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Will my Core i5-2500K be enough for VR gaming on the HTC Vive?

Question by André from Portugal | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Feb 4, 2016 @ 20:55 CST

Hi there. Great site, one of my favorites, by the way. I am getting pretty pumped regarding VR (particulary the HTC Vive) and I believe it will reVIVE my taste for Pc Gaming, a taste that as been diminuishing in the last years. I have a 2500K CPU (overclocked to 4.2Mhz) and a GTX670 GPU. Of course I will have to upgrade my GPU (will follow your advice and wait for the Pascal GPUs, lets just hope the performance increase is as good as everyone expects) but regarding my CPU, do you believe it will be enough? When I run the Oculus Rift Requirements Tools it says its not compatible but from my research the Intel i5-4590 equivalent they recommend has less performance that a 2500K overclocked, right? It´s a bit early, I know, but what do you thing?

Cheers, André Mendes.

Will my DDR3 RAM hold back NVIDIA's next-gen Pascal GPU?

Question by Ronald from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Feb 3, 2016 @ 17:16 CST

I have a i7 4790k paired up with an MSI Z97 PC Mate motherboard that only supports DDR3 memory. I plan on upgrading to the Pascal's high-end GFX when it launches, do you think my DDR3 or any other spec will bottle neck the new generation of NVIDIA's GPUs in anyway? Thanks in advance!

Which VR headset should I buy? The Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive?

Question by Adrian from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 24, 2016 @ 18:35 CST

Hello TweakTown!

I missed the launch of the Oculus Rift earlier this month, but I'm still deciding on what VR headset I should invest in? The Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive?

I'm currently running an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, but I might upgrade to the new GPUs when they're announced. I still need help deciding on which VR headset to invest in. What's your recommendation?

Do I need x8 ports for AMD Radeon R9 390X Crossfire?

Question by Yadin from Honduras | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Posted: Jan 22, 2016 @ 17:14 CST

Hi guys, right now I have a 390x and I want to crossfire the thing, BUT! my motherboard only supports PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode) in crossfire (is an ASUS Z97M-Plus) I know that, in theory I need at least both at 8x, but how much performance will be lost if I don't change my MB (I'm quite happy with it) Thanks!

I want to build a SFF PC, capable of 60FPS+ for VR gaming - which GPU?

Question by Andrew from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 @ 21:24 CST

Hi. I'm interesting in building a SFX gaming desktop to run a 1440p monitor with one of the adaptive sync technologies. My other goal for the build is having a small (transportable) computer that can maintain 60+ FPS on an Oculus Rift. The recent price drop of the R9 Fury Nano means this build may happen sooner than i anticipated. The question is, should i go ahead and spring for the newly cheap R9 Nano, or wait for Polaris "Nano" (or Pascal "1070" Mini)? My current system is a 2500k and GTX 670, so the upgrade bug is biting hard, but i can also wait, as the Rift and the HTC Vibe wont really be widely available until the Summer.