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Best Computers For The HP Reverb G2

Hi Mei! Guess what? I finally saved enough to get a VR headset!

Oooh nice, that's super exciting. We can now play Beat Saber together!

But there's a problem...

What is it?

I don't think my current PC can run it — That's why I wanted to ask if you could help me choose my next PC?

Oh sure! How much are you willing to spend? And which VR headset are you getting?

Uhhh... I have about 3K, but I don't want to spend it all if I don't have to... I'll be getting a HP Reverb G2.

Okay no problem... I'll just show you all the options and you can pick whatever you like the most.

That sounds good!

Option #1:

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SkyTech Blaze II Gaming Computer PC Desktop – Ryzen 5 2600 6-Core 3.4 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 TI 6G, 500G SSD, 8GB DDR4, RGB, AC WiFi, Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Ryzen 5 2600 6-Core 3.4GHz (3.9 GHz Max Boost) CPU Processor | 500G SSD – Up to 30x Faster Than Traditional HDD | A320M Motherboard
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 TI 6GB GDDR6 Video Card | 8 GB Gaming Memory DDR4 3000 with Heat Spreader | Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • PCIe AC Wi-Fi with Antenna | No bloatware | 1 x HDMI, 1 x D-Sub, 1 x DVD-D | 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports, 2 x USB 2.0 | HD Audio and Mic | Free RGB Keyboard & Mouse
  • 3 x RGB RING Fans for Maximum Air Flow | Powered by 80 Plus Certified 500 Watt Power Supply | Skytech mATX Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Case
  • 1 Year Warranty on Parts and Labor | Lifetime Free Technical Support | Assemble in the USA | This Powerful Gaming PC Capable to Run Any of Your Favorite Game at 1080P High to Ultra Resolution with 60+ FPS Such As Apex Legends, Fortnite, Player Unknown Battleground (PUBG), Overwatch, CS:GO, Battlefield V, Anthem, The Division 2, and More

Specs Breakdown:

Processor: Ryzen 5 2600 6-Core 3.4 GHz ✅✅– A good low budget processor that can handle 3D movies and most games.

Graphics Card: GTX 1660 TI ✅ – So I’ve tested dozens of graphics cards and I think the GTX 1660 TI is the lowest cost, most reliable option for watching movies. With this card, you can watch movies on full resolution (2160 x 2160) without needing to tweak anything.

For games though – it’s a pretty miserable experience trying to run it on full resolution. Even with overclocking and various settings tweaks, it’s hard to maintain a stable frame-rate in most games. With that said though…

Most games run fine on half resolution, and believe it or not, half-resolution on the HP Reverb G2 still looks way better than most other headsets!

RAM: 8 GB ✅ – A bit low, but good enough to run most games provided you close most other programs. Has limited multi-tasking capabilities. Luckily RAM is cheap to upgrade and it’s the easiest part to add to your PC if you feel you need the extra 8 GB.

Ports:

  • USB 3.0 Type-A Socket ✅✅ – The headset says it requires a USB-C port, but it comes with an adapter so you won’t need it on the computer.  Using the adapter won’t make any noticeable difference to your experience.
  • DisplayPort 1.3 ✅✅✅

 

Option #2:

This is a mid-ranged PC that's capable of handling most games on the Reverb's full resolution of 2160 x 2160. You can run Half-Life: Alyx on ultra settings with this machine!

Skytech Chronos Gaming PC Desktop - AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super 8GB, 16GB DDR4 (2X 8GB), 1TB SSD, B450 Motherboard, 650 Watt Gold
  • ✔ AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6 GHz (4.4 GHz Turbo) CPU Processor | 1TB SSD – Up to 30x faster than traditional HDD | B450 Motherboard
  • ✔ GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB GDDR6 Graphics Card | 16GB DDR4 (2 x 8GB) 3000MHz Gaming Memory | Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • ✔ 802.11AC Wi-Fi | No Bloatware | 3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI | HD Audio and Mic | Free Gaming Keyboard and Mouse | 1 x HDMI, 5 x USB 3.0 (1 Front + 4 Rear), and 3 x USB 2.0
  • ✔ 4 x ARGB Dual RING Fans for Maximum Air Flow | Powered by 80 Plus Certified 650 Watt Gold Power Supply | Skytech Chronos, White Edition w/ Front Mesh Gaming Case
  • ✔ 1 Year Warranty on Parts and Labor | Lifetime Free Technical Support | Assembled in the USA | This powerful gaming PC is capable of running all your favorite games such as World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Grand Theft Auto V, Apex Legends, Fortnite, Roblox, PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Battlefield V, Minecraft, The Division 2, and more at Ultra settings, detailed 1440p Quad HD resolution and smooth 60+ FPS gameplay.
Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X ✅✅✅ – This processor is powerful enough for all gaming needs. You’d only need a better processor if you’re a hardcore streamer, video editing or rendering.

Graphics Card: RTX 2070 Super ✅✅ – I’ve tried Half-Life: Alyx on ultra settings at the HP Reverb G2’s native resolution of 2,160 x 2,160 and it was nearly perfect!

