4 Best VR-Ready Computers

Looking for good quality computers that are capable of running VR?

We run a VR cafe and have bench-marked over a dozen computers with every type of headset: Rift S, Quest, Index, Odyssey+, Pimax 5K, you name it!

The best PC will depend on:

  • What VR headset you have
  • What games you want to play
  • What graphical settings do you want to play those games on
  • And of course, your budget

Best Overall

SkyTech Legacy Mini - Gaming Computer PC Desktop – Ryzen 7 2700 8-Core 3.2 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB, 500G SSD, 16GB DDR4, AC WiFi, Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • ✔ Ryzen 7 2700 8-Core 3.2 GHz (4.1 GHz Turbo) CPU Processor | 500GB SSD – Up to 30x Faster Than Traditional HDD | B450 Motherboard
  • ✔ NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPEr 8GB GDDR6 Video Card | 16GB Gaming Memory DDR4 2400 with Heat Spreader | Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • ✔ PCIe AC Wi-Fi with Antenna | No bloatware | 1 x HDMI, 3 x Display Port (Version 1.4) | 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports,2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0 | HD Audio and Mic | Free RGB Keyboard & Mouse
  • ✔ 3 x 120mm RING RGB LED Fans for Maximum Air Flow | Powered by 80 Plus Certified 600 Watt Power Supply | In Win 301 Tempered Glass Case – Black | AMD Wraith Spire LED Spire Cooler
  • ✔ 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 or 1440P 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.

Our recommendation: If your budget is lower than $1000, you should 100% build your own PC. If you’re budget is above $1000+, both options are fine. You can either save time by buying a pre-built machine, or save money by building your own PC.

Here are the best VR-ready PCs for each headset:

Best PC For Oculus Rift S & Oculus Quest

For VR gaming on the Quest or Rift S, you need a computer that’s powerful enough to handle gaming on two screens at once at 80 Hz refresh rate (most modern day monitors only run at 60 Hz). Our number one pick is:

Skytech Archangel Gaming Computer PC Desktop – Ryzen 5 3600 3.6GHz, GTX 1660 Super 6G, 500GB SSD, 16GB DDR4 3000MHz, RGB Fans, Windows 10 Home 64-bit, 802.11AC Wi-Fi
  • ✔ AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 12-Thread 3.6GHz (4.2 GHz Max Boost) CPU | 500GB SSD – Up to 30x faster than traditional HDD | B450 Motherboard
  • ✔ GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB GDDR6 Graphics Card (Brand May Varies) | 16GB DDR4 3000MHz Gaming Memory with Heat Spreaders | Windows 10 Home 64-bit | AMD High Performance Wraith Cooler
  • ✔ 802.11AC Wi-Fi | No Bloatware | 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI | HD Audio and Mic | Free Gaming Keyboard and Mouse | 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.2 Gen1
  • ✔ 3 x RGB RING Fans for Maximum Air Flow | Powered by 80 Plus Certified 500 Watt Power Supply | Skytech Archangel Gaming Case with Tempered Glass - White
  • ✔ 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 1080p Full HD resolution and smooth 60+ FPS game play.

Games tested: Half-life: Alyx, Skyrim VR, Boneworks, Elite Dangerous, Beat Saber (heavily modded)

Results: Beat Saber, Elite Dangerous, Skyrim VR ran perfectly on the Quest and Rift S at highest graphical settings.

Boneworks and Half-Life: Alyx which are two of the most intensive games on VR had a few stutters during GPU intensive moments. It was just a minor issue for me, but if occasional stuttering bothers you, then they can be eliminated by playing on ‘high’ settings instead of ‘ultra.’ The game will still look beautiful.

Our review: The Skytech Archangel Gaming Computer is an affordable PC that can handle intensive VR games on max graphical settings.

It’s able to maintain the native refresh rate of the Rift S (80 Hz) and Quest (72 Hz) 99.99% of the time.

The GPU, CPU and RAM all exceed the official ‘recommended specs’ for the Oculus Rift S and Quest.

