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Budget VR Gaming Build

by ThoughtA


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  • #1: Budget VR Gaming Build (1 month ago)



The goal of this build is to meet minimum requirements for gaming on the Oculus Rift, which recently lowered its minimum specs significantly. This PC was tested in-house with multiply people to determine subjectively if anyone experienced nausea while playing, and no one reported any symptoms.

The Rift headset will require 1 HDMI port and 2 USB ports, and touch controls will require an additional USB port. Ideally, 2 of the 3 total ports used are USB 3.0.


Our CPU of choice for this budget is the Intel Core i3-7100, which meets Oculus's minimum requirement. While it features only two cores, the i3-7100 also employs hyperthreading to help close the gap between it and a 4-core i5. Hyperthreading adds an additional logical core for each physical core, which is handy for streaming, video editing, and multi-tasking CPU-intensive tasks. The i3-7100 includes a stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.


We're using a parametric selection to constantly select the best-priced mATX motherboard of a list of boards hand-selected for their pricing, quality, and USB availability.

All of the motherboards feature B250 chipsets and 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion, and the compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.


A parametric filter is being applied to choose the best priced 2x4GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications. With this selection, we have space on the motherboards for 2 more sticks of RAM, leaving room for future expansion.


We're using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 2TB mechanical drive. Unfortunately, with the rising cost of NAND, in addition to the rising cost of video cards due to the current mining craze, we've had to cut out the SSD in order to keep this build more budget-friendly. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to increase capacities or add an SSD to fit yours.


We're using the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti as our video card, which meets Oculus's minimum requirement. We've created a parametric filter to show you the lowest priced GTX 1050 Ti which will be powerful enough for most AAA games both in and out of VR.


The Corsair Carbide Series Spec-04 is a fairly compact ATX mid-tower that doesn't take up a ton of room but gives you plenty of room to work in when building. It features a number of cable management holes, 3x 3.5" bays, 2x 2.5" bays, and a built-in dust filter that you can remove for easier cleaning. It also includes 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 ports on the front panel, along with front 120mm LED fan.

If black and red isn't your thing, you can tone it down with the black and gray version or go bold with black and yellow.

Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you.


For the PSU, we're using a parametric selection of a few well-reviewed semi-modular and modular units, which are all rated for good power efficiency and can provide plenty of power for this build.


Since the Rift requires an HDMI port, and most GTX 1050 Tis only supply 1 HDMI port, make sure that your monitor has at least one DisplayPort or DVI port. This filter conveniently selects all 21" or larger 1080p monitors that have a DisplayPort or DVI port. Feel free to change whatever filters you'd like to suit your needs and preferences.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 211W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $109.89 $109.89 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard $59.99 -$10.00 $0.99 $50.98 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$68.99 FREE $68.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
$54.00 FREE $54.00 Newegg Marketplace Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$149.99 -$10.00 $4.99 $144.98 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Case $49.99 $49.99 Corsair Buy
Power Supply $54.90 -$20.00 $0.99 $35.89 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $547.75
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Shipping: $6.97
Total: $514.72
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Comments Sorted by:

ramy_mcramface 44 points 28 days ago

The Core i3-7100 isn't worth the money. Get a Ryzen 3 1200 instead. And yes, the Ryzen 3 1200 is listed as a minimum spec CPU on Oculus' website here:


ThoughtA staff submitter 11 points 24 days ago

Unfortunately, the recommended/minimum specs page omitted the Ryzen. Thank you for linking the page that does include it though!

After testing a Ryzen 3 1200 rig, I'm not entirely comfortable putting out a guide with the 1200 without testing it further in-house. Stay tuned for what will hopefully be a Ryzen VR guide though!

SirJosh3917 1 Build 4 points 18 days ago

The ryzen 3 1200 is now back in the minimum spec list,

"CPU Intel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or greater "

Footsocks 10 points 16 days ago

Lol, I don't think the 4350 is that close to the performance of the 1200

jj0322 1 point 6 days ago

this doesn't show any performance metrics. It also states that the 1200 specs are "rumored"

Vector_.45 1 point 26 days ago

But why though

Penguinxboi -1 points 5 days ago

HTC vive much lmao.

Penguinxboi 0 points 5 days ago

and yeah i know the ryzen is better.