It was able to maintain a stable 82+ fps (frames per second) with no frame drops. By lowering the game’s settings a bit, you can reach 90 fps, but I personally didn’t notice a difference between 82 and 90 fps and kept it on ultra settings.

Most popular games like SUPERHOT, Beat Saber and Robo Recall runs perfectly fine on 90 fps.

There are a few edge cases (like Microsoft Flight Simulator and Elite Dangerous) which require some settings tweaks to get running on max resolution. These are games which are ultra graphically intense, or games that were ported to VR and aren’t well optimized.

But overall, this is capable of handling all your gaming needs.

RAM: 16 GB ✅✅ – A decent amount, but could always use more. You’ll be limited in your multitasking capabilities in some VR games. The more memory intensive games can take over 10 GB of RAM, so you’ll have to close browsers to play them.

Ports:

  • USB 3.0 Type-A Socket ✅✅ – The headset says it requires a USB-C port, but it comes with an adapter so it’ll work fine on a Type-A socket.  Using the adapter won’t make any noticeable difference to your experience.
  • DisplayPort 1.3 ✅✅✅

 

Option #3:

If you want an ultra high-end PC to push the limits in VR, this is a good option.

Skytech Siege 3.0 Gaming PC Desktop - Intel Core-i7 10700K 3.6GHz, RTX 3080 10GB, 16GB DDR4, 1TB NVME, 120mm AIO Liquid Cool, Z490 Motherboard, 750W PSU, Black
  • ✔ Intel Core i7-10700K 8-core 3.8GHz (5.1 GHz Max Boost) CPU Processor | 1TB NVME SSD | Z490 Motherboard
  • ✔ GeForce RTX 3080 10GB GDDR6X Graphics Card (Brand May Varies) | 16GB DDR4 3000MHz Gaming Memory | Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • ✔ 802.11AC Wi-Fi | No Bloatware | Graphic output options include 3 x DisplayPort 1.4 & 1 x HDMI 2.1 | HD Audio and Mic | Free Gaming Keyboard and Mouse | 6 USB Ports include USB 2.0, 3.0, Gen 3.1 Type-A & Type-C
  • ✔ 4 RGB Fans for maximum airflow | Powered by 80 Plus Certified 750 Watt Gold Power Supply | 120mm ARGB AIO Liquid Cool |Thermaltake S300 TG Black Case with Tempered Glass
  • ✔ 1 Year Warranty on Parts and Labor | Lifetime Free Technical Support | Assembled in the USA | This powerful gaming PC is capable of running all your favorite games such as World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Grand Theft Auto V, Apex Legends, Fortnite, Roblox, PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Battlefield V, Minecraft, The Division 2, and more at High to Ultra settings, crisp 1440p Ultra HD resolution and smooth 60+ FPS game play.
Processor: Intel Core i7-10700K ✅✅✅ – A great processor that can handle all gaming needs and most video editing or streaming purposes.

Graphics Card: RTX 3080 ✅✅✅ – The newest graphics card series to come out from NVIDIA. There’s a lot of hype about this card and rightfully so. Not only is it one of the most powerful graphics cards on the market, it’s also the most bang for your buck!

If you don’t mind spending this much, I highly recommend getting it, because you’ll be future-proofed for 5-10 years.

RAM: 16 GB ✅✅ – Good enough to run every game on VR, but keep in mind some games use over 10 GB of RAM so you’ll be limited in multitasking in those cases. If you want more RAM, you can buy another 16 GB separately – it’s the easiest component to install.

Ports:

  • USB 3.0 Type-C Socket ✅✅✅
  • DisplayPort 1.3 ✅✅✅

With this machine, you’ll be able to get the best experience VR has to offer. Apart from having an RTX 3090 graphics card (which is massively overpriced right now), you can’t do better than this machine.

Building Your Own Computer:

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Thanks for your help Mei!

Can you also show me the computer that you built for your headset?
 
I’ll look into building a computer if it’s not too difficult.

Of course! I like to build my own PC because I can choose my own specs for it. On top that, your computer will last longer than a pre-built.

 

Why Build a computer yourself?

  1. It’ll be a little bit cheaper (NOTE: Currently this is not true due to the shortage in graphics cards. If you want a cheap computer, you’re better off getting a pre-built).
  2. It’ll have more longevity. Manufacturers tend to cut corners when making these PCs – often using lesser quality parts so it won’t last as long as a computer you build yourself.

Here’s the build I use:

Type Product Link
Processor (CPU) RTX 3080
Graphics Card (GPU) Ryzen 5 5600X
Motherboard ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming
Power Supply Phanteks AMP 750W 80PLUS GOLD
Cooler Corsair iCUE H100i
RAM Viper Steel Series 32 GB DDR4
Storage 1 Crucial BX500 SSD
Storage 2 Seagate Barracuda 2TB

Now I do have to say – finding an RTX 3080 can be pretty difficult, because it’s pretty new to the market and it’s always sold out. I recommend being patient and trying to snipe it when it becomes available.

Computer Cases

For computer cases, there are several options, just pick one that you like from Amazon.

Computer For HP Reverb G2

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