Good fellows of the forum: I am looking to get into sim racing on the PC. Some years back I had a Logitech Momo wheel I ran the EA F1 game on, that didn’t work out so well, mainly time and the fact that I had to always hook the thing up again blah blah…well now I am looking to put more effort into it. From a system build perspective I am an enterprise systems guy. I work on high end servers all the time, so the concept of building a PC is far from new. However, building one specifically for gaming is another matter. I may actually put this thing into a 4U server chassis to mount in my 25U rack along with the other gear, but then again I have a couple chassis lying around too. That’s the least of my worries. I have seen a lot of talk here on water cooling, and while I get the concept - that’s one thing I haven’t messed with. I am not convinced it’s necessary, so hey, sell me on it. I also don’t tend to over clock anything, I suppose what I build is normally not something where we’d go in and try to do that. So, looking for ideas. Both on PC gear and wheels etc. What I’ve found so far that’s peaked interest is: * EVGA GeForce 780 card, 3 Gb memory. I figure single card - haven’t seen many boards that have dual PCI-E 3.0 x16 and that both run at that speed. Most look like it’s single at x16 and dual at x8/x8. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130918 * ASUS Sabertooth board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132124 * Memory - meh…something good, not sure. Probably 16 Gb worth. * Win 7 or 8, not decided (my daily machine is a MacBook Pro, and I’ve got a mix of Windows 7, 8, Server 2008 and Linux in the house) * Disk, SSD, maybe RAID 10, I haven’t decided. I have a couple 64 Gb disks here but may just buy some larger ones and do a RAID 10 with it. I figure try to get around 1 TB with it. * CPU - Intel i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E. It’s 6 core, 12M L3 - Maybe I’d be willing to jump down to 4C instead for a few hundred less. I could possibly scrounge up a Xeon as well. That on a dual CPU board could be fun if I found find something to support the graphics card. So that’s with 30 minutes or so of searching around. I saw some discussions around the MSI boards as well, they look pretty decent. This ASUS is a pretty stiff customer and good to hold up a heavy card if the system board is vertical vs horizontal - which is what it would be if I use a rack chassis. The one I have in mind there is the same one I use for my current server. It’s a NORCO and has this big ‘ol fan wall inside it to blow copious amounts of cool air into the unit. The wheels I have looked at several ones which I find interesting. I love what Thrustmaster’s done on number of their wheels like the T500 RS with the add on options of the F1 wheel and all it’s crazy buttons just like the real thing, and their F458 wheel, which has a special place in my heart since I’ve driven that car. But then again, the Logitech G27 seems pretty popular, and I love the engineering that’s going into the Fanatec gear. Their Club Sport wheel base & accessories, while expensive look very well done. So looking for comments & ideas from those who build specifically for gaming. The only things I will be running on this any time soon will be racing sims. I couldn’t care less about the shooters. Mainly looking here at rFactor and also iRacing. I may also pop for F1 2013 or whatever the newest thing is there. Originally I also wanted Forza but heck, that’s seeming to be difficult to get on anything but xBox, and I don’t want to buy multiple sets of wheels. Appreciate the input.