Part 3 out of 3: Building your own VR Ready PC

If you are type B customer like we mentioned in our previous article, let’s get our hands dirty and start building our VR Ready PC! We have just build a VR Ready PC and would like to share with you the parts we chose, why and pictures of us building it!!! For the specs of VR Ready PC, please refer to Part 1 of 3: Is your PC VR Ready?. With the conclusion of this 3 part series, we will also start accepting orders to build VR Ready PCs. Please refer to the bottom of the page for more details.

Approach

There are many approaches to building a PC. Simply following the VR Ready Specs is not a good enough filter for determining what parts to get for your PC. Here are some considerations to think about when building:

  1. Size of PC – If compactness of the PC is important to you as you want to save space, get a small form factor (SFF) case. Do note that SFF case will limit the choice for your other parts as you have to consider their size so that it fits. Cable management also will be a pain in the *** as it is difficult to maneuver in the small space. However if your choices are made properly and you spend the extra effort to fit everything in the tight space, you get a really compact PC that will wow your friends.
  2. Speed – If money is not a concern and you are looking to get the best processing power and graphical rendering speed, it is very simple as you can simply choose the best and latest CPU, GPU, RAM, SSD and motherboard.
  3. Affordability – If like most people you have a budget, you will need to compare the pricing between the different models of the components among different shops both physical and online to make a decision which one to choose. Normally price will increase exponentially as the specs increase.
  4. Upgradability – If you intend to add more parts or upgrade the parts to your computer like an extra hard disk or faster RAM or extra GPU or additional cooler, you need to check if the case can fit the extra comp0nent or the motherboard can support the newer component.

IGNITE VR’s approach is to try to have a balance: To have a compact PC that is fast and affordable. Upgradability is of a less concern as we expect that the specs we suggest will be able to support VR well for a few years at least.

Presenting the IGNITE-VR build specs

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CPU
Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Seidon 120V 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler

Motherboard
Asus B150I PRO GAMING/WIFI/AURA Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard

Memory
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory

Storage
Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive

Video Card
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card

Case
Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case

Power Supply Unit
EVGA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit)

The total price for all this would amount around $1900 if bought and build at the PC Parts retail shops at Sim Lim Square. After installing, the Oculus Compatability Tool and SteamVR Performance Test was run to double-check the specs and test the performance of the PC and as you can see below, and also tested on a HTC Vive, it runs smoothly and easily without the computer feeling hot which is a sign of overheating and will reduce the lifespan of the components.

Oculus Rift Compatability Test Results

Oculus Compatability Tool

SteamVR Performance Test Results

SteamVR Performance Test

Alternative Configuration

Some slight configuration changes like using a GTX 960 Graphics Card has been known to be capable of running current VR applications and games even though it is below the recommended requirements. A larger case may be cheaper too and the cooler may not be necessary. The RAM can be reduced to 8GB, the older 4th generation CPU and compatible motherboard can be used instead of the latest 6th generation CPU and the power supply can be reduced to a lower wattage version as the other components are downgraded. If you currently have a Windows product key on an old computer, it is also possible to transfer it if you are not intending to use it on the other computer anymore.

This would be able to reduce the price significantly to about $1200 for a VR Capable PC (different from VR Ready). However, performance on certain games may be less smooth compared to the IGNITE VR Build PC, it will be bulky and the components may not be able to keep up with the latest games after a year or two. So if you are willing to accept some performance drop for a cheaper price. This works too.

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Feel free to contact IGNITE-VR at this link for enquiries or quotations on building a VR-Ready PC similar to ours for you. We promise to give an attractive price!