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Upgrade for VR, opinions?

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TL:DR- Is a 3770k base good enough for VR when paired with top end graphics?

I built my current machine back in 2012, a i7 3770k at 4.2, Asrock z77 extreme 6, GTX 670 2g windforce, 16g 1600 ram. The machine does everything I need from the few pretty games I play (Arma 3, COD, GTA5 looks well within spec), and handles 1080/60 video rendering like a champ.

Well I'm eyeing either the HTC Vive or the Rift this next winter, and a full graphics upgrade as well. possibly some variant of AMD's 390/x/x2. This will surely be a boost above my 2 gig 670, but I wanted to make sure that my CPU/MOBO/RAM were enough for VR as well. I don't see any reason to drop yet another $330 on CPU, $200 on mobo and $150 on ram when my current machine kicks ass and takes names as is.

Thanks guys!
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I don't think there is any way to know right now as no one (that I am aware of) knows what the final specs for the consumer versions of these VR units will be.... and it will kind of depend on that info. For example, the Rift running at 1440 vs 4k resolution would require drastically different GPU's to run at a good frame rate.

I would wait until they come out (or the final specs are confirmed) to put together a new machine if the one you have now currently runs everything you want.
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The Crescent Bay rift is 1440p (unless its changed since CES) however resolution is not the only factor with VR, as with anything there are driver optimizations, which do not really exist at the moment. You also have to remember that it is running stereoscopic with 2 cameras, thus rendering the scene twice with a decent amount of post processing to correct for the VR chromatic aberration.

To give you an example on my Gear VR I can run some games at 60 fps on the Note 4 but the same games will run 15 fps in VR... this is mostly due to poor optimization from Unity and Unreal 4.

I can run Alien Isolation maxed on my DK2 with an 880M and 4700MQ i7... but its nauseating and I can only play it for ~ 5 mins because the judder is so bad and I can see the pixel grid something awful.

TL:DR just wait until the production models are released and there are benchmarks/reviews from content.
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Yeah I wasn't buying anything anytime soon, just curiosity.

Thanks for the info!
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