Building Your Golf Simulator PC? How To Meet All the Specs

Building the best computer for a golf simulator might seem daunting, but with the right guidance, it can be a rewarding and cost-effective endeavor.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process step-by-step, ensuring you have all the knowledge and tools necessary to create your own powerhouse for virtual golfing adventures.

The Benefits of Building Your Own Golf Simulator Computer

Building a custom golf simulator PC offers numerous advantages over purchasing a pre-built system. Not only do you get to choose each component according to your specific needs and budget, but you also gain valuable experience in PC assembly, troubleshooting, and maintenance.

Sure you can take the easy route and order a computer that meets the specs, but with your own build, you avoid extra bloatware and unnecessary programs slowing you down. By hand-picking quality components, you can ensure better performance and longevity for your golf simulator rig.

Golf Simulator Computer Components - What To Focus On

When it comes to building a gaming computer for a golf simulator, several components play crucial roles in delivering an immersive and smooth experience. We’ll explain why each component is important, and include a link to the specific component we used in our build.


The motherboard is the backbone of a golf simulator computer, playing several crucial roles:

  • Component Integration: It connects all critical components—CPU, GPU, RAM, storage, and peripherals—ensuring they work together seamlessly.
  • Performance Stability: A high-quality motherboard supports stable and efficient performance, crucial for handling the intensive graphics and real-time calculations of golf simulation software.
  • Expandability: It provides slots and ports for future upgrades, allowing for better graphics cards, additional RAM, or more advanced input devices, ensuring the system can evolve with technological advancements and increasing software demands.
  • Connectivity: Ensures smooth communication between sensors, cameras, and other hardware used in the simulator setup.

What we used: Z790 GAMING X AX

Graphics Card (GPU)

The GPU is arguably the most important component for gaming, including golf simulation. It handles rendering the visuals, including the detailed environments, terrain, and player movements. Opt for a mid-range to high-end GPU to ensure smooth gameplay with high graphics settings.

Keep up with the latest GPU offerings from Nvidia.

What we used: GeForce RTX™ 4070 SUPER WINDFORCE OC 12G


Processor (CPU)

While not as critical as the GPU for gaming, a decent CPU is still important for overall system performance. It handles tasks like physics calculations, AI processing, and overall system responsiveness. A mid-range CPU from Intel or AMD, such as the Intel Core i7/i5 or Ryzen 7/5, respectively, should suffice for most golf simulation games.

Stay up to date with Intel’s list of processors.

What we used: Intel Core i9 Processor 14900K


Adequate RAM is essential for smooth gameplay and multitasking. Golf simulation games, like many modern games, benefit from having at least 8GB of RAM, with 16GB or more recommended for optimal performance, especially if you plan to run other applications simultaneously.

What we used: Flare X5 series DDR5 memory


Fast storage is crucial for loading game files and reducing loading times. Consider using a solid-state drive (SSD) for your operating system, applications, and frequently played games, as it offers significantly faster read and write speeds compared to traditional hard disk drives (HDDs).

What we used: Samsung 990 PRO PCIe® 4.0 NVMe® SSD 4TB

Input Devices

While not internal components, your choice of input devices, such as a keyboard, mouse, and possibly a golf simulator controller or sensor, can greatly impact your gaming experience. Invest in quality peripherals that are comfortable and responsive.

Monitor or Display

While not necessary for golf simulation, if you plan on using your PC for other tasks such as gaming or editing, a higher refresh monitor would ensure your experience is smooth and precise.

NOTE: While it’s not technically part of the computer, the projector should be taken into account when building your computer. If you build your computer to handle 4K resolution output and that’s what you want to see on your impact screen, make sure you have a 4K-capable projector as well. 

Other computer components we used in our build:

The components mentioned above are the most crucial for optimal golf simulation gaming. Remember to choose components that offer a good balance of performance, reliability, and value to suit your specific needs and budget.

How To Build A Computer For A Golf Simulator

Before You Begin: Tools and Preparation

Before diving into the build, gather the necessary tools and materials:

  • Computer/PC components:
    • Case
    • Cooling (Air or AIO)
    • Processor (CPU)
    • Graphics Card (GPU)
    • Power Supply (PSU)
    • Memory (RAM)
    • Storage (NVMe, SSD, or HDD)
    • Motherboard
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Work mat for protecting surfaces
  • Isopropyl alcohol and cotton swabs for cleaning
  • Anti-static wrist cuff to prevent static discharge
  • Extra thermal paste for cooling components

With these essentials on hand, you're ready to start assembling your golf simulator PC.

Motherboard Setup: Lay the Foundation

Begin by preparing the motherboard outside the case. Carefully install the CPU, ensuring proper alignment and securing it in place. Next, insert the RAM sticks according to the motherboard's channeling specifications. Don't forget to install the NVMe drive, ensuring it's securely fastened for optimal performance.

Mounting the Motherboard: Secure and Stable

Once the motherboard is prepped, mount it into the case, aligning it with the standoffs and ensuring a flush fit. This step lays the foundation for the rest of your build, so take your time to ensure everything is correctly positioned.

Power Supply Connection: Providing the Juice

Connect the modular power supply, ensuring all necessary cables are properly attached to power the CPU, motherboard, and GPU. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for optimal cable management and efficiency.

Front IO: Connecting Case Components

Connect the case's front IO ports, including audio jacks, USB ports, and the power button, to the motherboard. Consult your motherboard's manual for precise instructions on connection points and configurations.

AIO Liquid Cooling: Keeping Things Cool

If using an AIO liquid cooling solution, carefully install it according to the manufacturer's instructions. Pay attention to orientation and ensure proper thermal paste application for optimal heat dissipation.

GPU Installation: Graphics Powerhouse

Install the GPU into the PCIe slot, securing it in place and connecting the necessary power cables. This step is crucial for delivering stunning visuals and smooth gameplay in your golf simulator experience.

Finishing Touches: Cable Management and Testing

Tidy up any loose cables, ensuring proper airflow and aesthetics within the case. Before closing everything up, perform a test boot to ensure all components are functioning correctly. Once confirmed, reassemble the case and prepare to install your operating system.

Conclusion: Ready to Tee Off

With your custom-built golf simulator PC complete, you're ready to embark on virtual golfing adventures like never before. Whether you're perfecting your swing or competing with friends, your personalized rig is sure to elevate your gaming experience. For more tips and tricks, stay tuned to Carl's Place, your go-to source for all things golf simulator related.

Ready to take your golf game to the next level? Build your own custom PC and tee off with confidence!


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