TacoNinja 1 Build -4 points 27 days ago

I don't know I'd say not worth the money. Maybe not as good a deal as the Ryzen 3, but definitely not worthless. I own an i3-6100 (the slightly older Kaby Lake version) and could crush even Battlefield 1 on high easily paired with an R9 380. And with the release of Ryzen this will probably change, but right now some games aren't optimized so well with AMD. Which I could be wrong on that statement as most of my data is people's complaints in game and are usually with older AMD architectures. But still, the new i3 are absolute budget beasts. Also (after some quick comparisons) the 7100 has much superior clock speeds; its base is .5 Ghz above the 1200's turbo

John_Titor 18 points 27 days ago

The R3 1200 is easily overclockable and has 4 physical cores. The i3 has 2 physical cores with 4 threads vying for scarce resources. The 1200 is also cheaper and comes with a good cooler. No doubt the 7100 will perform admirably, but the 1200 is much better value.

TacoNinja 1 Build 5 points 26 days ago

That is a very good point. And I agree the 1200 is a much better deal, I just wanted to show the 7100 will perform great, and I appreciate your knowledge and statement of the 7100.

redblade93 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

Not to mention the R3 1200 is on the AM4 socket, while the 7100 is on the almost-obsolete LGA1151. Especially on this bare-minimum build, that adds a real upgrade path for the future.

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 1 point 24 days ago

You still cap out at 4GHz with lower IPC than Kaby Lake. There are plenty of scenarios where the i3 is a much better processor, the R3 is just more versatile.

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 7 points 23 days ago

Since I'm getting downvoted, let me explain something to the fanboys.

The i3 7100 is 3.9 Ghz, that also seems to be what's typical from a 1200, 4.0 if you're lucky. Kaby Lake also has higher instructions per clock, so it's single threaded performance is superior. Yes, "but moar cores". In September 2017, I personally would advise against buying a $100+ dual core, but as I said, there are scenarios where the i3 is better. Anything that relies on single threaded performance is going to run better on the i3. Most MMO's(especially WoW and ESO) run heavily on 1 core(ESO pegs one core at 100% and your 2nd core will max out at 30 or 40), StarCraft 2 is another fairly popular competitive game that relies on single threaded performance, and some MOBAs do too(Heroes of the Storm being one that does because it runs on the same engine as SC2). It wouldn't be a smart buy, but the i3 would be better than the R3 for some people, but those people should just wait until Coffee Lake anyway.

Now go ahead and downvote again because cognitive dissonance :)

KevinMoondust 5 Builds 3 points 18 days ago

Don't forget emulators! Most modern late-gen console emulators, like Cemu or Dolphin, lean more towards single-core high-IPC architectures.

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Laceyn56 0 points 22 days ago

You realize the i3-6100 is skylake with the 7100 being kaby lake right? But anyways if your going with a i3-7100 mine as well just get a G4560 which is pretty much the same thing and much cheaper. Also saves you almost $75 with only being 12% slower then the i3-7100. The way i look at it is if your on that low of a budget then you would want to get the most bang for your buck so putting that $75 you saved going for the G4560 vs the i3-7100 can be put towards a better GPU. The biggest difference i saw was the oc speed. But tbh who overclocks a i3-7100 lol. http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Pentium-G4560-vs-Intel-Core-i3-7100/3892vs3891

Synchro 1 point 19 days ago

Try reading it says "MINIMUM requirements" meaning you can't really go lower than that

Entrainers 1 point 16 days ago

Meaning you can, but the company doesn't guarantee it will work. The software isn't written to say "If they are using a G4560, don't try to run it"

SteamVR lists the cpu as ready for VR

TacoNinja 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

Yes I just realized my mistake. I meant it's the older version of the Kaby lake. And I think we can all agree we've started an off topic war because this is for VR, not budget systems. And yes I agree, the G4560 is an absolutely fantastic budget CPU ( actually just watched a Linus vid today where it outperformed the R3!) But I mentioned my 6100 to show the point that despite being a generation older, it has still run like a beast for me.

Pawacorn 2 Builds 10 points 1 month ago

Minimum and recommended system specifications needed to power Oculus Rift.

Check if your computer meets the minimum or recommended system specifications to power Oculus Rift with the compatibility check tool.

It seems like it requires a 4 Threaded CPU at least. The requirement was an FX-4350 or Intel i3-6100, but that was before the Pentium G4560/4600/4620, Athlon X4 940/950/970 and Ryzen 3 existed.

