Building the Cheapest “VR Ready” PC

 

 

 

The Cheapest VR Ready PC

 

Inspired by the article posted here wherein it loosely states that you will spend a minimum of $1000 to build a VR Ready machine, I was curious to see just how cheap you could get away with, while still technically meeting the recommended specs provided by Oculus and Valve.

 

First we’ll make a build directly adhering to the Oculus Recommended specs (the more demanding of the two), and then build, no dignity spared, the cheapest possible VR Ready machine. As a note to that, just because it is the cheapest doesn’t mean you should actually build it. This is more just for fun, and I’m making a lot of sacrifices that I personally would not make in my own VR build (e.g. SSD instead of HDD, more expandable motherboard, AMD vs Intel, ect.).

 

Recommended Specs and Bundles

Turning first to the recommended specs, let’s see what kind of price you can get away with on these components.

  • Motherboard: BIOSTAR B85MG Ver. 6.x $45
  • CPU: Intel i5-4590 $200
  • RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $27
  • Storage: WL 500GB $30
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970 $250
  • Power: EVGA 100-B1-0500-KR 500W $40
  • Case: DIYPC MA01-G Black/Green USB 3.0 Micro-ATX Mini Tower $20
  • OS: Windows 10 $100

The total comes out to $712 before tax and shipping. Not too unbearably pricy, but ideally we’d want to get the price down to around the cost of an xbox one or PS4 ($400).

Oculus have also partnered with a number of different companies to bring VR ready machines to market. You can find them here. The cheapest option available this way is the ASUS G11CD at around $800. Also interesting, Cyberpower has a VR Ready PC listed at $674 on Newegg, considering you wouldn’t have to build it yourself, this might be the most convenient option out there right now.

And without further adieu,

 

The Cheapo VR…o Build

  • Motherboard: MSI 760GMA-P34 $45
  • CPU: AMD FX-6350 $130
  • RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $27
  • Storage: WL 500GB $30
  • Graphics: AMD RX 480 $200
  • PSU: EVGA 100-B1-0500-KR 500W $40
  • Case: DIYPC MA01-G Black/Green USB 3.0 Micro-ATX Mini Tower $20
  • OS: Windows 10 $100

The total comes out to $592….. Not. Very. Cheap. x___x

 

Some Final Thoughts

All in all, you’re realistically looking at a $1500-$1600 for a headset and a PC to power it… I’m thinking, people have a hard enough time justifying the price of a new gaming console. Desktop VR makes that seem like chump change.

That being said, when you take that cost and compare it to the current, mid tier iMac model, which starts at $1500, the price could be seen as more reasonable. The potential utility of VR far outweighs the formidable iMac for roughly the same cost. But the problem is, VR really isn’t that useful just yet. It’s main focus has been entertainment, but it’s the practical everyday use cases that will really sell VR to everyone. When we start to realize that VR breaks the shackles of typical window viewed applications and opens up whole new ways of processing and interacting with information.

Rant done, hope this was somewhat informative/entertaining. Stay safe travelers.

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