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
    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.