Just received my HTC Vive VR headset and will be coupling it with a damn powerful PC to be rented out, both as a business opportunity and as a bit of a public study.

I’ve got a queue of friends and colleagues looking for otherworldly experiences but can’t justify the $2k for a rig of their own, this post provides a bit of the why and how of the POSTCYBERPUNK Project.

For “science” every rental comes with a clause; I get a report back from the user as to how their Virtual romp went, specifically the high points, changed perceptions and general stories from the other-side.  Of course the plan is to share those first hand accounts on this blog and combine them with my own insights as the facilitator.

Hopefully the feedback loop I’m putting together will help people identify the realities the possibilities of Virtual Realities and build a nice repository of informal diaries from casual diginaughts.

The Machine I’m renting out is based on The Shadow Knows build.  It’s the most durable and powerful rig I could put together in form factor perfect for portability.  The only real modifications I made are the substitution of a fan cooled CPU for the water one and the addition a few LEDs, blue ones because they’ll keep it cool.

FYI on LED colours in cases:

  • Red – Go faster
  • Blue – Run cooler
  • Yellow – Better overclock
  • Green – Eco Friendly

*note: they can be mixed for optimal results.

This first machine is capable of pushing 90fps driving the Vive’s dual 1080×1200 90hz displays (1 per eye).  I’ve bench-marked it and and the Witcher 3 it maintains about ~80fps with everything on Ultra with Anti-aliasing at 2X.  The truck of a Mini ITX case I’m using is braded Lian-Li, I’ve decided to rename it to the “Lain” after one of my favorite cyberpunk animes Serial Experiment Lain.

Meet Lain:

  • Case: Lian-Li PC-TU200B Mini ITX Tower Case (Purchased For $104.99)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $318.99)
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (Purchased For $649.99)
  • Motherboard: EVGA Stinger WiFi Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $124.99)
  • Memory: Mushkin Redline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory (Purchased For $136.99)
  • Storage: Sandisk Extreme Pro 480GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive (Purchased For $219.99)
  • Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $90.00)


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