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Seeking Advice MB and CPU upgrade.

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I have just installed a new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 and now want to upgrade

the CPU (And motherboard if necessary.) The MB I have now is a ASUS P6T SE

with 6 DDR3 DIMM slots and a LGA1366 CPU socket.

I am upgrading in order to use the Oculus Rift or VR headsets.


These are the minimum specs from Oculus:

• Video Card NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater

• CPU Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater

• Memory 8GB+ RAM

• Video Output Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output

• USB Ports 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port

• OS Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer


System Information


Time of this report: 6/22/2016, 19:44:37

Machine name: RAY-PC

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_ldr.160408-2045)

Language: English (Regional Setting: English)

System Manufacturer: System manufacturer

System Model: System Product Name

BIOS: BIOS Date: 02/24/10 14:05:48 Ver: 08.00.15

Processor: Intel® Core i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.7GHz

Memory: 12288MB RAM

Available OS Memory: 12280MB RAM

Page File: 3698MB used, 20857MB available

Windows Dir: C:\Windows

DirectX Version: DirectX 11

DX Setup Parameters: Not found

User DPI Setting: Using System DPI

System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)

DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled

DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode


Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

Manufacturer: NVIDIA

Chip type: GeForce GTX 970

DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC

Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_13C2&SUBSYS_85091043&REV_A1

Display Memory: 4095 MB

Dedicated Memory: 3072 MB

Shared Memory: 1023 MB

Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)


Any advice will be a appreciated.

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Is your i7-920 overclocked? My system is almost identical to yours with my 920 overclocked to 4Ghz. Overclocking will give a significant, free performance gain and you should get 4Ghz comfortably with decent cooling - many people have gone above that without too much trouble. I would overclock and then test your system with the SteamVR Performance Test software ( which will give you a good indication of how well your current setup would run with VR. I would certainly try this before paying for a system upgrade.

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Thanks guys,

@ martin-w, around £300.

@ vortex681, Yes the i7-920 is overclocked and I get 4Ghz also.

Will try the SteamVR test later.

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