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A Useful Tool Checks If Your PC Is Ready For Oculus Rift

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Let’s say you’re interested in Oculus Rift. Maybe you’re like me, and you pre-ordered one to be safe. (You can cancel before it ships!) Thing is, Oculus Rift requires a beefy PC to work, but there’s a tool to let you know if you’re set.

The tool is readily available on the Oculus Rift pre-order page, even if you have no intention of buying the virtual reality set.


Here are the specs Oculus recommends:

  • 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

It only takes a few seconds for the program to scan you computer and deliver the results. Drum roll, please...


I’m good to go on everything but my CPU, which makes sense—it’s from 2009. It’s the the one lagging piece of my hardware, the thing that’s stopping most of my games from regularly hitting 60 frames-per-second, despite my GTX 970.


Here’s what my PC looks like, by the way:


I should probably upgrade to Windows 10 at some point, too? If only to make that annoying dialog box that keeps popping up go away.

Anyway, looks like I’m in the market for a new CPU! What about you?

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