A VR capable machine for less than the headset?

Subject: Systems | November 9, 2016 - 03:31 PM |
Tagged: VR, vive, rift, Oculus, htc, build guide, amd

Neoseeker embarked on an interesting project recently; building a VR capable system which costs less than the VR headset it will power.  We performed a similar feat this summer, a rig which at the time cost roughly $900.  Neoseeker took a different path, using AMD parts to keep the cost low while still providing the horsepower required to drive a Rift or Vive.  They tested their rig on The Lab, Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine and Waltz of the Wizard, finding the performance smooth and most importantly not creating the need for any dimenhydrinate.  There are going to be some games this system struggles with but at total cost under $700 this is a great way to experience VR even if you are on a budget.

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"Team Red designed this system around their very capable Radeon RX 480 8GB video card and the popular FX-6350 Vishera 6-Core CPU. The RX 480 is obviously the main component that will not only be leading the dance, but also help drive the total build cost down thanks to its MSRP of $239. At the currently listed online prices, the components for system will cost around $660 USD in total after applicable rebates."

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November 9, 2016 | 04:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This with any AM4 motherboard Based SKUs(BR OR Zen) and the RX 480 all running Linux OS/Vulkan API. I hope that the motherboard makers can get the AM4 options available before the first of the year. And when the Vega SKUs drop the Polaris SKUs will be great bargains. Vulkan's Multi-adaptor support will be great also for games that may need some extra Polaris power in the form of dual RX 480s, or even dual RX 470s, as the Polaris SKUs prices continue to drop.

Hopefully Valve can take notice and work with Khronos to get that Vulkan Multi-adaptor support in order, because the Polaris SKUs will be great deals for dual configurations at low costs once the Vega GPUs are to market. I'm seeing some RX 470 prices aroud $160 but they should be even lower come Jan 2017. So maybe a Dual RX 470 build for less than the cost of a single GTX 1070 based build, and maybe AMD will get some lower cost 4 core Zen options after the 8 core Zen parts are available as binning on some 8 core parts to 4 or 6 cores is an inevitable result of the fabrication process with defects and such.

Come Feb/Mar 2017 there needs to be weekly low cost build articles based around both Bristol Ridge and whatever lower cost Zen SKUs are available. I'll bet that AMD has some bins of already of Binned 8 core(only 4 or 6 cores working) Zen parts that can be quickly made into some lower cost non APU variants for low cost VR ready systems.

November 9, 2016 | 04:40 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

bah he is funny.

However the headline is misleading. Sony already said they are making a profit on their headset that is $400. Oculus was built to be $350 until facebook jacked up the price to turn EXTRA profit. Microsoft says theirs will be $300.

Safe to say the headset cost is only around $300.

This is double that price... Headline fail

November 9, 2016 | 05:16 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

In 50 years you will be able to buy a headset with the computer built in for 50 yen so it is a total fail!!!


November 9, 2016 | 05:19 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

no based on his logic(?) the article is a fail because you can buy a google caedboaed for $2

November 9, 2016 | 05:51 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

True; there is this guy on the street corner that will sell you a Galaxy S7 for $10 bucks so it is totally cheaper than the AMD system.

November 9, 2016 | 05:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

your post is funny

no one cares about sony's headset here
no one cares what oculus meant to build
no one cares about microsoft's dreams

your argument is based on thin air. you failed

November 10, 2016 | 08:24 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"Oculus was built to be $350"

The DK2 was built for that price, because it used commodity parts (literally the front assembly of a Note 3, glass, bezel and digitiser, with the logo still on it!). The Rift and Vive use custom lenses, custom display panels, had Spectra7 build them a newer cable-tuning IC and interconnect plug, etc.

In the run up to release, the Rift was described as a 'full system' costing $1500, and with PCs meeting their minimum spec listed for $900 it didn't take a genius to figure out the launch price. A few people clung to the price of the DK2 out of vain hope, but there are always people who want things for cheaper and will complain loudly if it doesn't meet an arbitrary level.

November 9, 2016 | 05:51 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


November 9, 2016 | 05:53 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


November 9, 2016 | 07:04 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

MANGA(Make Anime Nekos Great Again)!

November 9, 2016 | 09:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Holy crap it's almost 2017 and AMD's builds still use DDR3.

I mean, I knew that but every once in a while I need a reminder. Let's all hope and pray Zen and AM4 deliver the goods.

November 9, 2016 | 10:27 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The AM4 motherboards for any Bristol Ridge SKUs really need to be here soon, at least as soon as AMD has released any consumer(Non OEM) Bristol ridge CPU/APU SKUs for the home system builder market! AMD and the OEM's have already released parts for the OEM market! I was hoping that by Nov 2016 that there would be some Bristol Ridge APU/CPU SKUs as well as AM4 motherboards for the home system builder market, and someone needs to ask AMD for more information on that.

November 10, 2016 | 03:22 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The problem is that DDR4 is not that much better.
We need software to shift PC architecture and expect majority of RAM on the GPU.

November 10, 2016 | 10:51 AM - Posted by Bianchi4me (not verified)

Primary advantage to DDR4 is it uses slightly less power... which is great if you are operating a massive server farm. For your individual VR PC? Not exactly a must have...


November 13, 2016 | 10:45 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

660$ for a computer like this is meh.

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