This build or refresh, started out more as an experiment to try VR(Vive) the cheapest way possible. Most parts I had were recycled from prior builds.
I started out by trying the online oculus rift test, which failed miserably (mostly becuase I beleive it is nothing more than a parts checker and not an actual performace test).
Refusing to give up, I downloaded the Steam Vive Performance test, this was a little more promising because it was at least actually running a performance test, but still failed. I was not suprised as I new my parts were dated and I was just looking at a place to start.
At the time of the test, I had the i-980x, EVGA X58 FTW3 motherboard, 6GB Corsair Vengance Ram in tripple channel configuration, and an old GTX-580.
From what I could tell by the test, the i-980x might actually be capable! It seemed the only thing I needed was a new GPU.
The search for the cheapest VR capable GPU lead me to the GTX 1060. Not realizing they weren't sli capable I ended up picking up two for $250 each (sold one later).
The first tests with the Vive and new GPU were not that great, but I was just excited that I could actually get it running.
I decided to do a mild-overclock and try again. I was able to get the 980x to 3.8 on the stock cooler (which is not a bad cooler as far as stock coolers go) by bumping up the multiplier.
The Vive ran a lot smoother but still needed more speed, I new I could squeeze out more out but not with the stock cooler.
I had an old Amazon Gift card and decided to try out an aftermarket cooler. I had heard many good things about the Evo 212 and found it at a really good price.
I was able to get up to 4Ghz on the EVO 212 at okay temps but I wanted to see how far I could push this beast. The result was a 1Ghz overclock to 4.3Ghz under water at 1.35v running at 52c under load.
I also added more RAM, 8GB total and made a custom window in the side panel using a dremel and some plexi-glass to finishthings off.
All in all I think I spent under $400 out of pocket for this build and it runs the Vive and everygame so far with no noticable issues.