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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, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs

    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 Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing 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.
  • 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