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Golf simulator PCs

Don't forget !

High-end software will require an adequate high-end gaming PC to run it all

Your average home PC probably won't be up to scratch

Note that multiple camera systems will require a PC that is capable of running multiple cameras.

While most good gaming PCs can run at least 2 or even 3 cameras GSA Golf does not guarantee that your own PC

(i.e. not using our PCs) will be able to run all the cameras

 

GSA Golf upgraded PC

Our new standard -off the shelf- PC is the Lenovo Y900 gaming PC

with GTX 1080 graphics card, Core i7-6700, 8GB RAM, 1TB HHD and 256GB SSD and Windows 10

F-series golf simulators now come with our Lenovo Y900 i7 GTX 1080 hi-end PC

with a 21 inch monitor and PC/monitor stand

GSA Golf Custom built PCs

With this PC, all software is pre-installed and dual quad channel USB cards are installed for up to 8 cameras

The GSA Golf custom built PC features 8 dedicated channel USB ports for up to 8 cameras

with GTX 970 or GTX 1070 graphics card, Core i5 or i7 Intel processor, 8GB or 16 GB RAM, 1TB HHD and Windows 10

i5 model with GTX 970 graphics 8GB RAM

Price with 21 inch monitor: $2,499.00

 

i7 model with GTX 1080 graphics 16 GB RAM

4K ready

Price with 21 inch monitor: $2,999.00

 

GSA Golf Custom built i7 PC with Dell 21.5 touch screen monitor

Price: $3,199.00

GSA Golf Custom built i7 PC with Dell 24 inch 4K (non-touch screen ) monitor

Price: $3,299.00

 

USB host adapters

Add our quad channel USB host adapters to run up to 16 cameras


Building your own hi-end PC for golf simulators

Assembly time : 1 to 2 days

Parts required

align="center">i5 version> align="center">i7 version
align="center">1. MSI Z170A ATX Gaming Pro mother board $180 align="center">1. MSI Z170A ATX Gaming Pro mother board $ 180
align="center">2. Zalman Z9 PC case $70.00 align="center">2. Zalman Z9 PC case $70.00
align="center">3. MSI GTX 970 graphics card $360 align="center">3. MSI GTX 1070 graphics card $400
align="center">4. Corsair RM650x 650 watt power supply $110 align="center">4. Corsair RM650x 650 watt power supply $110
align="center">5. ASUS Wi-Fi PCI Express Adapter $57 align="center">5. ASUS Wi-Fi PCI Express Adapter $57
align="center">6. Audio system $70 align="center">6. Audio system $70
align="center">7. Dual dedicated channel USB cards $160 align="center">7. Dual dedicated channel USB cards $160
align="center">8. 21 inch monitor $200 align="center">8. 21 inch Dell touch screen monitor $230
align="center">9. Windows 10 $65 align="center">9. Windows 10 $65
align="center">10. 2 TB hard drive $67 align="center">10. 2 TB hard drive $67
align="center">11. DVD drive $23 align="center">11. DVD drive $23
align="center">12. CPU cooler $50 align="center">12. CPU cooler $50
align="center">13. 8 GB RAM memory $70 align="center">13. 16 GB RAM memory $130
align="center">14. Logitech wireless keyboard & mouse $28 align="center">14. Logitech wireless keyboard & mouse $28
align="center">15. i5 processesor $200 align="center">15. i7 processesor $340
align="center">Total cost of parts $1,710 align="center">Total cost of parts $1,980

Note: all parts and prices sourced on Amazon on May 9. 2017

Prices do not include shipping unless you have "Prime" membership with Amazon

I won't go into the details of how to assemble a PC here as there are many Online tutorials on this subject

but suffice to say, it's a fair amount of work and - if you don't have a great deal of technical know-how - it can be quite challenging

and a little worrisome too as you won't know if it's all going to work until you've purchased all the parts and completed the assembly.

After all, for the $2,000 or so for just the parts, you can purchase a pretty good - ready to go - off the shelf - PC on Amazon.

It won't be as good but for your peace of mind could well be worth considering.

One note about ready made PC's though: Most we've seen aren't easy to upgrade should it be required later on down the road.

For example, if you're planning on running more than 3 cameras, then you'll need to add more dedicated channel USB cards to the mother board

which will require that the mother board have a sufficient number of free PCI slots.

Click the above image to see how to build your PC

We have a number of optional case designs available.

