Virtual Reality is here in the Philippines! This is really exciting for new generation gaming PC builders but it require some serious PC hardware setup to run this headset.
For most PC gamers and VR enthusiast, this guide is meant to help and prepare you building a PC for VR or upgrading your current PC setup to VR-gaming standards.
Atman Binstock, Chief Architect at Oculus explains that : “a traditional 1080p game at 60Hz requires 124 million shaded pixels per second. In contrast, the Rift runs at 2160×1200 at 90Hz split over dual displays, consuming 233 million pixels per second. At the default eye-target scale, the Rift’s rendering requirements go much higher: around 400 million shaded pixels per second. This means that by raw rendering costs alone, a VR game will require approximately 3x the GPU power of 1080p rendering.”
That’s why I’ve listed each major component’s function that is critical to acquire a premium VR experience.
The recommended CPU from Oculus and HTC Vive is i5-4590, the slowest processor recommended so far by their developers. If you’re gaming on a flat screen monitor, i5-4590 would be fine but if you’re into VR gaming, the newer i5-6500 / 6600 will do great.
4GB+ RAM is the recommended memory of HTC and 8GB for Oculus. But for most games 8GB is the sweet spot. If you’re a content creator or video editor and planning to have VR PC, it might be wise to upgrade to 16GB. Otherwise, 8GB will do just fine(acutally it’s a lot). Today’s price of RAM is pretty cheap and actually easy to install just remember that you may need DDR4 RAM and let’s forget about the DDR3 in VR.
The graphics processing unit is vital component for your vr gaming setup as it’s require to maintain more than or equal to 90 FPS (frame per seconds).
HTC Vive and Oculus Rift’s developers recommended NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD R9 390 (or 290) as the minimum starting point to get the full vr experience but obviously the price is much higher compare to the recently released AMD RX 480 and NVIDIA GTX 1060 which performs better and lower price than 970 and 390. This will give yourself additional headroom for aiming 90 fps in more demanding games.
There’s a lot of debate whether what to choose HDD or SSD. To give you a summary, HDD will give you a lot of space with a cheaper cost. While SSD yielded faster read/write speed performance that definitely speed up your computing experience which is costly compare to HDD. It may not be necessary for budget builders but a solid state drive will help you improve your vr gaming setup.
Obviously, this is your mothership of your PC. Well not exactly a mothership and not directly affecting your VR experience, but your motherboard will hold everything and provide you the basic foundation for the connection of your hardware that is not only compatible to your processor but also having a decent quality.
Make sure that the motherboard should have three USB 3.0 ports and at least one USB 2.0 port available for the headset and tracking cameras.
Basically, most of the time PC builders tend to forget this small box and rely only that comes with their case. Seriously? We don’t know the quality and the specs of that PSU that comes free inside the case. Since we don’t want to ruin everything, let’s have a decent PSU that are from reputable manufacturers.
Kindly, make sure that your PSU should provides PCI 6-8pin connectors to supply your GPU and atleast 600-750w with 80plus certification. If you’re planning to have 2 or multi- gpu installed, you must have atleast 1000+w PSU.
Example builds that suits your budget:
VR is the next trend of modern gaming and obviously the tittle-tattle is not just about your gaming mechanical keyboard and gaming mouse but also this attachable headset that revolutionize the tech era will soon be on everyone’s lips.
With that said, Let’s look at our Recommended to Advanced build that is set to be budget build VR gaming. (Currency : Php) Updated: July 2016. Items below are available at Lazada and PChub.
The Recommended Build ( ₱40,000 ~ ₱44,000 ):
This is the “VR NOW” Build. Technically, this is for those who want to experience VR right now and enjoy the 100+ games at Steam.
CPU: Intel Core i5-6500
GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD RX 480
Motherboard: ASRock Z170 Pro4S
Storage: WD Blue 1TB HDD
Power Supply: Seasonic M12-II 620 Evo 80plus Bronze
RAM: 8GB DDR4-2133
Case: NZXT S340
SSD (Optional): Kingston SSDNow 120GB
The Advanced Build ( ₱50,000 ~ ₱60,000 ):
This is more of a “future concept mindset” build. This is for those who want to know that their machine can handle not just the first wave of VR games, but games that will be coming out two years from now but still budget friendly for today’s price.
CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K
GPU: GTX 1080
Motherboard: ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming
Storage 1: 480GB SanDisk Ultra II SSD
Storage 2: 2TB WD Red HDD
Power Supply: Seasonic M12II 750 Evo 80plus Bronze
RAM: 16GB (8×2) Dual-Channel DDR4
Case: NZXT S340
CPU Cooler: Stock Fan (or Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo)
VR is not just for gaming but this technology will definitely revolutionize every manual interaction through new application for developers that could enhance the norms of medicine, education, engineering and social activities.
Technically, VR is the next frontier of gaming. a very promising technology that will improve our gaming experience through virtual reality.
- Logical Increments