Beautiful machine (both)!
Just a reply to your comment since Ive been using the VIVE. The GTX970 has no problem rendering VR at maximum settings in every game Ive tried and thats without any overclocking!
no, but I had an issue where one of my front USB 3 ports weren't working. I got a warranty replacement front panel board from Corsair. They were very good about it. No questions asked and shipped second day air! Had to tear down the computer completely in order to install the new front panel circuit board though. Took about 2 hours but everything works perfectly now.
Got my VIVE and I concur that the 970 is more than capable of running VR flawlessly! Cancelled my rift because of Occulus promoting exclusive titles and I am glad I did! Room scale VR is awesome. I never even knew what I was missing!
UPDATE! Finally got my VIVE! Cancelled my Rift pre-order because I didn't agree with Oculus/Facebook's business philosophy with regards to exclusivity and DRM, and am I glad I did. Room scale VR is amazing. I really didn't think it would make a difference until I tried it. I had no idea what I was missing!
Anyway, the reason for the update is to let everyone know that this rig has absolutely no problem with VR. There is absolutely no noticeable lag or stuttering at all on any application I've tried so far!...and that's with it down clocked to factory specs! The GTX970 doesn't even break a sweat! Sure I could have waited for the 1070 but I haven't even found the limits of this card yet at factory clock! The only upgrade ive made is add 2TB HDD for media storage at a cost of $70.
Already completed the build wit a 970. I'm pretty happy with it. I can always upgrade when I have to, which I don't right now. The 1070 is a GREAT value, true, but only if you can make use of the extra performance. When I hit that bottleneck Ill be ready to upgrade. If I were building it today instead of 2 months ago Id probably go with the 1070 but chasing the latest and greatest can be futile let alone expensive!
I used the multi connector SATA power cable supplied with my PS. Thank you for the compliment. Good look with your build. Don't forget to post pictures!
How'd you get that case new for $50. Thats normally a $120+ case?
Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad to hear everything worked out with your build and appreciate your letting me know about how it performs. I'm still waiting for my Rift which is expected to be shipped in July :( I thought and debated about going for the Vive but decided to go with the Rift instead because of limited space in which I felt I couldn't really take full advantage of the full motion VR experience offered by the Vive. At $200 less the Rift also fit my budget, and by the time I get my headset hopefully the motion controllers will be available. Thanks and enjoy your Vive!
What a great job. You made a compact and powerful computer into a work of art. I love what you did with the Thermaltake Core V1 case. Already a great ITX case at an equally great price. I thought of using it myself but instead opted for the Corsair 380t because of the handled design.
Nice work. The high end processor just means that you future proofed it! I'll be a decade before you need to upgrade the CPU/MoBo. Till then just upgrade your GPU every few years.
Love the case btw!
Ran Prime95 torture test for 3 hrs. Maximum temp reached was 65C!
Fans on low and overclocked to 4.5Ghz!
74 Max with overclocking (+170 mhz on gpu, +500 mhz on memory clock, +5% voltage). Ran Valley benchmark with full AA. Went from 56fps to 65fps, score from 2377 to 2701! Using MSi Afterburner.
Case fans always on lowest setting! The limiting factor was video integrity. I OC'd below the point where there were absolutely no artifacts or tearing. Never came close to Tmax. I think the only way I could overheat this thing is if I lit it on fire!
Nice build. Love the 380T case. Got a similar configuration myself except in black and red.
I didn't think DDR3 memory would even fit on a z170 motherboard!
Really nice. The led fans look awesome against the white case.
Really nice build! The fans look really great with the white 380T case. Awesome rig!
I just did my first upgrade! Put a 200mm in the front, replaced the rear with a 120 led and installed 2 side mounted 120 leds! See the new pictures!
You should post yours!
Agreed, thats why I built with an emphasis on future expandability. This computer is a multi use machine and I had a budget. Sure I could have gone with a 980ti but that would have cost more. As it is the 970 can provide the optimal (not minimal) VR experience for the equipment available today as the native resolution of the rift/vive is only 1080x1200. As new generations of VR systems become available new hardware will also be available to upgrade with. This rig is built with the future in mind. The limiting factor is the form factor, but then an ATX tower wouldn't look all that great in my living room!
Thank you, I did a considerable amount of research before purchasing parts. I had to relearn the computer parts market again since the last build I did was over 10 years ago! pcpartpicker.com was a HUGE help.