So if someone with a Kaby-Lake Pentium, AM4 Athlon X4 or Ryzen 3 can download the "Rift compatibility check tool" as see if it meets or exceeds the minimum or recommend system specs, that would be helpful.

stalewind 1 Build 2 points 26 days ago

VR checking software on Steam will give a little more information on where in the scale your system falls. Free software and it runs some video test with graded compatibility scores.

jsoutherland89 4 Builds 1 point 23 days ago

Nvidia also offers a similar tool in their Geforce Experience software.

stalewind 1 Build 2 points 23 days ago

I would imagine any 1060 owner or greater will be good for VR. My basic 7500 rig scores decent enough, though the VR gear would nearly double my build cost.

jsoutherland89 4 Builds 2 points 23 days ago

No kidding! That stuff is expensive!

ericko 8 points 27 days ago

This parts list I came up with is more competent not to mention a bit easier on your wallet:)

CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $128.48 $128.48 OutletPC

Motherboard MSI - B350M GAMING PRO Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $78.89 $78.89 OutletPC

G.Skill - Aegis 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $57.99 FREE $57.99 Newegg

Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.88 $46.88 OutletPC

Video Card
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card $145.99 $145.99 SuperBiiz

Deepcool - TESSERACT BF ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 -$10.00 $0.99 $25.98 Newegg
$10.00 mail-in rebate

Power Supply
EVGA - BV 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 -$20.00 $2.99 $12.98 Newegg

$20.00 mail-in rebate

Base Total: $523.21
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $3.98
Total: $497.19

Lobsterareawesome 2 Builds 5 points 21 days ago

just skip the 1300X and OC the 1200.

NarretC 3 points 21 days ago

I think this is already assuming that the 1300X is going to be overclocked, with the B350M motherboard. And it really needs that overclock, to compete with the 3.9 GHz i3-7100.

Rgobel 1 point 19 days ago

So this build is cheaper and better than the one listed??

ericko 2 points 18 days ago

Yes, it's better and cheaper than the one listed:))

Airsoftingturtles 1 point 8 days ago

You also have to remember that ryzen has improved performance with higher clocked ram and multiple ram sticks

OmniPeuchent 4 points 11 days ago

People be like "You gotta listen to minimum requirements, it CLEARLY says you need i3-7100 minimum, so don't even bother with Pentium g4560!" Right. Because literally the same cpu but with like .4 ghz less is what will make the difference between just playable to totally unplayable. Heck no. If you want to game in VR with a budget PC, you'll be absolutely more than fine with a Pentium of this generation, and anybody who says otherwise is being just a touch too cautious. Pls guys.

pieck 2 points 1 month ago

Why not Ryzen?

ThoughtA staff submitter 4 points 1 month ago

The goal of this guide is to build a PC around Oculus's minimum requirements, which at this time do not include Ryzen. I have no doubts that a lot of Ryzen CPUs can perform well with it - possibly all of them can. However, when we start talking about getting as close as you can to the minimum requirements for a platform, we want to be very, very careful.

IncognitoGamer123 2 points 1 month ago

I made a build guide for a Ryzen 3 version of this but deleted it because it felt stupid. And I guess I was right for thinking that. EDIT: I forgot I clicked on the VR one. I thought I clicked on the "Entry Level Intel Gaming Build"

DoctorIguana 1 point 1 month ago

This guy knows how to think a build through.

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 0 points 25 days ago

That's why he's on staff and the people who always complain about the choices in a theoretical build aren't lol.

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stroger 1 Build -1 points 1 month ago

"but requires a better GPU" no

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nw85967 2 points 1 month ago

Is this the exact bare minimum or can it go lower

tony475130 2 points 28 days ago

Well in terms og GPU yes. Oculus requires at least a 1050ti to make use of their products. I imagine you can try and get a lower end cpu but I dont know why if it his is already cutting it close.

Wolfemane 4 Builds 2 points 28 days ago

Just out of curiosity why the Oculus. The company is pretty bogged down by litigation and it doesn't look good for them. Price is ok, but with their future looken pretty slim I'd think the focus would be on the Vive (and the vive's lowered cost is bonus too). Min specs are identical as well.

DPRutledge 1 Build 2 points 25 days ago

I had no idea the 1050 TI was capable of VR

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 25 days ago

It was a pretty crazy experience getting solid VR performance out of a 1050 Ti and an i3.

DPRutledge 1 Build 1 point 25 days ago

How so?

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 4 points 24 days ago

A 500 something dollar PC doing VR with good results is pretty impressive.

komodor 1 point 1 month ago

miss ssd for OS

CarCat 1 point 17 days ago

Quite frankly you don't need one. Way too expensive, and if you use this little thing called patience that we learned in 3rd grade, we can save ourselves $80.

