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:Computer for VR

Cheapest Computer for VR: $550 AMD Build

TypePC Part
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 2600
MotherboardB450M PRO-VDH MAX
RAMG.Skill 16GB (2 x 8GB) Aegis DDR4 3200 MHz
StorageInland Professional 480GB SSD
GPURadeon RX 580
Power SupplyEVGA 110-BQ-0500-K1, 500W, 80+ Bronze, Semi Modular
CaseThermaltake 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)

TypeProduct Link
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor
MotherboardMSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard
RAMG.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
StorageSamsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" SSD
GPUZotac GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB GAMING Video Card
Power SupplyCorsair CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX PSU
CaseNZXT 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

TypeProduct Link
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor
MotherboardMSI Z370 GAMING PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
RAMG.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
StorageCrucial BX500 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
GPUEVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC GAMING
Power SupplyEVGA 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
CaseFractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case
CoolerNoctua 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.