I bought an Oculus Rift S recently and have been really enjoying the experience. I mostly play Pavlov VR, Echo Combat, Asgard's Wrath and some others when I have the time. At first I was lugging my massive full ATX Define S2 out into the living room every time I wanted to play, as I don't have space for VR in the bedroom, and that became a bit of a chore and was a barrier to using my headset on a regular basis.
Solution: Time to build a Mini ITX VR PC for the living room!
The parts selection here was meant to be a middle-of-the-road VR spec and fit in a small enough case to be discreet next to the TV stand. I was pretty split on the CPU and I probably should have gone for R5 2600 on sale or i5 9400F, but the price and clock speeds on this new 9100F had me curious. I'm gonna see how the performance is before I dump more money into it, but can see myself upgrading the CPU in the future if necessary. So far so good in games.
I've built in this Metis case before, so I had it in storage and it worked well for this application. I replaced the plastic side panel window with a home-made mesh one for better thermals, and installed a regular 120mm fan at the top for the GPU. I would like to cut another fan slot in the top panel at some point as well. The GPU sits around 42 C in VR games, and is cooled by a Corsair H55 AIO and Kraken G12 bracket. The CPU is pretty TDP, and rarely hits 50C. I had originally targeted a GTX 1660 for this build, but I found a GTX 1070 Mini on eBay for $189.00, and that card easily outperforms the 1660 for about $40-50 less. After running it with the stock air cooler and having an annoying "fan ticking", with temps in the 74-78C range, I thought it would be cool to install the Kraken.
Performance is still solid in comparison to my more expensive and bigger system. It fits in with the rest of the living room, and I just picked up a bluetooth keyboard/touchpad combo to make it more HTPC friendly. I used some cheap "bamboo" pattern vinyl from Amazon for the side panels to help it blend in. Overall really happy with the build and would recommend this setup to anyone interested in a budget VR computer!
Best Timespy - 5858 (6442 / 3871) Best Firestrike - 14586 (19500 / 8836)