With the launch of multiple virtual reality (VR) headsets [like the Samsung Gear VR, Sony Playstation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive] this year, we’ve gotten a lot of inquiries about what kind of computer it would take to run VR games well. While Oculus and HTC have put out minimum spec sheets, and even partnered with OEM computer builders for “VR-ready” solutions, nothing can touch the value and performance that a custom-build solution provides.
We had a customer a few months back inquire about getting a PC built that was Oculus-ready. We decided on the following components.
- CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core
- CPU Cooler: Corsair H55
- Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 ATX LGA1151
- Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400
- Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5″ SSD
- Video Card: GTX 980 4GB
- Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower
- Power Supply: EVGA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
This was our first experience with this particular NZXT case, and we loved it. It’s incredibly tiny for a tower and has a ton of neat features. Here you see the SSD mounting solution–ingenious! You can also see the cord routing solution in the fore- and background. This helped keep the case really clean looking.
The GTX 980 comes with fan controls on the side of the card and provides plenty to power your Oculus gaming sessions.
The motherboard had a red theme, so we stuck with RAM that had red heatsinks. Here you see the Corsair closed-loop water cooler.
An overview of the entire main compartment. The radiator was installed on the front of the case. The large vertical NZXT shield you see provides additional routing for cables.
The top panel provides your sound outputs, USB ports, and power button.
A view through the side-panel window.
A side view of the case. The finish is almost a hammered look. This picture doesn’t quite convey how tiny the case is.
Lastly, the top fan.
In the end, the customer reviewed a great value on a computer that will give great performance as VR starts its slow, relentless march into the PC gaming world.
Interested in what Rocket Custom Computers can do for you? Contact us at [email protected] today and turn your virtual dreams into reality.