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So,

In preparation to the Oculus Rift DK2 showing up I needed to build a computer that was powerful enough to drive it. I also wanted to build a system that would be somewhat future proofed. As such I build the baddest system I could with the money I had budgeted.

  • Motherboard – ASRock Z97 Extreme 6 – Toms Hardware recommended
  • CPU – Intel I7 4790k – Toms Hardware recommended
  • CPU Cooler – Corsair H50 Hydro series – Went mid level, I plan on upgrading to a CPU/GPU system in the future.
  • Memory – 32 GB G.SKILL Ares (4x8GB) DDR3 2400Mhz. (Best speed for money. Didn’t want memory to be a bottleneck)
  • Boot Drive – Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD 256GB (Fasted SSD without going crazy expensive)
  • Storage Drive – Western Digital 2TB Green 6GB/s SATA
  • Case – Arctic Nine Hundred – Decent case with ports for water cooling and 2 front USB 3 connections
  • Video Card – EVGA GeForce GTX 980 TI – This is where I spared no expenses and went for the best, within reason.
  • Monitor – Acer 27″ 2K – Looking for a good monitor without going to far, I’ll be using the Rift mostly (I hope)

 

Some lessons learned.

  1. The case fan had to be removed, the radiator installed and the fan put back on.
  2. UPDATE FLASH IMMEDIATELY!! The ASrock mother board will update the flash itself. A very nice option.
    1. Plug in a network cable
    2. Go into the UEFI (F2 on boot) and find the option under tools for Internet flash update
    3. Select go
    4. Wait 10 minutes.
    5. Done
  3. The M.2 SSD will NOT boot without a newer flash (2.30) installed.  It will install, just not boot.
  4. To create a USB install for windows 8.1 Pro.
    1. The full install takes about 10 minutes. Seriously. That’s it using the USB 3 ports.
    2. Go HERE and select “Create Media”
      1. Full link http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media
    3. You will need your Windows 8.1 Pro key to install. No surprise there.
  5. There is a weird bracket on the back of the central drive bay. This must be removed for the GTX 980 TI video card to fit.

Boot time after everything is installed and working? About 15 Seconds.

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Well, the Oculus Rift DK2 showed up in the mail yesterday.

The Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2

The Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2

The box came in at just under 6 pounds.

The main things I remember that came in the box (I’ll upload us unboxing it)

  • Small setup document – a couple of dozen pages
  • The Oculus itself – plastic wrapped with the A lenses installed
  • An extra set of Lenses – B lenses for nearsighted folks
  • The Positional Tracker – IR webcam
  • Positional Tracker cable – looks like an audio cable
  • Positional Tracker USB cable –
  • Power Adapter and multiple international adapters – I’m currently not using.
  • Lens cleaning cloth – The most useful item so far.

 

The physical installation was pretty straight forward.

  • Plug the HMD (Head Mounted Display) USB cable into a USB port on the back
  • Plug the HMD HDMI cable into the video card
  • Place the PT (Positional Tracker) on the monitor (It didn’t fit well on my monitor)
  • Plug the micro USB side into the PT, the other side into a USB port on the back of the computer
  • Plug the PT cable (looks like an audio cable) into the side of the PT and then into the box on the HMD cables.

The physical installation of the Oculus Rift DK2 is complete.

A few notes. We discovered that, by habit, we kept trying to put the Oculus HMD on like you would a baseball cap. IE hook on the back of the head and pull it down onto your face. We would then need to take it off and clean the forehead oil off of the lenses.  We’re still working on the best way to put it on, but so far it’s putting it up against your eyes with one hand and pulling the straps down the back of your head with the other hand. This way you don’t put your forehead agains the lenses.

Megan initially trying the Oculus Rift DK2 on.

Megan initially trying the Oculus Rift DK2 on.

 

Here is the initial unboxing of the Oculus Rift DK2.

 

 

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