Recommended Builds for VR Gaming

February 10, 2016 | By tuan.mai@nzxt.com | PCDIY

Our CEO, Johnny Hou, has been a longtime supporter of VR gaming. One day, shortly after the Oculus Rift DK1 began shipping to Kickstarter backers, Johnny brought his developer kit into the office. We all took turns trying the device out and it was incredible.

It’s hard to believe that in less than two years from that point the consumer version, a much more refined edition, would be available for pre-order.

Most of the VR companies out there have begun listing recommended specs for their devices, but here are a few full builds we’d recommend to ensure the best possible VR experience:

Build #1 Entry-Level VR ($1150)

If you’re on a budget, building a system capable of the latest VR technology is definitely going to be a challenge. The good news is when you have a build that is VR-ready, it can also handle non VR gaming exceptionally well. Here’s what we’d recommend as a bare minimum VR build based on our own experiences with VR and recommended specs.

CaseNZXT S340 ($69.99)
Processor – Intel Core i5-6600K ($259.99)
CPU CoolerNZXT Kraken X31 ($79.99)
Motherboard – ASUS Z170-A Motherboard ($156.99)
Graphics Card – Zotac GeForce GTX 970 ($299.99)
Memory – 16GB of G.Skill DDR4 2400 RAM ($74.99)
Storage – Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD ($87.99)
Power Supply – EVGA 750W 80Plus Gold Power Supply  ($119.99)

Total Cost – $1,149.92

Build #2 Ultra-Smooth VR ($2000)

If you’re going to shell out the cash for a brand new build for your VR gaming system, we’d highly recommend giving yourself a little overhead space from the recommended specs. You’ve been waiting all of these years for an amazing VR experience, don’t sell yourself short and save up for a few more months to build yourself a solid machine. Not only will this system be able to handle VR, it’ll be a beast for any kind of PC gaming you’d like to do, including 4K!

CaseNZXT H440 ($119.99)
Processor – Intel Core i7-6700K ($414.99)
CPU CoolerNZXT Kraken X61 ($139.99)
Motherboard – ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Z170 Motherboard ($199.99)
Graphics Card – Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti ($669.99)
Memory – 32GB of G.Skill DDR4 2400 RAM ($169.99)
Storage – Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD ($159.99)
Power Supply – EVGA 850W 80Plus Gold Power Supply  ($134.99)

Total Cost – $2,009.92

Build #3 Mega-Overkill VR ($3000)

As the name suggests, this build is overkill for modern VR. If money isn’t an issue, a build such as this will guarantee your system is ready for whatever amazing augmented or virtual reality headset the future has to hold. Not to mention you will also become the envy of just about every other PC gamer on the block!

CaseNZXT H440 ($119.99)
Processor – Intel Core i7-6700K ($414.99)
CPU CoolerNZXT Kraken X61 ($139.99)
Motherboard – ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Extreme Z170 Motherboard ($484.99)
Graphics Card – Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti x2 ($1,339.98)
Memory – 32GB of G.Skill DDR4 2400 RAM ($169.99)
Storage – Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD ($159.99)
Power Supply – EVGA 1000W 80Plus Gold Power Supply  ($159.99)

Total Cost – $2,989.91

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Although these recommended builds were created with specific models in mind, you can certainly expect the same level of performance from similarly spec’d products from other manufacturers. Of course, these suggested builds are made entirely based on our own preferences and experiences and are not the only systems capable of having a great VR gaming experience. If you’d like to see what builds we’d recommend for other games, let us know in the comments!

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