Vive/oculus pc build help.


Apr 30, 2012
I know this is something I can compare in the recommended stats on either website or any number of review sites. But, how far from being able to use either the oculus, or the vive is my pc build? Also I'm considering getting a samsung S7 or S7 edge with the free gear vr headset. I know it doesn't stack up to pc based VR systems, but I'm getting it for free and probably a watch for $0.99.

My current build is this
Intel Core i5 3470
Lite-On IHAS124-04 SATA DVD burner
NZXT Source 210 Elite
Themaltake TR2 600w PSU
Asus VE247H (23.6 inch, 1920x1080, 2ms response time, LED backlighting, built-in speakers, TN panel) monitor.
500gb EVO SSD
1tb wd HDD
1tb external HDD
500gb external hdd
Mushkin Enhanced STEALTH 16GB (2 x 8GB)
EVGA GTX 960 4gb ssc acx 2.0+ graphics card.

Some of the games I play currently don't run really well. For example, I play overwatch, and it is choppy. After changing some settings I have it playable, but it could be better. My CPU usage is high when playing it and I'm not sure if it's just a matter of optimization of the game settings, or my processor, but my GPU should be fine.

Thanks for any input you can give!
Your gpu is definitely below the recommended spec and would probably work fine for some games, but it would definitely struggle in others. There are benchmarking tools that can help you assess your readiness. There is a free tool available on Steam. I'm pretty sure you could download Firestrike and run that benchmark and it will show you on a graph at the end how you compare to recommended VR specs, 4k gaming rigs, etc.

Edit: My VR rig is nothing spectacular and it runs VR pretty well on my Vive...

1st gen i7 Xeon w3690
12gb ram
nvidia gtx 970 ssc
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Your video card is what's holding you back the most. Upgrading that to a 970 (or better yet 1070) would make a massive difference for you.

Next up would be your CPU. But since it isn't a K series there isn't much you can do to overclock without replacing it.
Thanks for the info, have any of you tried the samsung gear? Im about to get one with rither the s7 or s7 edge. Not sure which phone i want yet.
I have one a Gear VR with an S6. It's great, but the Rift is better overall.
a 970 or 1070 would be a one awesome upgrade for that computer. You could get an i7 3770k for that as well at some point and give yourself a few more years of life, overall the core computer is solid, just needs some GPU love.
I took a look at some GPU's and see
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SC GAMING ACX 2.0, 26% Cooler and 36% Quieter Cooling Graphics Card 04G-P4-2974-KR for just under 300.
MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 970 4GB OC DirectX 12 VR READY (GTX 970 GAMING 4G) for $250 used.
and a
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 4GB ZT-90101-10P used $250
and new egg has
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 4GB WINDFORCE 2X OC EDITION with a 10% off promo code and a $20 mail in rebate $222.99 before rebate and discount code.

SIde note /question What do you think is the cause of overwatch using 90+% CPU usage and playing like garbage unless on minmal settings with my set up?

Thanks again for the help guys.
I would go with a GTX 1070 if you could, also for 200$ the AMD R9 480 is launching next month i believe.

Not sure about the cpu usage in overwatch, using windows tm mine says it is using 40% while ingame on a i5 6500
I would go with a GTX 1070 if you could, also for 200$ the AMD R9 480 is launching next month i believe.

Not sure about the cpu usage in overwatch, using windows tm mine says it is using 40% while ingame on a i5 6500

The R9 480 ... why the huge price difference between it and even the gtx 970? The cheapest 970 I could find was $222.99 with a $20 discount and 10% off. That brings it down to roughly$180. And the 1070s were all over $800. I know better is more expensive, but even my current card is over $200. How does the R9 480 stand up against my current card or even against the gtx 970?
I agree a good 970 for 180$ is a fair bang for buck at this point. But that is last Gen, the 1070s will/should hover around 400$. From what I gather about the R9 480 for 200-225 is claimed to be faster than a 970 and 980 but not as fast as the 1070 and 1080. All of which should be substantial upgrade over the 960.

Just looking at newegg the cheapest 970 I saw was 260$ EVGA, thats not a bad deal that being said some will say that the R9 480 launch is AMD's attemt to mainstream VR which is what your looking to get into. Hopefully AMD will stock the card at the online retailers.