The only thing I don't like about the T500RS is the fixed paddles. What's really scaring me off the T500RS though, is the reviews regarding quality control and the support experiences. The CSRE seems very well built. I don't like the Xbox branding and I wonder if I'll even use the little thumbpad though I assume it can be remapped to the vastly superior PC controls . Now, I've seen some startup tests on the T500 and it's very quick, which I want. I've not seen a speed test with the CSRE, anyone got a vid link? Any other wheel alternatives I should consider sub$500? As for the shifter... I can't see any reason not to get the Thrustmaster TH8RS. It looks amazing, I love the fact that it's 7+1 and the reviews I've seen all give it high praise. The Fanatec (and I may be wrong) shifters seem to be plastic and of much lesser quality. ... really though, would 7 just be overkill? I'm used to slapping it to the right to get to fifth, in which case I'd overshoot my gate.