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Hi all, 
I will be buying a pc soon to 90% play F1 2014 on. I have had all previous games on Xbox but don't want to buy Xbox One for big upgrade in their F1 series come next year. So I Will buy a pc now to go with F1 2014.
Will I be glad I have gone this route or wish I would of stayed with the console.  Mostly looking forward to upgrading the game with all mods that maybe available.  Bringing back memories of gp series from the past when I had a pc. 
Has anyone played on both pc and a console with Codemasters F1 and please say are there any differences, hopefully better ones.
Many thanks

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PC graphics will be much better, especially when you turn on all details to max settings. Full 60 fps and all mods including custom helmets, driver numbers, different cockpit adjustibilty, etc. Also, be sure to try out PC exclusives like Assetto Corsa, rFactor, and iRacing(free 3-mo trial).

Also, full selection of wheels. Low price to high

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On PC

Advantages:
  • You can find it much cheaper
  • Better graphics if your PC is good enough
  • Potential for multiple screens see above
  • Mods are excellent, but don't add a huge amount
  • More and better wheel/gamepad support
  • Better framerate (Very important to some)
  • Get patches sooner
  • Far easier to back up data and such
Disadvantages:
  • I found there to be less drivers online for PC compared to PS3
  • If your PC isn't good enough it may run worse than on consoles.
Simply put, if you've got a half decent PC, its much better on PC than consoles.

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On PC

Disadvantages:
  • I found there to be less drivers online for PC compared to PS3
For F1 2013, yes. But everyone can be found playing online at iRacing.

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Big thanks for your comments, I have got a Fanatec CSR wheel and looking to buy PC made for gaming, not top end but £500 for desktop only got all other parts and pc will be linked to big screen.
Sounds great and will now read about iracing and give that a go. Heard about about it but never really went into it with being on xbox.
big thanks

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I am looking at doing similar, not buying a PS4 if they are creating a monopoly on wheels for Thrustmaster. I am looking on pcspecialist website and seems to me that AMD is the only way to go if you're on a budget of £500. My budget will be maybe twice that much max.

But I'm no expert, are there any people out there who can give us some guidance on a gaming PC for £500 - £1,000?

Pros/cons of PC BTW:- Pros - supports your wheel, triple screen option, should be more powerful (smoother/sharper), some nice mods & maybe even "tracks", lots more choices of F1 games - Iracing, Assetto, RFactor etc. Cons - the league I run is on PS3/4 and I am loathed to give it up, mods can also be cheats, even less people online, make sure your weekly virus scan doesn't kick-off while you're racing.  

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I have gaming PC. Personally I ensure the CPU and motherboard are future proof (as possible). Then fill the rest of components to suit budget. Often people spend everything on graphics card but when you come to upgrade it you end up replacing motherboard due to sockets or power issues. 
Also you can save on monitor to begin if happy to use TV via HDMI cable. 
If your not fussy about what games are available I would suggest using Ubuntu. Its free but some developers don't support it. (Code masters don't for example). Great way to save £100 for windows but it does limit you at moment. There are some great indie games available though.  

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As others have said the graphics are far better on the PC, the increased resolution allows for shaper images and the increase in compute power allows for a silky smooth frame rate and additional post processing (antialiasing, anisotropic filtering etc).

If you're working to a budget of £500 then I would suggest getting the Intel Pentium K G3258 processor. It costs less than £60 and will overclock way above its stock speed, making it perfectly capable of running todays games. Better still you can upgrade to an i5/i7 in the future as it uses the same motherboard socket.

As for graphics cards, I think in your price range you should be looking at the NVIDIA 750Ti 2048MB. It costs around £100 and will run all games at a decent level, it should have no problem running F1 2014. If you can stretch to £150 the Radeon R9 270X is a good buy.

I'll update you later on with recommendations for motherboard, case, memory and PSU. Alternatively get yourself a copy of 'Custom PC' magazine as every month they list the best components for your budget :-)

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But I'm no expert, are there any people out there who can give us some guidance on a gaming PC for £500 - £1,000?
I bought a new gaming pc last January for $1200 USD which easily plays F1 2013 and iRacing at max settings and 60+ FPS. I can help.

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Same with modding. I have my own version of the surface materials file I use as soon as I install the game.

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Did they say if the weather is based on the tod.DAT file again? I have read its not same as f1 2013. Got so sick of same "dynamic" weather every race.

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Great reading about what the pic is like,  I have definitely made the right choice.  Thanks for the above and what pc to choose.  The £500 pc will not be the one I'd like but like you said as long as I can upgrade as I go along,  especially to run the new game out next year which will need better hardware to run it at its best. 
My pc will be attached to my 64" tv bit is only 1080 not 4,  would a monitor be better although smaller with higher resolution.  I suppose that's just personal opinion. 
Anyway can't wait for pc and again big thanks for your views. 

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Put it this way I have it on PS3 and the PC.  Once I played it on the PC, I could NEVER go back to the PS3 version.  Graphics are much better, better frame rate, and also like the others said Wheel support is better, and you have more options say through logitech profiler to make the steering feel better.  The G27 feels like crap on PS3.  Also yes less people online, but if you change your Steam region to UK there are many lobbies to race in.  Just friend people, maybe join a racing league site, and add people.  I can always find people to race with.

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YOU NERDS!!!! Talking about whats better, pc or consoles? 

You should be talking about woman and boobs beer! like men do. :P :P 

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SASBlink said:
YOU NERDS!!!! Talking about whats better, pc or consoles? 

You should be talking about woman and boobs beer! like men do. :P :P 
You're here too, mate. ;)

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SASBlink said:
YOU NERDS!!!! Talking about whats better, pc or consoles? 

You should be talking about woman and boobs beer! like men do. :P :P 
You're here too, mate. ;)
Heh, I never said I was not a nerd ;) but well spotted lol

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SASBlink said:
YOU NERDS!!!! Talking about whats better, pc or consoles? 

You should be talking about woman and boobs beer! like men do. :P :P 
Or you could do both :p Especially if you have a nerdy partner/girlfriend  o:)

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Hughesy said:
SASBlink said:
YOU NERDS!!!! Talking about whats better, pc or consoles? 

You should be talking about woman and boobs beer! like men do. :P :P 
Or you could do both :p Especially if you have a nerdy partner/girlfriend  o:)
Careful you don't want to be thrown in the dungeon with Prawn do you? :p

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I'm hoping to get F1 2014 on PC instead of Xbox 360 because of mods and stuff. But I've never done that kind of stuff. I'm wondering how easy it is to adjust a game to my liking.

What kind of adjustments to my game would I be able to make? What kind of mods in terms of gameplay are there?

Is it possible to adjust the pace of AI, whether it's overall, track-by-track, team-by-team, or even driver-by-driver basis?
Is it possible to add in reliability issues? Increase the frequency of safety cars? Sensitive damage (slight touch chips off part of wing)?
Adjust behavior of AI?

I'm not sure what kinds of things are possible or what other interesting things people do to make the game more immersive.

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You can build a gaming PC for about £300 that will play this game well with a solid 60FPS, the only problem is that you need to know how to build a pc.

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