CarCat 1 point 10 days ago

Way too small, nobody on PCPP has ever used it, not from a well-known brand - I think you can connect the dots here.

xTHExRADxREXx 1 point 9 days ago

for only $46 i would try it

xTHExRADxREXx 1 point 9 days ago

and windows 10 64 bit only takes about 16 GB so its not really too small

CarCat 1 point 9 days ago

I know it does; IMO a 32gb SSD is enough for OS, as Microsoft only says they need 20. But, you don't just check SSD, sort by price low to high, and pick the one on top. That's not how you wanna do it when building a PC.

LiamGaba 1 point 1 month ago

were the ryzen 3

vaultdude22 1 point 1 month ago

It may reach minimum requirements but can it pass the Steam VR Test?

Sam_Flynn 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

My iMac can pass the VR test, I need real world results

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 24 days ago


jadog12 1 point 1 month ago

Can this run games like Virtual Rickality and Jobn Simulator? If so, I will be building it.

walkerob 1 point 29 days ago

Hey guys. I love this build and have been thinking along similar lines. however where is says "The i3-7100 includes a stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary." please take this with some salt. Intel's stock cooler is bad at best so if you spot an extra 20-ish dollars you can get a hyper 212 EVO and you will bring those CPU temps way down. or switch it up and play the RYZEN game with rysen 3. besides that I love this build guide and I have appreciated his builds in the past.

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 3 points 25 days ago

It's good enough for a locked processor. Even in a cramped case it's fine with a locked processor.

natedawg72 2 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

As has been said, the stock cooler is more than plenty for a locked i3, and lower temperatures isn't going to have a tangible benefit since it's not going to be throttling or anything on the stock cooler.

In my opinion the only real reason to switch coolers in this case is if you find the noise of Intel's stock cooler particularly irritating, which I do. I've had stock intel coolers in the past that were quiet, but both the ones I've used recently have had awful, obnoxious fans that have a very audible grindy-bearing noise to them even at low RPMs.

Threebreak 1 point 28 days ago

It is not vive ready

CarCat 1 point 17 days ago

This is intended for Oculus Rift. Not the HTC Vive.

NafimLam 1 point 28 days ago

thanks for the build i was actually looking parts for my new PC but you helped me a lot again thank you so much

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

Love how all these people with no builds posted want to sit here and tell an editor of this site, somebody who more than likely has WAY more knowledge and experience, what they "did wrong" here.

CatsOnDrugs 3 points 16 days ago

Thing is, just because someone is new to the website doesn't mean that they're new to pc building. Also, not many people are saying 'this is wrong'. Most people are just offering what they think are improvements. It all depends on the person, what they want specifically and how many compromises they're willing to make. I personally don't like sacrificing future upgradability for maybe £100 less now, but then being forced to spend £300+ on motherboard and cpu upgrade just to get 4 cores. (Amazon pricing based on an i5 7600K and the cheapest AsRock z270 i could find). Therefore this build doesnt work for me or people who share a similar mindset to myself. This is why we share what we would change, to make the build more accessible to a larger variety of people.

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

This build is about getting the best VR performance possible on a budget. Nothing more, nothing less. You missed the point of it entirely. There are other budget build guides on here that don't target a specific purpose. Check out "Entry Level AMD Gaming Build"...

In fact, that build guide was written by the same person. https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/DMdnTW/entry-level-amd-gaming-build

CatsOnDrugs 1 point 15 days ago

Thing is, its still on a budget. Tbh this whole concept is dumb in the first place since nobody on a budget is buying £600 VR headsets. The thing is just because its a 'VR build' doesn't mean the same basic principles for any budget build no longer apply. If you're right, then this build is misleading. It should be a 'Minimum specs VR build'. the word ' budget' shouldn't be here since it doesn't take any measures to actually be budget. Just because something has minimum specs or is just cheap doesn't mean it's budget. To me, for this build to be successful it should also take steps to fulfil the 'budget' part of the title. It does not, therefore this build is not a 'budget' VR build. That's what I'm getting at. If nobody called it a budget build i wouldn't mention anything about this, however because it does, I'm gonna ***** about it.

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 1 point 15 days ago


It's a 500 something dollar build meant to get you the best cheap VR experience. You miss the point of the build. I was kind enough to link you to the builds you're looking for, go check out those.

