Build your own PC as a powerful machine so that you can use it with your Virtually Reality headsets. The HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and some other VR devices use cutting-edge technology. For the lacking performance in any PC won’t be to use the device. Let’s see the hardware requirements and build a VR ready PC. Choose out the right gears, plug up them into the proper slots and Install operating system in your PC to start a journey in the virtual world. Hardware Requirements of a VR ready PC can be as follows:
The brain of a game engine is the CPU or central processing unit. Although the graphics card does the heavy lifting in VR games but the CPU is the Head of any PC. Recommended CPU for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive starts from the Intel’s Core i5-4590 processor for its capabilities. With the new socket type, top of the Intel’s stack Core i7-6700 is the best but it needs a new motherboard to support. This CPU needs speedy memory DDR4 RAM also. Core i5-4690 is recommended for a mini VR ready PC for a small budgets user.
The soul of a Virtual Reality gaming PC is the graphics card, the right and powerful card will help you to enjoy the real adventure. Make your PC capable of pumping at least 60 images per second or 60 fps (frames per second) to hit smoothly and satisfying gameplay on a PC. 90 frames per second is the Holy Grail for virtual reality devices. Lag or choppiness in movement, high resolution display near the face virtual reality needs to render the action twice (once for each eye). Use Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive for a minimum play. The best you can get the GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card.
The minimum requirement is 8GB DDR3 RAM, if you use more, your PC can do more things. The developers say more than 8GB RAM is probably overkill for now. DDR4 RAM required newer processors and it is fairly new and pricier than DDR3 RAM. A single 16GB stick of DDR4 RAM will give you a plenty of oomph in few days you can easily double it to 32GB as prices come down. You might as well go for 16GB DDR3 for a mini VR PC but and it may be harder to reach inside a tiny mini when the time comes to upgrade the system.
To run smoothly a VR ready PC with the combination of a CPU, Graphics Card and RAM, need the most unsung hero called Power Supply. Get a great power supply; it will save you from lots of headaches. From a wide range of selection with various wattages select yours to ample power for all the hardware you choose. The massive 1200 watt SeaSonic can be the best choice whereas as a second the Corsair’s 500 watt CX550M power supply can be better option as bare a minimum PC. To use more than a single graphics card more wattage power supply is needed. So picking up the right one is up to you.
- Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 7 motherboard supports DDR4 RAM, has slots for three graphics cards and three port for external graphics card.
- Enough hard drive space needs to install VR games on your PC and for the operating system to run. You can use SSD (solid state drive) to keep your machine speedy. In a magnetic hard drive you can store more but SSDs are speedy and help your PC to run faster. A speedy 500GB SSD is equals to a 2TB 7,200 rpm standard hard drive.
Build your own VR ready PC. It’s not so hard and not easy either.
Best of luck!