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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)

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice job. Cool wood look and modifications. The mesh side is a neat idea.

Thumbs up.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

this looks like it kicks *** in secret, pristine

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

i love the choice of case! nice build dude

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotta love a Metis build. I built in one a while ago. It was a lot of fun. Great job with this!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! definitely a fun case to mess around with, not too expensive.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This is SAWEET!! How do you like the Rift S? Do you put headphones in or just run the audio through your entertainment center?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

I am still really happy with the Rift S. After all the news about the Quest linking to a computer I think I still ended up with the right headset for my use case. Most of the time I play with a set of cheap earpod headphones in, or I use the integrated speakers in the headband, depending on the game. I haven't tried running the audio through the soundbar/sub because I like the directional-ness of the other two options, but maybe it would be cool for some content.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice ! Could you of fit a 25mm fan up top instead of the 15mm ?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Super late reply, but I did replace the top fan with a 25mm fan after seeing your comment and it's way better. Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • -3 points

huge amounts of bottleneck

  • 4 months ago
  • 4 points

not really! the CPU is 4c/4t and boosts up to 4.2 GHz. my timespy and firestrike scores are on par with some other folks running i7 4790k and even i7 6700k. it's a pretty well balanced system!