There are a lot of people highly interested in purchasing a VR ready PC for the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive headsets. While it’s not very cheap, there are affordable solutions in purchasing a VR ready PC. Below is the guide on how you can purchase and put together one yourself.
Minimum spec requirements for the Rift and Vive VR headsets:
- Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or better.
- CPU: Intel Core i5 4590 or greater.
- RAM: 8GB or more.
- Video port: HDMI 1.3.
- USB port: 2 USB 3.0 ports.
- Windows 7 SP1 or newer.
- Graphics processor: Nvidia GeForce GTX970, or AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or greater.
- CPU: Intel i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater.
- RAM: At least 4GB.
- Video output: HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2 or newer.
- USB port: One USB 2.0 or greater.
There are a lot of components required in building a VR ready PC. You can either opt to purchase a pre-built PC or build your own, DIY style. The most affordable pre-built solution we’ve found was the CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A2 Desktop Gaming PC. At a price point of $719.99 it’s a very good bargain.
The CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A2 Desktop Gaming PC Specs:
- System: Intel i5-7400 3.0GHz Quad-Core | Intel B250 Chipset | 8GB DDR4 | 1TB HDD | 24X DVD±RW Dual-Layer Drive | Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-bit
- Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB Video Card | 1x HDMI | 1x Display Port
- Connectivity: 6 x USB 3.0 | 2 x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | Audio: 7.1 Channel | Keyboard and Mouse
- Special Feature: 802.11AC Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Adapter
- Warranty: 1 Year Parts & Labour Warranty Free Lifetime Tech Support
The DIY VR ready PC build can be a little cheaper than the packaged CyberpowerPC solution. Below are the parts and pieces you will be needing.
|Processor||Intel Core i5-6400||$183|
|Memory||HyperX Fury Black||$66|
|Graphics||Geforce GTX 1050 Ti||$148|
|SSD||SanDisk LLD Plus||$55|
The DIY build will save you around $126, which is a fairly large margin. It just comes with the hassle of putting it together yourself. If money isn’t of concern in building a VR ready PC, we have something special for you. Today, we present to you the ultimate VR ready PC that money can buy, 2017 edition.
There’s good PC builds, great PC builds, and the overkill PC builds. What we are showing you today is the overkill PC build where you won’t even be able to reach the maximum potential of the PC. It’s rather the similar concept of owning a Ferrari for daily commuting to work.
For starters, we will be requiring a processor. So we present to you the Intel Boxed Core i7-6950X Processor Extreme Edition, which can be purchased for a cool $1,627.99.
This bad, bad, processor features an astounding 10 cores with 20 threads of computing power. The processor will run at 3GHz with boost speeds up to 3.5GHz. It also comes packed with 25MB of cache and features Intel’s Turbo Boost 3.0 technology. What you have to understand is that you won’t be requiring this much computing power to run VR. It’s that Ferrari concept of having excessive horsepower to drive down a local road. The horsepower is there if you really need it, but you won’t actually be needing it.
For the motherboard, we have chosen the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Extreme. This is the latest high-end motherboard available from ASUS. It’s specifically design for the 6th and 7th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with dual M.2, front panel USB 3.1 Intel Optane Memory compatibility and onboard 802.11ac Wifi. It also has a 5-way Optimization: One-click system-wide overclocking with water cooling sensors for the custom builders. It can currently be purchased for $728 plus shipping and handling.
This is primarily a motherboard that was designed for custom water cooling, which is the way to go for custom builds.
If you want RAM, we’ll give you some RAM with the Corsair Dominator Platinum Series 128GB (CMD128GX4M8B3200C16). It features a whopping 128GB of RAM (8 x 16GB) with DDR4 Memory Technology, and a clock speed of 3200MHz. This is one of the most ridiculous bundles of RAM available on the market where it just doesn’t make any sense to purchase it. But it is available at the tune of $1,399.99. This is the equivalent of owning a Bugatti Veyron, skipping a Ferrari altogether.
For the graphics card, we’ll be going with 4 x Geforce GTX 1080 Ti. This beast is currently 35% faster than the GTX 1080 and also faster than the Titan X. The 1080Ti will have 11GB of frame buffer rates, which is equivalent to buffering games such as Deus Ex at 5K. It will also have 1200+ memory bandwidth when it is super charged, also featuring 1582 MHz of Boost Clock speeds. Each Geforce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card costs $700 so you’ll be dishing out $2,800 with this bundle.
For the SSD card, we’ll go with the obnoxious Samsung 850 EVO 4TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD. Coming in at $1,458.88, you’ll be introduced to a vast space of storage; 4 terabytes to be exact. While I’ve never filled in that much space, there are people out there, which need more. So why don’t we go with two for this particular setup? That comes to a total of $2,917.76
For the power supply unit (PSU) we went with the MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ. Priced at $1,000 you have access to 1200W with 16 SATA power connectors. It is 80 Plus Titanium Certified and actually goes beyond the current certification standards. It literally has entered a new certification zone of its own, without a name. It exceeds the Titanium efficiency of 95% at a 50% load. It utilizes a Murata made stacked planar transformer, which creates less heat and more efficient energy conversion. It’s probably the best PSU for a PC on the market today.
For the water cooling kit, we have chosen the EK-KIT X360. It’s a creative and extreme bundle for the best water cooling system for your PC.
The EK-KIT X360 includes:
– universal CPU water block: EK-Supremacy EVO (incl. LED diode, mounting- & thermal material)
– radiator: EK-CoolStream XE 360 (Triple)
– radiator fan: EK-Vardar F3-120 (1850rpm) (3pcs)
– water pump: EK-DDC 3.2 PWM Elite Edition (incl. pump holders)
– reservoir: EK-RES X3 150
– tubing: EK-DuraClear 9,5/12,7mm (3/8” – 1/2”) (2 meters)
– compression fittings: EK-ACF Fitting 13/10mm – G1/4 Nickel (8 pcs)
– coolant concentrate: EK-Ekoolant EVO Clear (100mL; for 1L of coolant)
– Y-cable splitter: EK-Cable Y-Splitter 3-Fan PWM (10cm)
– ATX bridging plug
It’s compatible with the Intel LGA-775, 1266, 1150/1151/1155/1156, 2011 (-3), and AMD AM4 CPU sockets. The kit will run you $475.79.
For the housing and case itself, we will be going with the upcoming Phanteks Enthoo Elite. The case is a ATX Super Tower with 4 x USB 3.0, 2 x Mic, 2 x Headphone, RGB Control Wheel, HDMI 2.0, and USB 3.1 Type-C just on the front port. It is a tri-chamer design with a hidden PSU compartment, an isolated storage/cooling chamber, and the main chamber. The Enthoo Elite was made to house the best components and water cooling systems available on the market. Phanteks also mentioned that the case is VR ready. The Enthoo Elite will be available on March 29, 2017 for $900. Oh, and the case weighs 72.00 lbs.
|Processor||Intel Boxed Core i7-6950X||$1,628|
|Motherboard||ASUS ROG Maximus IX Extreme||$728|
|Memory||Corsair Dominator 128GB||$1,400|
|Graphics||Geforce GTX 1080 Ti x 4||$2,800|
|SSD||Samsung 850 EVO 4TB x 2||$2,917.76|
|PSU||MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ||$1,000|
While this isn’t the most extreme of numbers we’ve heard about, $11,849.55 for a VR ready PC is really expensive. You won’t come anywhere near hitting the maximum performance but it does a nice job in staying fancy. This is the “Ultimate VR Ready PC Build 2017 Edition” by VR & FUN.