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Mini VR Build

by Banhawy



Date Published

Oct. 23, 2016

Date Built

Oct. 7, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

43.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

60.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

79.0° C



Unlike my first build, I wanted to go ham this time. I went with Intel Core i7-6700 the non k version because I do not overclock my hardware nor do I like to. Plus this version came with stock cpu fan (I plan to upgrade that later) and integrated graphics which I desperately needed initially because I could not afford buying a graphics card at the time. I was an AMD fan before because of its affordability. But as I said, I wanted to go HAM this time. The switch to an i-7 skylake is huge. I could have two different browser windows with 15 tabs each. Close them, re-open them all at once, WHILE having 5 other programs open. i-7 doesn't even blink. This will last for years to come. Good investment.


Speaking of ham, I went with 16 GB DDR4 sticks although I expect they will become the new norm soon. Still more speed than I really need with maximum usage of 6 GB so far. Worth.


It was my first using an ASUS motherboard and I am satisfied. Well, not entirely. The CPU socket latch mechanism almost bent all my CPU pins. It was not smooth easy lock-in mechanism and it required a scary amount of force to lock in the processor. Nevertheless, it runs and gives life to my system, and has a good bios.


So I had some spare hard drives lying around so I didn't have to spend money buying new ones. I use a 120 GB Samsung SSD to boot, and a WD 1TB for storage. I know, not ideal. But storage can wait. I'll probably upgrade to m.2 SSD and shoot for 500GB + 1TB SSDs in the future. Right now it boots in less than 20 seconds and that's gg for me.

Graphics Card:

Initially, after the GTX 1080 and 1070 I wanted to get either one. Realistically, I thought I'd settle for GTX 1070. But I left this part as the last item to buy because of how expensive the 1080 and 1070 were. It was heart-breaking really. I HAD to have a VR capable card. And not just capable, NO it had to be high end and powerful. I somehow found out about the GTX 1060 and after seeing the benchmarks and good reviews I got the 6GB version. I just could not wait longer for the more expensive 1070. Well, for $260 it is the most powerful card I ever owned. And it can easily handle VR. It should last 3-4 years then I could upgrade again, right? Needless to say, ALL my steam games can now run at high and Ultra settings with ease. Gave up some extra ham for instant fulfilling ham. Worth.


I love this case. This case is bae. It's literally the reason I started this build. Better than Xbox and PS4 in my opinion. I never built a pc in a mini itx case before,but this was nothing too challenging. Not too easy either. Just the right amount of challenging that made me feel so satisfied when I finished building. The only problems were heat and sound, which were expected. Mind you it's not a glaring issue, the case just gets warm after like 7-8 hours of continued use. Because it's so small you could hear the CPU and graphics card's fans if they spin fast. BUT it's still impressive given its console size. Try playing a PS4 or Xbox 1 for 5 hours straight and see how hazardously hot they get. Meh I'll have extra cooling once it starts snowing where I live.

Final Verdict:

This was not so cheap. You could definitely build a much cheaper VR build. I'm also bummed that I had to buy Windows 10 OS for $120. I think this should last for a long time. I'll wait till next year to buy a VR headset because I'm pretty sure it will become cheaper and better by then. Meanwhile, I'll finally be able to play and stream games I always wanted to play. And if I do move countries again, this will fit nicely in a carry-on luggage.

Comments Sorted by:

JackGIII 2 points 18 months ago

Cool build! For my VR rig I followed a similar path. Same mobo, RAM and GPU but went with a 6700k @ 4.6. I bailed on the 1070\1080 decision after I saw the reviews on the 1060 and it's been working extremely well with my Vive.


Banhawy submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks, I'm glad it worked well with your vive!

ashukumar123 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

awesme build ... will this gpu support to my mobo https://pcpartpicker.com/user/ashukumar123/builds/

Banhawy submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

The 1060 should fit in your mobo. I used the mini version, but you could use the full size one for extra card fan cooling If you want.

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ashukumar123 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

why bro any problem ?

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RaptorsFan4Life 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Awesome Build! Awesome Philips SHP9500 Headphones (I got one too)!

Banhawy submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Great comfy headphones for the price!

Wilddogge 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Awesome build. Love the decal on the case. I have been planning on a similar build for a long time and calling it the "Master Race Station" just for the laughs. I just got a Mini ITX MoBo and soon I will be getting the same PSU and case as you. Nice! :)

Banhawy submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks! You will have fun with this case, and the PSU has a fan that does decent cooling. Looking forward to check out your Master Race Station soon. :)

Wilddogge 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks! Have fun with your build too :D

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