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Recommended Systems for Virtual Reality

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VR Compact

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Performance for a great virtual reality experience in a compact chassis

  • Intel Z170 chipset with x16 or dual x8 PCI-E slots
  • Fast Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs
  • Portable size for LAN gaming
  • NVIDIA GeForce video cards


A compact system designed for experiencing all that virtual reality headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have to offer. The small size and optional carrying case make it easy to transport for VR demonstrations.

VR Tower

Purchase

Power for creating virtual reality experiences, media, and games

  • Intel Z170 chipset with x16 or dual x8 PCI-E slots
  • Fast Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs
  • Space for up to 5 drives
  • NVIDIA GeForce video cards


A larger system with additional space for expansion cards and drives. This makes it ideal for virtual reality and game development, art and content creation, and more - with the performance needed to test out VR applications as they are developed.

 


Puget Systems offers VR Ready computers running the latest GeForce video cards, which have been tested in-house with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift DK2. Learn more about what specs are well suited to running virtual reality in our Hardware Recommendations.


Virtual Reality Basics and Use Cases

The experience of VR comes primarily from wearing what is called a head mounted display. This is effectively two screens, one for each eye, inside a housing that is designed to fit comfortably on the human head. Augmenting this there may also be headphones for audio and motion controllers for interacting with the environment.

There are many places virtual reality is being used today, and even more being worked on by companies around the world. Here are some examples of how VR can be used to entertain and innovate:

 

VR Gaming

Gaming is one of the more prominent markets for VR experiences, and was the driving force behind the Oculus Rift kickstarter campaign. As fun as gaming on a normal computer monitor or large-screen TV is, virtual reality takes you from looking at the game world to being inside of it. Wearing a head mounted display allows you to freely look around within a game by moving your head, rather than a controller or mouse, and going to the next step with room-scale mobility like the HTC Vive offers makes it feel like you are really inside the game world.

Educational VR

Immersing yourself in a virtual world isn't just for gamers. There are many places which are hard or impossible to go in real life, but which can be simulated in virtual reality and then experienced in a more visceral and intuitive way than other media can provide. Exploring mount Everest and the surface of Mars are two examples of that which were demonstrated at GTC 2016, and there is a ton of potential for using this technology to educate and learn about the world. Soon medical students will be able to practice virtual surgeries and astronomers may be able to walk on other planets!

Professional VR

Being able to view objects or places in true 3D and physically interact with them will also be a boon to many professions. Imagine being able to walk around a building before constructing it or experiencing what it would be like to sit in the driver seat of a car before the first model rolls of the assembly line. Practical business applications often lag behind gaming or simpler educational experiences, but to see an example of how virtual reality is already being used in a professional setting check out our VR case study with NASA.


Which system is right for you?

The immersion provided by a VR head mounted display is like nothing else, but to get the best experience you need a computer that can render separate views for each eye at high frame rates. That means a very powerful video card, more so than would be necessary for gaming on a normal monitor. In most cases a separate screen is also connected to the system for non-VR tasks and several USB ports may be needed to power the HMD itself.

There are so many different models, brands, and revisions of hardware that choosing the right components for your system can be a huge challenge. We've taken the time to put together system recommendations tailored around the consumption and creation of virtual reality experience. These are not the only systems we build that will perform well with VR, but they are great starting points for configuring and purchasing systems that you can be confident will work well with today's VR technology. This ensures that you will be getting a computer that has all the capabilities you need without spending money on components that will not be beneficial.



VR Compact

Based on our Deluge gaming system, this is a compact computer designed for experiencing all that virtual reality headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have to offer. It features fast Intel quad-core processors along with both single and dual (SLI) NVIDIA GeForce video card combinations. While great for powering a VR experience, these specs also provide good performance across a wide range of other applications when you aren't wearing a head mounted display.

As an optional accessory for this system we have developed a hard-shell carrying case to help transport it safely. It is just the right size to qualify as carry-on luggage with most airlines, so that you never have to let it out of your sight, and has wheels so that you don't have to bear the weight of the system yourself. It is a must-have for users who take computers with them to demo for customers or display at conventions and trade shows.



VR Tower

This spacious system has room for additional drives and expansion cards, in order to better handle virtual reality experience and game development, art and content creation, and more. It uses the same core hardware specs as the more compact VR options, ensuring the performance needed to test out VR applications as they are developed. For that reason it features fast Intel quad-core processors along with both single and dual (SLI) NVIDIA GeForce video card combinations. There is also support for up to 64GB of RAM, numerous USB 3.0 ports, and several drives.

Looking for more details about why we selected the specifications above? View our list of Recommended Hardware!


Why Choose Puget Systems?


Highly Reliable Product Line

All components in our product line are reviewed weekly. Any trends in failure rates are acted upon immediately, leaving us with a highly reliable product line that continues to improve. We do not add a part to our product line unless we feel we can stand behind it. This results in a high quality custom computer, that works as it should. You can feel confident that any selection you make on our website is a quality product.

Fast Build Times

By keeping inventory of our most popular parts, and maintaining a short supply line to parts we need, we are able to offer an industry leading ship time of 5-7 business days on nearly all our system orders.

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When you buy a custom computer from Puget Systems, we are here to help you for life. Even when your parts warranty expires, we continue to answer your questions and even fix your computer with no labor costs.

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