, when we moved to the Barossa Valley where I live now. I'm 19 years old and currently traveling back and forth weekly as I'm studying for a Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology.

    I've always had a love for racing as my close family did some racing and we were always out at the local dirt track. I joined iRacing back in 2010 and slowly but surely got the hang of it as this is my first experience with sim racing and am loving it each time I race. I've won two SK Modified titles (almost had three in a row but finished P2 in 2011 S4), an iRacingNews Challenge championship (2012 S1 Mazda) and was also an AustralAsian Intel GT Series Finalist.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Building the iRacing System 101

by Dave Allen on July 9th, 2011


Signing-up for iRacing is easy, posting in the forums is also easy, but deciding exactly what computer you need to run the simulator?  That can be where the challenge is found.  Let me say up front there’s no right way or wrong way to choose your iRacing computer.   We all have different wants, desires, and outcomes.  iRacing can produce very realistic racing environments if you have the system to handle the load of all the eye candy.  If you’re willing to sacrifice some eye candy, then you can get by with a lower end system if the budget is tight.  In this article we will cover some of the basics of that cost/benefit equation.

Gaming computers are very much a niche market.  I’m not here to support any one outlet or source.  I can say many custom builders exist to build the machine of your dreams. On the other hand, in most cases the computer you already have will enable you enjoy many hours of sim racing on the iRacing service. While you may not have all the eye candy on your current system, in most cases you can still decide if iRacing is the right fit for you.

If you decide to join the service in most cases users do decide to make a few upgrades strictly for the eye candy effect.  Possibly the most common upgrade is the video card.  The Nvidia GTX 460 would be a budget minded video card for users not looking to break the bank.  The card retails for less than one hundred dollars and would allow you to turn up more of the graphic detail options. Just don’t expect it to run the advanced shadows.  If you’re an ATI fan or feel that a three screen setup could be in the future, then the ATI 5770 may be a budget minded option for upgrade.  It will run three screens (Eyefinity) effectively for just over one hundred dollars.  Do keep in mind that both of these video cards require at least a 450 watt power supply to function properly.  Check to make sure your system has one; if not, don’t worry:  A 600 watt power supply will run you about 80 dollars.

You can also go to your favorite electronics shop and find a computer suitable for iRacing. What do you look for in such a machine?  Most machines these days have a quad core CPU of some sort; almost any quad core processor (CPU) will get you on the track.  Most machines these days come with 4GB of Ram as well which is more than suitable as iRacing isn’t ram intensive.  Hard drive space really isn’t much of an issue either, as most machines will come with a 500GB or higher drive.  iRacing can take-up somewhere around 20GB or so, that’s giving you a little room to save some replays as well.

Back to the issue of video cards . . . .  Possibly the most difficult decision when choosing the perfect iRacing system will be your graphics card selection.  A dedicated graphics card is an absolute must.  Dedicated cards are generally found with 1GB of memory, with a few of your lower end cards containing 512MB of memory.  The graphics card decision should not be made with the sales person standing by your side.  In order to make the best- informed decision you need to think about how much eye candy you either desire or can live without.  You also need to at least consider if having a three monitor setup would interest you now or in the future.  If you’re not sure don’t worry, as I noted earlier, in most cases video cards can be upgraded as your needs change.

Another thing to keep in mind when buying a system from a retail outlet is the power supply wattage.  High-end graphics cards are power hungry and require at least a 600 watt power supply in most cases.  Retail systems are often in the 300 to 400 watt range, so a power supply upgrade may be needed.

I am commonly asked what system configuration I have.  I currently run an Intel I7 at 3.4ghz with 8GB of ram and a 5770 graphics card.  I do have a three screen configuration on three 22 inch screens.  (We will cover the details of a three screen setup in a future article.)  I do use my system for other tasks such as video and photo editing.  Some users choose to have a dedicated iRacing system, the choice is yours.

I will say this article is strictly my opinions from a budget minded system builder. I’m sure other builders and enthusiasts out there can debate each of my statements and that’s okay.  As long as you’re on the track, getting the performance you desire at a price you can afford is all that matters.

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  1. Intel
    July 9th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    iRacing has a partnership with Intel optimizing it’s CPUs for iRacing even the slower Intel can outpace some of the best AMD CPUs. Get whatever card you want but make sure to run an Intel CPU until iRacing decides to stop boycotting AMD’s processors.

  2. Gary Holbrook
    July 9th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Nice job can’t wait to read more. This is something that was really needed please keep adding to this. While I just completed my upgrade I know there are lots of racers who will enjoy this input including myself.
    Nice job and over due and really looking forward to more …. thanks

    I just upgraded to a 6750 Video Card and I’m running 3 screens.
    PS is a 650
    Ram 8GB
    AMD Phenom ™ IIX4 940 Processor 3.01 GHz

    I see the post about Intel and Iracing not supporting AMD I’d like to hear more on this seeing that I knew nothing about it and I’m running AMD as I’m sure many are. I hope Iracing supports its customers and AMD user’s. Can we get more information on what impact this has to AMD user like my self?

  3. Gollum
    July 10th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Yes nothing regarding the CPU is mentioned in this article interesting enough this is where 90% of iRacing’s FPS are. Intel is correct Gary and Dave “somehow” forgot to mention that. Anyway as long as you’ve got a good pc you can run the sim!

  4. Kevin Watts
    July 11th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    iRacing is boycotting AMD? odd because my AMD CPU powered system runs iRacing really well through my AMD graphics card. It must be that Intel emulator I’m running :) Intel and nVidia are great combinations, I’ve run them before but bang for buck in my opinion AMD wins.

  5. marco v dongen
    July 12th, 2011 at 6:09 am

    2 passages on videocards, with no info on crossfire/sli. Very general about CPU. No tips on motherboards and what to look for.

    So its rather lacking at helping building a system.

  6. Gary Holbrook
    July 12th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Guy’s my hope is there is much more to come as at the least I find it interesting but I know nothing about computers. Just trying to learn.

    I don’t understand how Iracing can support one CPU intel more than AMD what can they do in the service that makes one work better than the other?

  7. Ben
    February 16th, 2014 at 12:40 am

    can anyone tell me what would be a great iracing graphics card to gey for around 100.00 but i need a low profile is the catch22

    thx Ben