Description

Pre-ordered an Oculus Rift DK2. Realized what I had wouldn't cut the mustard so I set out to spec a rig to deliver a sweet spot between max FPS and $$$$.

Considerations: > I'm not a hardcore dedicated gamer, I'm most focused on immersion in game and non-game applications of the rift > AMD sucks. No really, they do. > I've read that multi-GPU SLI setups don't work well with the rift as it causes an unacceptable level of screen tear

So I cut corners where I thought FPS would be most preserved: > Went with the i5 as I don't expect most of my applications to make full use of the Hyper-Threading benefit of the i7 > Went with 8gb RAM rather than 16 BUT I think I found the performance and value sweet spot going with 1866 @ C8 > Yeah the case and the cooler are a little overkill/overspend but I let myself get hooked on the H100i, then the original cheap case I chose (Enermax Ostorog) wouldn't fit the dang H100i so I kind of just went for it on the Air 540, YOLO. But wow, what a dream it was building the system in that case!!

So, windows installed from initial boot from USB to account creation in less than 5 minutes and that's not OC'ing the i5 only enabling XMP for the 1866 ram. Man it smokes! The HD is fast!

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 10 points

I'm downvoting for you saying, "AMD sucks. No really, they do." and "YOLO". The AMD thing is all personal preference. You have NOTHING backing up that statement and it contributes nothing to describing the build process and your rationale behind the build. I also just hate "Yolo".

Good luck holding your OS, all of your games, and programs on that SSD. Keep in mind that an SSD isn't a hard drive (HD) it's a Solid State Drive.

Last but not least, put your GPU in the top PCI-E 16x slot to get the most bandwidth. That will give you the best performance possible.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, I may be wrong... but I suspect the software alone to get the Oculus going won't fit on the SSD with an OS. If it does fit... the games you want to install will have nowhere to fit, you should start looking for deals on another SSD, or buy a HDD for mass storage.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

A 1tb WD Black would go nicely in this build.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. AMD and Intel both have their reasons for being used, so one doesn't really trump the other. If you need a lot of cores, AMD is a good way to go. Intel delivers stronger individual cores, but fewer cores. It really just comes down to preference, although Intel tends to get better performance when gaming because of the strong single core vs. weaker multiple cores.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel will be (while they'll be well over $500) releasing 8 core CPU's eventually. They'll be well over $500 considering that's where their 6 core CPU's are priced around, but it'll be there to take all the benchmarking glory.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

You also have to consider the fact that AMD processors sell for dirt cheap compared to Intel.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD's CPU's offer amazing bang for the buck. The 8350 beats the 4930k in live steaming for example.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Your graphics card placement is strange, is there and incompatibility with 16x with the Oculus. Or does that PCIE slot allow 16x

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I had only initially placed it that way to prevent the HDMI and DVI cables from interfering with the 3 antennas from the PCI WIFI card. It turned out not to be an issue and moved the graphics card to the top slot.