Overclockers UK has launched three new gaming PCs designed to take up the challenge of virtual reality.
Virtual reality (VR) is the talk of the town where PC gaming is concerned, and today is also the first day the HTC Vive can be pre-ordered
for a wallet-busting £689. With headsets due to start shipping in April 2016, early adopters have a few months in which to ensure they're running VR capable hardware, with the minimum recommended card being either an Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 390.
Overclockers UK is seeking to capitalise on that upgrade potential, with a VR landing page
on its website directing users to the SteamVR Performance Test
and a variety of components that it has deemed VR Ready. This includes a trio of new gaming PCs, upgrade bundles for those not needing a full build as well as VR suitable graphics cards and peripherals.
The first PC, the Kinetic VR, is also the least expensive with a base price of £749.99. It uses an Intel Core i5-6500 paired with an Nvidia GTX 970 to achieve a SteamVR Score of 6.6. Next up is the Titan Virtual Raid VR, which starts at just under £1,200 but bumps the specifications up to an Intel Core i5-6600K (overclocked to a beefy 4.5GHz) and AMD Radeon R9 Fury for a claimed score of 8.9. The final option is the Titan Virtual Force VR, starting at £1,300, which gets you the same CPU and overclock but with Nvidia hardware, specifically the GTX 980 Ti. All three PCs include an installed copy of Windows 10 64-bit and Overclockers UK's standard three year warranty, and each has a variety of configuration options if you fancy opting for a faster GPU or larger HDD, for example.
If you only need to upgrade your core hardware, OcUK is also offering two upgrade bundles. The first, the Defcon VR, starts at £695, and includes an Asus Z170-A motherboard and an Intel Core i5-6600K pre-overclocked to 4.5GHz, along with an Alpenföhn Brocken 2 CPU cooler. You get to pick whether you need 8GB or 16GB of DDR4 and can also select any of the VR Ready graphics cards, the least expensive being the GTX 970. The more premium bundle, the Defcon VR Pro, upgrades to an Asus Maximus VIII Hero with an Intel Core i7-6700K overclocked to 4.6GHz and an all-in-one liquid cooler. Only top-end graphics cards can be chosen here: the GTX 980 Ti, GTX Titan X, R9 Fury and R9 Fury X are the four options.
Overclockers UK will also be partnering with HTC to showcase its gaming PCs and the Vive headset at VR World Congress
, taking place in Bristol on April 12.