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First Build. A sub-$1000 VR gaming machine.

by BetaKeja



CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz


This is my first computer build. I upgraded from my four year old Dell Inspiron laptop, which has gotten to the point that it cannot run minecraft at a tolerable speed even on the lowest settings. This build also comes in anticipation of the arrival of the Virtuix Omni and Sixense STEM which I have already ordered.

Additional parts

  • 2.5" 500 GB Western Digital HDD
  • DVD burner borrowed from my roommate


  • When using parts salvaged from an older computer make sure they are fully compatible with your build. I had an old DVD burner with an IDE port and an old power supply with 20 pin motherboard and 4 pin CPU plugs. I thought I was going to use the old power supply until my new one came in but then I had an all but functional build just waiting there in front of me all week long.

  • Do you have a PS2 keyboard? Keep it. My USB mouse and keyboard worked fine in the BIOS and during installation but once Windows booted off of the SSD they didn't work at all. Nothing I tried worked, I even tried reinstalling Windows but no luck. Thankfully they knew what the problem was at Memory Express and they even gave an old PS2 keyboard for free and after that it worked fine. Strangely though, simply having the PS2 keyboard plugged in made the USB mouse & keyboard work...

  • RAID: I'm not sure what happened exactly but here's what happened. I followed Newegg's build guide and unplugged the HDD while installing Windows and then after installing all of my drivers I plugged it back in. After that the BIOS changed my SATA configuration to RAID and Windows was corrupted and I had to reinstall Windows... again.

  • When my computer falls asleep I sometimes cannot wake it up without shutting it off. I've tried disabling hybrid sleep we'll see if that works.

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YourLocalPCNoob 1 Build 2 points 68 months ago

Is that a mosaic of Link? Thats pretty cool if it is

BetaKeja submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Well actually its stained glass. And yes it's Link. I made the pattern from a Wind Waker poster I found online.

YourLocalPCNoob 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Wow you must have a lot of talent to do that! I can barely use a glue stick without getting some of it on me

SrgtMacfly 1 point 68 months ago

I would have tried to get a better PSU for that price, but good build!

skemble 24 Builds 5 points 68 months ago

Rosewill Capstone is actually a very reliable line of PSUs.

SrgtMacfly 1 point 68 months ago

not saying it is not, but I am just saying for close to 80$ he could have gotten a higher wattage PSU

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

I agree. I would have looked for a 550 or 650 XFX or something of that nature.

deathfromup 6 Builds 0 points 68 months ago

This is true but for 80 CAD you could get the same tier power supply with more wattage. If he upgrades anything in the near future he will need to up the wattage.

Hakumisoso 2 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

Omni and Sixense STEM? Sick periferals! But your monitors are a bit lacking.

BetaKeja submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

I am planning on getting a new monitor (perhaps this one http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/benq-monitor-rl2450ht) but after spending so much money I want to wait a while first. On the bright side I finally get to try out a dual screen setup that isn't my laptop and I am liking it very much. My main complaint is the colour difference between the two.

aighamdi 3 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

great assembly and decent part choices. the cpu might be locked but you can OC the gpu if you needed more horsepower sometime in the future. also, crossfire option is available to you since you got a Z87 mobo. usually an H87 work just as fine for a lower price (if some one considers copying the parts choices).

also: dat glass mosaic art.

BetaKeja submitter 1 Build 2 points 68 months ago

The cheapest H87 I see is $81.27 which is also Micro ATX. I got mine at a big discount plus a price beat which brought it from $150 to $90 (still waiting on the rebate though).

sketch24 9 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

Nice build.

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BetaKeja submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

I couldn't really get a straight answer on that. It's 80+ GOLD so it's highly efficient. If my estimates are right it will pay for itself in a few years, plus it means less heat and noise.

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Smily 1 point 68 months ago

Meh, it has a 37A 12v rail. Should be fine unless he does some serious overclocking.