LuigiTheClown 1 point 24 days ago

This is going to be my first time building a PC. I am looking for a budget build. Its 2 main uses will be software development (i am a computer science student) and light gaming (mainly Blizzard games). Do you think a build like this would suffice? I am just trying to get an idea. Thanks.

ilovepcs10 2 points 17 days ago

Assuming you dont need monitor and stuff, and your budget is similar to that in this guide, I'd recommend this for the best all around performance at the samebudget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $109.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - B350 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard $76.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $68.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate - FireCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $68.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card $142.29 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design - Focus G (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $21.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $568.99
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $538.99
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-06 22:42 EDT-0400

Things that are better than the guide:

-4core cpu with a much better cooler for the same price.

-Atx board that can overclock (mAtx in an Atx case is dumb)

-Nicer case (opinion, also comes in black)

-As mentioned in the guide, ssd prices are ridiculous, so we'll go with a Hybrid which is a good in between (affordable, you can get an ssd later to put your os (windows or whatever) on).

-High speed ram; good in general, and ryzen especially benefits from it.

If you have any questions/comments feel free to ask

LuigiTheClown 1 point 14 days ago

Thank you so much for this. My goal is upgrade the PC little by little whenever i can but my budget for the initial purchase is around what you see in this build, yes.

My brother is going to give me a mouse, keyboard, and monitor from an older PC that he has laying around. However, just out of curiosity do you have recommendations for good options of those things for when i upgrade later?

ilovepcs10 1 point 13 days ago

Yea I would first recommend picking up a 120-128 gb ssd to use as a boot drive (~$55), which will greatly improve your experience.

Then it depends on what you do/care about more......I:

Video edit and stream or and stuff like that- upgrade cpu to either r5 1600 or r7 1700 depending on how much you want to spend (or zen 2 equivalent when that comes out).

Play games all the time- upgrade your gpu (prices right now are pretty bad but I'd recommend either a gtx 1060 or an rx 4/580 (if those ever come down in price).

Do a little of both but don't want to spend too much- upgrade your ram-- buy another 8bb stick (try to get the exact same one) and plop it in there.

*note, if you make substantial upgrades make sure your power supply has enough wattage to power the new components, if it doesn't you will need to upgrade that too or buy something else that doesn't draw as much power.

Have fun! :)

ilovepcs10 1 point 13 days ago

Oh I forgot to mention, depending on what monitor your bro (so kindly) gave you, you might think about investing in a higher refresh rate and/or higher resolution monitor. Price depends on your preferences and budget; ask again when you want to upgrade.

ilovepcs10 1 point 17 days ago

Whats your budget? also do you need monitor, keyboard, mouse I'm going to assume you live in the US of A).

tvnner 1 point 23 days ago

I just need something I can run overwatch and pubg competitively with no problems or disadvantages can this do that

Obelisk. 1 point 3 days ago

Yes, it will those games with no problems.

fromkrypton 1 point 22 days ago

ahh this is perf!!!

aiden_makes_a_pc 1 point 19 days ago

the motherboard doesn't say vr ready and some do does that mean every board can support vr

Obelisk. 1 point 3 days ago

"VR Ready" for motherboards doesn't really mean much. It shouldn't matter.

Tian91 1 point 18 days ago

This is practically a carbon copy of my first build a few months ago....I have absolutely no regrets. It's solid and very well balanced....

ArgonPCaccount 1 point 17 days ago

The AMD Ryzen 5 1400 would be worth a little extra.

CarCat 1 point 17 days ago

No matter how hard you try, it's basically impossible to have a semi-decent build on a $600 budget (like mine) with a Ryzen 5.

Pollote 1 point 2 days ago

Best I could come up with PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $155.69 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $67.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - RE4 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $41.88 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB GAMING Video Card $264.89 @ Amazon
Case Zalman - Z11 NEO ATX Mid Tower Case $25.49 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - BT 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $29.89 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $665.82
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $645.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-21 15:22 EDT-0400

Single 8GB stick for upgradability to 16GB, I don't know if a 1060 3GB is considered decent when it comes to a Ryzen 5 build, if it is then the price would go down to sub $600

CarCat 1 point 2 days ago

True. In my world, a 1050 TI is amazing, lol. Only thing is that RAM is a four letter word; S-L-O-W. Ryzen does best with F-A-S-T RAM. lol

Pollote 1 point 2 days ago

I need to tinker a bit more with that build, but I tend to favor a bit cheaper RAM in order to spend more on the GPU, if budget isn't a problem then yeah that's the first thing I'd upgrade. Still RAM can be OCd to around 2933 which should be fine, if the 3 1200 starts bottlenecking when reaching the 1070/1060 6GB then the 5 1400 should have no problems even with slow RAM.

