Description

I've been a light gamer most of my life, and usually got by with a stock gaming laptop... never needing any real graphics power for the type of games I played.

But as a software developer, I recently decided to explore VR content development and VR programming on the side. This meant investing in a VR headset, and a PC powerful enough to run VR content seamlessly.

The build serves as both a gaming platform and a development platform (linux dual boot). I also wanted something that I could move between my office and the living room, hook up to the TV, and have friends over for some VR gaming.

For me, the build started with the case.

The NZXT S340 Elite really was the perfect case for this build. An ATX Mid tower, it was small/easy enough to move around. In white, it fits in with our living room decor perfectly. The front facing HDMI port is perfect for the Vive cables (until the wireless pack is released!). And the magnet headset holder is icing on the cake. It really is one of, if not THE best, cases for a VR build.

After the case was selected, it was easy to pick the rest of the components out, based on aesthetics and performance.

Because of current VR content and hardware not taking advantage of SLI bridged cards, I wanted a really powerful single graphics card. Being impatient, I couldn't wait for a 1080 ti, so I went with what was available, and that's the Titan X. So far it's been flawless, and i've never experienced graphics this good.

The Corsair 32gig DDR sticks were largely an aesthetic choice, as was the Kraken.

I ended up wrapping the two SSD's in white carbon fiber vinyl wrap. I might wrap it again, as I think it turned out a little sloppy without a razor or xacto knife to trim it down.

The Asus ROG Swift is my primary monitor, the Asus PB328Q is mainly used for coding in portrait, or plugged in to my macbook for writing code. The ROG Swift is straight baller... I'm super tempted to buy another and bring it to work.

I've never built a PC before, so I enlisted the help of some co-workers/friends with experience. All of the parts (and the Vive headset) arrived a week before our build date, so I had to stare at the boxes for a week as they silently taunted me while I waited for the weekend. I am not ashamed to admit that I put the Vive headset on several times without it being plugged in to something.

I've had the PC for a little more than two weeks now, and it's been amazing. I'm extremely happy with performance, VR gaming has been life changing, and it looks cool enough that my fiancée doesn't mind it sitting in the living room.

Perhaps the only thing I would do differently is wait for a 1080 ti... but I waited long enough to build this thing, and it was worth pulling the trigger on the Titan.

Update with performance metrics coming.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 6 points

5 guys 1 pc

  • 32 months ago
  • 4 points

boy it sure must be fun to have friends! +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for woof (pic 18)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent built looks amazing. BUT why didn't you go with the Kraken x62 :(

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I was thinking .

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build,wish i had that type of money lol

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid build :-)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Team work is our number 1 priority xD +rep

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice feature.

that green "GeForce GTX" logo makes me wanna kill myself.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Pure Jealousy... I want your monitor!! lol

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Get that PC off the damn floor! xD

Seriously tho, put it on a stand or something.

Otherwise, fantastic build, mate!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Thanks, and solid advice.

I was looking for solutions to keep it off the ground, and I think I found a rolling platform that should fit well and make it easier to move from room to room.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome. It always hurts me when I see someone put their PC on the floor, especially a carpet one. It's a big no no.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man!

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  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Updated. I didn't see the pascal in the list... The only listing they have is on Amazon, which is way over price compared to buying directly from NVIDIA.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking rig !

I'm thinking of buying the ASUS X99 Deluxe ll to pair with my Intel 6850 CPU.

Can you tell me how the ASUS MB is performing and if you had any Bios problems.

Thanks .

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey!

No BIOS problems to report. The rig has run really great. Temps and performance have been at expected levels, and it has destroyed every task I've thrown at it.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate the update,thanks !

Have fun with your spicy rig !

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the memory give you any problems regarding compatibility ?

Thanks

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Thanks for the tip. Yeah, the first thing we said once it powered up was "man, I wish the Geforce wasn't green".

Definitely going to look for a good mod tutorial for that.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? I love the GeForce green. But nice build! It looks amazing!

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for this post.I never liked the green light myself and now I'm happy to know there's a fix to get rid of it!