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    Newbie Post: A New Build for Oculus Z97 or X99

    Hi
    I've built PCs for my needs for more years than I care to remember - i.e. since before the internet, but gave up on gaming rigs quite a few years ago as consols were just easier, until now that is.

    I think I've decided to order an Oculus rift DK2 - was going to wait for CV1 but as its now 12 months or more away I really cannot wait.

    But there is no way my aging PC (i3 530, radeon 4600, 8Gb ram, 120Gb ssd) is going to do a reliable 75 fps in 1080p stereo, so its a new build.

    About the only thing I have going is a large case and a 700w modular PSU, pretty much everything else is going to have to be replaced.

    A quick poke around reveals more choice and complexity than ever before, so I thought this time why not ask the people who know?

    So I'm looking or a little input on a gaming rig, I don't want to upgrade again when cv1 come along if I can get away with it, but I've always gone for best price point vs performance.

    Pre built pre overclocked bundles look like good value, but again I need to hit something that will serve my needs

    I've always tended toward intel and nvidea (the 4600 was an emergency purchase as it was cheap and on the shelf when I needed it), but nothing hard and fast on this.

    So, welcome suggestions for a decent build that will drive a VR headset.

    My first question would be Z97 vs X99 - is the latter worth the price overhead or can the former do the job with ease?

    Thanks in advance - my first post here, and its a while since I looked at PC components so apols for any dumb questions.

    Cheers

    Trev

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    Re: Newbie Post: A New Build for Oculus Z97 or X99

    Hexus showed the x99 to have little to no advantages in gaming over the z97 and a i5/i7

    As long as you like orange this would do you

    Gigabyte Magma Z97" i7 4790K @ 4.50GHz Overclocked Enthusiast Bundle £560

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    Re: Newbie Post: A New Build for Oculus Z97 or X99

    Thanks thats good to know,
    Will my CM M700 PSU be OK for this and a GTX 970 or do I need to change that too?

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    Re: Newbie Post: A New Build for Oculus Z97 or X99

    Looking at Coolmaster website it appears your CM M700 PSU is dated to around 2007 and doesn't support the Haswell.

    See article http://techreport.com/review/24897/t...t#coolermaster

    So I would suggest buy new.

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    Re: Newbie Post: A New Build for Oculus Z97 or X99

    look at


    SuperFlower Golden Green HX 750W "80 Plus Gold" Semi-Modular Power Supply - Black £72.95


    Your 970 should be fine but until the Oculas are generally available we will never know.

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    Re: Newbie Post: A New Build for Oculus Z97 or X99

    Quote Originally Posted by jokerzero View Post
    Will my CM M700 PSU be OK for this and a GTX 970 or do I need to change that too?
    If you don't use C6 or C7 sleep states your PSU will be fine. Older PSU's which are not haswell ready just can't do those sleep states. It will just mean you PC use's a bit more power when idle.

    Only my opinion I'd leave buying new PSU if it meant I could spend more on other components to end up with a better system.

    Again only my opinion I avoid preoverclocked bundles as I generally find can buy better components within that same price (usually for cheaper) and have fun OC'ing myself.

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    Re: Newbie Post: A New Build for Oculus Z97 or X99

    I doubt a 970 is going to maintain 75FPS @ 1080p stereo. At least not in a lot of newer games.

    Crysis 3:
    1920 x 1080, 0x AA, 16x AF, 'Very High' Settings - 68 Max, 55 Average

    Battlefield 4
    1920 x 1080, DirectX 11, 'Ultra' Settings - 76 Max, 60 Average

    Now consider you have to render 2 x 1080p.....and you probably want some AA

    So it depends a lot on what you want to play and what settings your happy with.
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    Re: Newbie Post: A New Build for Oculus Z97 or X99

    Good point shaithis, although its not as bad as doubling the frame.
    As I understand it, stereo rendering renders a single frame with the necessary translations to apply to the same image to complete the second, so the overhead should be quite a bit less than 20% load, even with a lot going on.

    But as you say there is an overhead, and those frame rates as posted are not encouraging.

    The reason for the rush is I want to use this in part to treat my son's amblyopia. Treatment for this is less effective as you age and he has just crossed the age point where conventional treatments no longer work.
    The older he is before using any other treatment, the less chance of a positive effect.
    When it arrives I think people will be surprised at how much of the VR market will be driven by the desire to address this particular problem.

    That and Elite Dangerous of course

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