All in all an extra $110 for the massive boost in performance going from the 1050Ti to the 1060 6GB AND the upgrade going from the 3 1200 to the 5 1400.. I'm quite happy with that list.

CarCat 1 point 2 days ago

I edited yours to my needs, didn't even know this case existed until now, but it looks epic.

Also, there are no promos on anything, which I love. You know why? I don't have to edit my part list on a daily basis so that it always accommodates my budget lol

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $109.97 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - C7 40.5 CFM CPU Cooler $26.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Motherboard ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $67.99 @ B&H
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.69 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB OC Edition Video Card $153.66 @ Amazon
Case NZXT - H440 (Matte White/Purple) ATX Mid Tower Case $104.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - BT 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $29.89 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $599.17
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-21 22:14 EDT-0400
S4L 1 point 17 days ago

You really should add a 256 gig sad to this build, at least to put all the important stuff on, it's about the same price as a 2terabyte mechanical drive, but will make your OS and whatever run a lot faster, also, there are multiple downloadable applications for transferring files between disks, so you could easily upgrade your ssd storage in the future

master72 1 point 16 days ago

This build seems pretty scetch if you'd ask me. Gaming laptops with these specs cost a minimum of twice the price. I know that it's usually cheaper to build, but the price just seems way too low. also, the ram seems WAY too cheap. I could not find 8 gigs of RAM that I trusted for under 65 dollars. The power supply could be cheaper too, an around 250 watt power supply is about 30 to 40 dollars. I don't see a need for 520 watts. please tell me if you disagree.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 16 days ago

I'm refreshing the memory kit's link in pursuit of correcting the price. Thanks for the heads up.

LtWeedster 1 point 15 days ago

everything is good but i think the power supply is overkill

theguywhowantstogame 1 point 13 days ago

dose this system have wifi

mountaindew1 1 point 12 days ago

how i thought you need like 90fps

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 day ago

Only 45 is needed with Oculus's update.

magardan 1 point 12 days ago

Can anyone recommend a better case? Better RAM as well? Also, will this build need an SSD? And is this build upgradeable? Thanks :)

Stone_Kold22 1 point 11 days ago

Here in Australia this costs $771.50

xTHExRADxREXx 1 point 11 days ago

i would consider putting one of these https://pcpartpicker.com/product/zs6BD3/transcend-internal-hard-drive-ts32gmts800 in the build for a faster start up for program files

pcmasterrace2k17 1 point 10 days ago

I only hope it works with an HTC vive, not just an oculus rift...

AwesomeGamerBuilds 1 point 10 days ago

If you ask me the i3 is basically trash compared to the glorious goodness that is the ryzen 3 1200 with its 3.9 ghz ez overclock.

mountaindew1 1 point 10 days ago

how is this possible

kamronbehravan 1 point 9 days ago

I would recommend an 8gig stick instead of 2x4, cheaper upgrades in the future.

paul25 1 point 9 days ago

hello i dont know much about pc. i play in potato pc Wow i have 30-40 fps only with this build i will play wow in 50fps and more?

FooblyDoobly 1 point 8 days ago

Hey, that's pretty cheap.

kasdejong13 1 point 7 days ago

you'd be better off with a Pentium g4560, it's a lot cheaper and almost same performance

kilex 1 point 7 days ago

You could get a ryzen 3 1200 instead.

shez2005 1 point 7 days ago

I thought the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti wasn't VR compatible?

nawabu.u 1 point 6 days ago

this is not vr build.this is vr tragedy build

Ironstone1 1 point 6 days ago

If you can afford to spend $500 on VR, then im sure you can afford to spend a lot on a computer. VR is not for budget builders, the idea of a "Budget VR Gaming Build" is unrealistic.

MegaVoltz 1 point 6 days ago

OP should have used the r3 1200 or g4560

HarvesterofSorrow 2 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Why do people do lists with no operating system? Do most people get windows for free? I'm confused

elpixion 1 point 2 days ago

Im actually going to be using it to develop VR games so i would need a capable computer

OliverAlder 1 point 2 days ago

Hey everyone I’m affarid I need some help I have no idea about computers I need something for playing games and doing homework I will most likely have a budget of £500 can someone help

Ahri-The-9-TailedFox. 1 point 2 days ago

Games will use more than 2 cores in the very very near future, its not a very good suggestion for gaming, and it will easily get outdated

mountaindew1 1 point 1 day ago

it seems my comments are constantly getting deleted like how much fps it gets

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 day ago

Nope, nothing deleted.

