The Best Sim Racing Setups for Every Budget

No matter if you’re new to sim racing, or looking for an upgrade, here is our roundup of the best sim racing setups for every budget. Before looking in more detail at each setup, here is our quick table list of all the options.

Budget

Steering Wheel/Base

Rig / Cockpit

Pedals

$2200 and above

Podium F1 Racing Wheel

Extreme Simracing Cockpit Virtual Experience V3.0

Clubsport Pedals V3 inverted

Under $2100

Clubsport Racing Wheel V2.5

GTR Simulator GTSF model

Clubsport Pedals V3

Under $1900

Clubsport Racing Wheel V2.5

Playseat Evolution

Clubsport Pedals V3

Under $1700

Clubsport Racing Wheel V2.5

Playseat Evolution

CSL Elilte Pedals LC

Under $1600

CSL Elite Racing Wheel WRC

GTR Simulator GTSF model

CSL Elilte Pedals LC

Under $1500

CSL Elite Racing Wheel WRC

GTR Simulator GTSF model

CSL Elilte Pedals LC

Under $1400

CSL Elite Racing Wheel WRC

GTR Simulator GTSF model

CSL Elite pedals

Under $1300

CSL Elite Racing Wheel

GTR Simulator GTA model

CSL Elite pedals

Under $1200

CSL Elite Racing Wheel

GTR Simulator GTA model

CSL Elite pedals

Under $1100

CSL Elite Racing Wheel

Open Wheeler Gen

CSL Elite pedals

Under $1000

Thrustmaster T300 f

Open Wheeler Gen

T3PA pro pedals

Under $900

Thrustmaster T300

GTR Simulator GTA model

Included in T300

Under $800

Thrustmaster T300

Open Wheeler Gen

Included in T300

Under $700

Logitech G29

Open Wheeler Gen

Included in G29

Under $600

Logitech G29

Playseat Challenge

Included in G29

Under $500

Thrustmaster T150/TX

Playseat Challenge

Included in T150/TX

Under $400

Thrustmaster T150/TX

GT Omega wheel stand

Included in T150/TX

Under $300

Thrustmaster T150/TX

VEVOR wheel stand

Included in T150/TX

Under $200

Thrustmaster T80

VEVOR wheel stand

Included in T80

Under $200

There isn’t much choice at under $200 unfortunately. Plus at this price point, quality isn’t great. Your best option would be the Thrustmaster T80, ideal if you just want to play with a wheel and pedals rather than a controller. This wheel doesn’t have many functions or force feedback. Personally, for the sake of an extra $100, better to save for our next option.

Under $300

Thrustmaster T150

Thrustmaster T150

This wheel bundle contains the steering wheel, the wheel-base and the pedals, all-in-one. The T150 / TX is one of the most popular force-feedback steering wheels on the market.

The Thrustmaster T150 is the perfect entry level wheel, ideal for new sim racers and beginners. The only downside to this budle is the quality of the pedals. With just 2 and made out of plastic, this is certainly budget quality.

The wheel has a very good 900° rotation and a gear-driven wheelbase for force-feedback. It is a very reliable 11-inch (28 cm) steering wheel wrapped in leather. The TX version is compatible with PC & Xbox whereas the T150 version is compatible with PS3 & PS4.

Included in this price bracket is the VEVOR wheel stand, much better than using a desk or coffee table!

Under $400

GT Omega Wheelstand

Here we upgrade to the GT Omega wheelstand for a budget of under $400. This wheel stand is sturdier than the Vevor.

Under $500

Playseat® Challenge Black

The Challenge seat is a high-quality foldable seat. Made using high-quality materials including steel and fabric, it’s fully adjustable and easy to store away. It’s compatible with almost all wheels and pedal sets which is great. This is the first stand and seat combo in the entry level budgets.

In my opinion, this is where everyone should start. A great entry level seat which gives you the feeling of a realistic seating position and pedal setup. Combined with the T150 wheel and you’re good to go for under $500!

Under $600

Logitech G29 Wheel Bundle

The Logitech G29 is the definitive sim racing wheel for PS5, PS4 & PS3. It has a 900° rotation and a strong 2-motor driven wheelbase. It has many buttons, a rotary dial and comes with handy pedals.

At this price point, we can now upgrade the wheel again and go for the Logitech G29. The most popular wheel in sim racing and for good reason. At around $300, it’s great bang for buck.

The G29 has better pedals than the T150, made out of strong metal and a third clutch pedal! Made by Logitech, you can be sure the wheel will be high quality and made to last.

Under $700

OpenWheeler GEN3 Cockpit

The Openwheeler Racing Cockpit, now in its 3rd generation, continues to be unmatched in quality, modularity, and compatibility.

Here we go from the Playseat Challenge to the Open Wheeler GEN 3 racing rig. The main advantages of the Open Wheeler Gen 3 compared to the Playseat Evolution is that first, it looks nicer. It comes with a shifter mount, is heavier and as the Playseat Challenge, it is fully adjustable.

Under $800

Thrustmaster T300 RS

The T300 RS is the officially licensed Gran Turismo racing wheel. Featuring 1080 degree force feedback, powered by a industrial-class brushless motor creating super smooth and seamless force feedback.

Unlike the G29 which has gear-driven force feedback, the T300 is a belt-driven wheel. This means the T300 is much smoother, quieter and creates more realistic force feedback than the G29.

Not only that but the built quality is superior and the interchangeable wheel rims is a cool feature (sold separately).

Under $900

Here we upgrade to the GTR Simulator GTA model racing cockpit.

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