gutenberg918 New Reader
5/7/20 3:28 p.m.


I'm looking to buy a cockpit for under $1000 including seat. what do you have that you like, what did it cost and please include a picture. Also what do you wish it had that it doesn't? (Price should not include wheel, pedals or electronics.) I'm just starting to get into SIM racing and don't want to make a mistake on a cockpit. I'm going to get Fanatec CSL Elite wheel and pedals. 



ProDarwin UltimaDork
5/7/20 7:49 p.m.

Hah.  I think you came to the wrong forum for recommendations in that price range, but I'll play to humor you.

Cockpit 1: MDF junkpile

Budget:  ~$100


  • Solid
  • Good ergonomics


  • Heavy/impossible to move
  • Requires dedicated screen
  • Too large


Cockpit 2: Poang Challenge

Budget:  ~$50


  • Cheap
  • Not terribly difficult to move


  • Not terribly easy to move
  • Ego was tolerable, but questionable (too much back angle)
  • Flexible




Cockpit 3:  Playseat Challenge

Budget:  ~$270


  • Easy to move
  • Good (enough) ergonomics
  • Can fold up to stow if I need to


  • No shifter mount included (this can be fixed)

Stock photo, I'll replace with my setup when I get a chance to take a pic.

gutenberg918 New Reader
5/8/20 11:52 a.m.

if this is the wrong place to post this, where should I do it?


ProDarwin UltimaDork
5/8/20 1:02 p.m.

Just to clarify, its perfectly ok to ask here, but you may want to check sim-racing forums, reddit, etc.  You will get some helpful feedback in your price range.


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AAZCD (Forum Supporter) Dork
5/8/20 11:55 p.m.

Since the topic came up, I thought I'd ask... Would this be a terrible start to build on? Saw it on the FB Market for $100. I think it's from an old driver's ed trainer.

ProDarwin UltimaDork
5/9/20 12:09 a.m.

The only reason to buy that is to say you bought a $100 S2000

Nothing is going to carry over to an actual sim cockpit

dean1484 MegaDork
5/11/20 2:10 p.m.
gutenberg918 said:

if this is the wrong place to post this, where should I do it?


It is the right place I think he was just commenting on the fact that we all tend to be cheap so a budget of $1,000 is not what many here work with when building sim rigs. 

Now that said mine is in the $500 range for the basic seat.  Add in a couple options and it starts creeping yp to the $700 mark.  My wife got it for me as a birthday gift years ago so I dont know exactly waht she paid but it was the fully optioned out setup.  It is very nice.  Great driving position comfortable for long sessions.  I put it on a small carpet that does not have a no slip backing so I can slide it around the room and out of the way when not in use.

It is a nice place to be when racing.  I use it with a 65" plazma wall mounted TV and my PS4.  

The one BIG anoying problem I have with it is the center post that holds the steering wheel.  This has to go between your legs / feet and interferes with realistic foot work of the peddles.  If I was to do it again I would make sure that what ever rig I get does not have a center post.


Mine is the Playseat like this one. But not branded for Grand Turismo.  Min has gold lettering and just has Playseat on it. 







Rodan Dork
5/15/20 11:43 a.m.

I have the GTR Simulator GTA model.  I bought it at least 5 years ago and it's still going strong, and at $389 it's actually about $10 less than what I paid.

GTA simulator

When I bought it, I liked the fact that it had the same chinese seat I had in our NA Miata at the time.  The Miata has moved on to a real race seat, but the one on the sim is holding up fine.

I had to repair one weld when I unboxed it, but other than that have had no issues.  

I'm using it with Fanatec wheel and pedals.

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