4 Best VR-Ready Computers

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

The ‘best’ computer will depend on:

  • Your headset (Oculus Quest, Rift, Index, Reverb G2)
  • Games you want to play
  • Graphical settings you want to play those games on
  • And of course, your budget

Why VR Requires a Powerful Machine

Unlike flatscreen games, VR games need to be rendered from two different viewpoints: one for each eye. This is to achieve ‘true’ stereoscopic 3D vision. Essentially, this makes VR twice as intensive on your graphics card.

On top of that, VR headset screens have a much higher refresh rate which requires a huge leap in processing power.

Refresh rate is ultra important in VR because it improves the smoothness of motion and can help reduce VR motion sickness.

Therefore, you can never have enough processing power in VR. Even the most powerful graphics cards available today can’t achieve the BEST possible graphics at max refresh rates. You can always push the limits in VR – so my advice is to get the best graphics card you can afford!

If you've got a Valve Index or HP Reverb G2, I've got a separate guide for those. These are more powerful headsets which require better PCs.

Computers For the HP Reverb G2

Computers For the Valve Index

Choosing a Computer

The most important component to look out for is the GPU (graphics card). It should be the first component you look out for when choosing a computer.

What graphics card is best for VR?

In general, all the RTX graphics cards work very well for VR.

The cheapest of the RTX series is the RTX 2060. If you’re on a budget, look out for a computer with an RTX 2060.

However, my recommendation is to get an RTX 2070 or better if you can afford it. 

Here’s what you can expect on each graphics card:

  • RTX 2060: Half-Life: Alyx runs at ‘medium-high’ settings, depending on the headset.
  • RTX 2070/RTX 3060: Half-Life: Alyx runs on ‘high-ultra’ settings, depending on headset.
  • RTX 2080/RTX 3070: Half-Life: Alyx runs on ‘ultra’ settings at 120 Hz refresh rate on all consumer headsets (including Valve Index, HTC Vive, HP Reverb G2 and all Oculus headsets).
  • RTX 3080 + a good CPU: Half-Life: Alyx runs on ‘ultra’ settings at 144 Hz (experimental setting on the Valve Index). Mainly for VR enthusiasts who want to ‘future-proof’ their machine and push the limits in VR.
* For reference, Half-Life: Alyx is one of the most graphically-intensive games on VR.

Computer prices change all the time depending on supply/demand, so I recommend you browse Amazon for all the RTX computers and find one which is the most bang for your buck.

Catalogue of all computers with RTX graphics cards on Amazon

What about GTX graphics cards?

GTX cards are much cheaper, but also much worse than RTX ones. The top GTX ones like the GTX 1660 is still supported by most VR headsets and work fine for most games. Do keep in mind if you do buy them, you can expect lower refresh rates, less consistency and lower graphics settings than the RTX 2060.

If you’re really on a budget, you can consider them, however, I personally would save my money for an RTX instead.

Other Computer Components:

CPU (Processor): Usually the CPU that comes with an RTX computer is enough for a VR gaming PC.

RAM: Only look for PCs that have 16 GB of RAM or more. 8 GB isn’t enough for VR gaming and having more RAM allows you to multitask better. As long as it’s 16 GB or more, it should be fine. If you ever need more RAM, it’s the cheapest and easiest thing to upgrade and only takes 5 minutes to add more RAM to your computer.

Storage: If you care about loading speeds, look for SSDs over HDDs. Having an SSD will greatly improve your boot times and any loading screens in games. Some computers will have a mixture of both e.g. 250 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD. This is fine as well, as you can store your operating system (Windows) and frequently played games on the SSD to improve their loading times, and store photos/videos/documents and unimportant games on the HDD.

Ports: If you’re using an Oculus Quest, make sure the computer has an USB-C port. 

Find VR-Ready Computers on Amazon

Our Recommendations

Feel free to shop around for your own computers, but these are our personal recommendations.

Best Overall

iBUYPOWER Pro Gaming PC Computer Desktop Trace 4 MR 188i (Intel i7-11700F 2.5GHz,NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB, 16GB DDR4, 500GB SSD, 1TB HDD, WiFi Ready, Windows 10 Home)
  • System: Intel i7-11700F 2.5GHz (4.9GHz Max Turbo) | 16GB DDR4 RAM | 500GB SSD | 1TB HDD | Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB Dedicated Gaming Video Card | VR Ready | 1x DVI | 1x HDMI | 1x Display Port
  • Connectivity: 4 x USB 3.0 | 2 x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | Audio: 7.1 Channel
  • Special Add-Ons: Tempered Glass RGB Gaming Case | 802.11AC Wi-Fi Included | 16 Color RGB Lighting Case | Free iBuyPower Gaming Keyboard & RGB Gaming Mouse | No Bloatware
  • Warranty: 1 Year Parts & Labor + Free Lifetime US Tech Support | Assembled in the U.S.A

The best bang for your buck. Works with all Oculus headsets.

