This is my pride and joy - a VR monster build.
Long story short, I have an HP Envy 750se which features i7 6700K, 12GB DDR4-2133 Memory, GTX 970, and a generic 500W PSU.
I am a game enthusiast and a VR geek so I play lots of FPS and VR games like Dirt Rally (VR works great for SimRacing!!). And as you noticed, my GTX 970 which handles most of the games well in 1080p fails to meet my expectations in VR. My OEM CPU cooler keeps my 6700K around 70~80C almost constantly without any OC.
Time to UPGRADE!!
I got an AORUS GRX 1080Ti Xtreme Edition to start. Initially, I put it in my old 750se case... definitely a bad idea. The card barely fits in and I don't think my 500W Bronze rated PSU can handle it.
A couple of days later, my gigantic case - Core X9 - arrived. It is probably one of the best if you want the potential for any possible future upgrade or simply need total freedom of modification. Tons of space and great quality.
What did I do to it? Well, I fit in with lots of case fans... 12x 120mm case fans + 2x 140mm case fans + 2x 200mm fans.
I bought a 750W Gold rated PSU from Thermaltake. Pretty decent and quiet. Capable of supporting my GTX 1080Ti and 6700K for some slight overclocking.
I kept the old 12GB DDR4-2133 memory from my 750se and bought another 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 memory. I know the old 2133 memory is dragging me down in terms of performance. But for memory, I am paying plenty of memory for marginally increased performance.
I will update this build with more stuff when I have time to edit. Let me know if you like my build!
UPDATE 1 Did several stress tests in XTU today. 10 minutes stress test with 6700k @ 4.5GHz (Setup: 4.6G/4.5G/4.5G/4.5G, Cache Ratio 4.1GHz, Adaptive CPU voltage) stabilized at around 55C. Pretty impressive.
OC to 4.5GHz like a breeze.
Great so far! I have a 4x 120mm fan push+pull setup and it's able to keep my 6700K below 55C @ 4.5GHz underload.
The only downside: the SP120L PWM fans can be loud when operating above 60% RPM. If you cannot tolerate, consider either using a push+pull setup so you don't need to run the fan at high RPM, or simply change to different fans.
I don't have a direct measure how much this helped to cool down my CPU. But the combination of H100i v2, push+pull fan setup, and Kryonaut is able to keep my 6700K (@4.5GHz) below 60C underload!
Solid motherboard. A little bit expensive if there's no additional discount or rebate given Z270 is just marginally improved over Z170.
So far so good!
Space, space, and space! But it's a giant case that might not fit everyone's table.
Quiet and lots of airflow.
Great feeling but pretty loud.
Fun story, I also have a friend who has the same keyboard. This keyboard is apparently loud enough to irritate his dog. Everytime he presses a key, his dog will bark at the keyboard, LMAO
I like that it's wireless, very convenient and good feeling.
Great fan hub.
If you never tried VR, go find a place and try it out!
Don't let the mobile VR fooled you if you had tried GearVR, DayDream, etc. They are great experiences, nonetheless, desktop VR is a completely different level.
Also, if you like SimRacing, HTC Vive / Oculus Rift is probably the best option.