For storage, the Skytech Archangle comes with 500 GB SSD. Solid state drives (SSDs) are a must-have nowadays since they’re 30x faster than traditional hard-drives and will load your games faster. SSDs also improve the boot time of your PC, making it load in 5 seconds.

Although 500 GB isn’t a huge amount of storage space, if you need more space you can easily buy an external hard-drive OR you can upgrade the computer by buying a 1-2 TB HDD which is quite easy to install.

Other features:

  • Beautiful case with RGB lighting.
  • Comes with a free gaming keyboard and mouse.
  • Comes with a free copy of Windows 10 (required for VR)

Specs comparison:

Component Recommended Specs This Computer
Processor Intel i5-4590/AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater AMD Ryzen 5 3600
Graphics Card NVIDIA GTX 1060/AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater GeForce GTX 1660
Memory 8 GB+ RAM 16 GB RAM

I recommend going for the ‘recommended specs’ over the ‘minimum specs’ if you want to avoid frame rate drops which can cause motion sickness in VR.

If this computer is out of your budget, consider building your own PC which can save you hundreds of dollars.

Best PC for  HTC Vive Pro

With a resolution of 1440 x 1600 per eye and 90 Hz refresh rate, the HTC Vive Pro is more intensive than the Oculus Rift S and Quest and will require a slightly more powerful PC.

Rift S and Quest owners can also go for this PC if they prefer something a bit more powerful that costs a few hundred extra.

SkyTech Legacy Mini - Gaming Computer PC Desktop – Ryzen 7 2700 8-Core 3.2 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB, 500G SSD, 16GB DDR4, AC WiFi, Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • ✔ Ryzen 7 2700 8-Core 3.2 GHz (4.1 GHz Turbo) CPU Processor | 500GB SSD – Up to 30x Faster Than Traditional HDD | B450 Motherboard
  • ✔ NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPEr 8GB GDDR6 Video Card | 16GB Gaming Memory DDR4 2400 with Heat Spreader | Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • ✔ PCIe AC Wi-Fi with Antenna | No bloatware | 1 x HDMI, 3 x Display Port (Version 1.4) | 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports,2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0 | HD Audio and Mic | Free RGB Keyboard & Mouse
  • ✔ 3 x 120mm RING RGB LED Fans for Maximum Air Flow | Powered by 80 Plus Certified 600 Watt Power Supply | In Win 301 Tempered Glass Case – Black | AMD Wraith Spire LED Spire Cooler
  • ✔ 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 or 1440P 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.

Games tested: Half-life: Alyx, Skyrim VR, Boneworks, Elite Dangerous, Beat Saber (heavily modded)

Results: It performs astonishingly well on ALL these games, being able to maintain a consistent framerate of 90 Hz throughout, even on ultra settings in Half-Life: Alyx.

Our review: This PC is a nice upgrade from the above one whilst being only a few hundred more expensive. It’s still very budget friendly and can handle all your gaming needs on VR.

Oculus Quest/Rift S users might also want to consider this PC as an option.

Best PC For Valve Index

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme Liquid Cool Gaming PC, Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB, 16GB DDR4, 500GB PCI-E NVMe SSD, 2TB HDD, WiFi Ready & Win 10 Home (SLC10200CPGV2)
  • System: Intel Core i9-9900K 3. 6GHz 8-Core | Intel Z390 Chipset | 16GB DDR4 | 500GB PCI-E NVMe SSD | 2TB HDD | Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB Video Card | 1x HDMI | 2x DisplayPort
  • Connectivity: 6 x USB 3. 1 | 2 x USB 2. 0 | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | 802. 11AC Wi-Fi | Audio: 7. 1 Channel | Keyboard and Mouse
  • Special Feature: Liquid Cooling | Tempered Glass Side Case Panel | Custom ARGB case Lighting | RGB 7 Colors Gaming Keyboard & Mouse
  • : 1 Year Parts & Labor | Free Lifetime Tech Support

Games tested: Half-life: Alyx, Skyrim VR, Boneworks, Elite Dangerous, Beat Saber (heavily modded)

The Valve Index can run games at four different refresh rates: 80 Hz, 90 Hz, 120 Hz and 144 Hz (experimental mode).

