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!
Bang for buck you cannot go wrong, you'll find this CPU recommended all over the place.
Seems to work ok!
Nothing too crazy about this B450 board but it does have a USB-C port that is vital for the Oculus Quest connection!
I got these cheap from Amazon Germany (I live in the UK) seem to do the job.
Found this cheap on Amazon Warehouse - £50 cheaper than it should have been.
Great case, easy to work in, lots of room for an ITX build.
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.
These are nice and quiet and you cannot go wrong with Noctua.