mountaindew1 1 point 4 hours ago

k i thought they where deleted cause i didn't even see them but i've heard a bunch of people saying a minimum of 90fps so i thought thats what you needed and was shocked when i saw a 1050ti

mountaindew1 1 point 1 day ago

how is this budget when a vr headset and some games costs about the same price as the PC itself sure its cheap but i doubt anyone would rather spend 900+ dollars for the bare minimum of VR vs get a nice gaming PC that can do 1440p

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 day ago

This is pretty much the least you can spend to get into VR. This guide is for those who want to see what that minimum is, and to some people, this will be worth it. Even though there will be those who agree with you, not everyone shares your priorities, and no guide will be for everyone. That's why we make multiple guides.

aiden_makes_a_pc 1 point 4 hours ago

the ram is so slow i think you could get something faster and not raise the price too much

avincombat 0 points 1 month ago

Personally I would not touch a Hitachi HDD with a 10' pole. I would try to work in a 275gb SSD (crucial) for $99. Maybe go g4560 over the i3? that would save about $50ish at about a 10% loss to performance. Also go with a EVGA 430w PSU for $10 less. I would also say spend the extra $2-3 and get a single 8gb DIMM rather than the 2x4 so you can upgrade in the future to 16gb more easily if needed and gives fewer points of possible failure. You could also save around $20 on the case ad go with something from the $35ish range from DIY-PC, they have some nice looking cases. Do all that andit would come out closer to like $505.91 or so.

leoladoudou 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

This is the minimum requirement for VR : that's why that i3 was choosen instead of g4560...

Sam_Flynn 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Then go with a G4620, still cheaper than an i3, and performs the same to a 6100.

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avincombat 2 points 26 days ago

"Minimum Requirements" Do not always mean "We hard coded this to only work with X components". The rift will tell you your computer doesn't meet the requirements but it wont stop you from trying (https://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/comments/67o2tl/anyone_using_a_pentium_g4560/).

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hyperxram 1 point 29 days ago

Do you feel the same way about a Toshiba HDD? This 3TB in particular.

avincombat 1 point 26 days ago

Yes, I work for a computer repair shop and for HDD I would only go Western Digital. They have by far the best longevity. Now there are situations you might need to go Seagate or something for a mass storage solution but I try to stick to WD. They have a massively lower rate of failure, even in the cheaper WD Blue drives.

hyperxram 1 point 26 days ago

This longevity you speak of... If you had to guesstimate, what is the longevity of that Toshiba HDD and what is the longevity of a WD Blue HDD?

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-failure-rates-q1-2017/ https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-stats-q1-2016/

You should be saying that about Hitachi, honestly. Western Digital is the most popular to praise, not the most reliable.

avincombat 1 point 25 days ago

While I do concede that the charts you posted are correct, the drives we generally see are under 1tb. Even the site you posted to tracks this (https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-q3-2015/).

On this note, I would go farther as to say you should not be using a drive over 1tb (maybe 2 depending on the quality of the drive) in a single drive for gaming. This only applies to HDD's mind you, not SSD's. The reason for this is that while the drive is very fast and rated for RPM it does affect performance on read/write times the farther from the center of the hard drive plates that the header has to travel to access data. Mass storage generally doesn't suffer from this for pictures/movies/etc, but games and rendering projects do.

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

If you partition off 1TB of a brand new hard drive and use that for your games you eliminate most of the performance issues related to gaming with a large HDD drive. That's been my experience anyway.

I've got Hitachi HDD's that I took out of laptops that have literally been tossed around, knocked over, etc., they still function just fine.

hyperxram 1 point 22 days ago

Well both my 1TB and 3TB Toshiba HDD's have been functioning flawlessly for 9 months now. They show no signs of failing.

avincombat 1 point 22 days ago

Good! I hope the best for your experience with them. A good tool to check on HDD health is Diskspeed32 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/diskspeed32.html). It will show if there are low preforming or dead cylinders on the drive. I generally run it every 6 months or so just to keep tabs on the drive :)

hyperxram 1 point 22 days ago

When I go to that link and download that program, it says it's for Windows 9/ME/XP. Will it work for Windows 10 x64?

FinnHeywood 0 points 26 days ago

For £5 more i managed to put togeather a part list with a ryzen 3 1200+b350 so OC and a 1060 3gb with the sacrafice of 1tb of storage and the case is worse, however i think the pros out way the cons. https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/nWXMhq

Mr.Cobbz 0 points 26 days ago

Nice build man! An ssd would make it perfect

Teohelm 0 points 25 days ago

Question, why put a micro atx board in a mid tower case? Why not just do a micro atx vr build? I understand it's a good price for a mid tower, but still...