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:

iBUYPOWER Pro Gaming PC Computer Desktop Trace 4 MR 188i (Intel i7-11700F 2.5GHz,NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB, 16GB DDR4, 500GB SSD, 1TB HDD, WiFi Ready, Windows 10 Home)
  • System: Intel i7-11700F 2.5GHz (4.9GHz Max Turbo) | 16GB DDR4 RAM | 500GB SSD | 1TB HDD | Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB Dedicated Gaming Video Card | VR Ready | 1x DVI | 1x HDMI | 1x Display Port
  • Connectivity: 4 x USB 3.0 | 2 x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | Audio: 7.1 Channel
  • Special Add-Ons: Tempered Glass RGB Gaming Case | 802.11AC Wi-Fi Included | 16 Color RGB Lighting Case | Free iBuyPower Gaming Keyboard & RGB Gaming Mouse | No Bloatware
  • Warranty: 1 Year Parts & Labor + Free Lifetime US Tech Support | Assembled in the U.S.A

Best PC For Valve Index

iBUYPOWER Pro Gaming PC Computer Desktop Trace 4 MR 189i (Intel i7-11700KF 3.6GHz,NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB, 16GB DDR4, 1TB SSD, WiFi Ready, Windows 10 Home)
  • System: Intel i7-11700KF 3.6GHz (5.0GHz Max Turbo) | 16GB DDR4 RAM | 1TB SSD | Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB Dedicated Gaming Video Card | VR Ready | 1x DVI | 1x HDMI | 1x Display Port
  • Connectivity: 4 x USB 3.0 | 2 x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | Audio: 7.1 Channel
  • Special Add-Ons: Tempered Glass RGB Gaming Case | 802.11AC Wi-Fi Included | 16 Color RGB Lighting Case | Free iBuyPower Gaming Keyboard & RGB Gaming Mouse | No Bloatware
  • Warranty: 1 Year Parts & Labor + Free Lifetime US Tech Support | Assembled in the U.S.A

Notes: This computer can run intensive games at 120 Hz ultra settings.

If you want to try the 144 Hz experimental mode, this will work fine for most games, but you can always push the limit with a more powerful PC.

Alternatively, here’s an even more powerful PC:

Best PC For High-End VR

CUK Aegis R by MSI Gaming Desktop (Liquid Cooled Intel Core i9, 64GB DDR4 RAM, 1TGB NVMe SSD + 3TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB, 850W PSU, Windows 10 Home) Gamer PC Computer
  • Processor: Intel Core i9-11900KF Eight Core Processor (16MB Cache, 3.5GHz-5.3GHz) 125W
  • RAM: 64GB DDR4 3000 MHz | Hard Drive: 1TB NVMe Solid State Drive + 3TB 7200rpm Hard Disk Drive
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB GDDR6 | Motherboard: Z590-A Motherboard |Operating System: Windows 10 Home x64
  • Power Supply: 850W Gold PSU | Accessories: USB AC Wifi Adapter & Wired LED Backlit USB Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Included
  • Intel i9-11900KF / 64GB RAM / 1TB M.2 NVME / 3TB HDD / RTX 3080 Upgrades | 3-Year CUK Limited Warranty (View warranty section below for more details.)

Notes: If you want to try the 144 Hz experimental mode of the Valve Index, or own an ultra high resolution headset like the Pimax 8K or HTC Vive Pro 2, then this might be the best option to push the limits in VR. This is close to the very best computer you can currently get.

Best Budget Option:

SkyTech Shadow 3.0 Gaming Computer PC Desktop - Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz, RTX 2060 6G, 1TB SSD, 16GB DDR4 3000, RGB Fans, AC WiFi, Windows 10 Home 64-bit, Black
  • Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz (4.2GHz Max Boost) CPU Processor | 1TB SSD – Up to 30x Faster Than Traditional HDD |
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 Video Card | 16 GB Gaming Memory DDR4 3000 with Heat Spreader | Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • No bloatware | USB Ports, including 2.0, 3.0, and 3.2 Gen 1 | 1 x HDMI and 1 x DisplayPort Guaranteed, additional ports may vary | Free RGB Keyboard & Mouse
  • 3 x ARGB RING Fans for Maximum Air Flow | Powered by 600 Watt Gold 80 Plus Certified Power Supply | Skytech SHADOW Gaming Case with Tempered Glass
  • 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.

Notes: Can pretty much run all games, but you’ll need to make some compromises on either graphics quality or lower refresh rates.

Here’s an even cheaper option, but less powerful, using a GTX graphics card.

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

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.