Mobile World Congress 2016 began in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 22, both Vive and Occular Rift are exhibiting their versions of VR gear. Also Samsung, LG, and other vendors are also exhibiting. The Microsoft Console VR package was not exhibited. TWIT.TV is building a VR machine on their show, basically a component per week.
It was confirmed by HTC/Valve/Vive (IT PRO 2/22/16) company at MWC that the Vive would be available for a mammoth $799, with pre-orders opening on 29 February and full commercial availability starting in early April.
Official Oculus Recommended Specs ($800) Low end
This build utilizes the recommend specifications from Oculus Rift. According to Oculus, these are the specifications delivered to developers to ensure that they can optimize for a known hardware configuration. We have our skepticism that a PC built to these specifications will maintain 90 FPS in the most demanding made-for-VR games on maximum settings, and Oculus games are often showcased on slightly more powerful machines. However, this is the minimum build promised to give you a quality experience, and we trust that this build will produce good results in made-for-VR games through the two-year lifespan of the first consumer Rift. As an added benefit, this system will play almost any game on maximum settings on a standard monitor at 1080p, which makes this a fantastic general gaming PC in its own right.
CPU: Intel Core i5-6500
GPU: GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 390
Motherboard: ASRock Z170 Pro4S
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD
Power Supply: 620W Seasonic S12-II
RAM: 8GB DDR4
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
CPU Cooler: Stock (or Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo)
SSD (Optional): SanDisk Ultra II 120GB
Extreme [O/r]VR Build ($2,600)
We’d recommend this build for people looking to get the most immersive experience out of their VR. We’ve introduced water-cooling and included an 80+ Platinum Certified fully-modular power supply to keep our machine running as silently as possible. A 980 Ti, a quadcore hyperthreaded CPU, and an almost comical amount of DDR4 RAM price this monster build just above $3,000.
Note: As with the Hardcore VR Build, our alternative build utilizes two graphics cards. If you want to play it safe, we suggest sticking with just one 980 Ti for now and waiting for multi-GPU support to mature before purchasing a second one. If you factor in a second 980 Ti, the total build price comes out to around $3,200.
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K
GPU: GTX 980 Ti (alternative: 2x GTX 980 Ti)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z170X-UD5
Storage 1: 512GB Samsung 950 Pro PCIe M.2 SSD
Storage 2: 4TB Seagate HDD
Power Supply: EVGA 1000 P2
RAM: Crucial 16GB DDR4
Case: Enthoo Primo Aluminum Case
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H110i
[Comment-Why bother with a 4TB drive? Almost no need for air moving fans except to chill water for the CPU. There are GPU water coolers to reduce the nuber of fans further.)
So to start the discussion. I am interested in determining if my PC can be upgraded/replaced to support the Vive or O/R gear.
The O/R "Rift Ready" hardware spec dated 1/3/16 in Tech Times, is:
GPU:: Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD 290
CPU:: I5-4590 or AMD FX-8350
Video: HDMI 1.3 output
USB: 3 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0
OS: Win7 SP1 64 bit
Comments? Interest in a group?