Oculus' Rift and HTC's Vive VR headsets have been in the wild for some time now. We're still poking and prodding that next-generation technology to see what it's all about, and one of the ways we figured we'd do it is to put together a brand-new PC—something many seasoned and newbie system builders alike are probably doing in preparation for the arrival of their headset pre-orders. MSI and Corsair were more than happy to help, and they stepped up to the plate with a ton of neat hardware that's more than up to the task of powering VR content. Behold:
That's a pair of MSI GeForce GTX 980 4G graphics cards, an MSI Z170A Gaming M7 motherboard, 32GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 RAM in a fetching red color scheme, a 480GB Corsair Neutron XT SSD, a 960GB Corsair Force LE SSD, a Corsair Carbide 400C ATX mid-tower case, a Corsair H110i GTX liquid CPU cooler, and a Corsair RM850X 80 Plus Gold PSU. There may be an Intel Core i7-6700K CPU destined for this system, too, but it's not pictured.
Yes, there's a Pascal-shaped freight train bearing down on the graphics card market right now, but a pair of GeForce GTX 980s is still nothing to sniff at. Having a pair of cards in SLI lets us probe the ups and downs of Nvidia's VR SLI tech when it starts arriving in VR titles, and even if we do yield to Pascal's siren song later down the road, the rest of our system will be a more-than-solid foundation for the task. Stay tuned for our build log article and eventual VR headset reviews to see how it all works out.