If you were waiting months and months to build a Rift PC now is the time to start ordering parts. CV1 is officially on the horizon! Oculus has released the official recommended specs for the PC hardware to power the Rift. This is a smart move as it standardizes the experience for developers and end users.
Surprisingly my generic VR PC build was very close to the recommended specs. This build will focus on the recommended Oculus requirements and provide you with the exact parts you need. The goal was to build a capable PC with quality components that would meet the specs without greatly exceeding them. I also made some decisions in order to make future expansion or upgrades easier.
The big question for most people will be, “What specific components are best for the Rift?” It can be hard to mix and match parts to find the right combination. Here is what I would recommend:
Processor – Intel Core i5-4590K – Haswell processor from Intel, will offer excellent performance for the cost. Also consider the Intel Core i5-4690K which slightly exceeds the recommended spec. Note that this includes its own cooler and fan, nothing else is required here!
Graphics Card – EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 – Good performance for the price, EVGA makes a great card. It’s great that Oculus set a fixed GPU bar for the Rift, just keep in mind that one day this may need to get replaced.
Motherboard – MSI ATX DDR3 2400 LGA 1150 – supports Z97, modern and inexpensive. (2) USB 3.0 ports for the Rift. This is a great foundation for a new PC and will support upgrades over the life of the PC. Great BIOS screen for easy setup.
Memory – Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB 1600MHz 240-pin DDR3 – A single stick of 8GB will leave room for expansion. I would recommend two sticks right off the bat for 16GB but this is an easy upgrade in the future.
Storage – Samsung SSD 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III – Solid state drive for the OS. Also consider a 3.5 SATA disk for game storage. I’ve had bad experience in the past with SSDs so I prefer to stick with a brand name.
Case – Corsair Carbide Series 200R – Nice clean case that is solid and inexpensive. Beautiful with plenty of quiet cooling.
Power Supply – Rosewill 80 PLUS BRONZE 550 – Decent power supply to support future upgrades
OS - Windows 7 64-bit OEM – The old standard here, I prefer it over Windows 8
The Rift – Oculus Rift – Available directly from Amazon
This should be everything you need to put together the perfect Rift PC with upgrade potential. Budget versions of this are possible but this PC is a quality build for the Rift. I included Amazon links for everything and recommend them for their Prime shipping and ease of exchanges.
Here is the complete list with totals:
|Processor||Intel Core i5-4590K||$199|
|Graphics Card||PNY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5||$320|
|Motherboard||MSI ATX DDR3 2400 LGA 1150||$85|
|Memory||Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB 240-pin DDR3||$104|
|Storage||Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch||$78|
|Case||Corsair Carbide Series 200R||$66|
|Power Supply||Rosewill 80 PLUS BRONZE 550||$70|
|OS||Windows 7 64-bit OEM||$135|
Never built a PC before? It’s easier than you think – everything snaps together. I recommend the step-by-step guide at Tom’s Hardware.