Also, why this I3 over say an R3 1200 that has 4 actual cores for the same price?


CatsOnDrugs 0 points 16 days ago

The thing is buying Ryzen allows you to further upgrade later on, which to me is important since anyone building a budget would rather spend for just a better cpu than a lower tier cpu because they have to spend money on a motherboard. If you get a b350 board, which preforms just the same on overclocking potential as the higher tier x370 (source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkmyKPzCq6k) . So, if you wanted to save money and get better performance, even buying a ryzen 3 now makes more sense since you can flip that chip to get some money back and spend all potential budget on the cpu upgrade rather than a motherboard and cpu upgrade which would potentially force you to compromise. *added: If you buy a cheaper case and one stick of memory you could potentially squeeze in an ssd or if we're not counting creature comforts, then you could always put that extra cash into better base components.

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

This is a VR build. Not a budget gaming build. You're looking for this https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/DMdnTW/entry-level-amd-gaming-build

lakeoffire800 -1 points 23 days ago

why not ryzen?

Modainium -2 points 1 month ago

This is a great build, but I'm gonna stay with this one I made when I have the chance to buy it: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/FFsYxY

vagabond139 5 Builds 3 points 25 days ago

It has a worse CPU and there is zero reason to buy a i3 6100 since its a gen old and its on par with a Pentium which is a lot cheaper. Also that PSU has no reviews, I definitely wouldn't buy it.

Modainium 0 points 24 days ago

A Pentium won't work for the requirements, plus there really isnt much of a difference between skylake and kabylake. PCPartPicker has already made a build guide with RAM that has no reviews, I generally would look at the shopping site's reviews rather than PCPartPicker if there isnt any.

vagabond139 5 Builds 3 points 24 days ago

Yes it will, easily. It performs about the same as a i3 6100. Yes but would you pay more for a equal product? I think not. RAM is RAM, it is all the same quality wise and it out right tells you its performance. It doesn't need reviews. Also you not want to use any consumer reviews for PSU's since they lack the expensive equipment to properly test performance, they don't open it up and take it apart, and honestly 99% of people that buy a PSU just thinks its a magic box with no idea what makes a PSU good or bad. You should only use professional reviews for PSU's and shouldn't get a PSU without a review.

DvoLogic 1 point 1 month ago

I like the build but the 1060 3Gb is really being limited by the amount of Vram it has :/

Modainium 1 point 29 days ago

Don't worry, I have a new list, for around 13$ more you get a build with 1060 6 GB It should be around the same price if I changed the HDD to 500 Gb: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/nvCLZ8

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

Except in real world scenarios the performance difference is negligible.

S4L -2 points 26 days ago

The 1050ti isn't a bad card, but the truth is, it can't run VR, you need at least a Gtx 1060 or RX 570 trust me, I've tried using a 1050ti for VR before, it will run it but not at a playable frame rate. And also go for an i5 or ryzen 3.

ThoughtA staff submitter 4 points 26 days ago

It can vary by game, but the GTX 1050 Ti can definitely run VR. Oculus lowered its minimum requirements for a reason.

This has also been a fairly recent change, if that clarifies it for you.

nawabu.u 0 points 6 days ago

you dont know what is vr.that is why you said that gtx 1050 ti can play vr

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 6 days ago

You may wish to review the required specs, benchmarks, and maybe try it for yourself before you start throwing stones.

LonghornAlamo2040 -6 points 28 days ago

Good luck with two cores XD

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 4 points 25 days ago

Good luck with no PC XD

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vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 25 days ago

It has a PSU with zero reviews for it, less storage, and a worse case. This is not a better PC. Its a side grade and a questionable one due to the PSU.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 1 month ago

Oculus updated its minimum requirements somewhat recently.

frostmaster468 3 points 1 month ago

that is good to know

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

Oculus updated its minimum requirements somewhat recently.

They also added ryzen...

Intel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or greater

NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 25 days ago

Yup, I'm looking into the performance for a potential update.

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CarCat 1 point 17 days ago

It isn't about how it looks; It's about how it performs. Then again, yeah, that is the worst RAM you can get an I wouldn't recommend it.

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Sam_Flynn 1 Build 1 point 24 days ago

Wrong site buddy

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i3-7100 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor 6W - 51W
Gigabyte - GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory 5W - 5W
Seagate - Constellation ES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 48W - 211W