Results: All games ran butter smooth on max graphics at 120 Hz (the ideal refresh rate for the Valve Index).

If you use the experimental mode (144 Hz) on the Valve Index, there will be occasional stutters in the graphically intense games like Half-Life: Alyx and Boneworks. We recommend running those at 120 Hz. Other games like Beat Saber have no issues at 144 Hz.

Our review: Although there are cheaper options available, those computers can’t support the Valve Index at it’s max refresh rate of 120 Hz refresh rate.

To be able to run Half-Life: Alyx at ultra settings on 120 Hz, you’ll need at least an i7 processor and an RTX 2070 GPU.

This computer comes with an i9-9900K processor with an RTX 2070 Super, and is more than capable of running the latest games with years to come.

If you’re fine with running games at 80/90 Hz, the computer for the Oculus Rift S/Quest are suitable options too, but you won’t reach 120 Hz for the more intense games.

Note: I tried Half-Life: Alyx on 144 Hz using a RTX 2080 graphics card and even noticed a few frame drops on that computer, so even the best computers can’t maintain 144 Hz on the most intensive games. Hence why the mode is called ‘experimental. So don’t worry about not being able to run all games on 144 Hz.

Best Budget Option:

Short on money, but still want a computer that’s capable of playing almost all VR games? This one will be your best bet.

SkyTech Archangel VR Ready Gaming Computer Desktop PC - Ryzen 2600, AMD RX 580 4GB, 8GB DDR4, 500G SSD, Wi-Fi, DVD ROM, Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • ✔ AMD Ryzen 2600 6-Core 3.4 GHz (3.9 GHz Max Boost) Processor | Blazing Fast 500G SSD with 3D NAND Technology | A320M Motherboard
  • ✔ AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB Gaming Video Card | 8GB DDR4 Gaming Memory with Heat Spreader | Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
  • ✔ 802.11AC Wi-Fi | No bloatware | 1 x Dual-link DVI, 2 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI | Power by 80 Plus Certified 500 Watt Power Supply
  • ✔ VR READY | Gaming Keyboard and Mouse | 9 x USB (4 X USB 2.0; 5 X USB3.0) | 24 X DVD+/-RW
  • ✔ 1 Year Warranty on Parts and Labor | Lifetime Free US Technical Support | Assemble in the USA

Games tested: Half-life: Alyx,  Superhot, Gorn, Arizona Sunshine, Skyrim VR, Boneworks, Beat Saber (heavily modded)

Results: After testing these on the Rift S and Samsung Odyssey+, we got the following results:

Lightweight games like Superhot and Beat Saber ran smooth as butter.

Moderately intensive games like Gorn and Skyrim VR can be played on medium settings with almost no stutters. I even tried Skyrim VR on high settings and it seems pretty playable too.

It also runs Half-Life: Alyx on medium settings just fine, but having occasional stutters. HL: Alyx still looks pretty good on medium settings and very much enjoyable.

Our review: An overall ‘decent’ experience.

You’ll be able to play games like Beat Saber, SUPERHOT and VRChat on max settings with no problem. For more graphically intensive games, you’ll still be able to run them, but on low or medium settings.

Overall you’ll still have a good time in VR with this machine.

Want other options?

At this price you won’t have much choices, but let me give you another option: building your own computer. You can make a VR ready computer from just $550 if you decide to go that route.

I wrote a guide about building a VR-ready PC starting at $550 here, check it out:

How to Build a VR-Ready PC for Under $550

Here are the cheap VR-ready PC builds:Computer for VR

Cheapest Computer for VR: $550 AMD Build

Type PC Part
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)

Type Product Link
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

Type Product Link
Processor Intel Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor
Motherboard MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
RAM G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
Storage Crucial BX500 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
GPU EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC GAMING
Power Supply EVGA 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
Case Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case
Cooler Noctua NH-U14S 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler

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 hello@vrheaven.io and I’ll see if I can help.