So now I have a job I'd like to splash out on a gift for myself for Christmas. I'd like to upgrade my aging desktop rig to something that can handle the Oculus Rift and give the kind of smooth, reliable performance it requires, preferably without breaking the bank. Some advice on recommended specs would be much appreciated.
My understanding is that it's preferable, if not required, to get 60FPS, locked, with VSync, at 1080p, to get the full experience. I'm optimistic (maybe too optimistic) that the implication of this article: "Can a £300 gaming PC compare to a £3000 one?"
means that I can achieve this, at least in less-demanding games/VRs, without needing a monster workhorse of a computer. I'm not obsessive about maximum possible performance, or graphics quality, per se, but I don't want to invest in a Rift and have a rig that can't do it justice.
So my working spec, based on that, is:
: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Black Edition (£100)
: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 (£80)
: Geforce GTX 650 Ti 1GB (£0 - already owned, seems a bit better than the 6850 in the article)
: 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 (~£35 - I already own one stick)
: 750GB HDD I already own (£0), possibly plus a ~120GB SSD (£70)
: Generic Coolermaster case (£0 - already owned)
: Either the 450W Coolermaster RS-460-PCAP-A3 I already own (£0), the Cooler Master Silent Pro 800W from the article, which seems like overkill from their description (£100), or something in between (say £60).
: Stuff I already own.
So as it stands that comes to about £350, including a mid-range PSU and the optional SSD. Is that feasible, or do I need to spend more? I'm in the UK. Thanks!