You will usually find me on the Hoggit DCS multiplayer community, most likely the GAW server.
"HOTAS" means hands on throttle-and-stick and it's the most important thing for any flight simulator. I use the Logitech G Pro Flight X56 Rhino and absolutely love it. It has a pretty high price point, but there are cheaper alternatives available if you are just getting started
Be careful: This item is currently in high demand and prices tend to be very high in many online stores. Check list prices and also consider local stores.
Pedals make a big difference but are not required to get started. They are great for taxiing, cross-wind landings or flying helicopters. I've recently added the Logitech G Pro Flight Rudder Pedals to my setup and so far I am really happy with them.
Same price warning as for the HOTAS applies here.
In combat flight simulators, you have to be able to quickly look around the cockpit or, even more importantly, to look out of the window to follow a quickly navigating hostile aircraft. Using a key on your HOTAS is how most people get started, but after a while you'll want to add some real head tracking.
My Corsair VOID RGB Elite Wireless headphones are most importantly very comfortable. You don't need any specifically sensitive or spatially accurate sound great for flight simulators. As long as the RWR warning sound pierces your brain, you will be OK.
After sitting on a cheap chair for too long, I switched to a Corsair T2 ROAD WARRIOR because it's comfortable, high quality and doesn't look as bad as many gaming chairs do in my opinion.
The power grid does not mix well with the very common storms down here, so sporadic power outages are not uncommon. A Cyberpower 1500VA UPS is able to power the whole streaming setup at full utilization for about 10 minutes during a power outage.
- HD Pro Webcam C920
- Elgato Stream Deck
- Elgato HD60 S Capture Card (my streaming PC has an extremely small form factor and I can't put an internal capture card into it)
- Cheap key lights, turned on and off with Kasa smart power plugs (they integrate into Stream Deck via IFTT)
- HDMI Switch to switch between sources to stream as well as to completely shut off the connection when I don't stream
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface
- Marantz Pro MPM1000 microphone
- Windows / Ubuntu Dual-Boot
- Intel Core i9-9900K, 8 cores, 5.1 GHz
- GeForce GTX 1070 8GB [to be upgraded soon]
- MSI MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC
- 32 GB Kingston DDR4-2400 RAM
- Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB CPU Water Cooler
- Corsair iCUE 465X RGB case
- Logitech G502 mouse
- WASD CODE Keyboard
The monitor of the streaming PC is mounted on an adjustable monitor arm so I can move it out of the way when I'm not streaming. Peripherals are a Razer Huntsman Mini keyboard and Razer DeathAdder V2 mouse.