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I purchased the Oculus Rift for playing racing games, the setup was quite simple - use the office PC and the desk as the base for my wheel, setup the Rift and away we go. I loved it! A week after buying the Rift I gave Beat Saber a go and fell in love with the game but, the office isn't really big enough for swinging light sabers. Enter the living room VR PC Build.

I wanted something that wouldn't look out of place in the living room and ended up opting for the Fractal Designs Node 202. I also wanted something that would be of reasonable spec but manage the heat (don't want anything big or noisy in the living room!) so I went for the i5-8400 due to good performance and low TDP. I had some liquid metal and the delidding tool to hand so although it's a low TDP chip I thought I might as well de-lid it. Did it make any difference? I don't know but I like knowing that it's as good as it can be. In Prime95 blend testing it sat at full boost of 3.8 (well, 3.79, but whose counting .01?) across all 6 cores, so I'm pretty happy with that.

Similarly I went for a small GPU, the 1060 6GB mini, the idea being the more space in the case, the more room for airflow.

There was one issue with the quality control of the Node 202, some of the rivets weren't fitted correctly pushing the middle structure of the case over to one side (the motherboard wouldn't even fit!) but rather than send it back it was an easy fix, drill out the badly fitted rivets, align the case properly and rivet it back together.

It worked out well. Temperatures are kept fairly low, noise is kept to a minimum and the case doesn't look out of place in a living room. All in all, I'm very pleased with the end result and I can swing my arms around as much as I want to while playing Beat Saber.

The only problem is I need another Rift for the office so I can get back to Assetto Corsa in VR...

24/11/2108 update - I've replaced the single stick of 8GB Crucial Ram with two 8GB sticks of Corsair Vengenace LPX (2133.) Not an essential upgrade but I'm upgrading my other PC so it made sense to take the RAM and put it to good use.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Noctua really do know what they are doing! Equisite packaging, beautiful components and a perfect fit. Keeps my i5-8400 well in check even in the space-limited Node 202 case.

Fantastic product.

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Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome Sleeper PC! Disguised like a regular console, hiding the power inside! I can only imagine what problems you faced when trying to fit everything into the case. Props on the build!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! :) the build wasn't too tricky to be honest. the use of an M.2 drive makes life easier as there's no SSD to tuck away and the case is really well thought out. 10/10 to Fractal for the design of the case (0/10 for putting the rivets in wrong though!)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Need a little excitement here and there is all.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful! Love the case, love the delid of the cpu... Haha I just delided an i3 6100 just because... Why not right! Also love the use of the noctua... Doo-doo color equals high quality fan haha!!! +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice except the doodoo fans :(

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

doodoo? Do you mean the colour? you can't see them with the case closed up anyway :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, Noctua may not have the most aesthetically pleasing fans on the market but they are some of the best fans available for PCs.

I got the same keyboard for my HTPC and that IMO is an awesome couch keyboard. That yellow button in the top left is also a mouse left click and with the groove on the back you can hold it almost like a controller to use the mouse.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, for around £30.00 the keyboard is a little bit brilliant. I bought it as it was cheap and did the job, I'm keeping it because it's way better than I expected!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! did you have to undervolt the CPU at all with the Noctua NH-L9i? I am curious because i am making a build myself with the i5-8600k.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi There, sorry for the slow reply. mine is only the 8400 (non K) so no, no underclocking needed for me.

For your 8600K a bigger cooler would be better. Noctua list the NH-L9i as incompatible as the 8600k is 95w TDP chip.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, no worries. Thanks for the info though!

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  • 20 months ago
  • 0 points

It's not overclocked, can't be overclocked as it's a non-K chip.

Stock settings means it turbos up to 3.8 on all cores :)

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  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I've got a 1080ti in my main PC so this was planned as a wallet friendly build as well as temperature friendly. Not to say a 1070ti wouldn't be nice but on balance the 1060 6GB fit the bill perfectly but I agree that if this was your main/only PC then a bit more spending on the GPU wouldn't hurt and would future proof it a bit more.