The above is the "Be Quiet" case for $100 extra


Optional extra PC walnut cabinet available for $799. Otherwise, all PC's come with monitor and keyboard stands at no extra charge

Otherwise, all master PC's come with monitor and keyboard stands at no extra charge


 

GSA Golf standard PC

Our new standard -off the shelf- PC is the Lenovo Y900 gaming PC

with GTX 1080 graphics card, Core i7-6700, 8GB RAM, 1TB HHD and 256GB SSD and Windows 10

 

Price: $2,699.00

With 21 inch monitor, HDMI cables, sound system and high stand

 

GSA Golf PCs super sound system

The GSA Golf Control panel can be installed on multiple PC's and monitors so that you can view all data simultaneously

GSA Golf add-on PC's

$999 including 21inch monitor

Price: $ 999.00

 

 


 

Projectors

Recommended bright short throw golf simulator projectors

Short throw projectors are mounted 6 to 7.5 ft from the screen

Available on Amazon for around $900

Don't forget to order the projector ceiling mount too

Available on Amazon for around $30

Recommended medium throw distance projector

Medium throw projectors are mounted 13 to 22 ft from the screen

How to calculate the distance your projector should be mounted from the screen

Projectors have a so called "Throw Distance ratio" rating

and you can use this to calculate the distance the projector is to be mounted from the screen in order to fill the screen with the projected image.

The basic formula is:

Throw distance ratio X width of screen in inches = distance from screen to projector lens

Examples:

The Optoma EH200ST short throw projector has a "Throw Distance ratio" of 0.5:1

If your screen is 12ft wide (=144 inches) then the distance the projector should be mounted is:

0.5 X 144 = 72 inches or 6ft

If your screen is 15ft wide (=180 inches) then the distance the projector should be mounted is:

0.5 X 180 = 90 inches or 7.5 ft

The ViewSonic medium throw projector has a "Throw Distance ratio" of 1.15:1 to 1.5:1

If your screen is 12ft wide (=144 inches) then the distance the projector should be mounted is:

1.15 X 144 = 165 inches or 13.8ft / or 1.5 X 144 = 216 inches or 18ft

If your screen is 15ft wide (=180 inches) then the distance the projector should be mounted is:

1.15 X 180 = 207 inches or 17.25ft / or 1.5 X 180 = 270 inches or 22 ft

Aspect ratios

Most projectors can do at least 16:9 aspect ratios these days

HD Resolution

HD 1920 x 1080 resolution meets most peoples demands for golf simulators

Ultra HD Resolution

If higher resolution is desired then a 4K projector would be required

4K Ultra HD projectors have a resolution of 3840 pixels 2160 lines (8.3 megapixels, aspect ratio 16:9)

There are two types of 4K projectors available : Native 4K and 4K Enhanced

4K Enhanced projectors like the above Epson 5050UB are quite a bit more expensive than the standard HD projectors but still relatively affordable

True native 4K projectors

True native 4K projectors are very expensive

The above is the budget model from Sony with just 1500 Lumens

3000 Lumens Native 4K projectors cost serious money

"I particularly like the free shipping deal on the above projector from Amazon. I'm almost sold"

Useful YouTube videos explaining HD resolution

720p vs 1080p

4k vs 1080p

4k

Both E6 and TGC software run at 4K levels

Home theater quality premium image impact screens

Of course, all this Ultra HD imagining will require a home theater quality screen in order to take full benefit of the higher resolution

Contact us to purchase

Note that premium impact screens cannot be shipped folded and so are shipped on a roll.

The height limit for standard ($75) shipping is 103 inches (8.5ft).

If higher screens are required (limit 10ft) then the screens are shipped freight. Average freight cost is around $200

HDMI cables and splitter boxes

Most PC graphics cards will only have 1 HDMI output connector so you'll have to add an HDMI 1 in : 2 out splitter box in order to run both the PC monitor and the projector

Available on Amazon for around $20

You'll also need two HDMI cables. 1 short one to feed to PC monitor and 1 long one to feed the projector

Also available on Amazon for around $20

Motorized retractable golf impact screens

Should you require a retractable screen then you can adapt a motorized screen from "Elite Screens"

Unfortunately the electric Elite-screen is not available without a standard projection screen built into it so you'd have to open the case

and replace the standard screen with the golf impact screen.

Electric Elite Screens are available in 12 and 15ft widths but come at quite a high price

Prices are in the $2,999 range

We are currently developing our own motorized impact screen

Price will be around $1,000


All our PCs are also available with the new GTX 1080 graphics card

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