Description

With Half Life Alyx approaching the time has come to build a fairly competent gaming PC with VR capabilities. The only way I could the green light on this was with my partners love of half life and us both getting a Oculus Quest last Christmas - with the PC link now enabled on the Quest I was allowed to price up and build!!

So I needed this build to be small and quiet, I looked at lots of cases, some very small and expensive and some very small and looked horrible. I don't know if I made the right choice with this case as it is a touch on the large side for ITX but what it did enabled me to do was make it a bit of a show piece, with lots of room for running cables and making it look tidy. Add a touch of RGB and it looks the part.

This was my first go at water cooling as well, I know its an AIO but I wanted to make it a bit different for this build and money would allow this, looking back I should have gone for a duel radiator version rather than the single as really at the end of the day its no better than a good large radiator heat sink and fan.

The price of the GPU was £401 from Amazon warehouse, the price in part picker is a lot more.

I have been playing No Mans Sky in VR and it looks great with no jitters or slow downs, seems to be a good build so far!

Part Reviews

CPU

Bang for buck you cannot go wrong, you'll find this CPU recommended all over the place.

CPU Cooler

Seems to work ok!

Motherboard

Nothing too crazy about this B450 board but it does have a USB-C port that is vital for the Oculus Quest connection!

Memory

I got these cheap from Amazon Germany (I live in the UK) seem to do the job.

Video Card

Found this cheap on Amazon Warehouse - £50 cheaper than it should have been.

Case

Great case, easy to work in, lots of room for an ITX build.

Power Supply

Semi-modular PSU - I did think about a full Modular but then I thought, why when your going to have to use the motherboard and CPU cables anyway, good build and Corsair quality.

Case Fan

These are nice and quiet and you cannot go wrong with Noctua.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great!! Can Quest handle Alyx? I'm curious how the GPU heat situation is being that close to the PSU shroud? I deal with much the same in my h210i case but I think yours is even closer

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The Quest will have no issues playing HL:A as long as the link cable is present. The OP is not going to play the game on the Quest itself. With the link cable, the Quest turns into a regular VR headset and all of the game processing happens inside the PC.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It passes all the steam VR tests, it also passes the requirements released by Valve but of course more is always better when VR is involved. The PSU shroud has air holes on it and there are two 140mm fans on the front so one of the fans is basically blowing onto the card and PSU.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Was your motherboard already updated to work with your 3600 and did it give you any trouble? I plan on using this board and am trying to decide if I should use a 2600x or 3600 since I don't have my own zen/zen+ cpu to update the bios.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it worked out of the box, but it did state that on the Amazon page and the box had a sticker also stating this. I don't knon if there are old revisions of the board out there so you'll have to be careful!!