How to Build a VR-Ready PC for Under $550
Today I’ll be showing you how to build a super cheap VR-ready PC for under $550 or up to $1650.
I run a computer store and have tested these builds personally. They’re all extremely VR capable! But why should you build your own computer for VR instead of just buying one?
Reasons to Build a Computer
For me, the biggest reason why I avoid pre-built machines was because they come with poorer quality parts, making them die faster.
As an example, my pre-built machines ran into hardware problems after 1-3 years of use, whilst the computers I built lasted around 5-6 years before running into problems.
You can also save a lot of money by building your own computer.
Alternatively, just order the parts and take them to a computer shop to build them for you. You’ll still get a cheaper and better computer that way.
Best Computer for VR:
Here are the cheap VR-ready PC builds:
Cheapest Computer for VR: $550 AMD Build
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 2600|
|Motherboard||B450M PRO-VDH MAX|
|RAM||G.Skill 16GB (2 x 8GB) Aegis DDR4 3200 MHz|
|Storage||Inland Professional 480GB SSD|
|GPU||Radeon RX 580|
|Power Supply||EVGA 110-BQ-0500-K1, 500W, 80+ Bronze, Semi Modular|
|Case||Thermaltake Versa H15 SPCC Micro ATX|
This is the cheapest computer for VR gaming that you can get. I’ve tested it with Far Cry 5, one of the most intensive games on PC and it runs perfectly smooth on a 1080p monitor at 60 fps (frames per second).
It’s also capable of running every game on the Best VR Games list on Steam at 60 fps. This computer works on the Oculus Rift S as well as all Windows Mixed Reality headsets such as the Samsung Odyssey+.
The price of this build will subject to change over time, but right now, it costs $550. If you want something more powerful, check out the other options:
Computer for Oculus Quest: $900 AMD Build (Most Popular)
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor|
|Motherboard||MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard|
|RAM||G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory|
|Storage||Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" SSD|
|GPU||Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB GAMING Video Card|
|Power Supply||Corsair CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX PSU|
|Case||NZXT H500 ATX Mid Tower Case|
This computer is for hardcore VR gamers who are looking to run the most intensive VR games on the highest settings whilst on a budget. Works with the Oculus Quest using Oculus Link. Also can work on the Valve Index at lower refresh rates (80, 90 or 120 Hz). This is the most bang for your buck VR-ready PC.
Important Note: The motherboard BIOS needs to be updated in order to be compatible with the Ryzen 3600 processor. You’ll need to download the BIOS, put the file onto a USB stick and insert it into the motherboard like this tutorial.
This will save you abit of money on the motherboard, BUT if you don’t feel comfortable doing that, just purchase the MAX version of the motherboard which is only slightly more expensive.
Computer for Valve Index: $1650 Intel Build
The best of the best. It’s not only VR-capable, but expect it to run every VR game on the market for years to come.
This computer is for Valve Index users who want to run games on highest graphics at 144 Hz refresh rate.
Note: The other builds work for the Valve Index too, but you might have to lower the refresh rate to 80, 90 or 120 Hz depending on the game. If you have enough money for a Valve Index, you might as well buy a computer that can sustain it at max settings.
This is also a perfect computer for Pimax 8K, Pimax 5K and other intense headsets.
With 32GB of RAM, this computer can handle extreme multi-tasking for those who like to play games whilst having 100 browser tabs opened.
If you don’t multitask a huge amount, feel free to change the RAM to 16GB to save money. You can also cut costs by:
- getting a smaller SSD
- a cheaper case (just make sure it’s mid-ATX)
- and a cheaper power supply, but make sure it’s at least 650W.
If you’re a VR enthusiast who has money and wants to experience the best VR has to offer, this $1650 deluxe build is the way to go. You won’t ever have to worry about running into limitations in the future – this will handle whatever VR has to offer in the next 5 years and possibly more.
This is the best computer for VR you’re ever going to get at this price.
If you need a PC at a custom price, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll see if I can help.