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Build Guide

Budget VR Gaming Build

by ThoughtA


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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 Apevia X-Qpack3 is a unique microATX cube case that opens from back to front like some old-fashioned car hoods. The motherboard is mounted horizontally, while the PSU still mounts below. The case has 2x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0 front panel ports. It can fit full-sized video cards.

I recommend checking out the images above to explore the look and feel of the case a little more. There are several color variations of this case, both in terms of chassis color and fan LED. I would definitely check them all out.


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.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 211W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $106.89 $106.89 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard $64.99 -$10.00 $1.99 $56.98 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$87.99 FREE $87.99 SuperBiiz Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
$55.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $55.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$156.99 $156.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Case $49.99 -$10.00 $5.99 $45.98 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Power Supply $48.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $48.99 Amazon Buy
Base Total: $571.83
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $7.98
Total: $559.81
* 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.

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CarCat 3 points 1 month ago

I like the Orange/Black version of that case. Don't like that front grille, though.

Nexi 3 points 1 month ago

Ohhh nooo what happened to the other one. That had the red and black case nooo please I want that one

zdbpcmaster 3 points 1 month ago

Just scroll to the top and hit the first one on the left under revision history. then you'll find the last one.

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Not a problem, just edit the part list and manually add the case you prefer. Here's a link to the previous case we were using on this guide: Corsair SPEC-04 (Black/Red)

We change the cases up each month to inspire ideas for alternate options we would recommend. As zdbpcmaster mentioned, you can always get back to previous versions of our guides using the revision history section on the side bar.

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Coolman152Turbo 2 points 23 days ago

Please help me. I plug my computer on, the fans on the CPU cooler and Graphics Card run for 5-10 seconds, and then they turn off again, and then, about 5 seconds later, they turn on again, and it just keeps going in a cycle. Also, I plug in my HDMI cord into my monitor, yet I get no output. I checked all of my cables, and they are secure. Please help me.

hypergalaxy8 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

Your best bet is to post this in the troubleshooting forum

QueenNik19 2 points 17 days ago

Hey, I was searching for PC gaming build for a while, I want to play overwatch, sims 4, and ark on good graphics quality and I seen this one and it looks pretty good for a decent price since I am working on a budget of $600 right now. So the question, can this PC live up to my expectations?

WolfenWings 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

Not to sure how well Ark would run, but this should definitely work well for Overwatch and Sims no problem.

Thegamercoder19926 1 point 1 month ago

I think its a mini itx case.

Metrix_Terabyte 2 points 1 month ago

No, it's a Mini-ATX, the part list says it quite clearly.

erikolson 3 points 1 month ago

*Micro ATX

nrath1643 1 point 1 month ago


sbark65 1 point 1 month ago

i am pretty sure that a 1050 ti will not be able to handle VR

iko172302 4 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

It can, albeit not ideal - hence the "minimum specs requirement"....you will get minimum performance, playable - just not high settings, and I bet a freeze or two after long hours of playing. But nonetheless for someone on a budget just getting onto VR great build. Also, when $$$ is available upgrade the GPU and throw a $59 SSD for fast system boots or a $250 SSD to both fast boot the system and store VR games on for fast game boots and score!

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

It can, that's why it was set as the new minimum requirement for Oculus.

Mixon 1 point 1 month ago

Any chance of a Enthusiast/Excellent VR Gaming Build? I'm pretty sure I can use other guides you provided, but sure would be nice to read it. I plan to purchase a Intel gaming rig and HTC Vive.

iko172302 4 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I did one recently (the amount of fans was purely personal preference for looks) but games VR great. No problems at all in high to ultra settings in almost all VR games. A select few can't do ultra. throw in a 1080 ti and that wont be an issue lol


jmaz13 1 point 17 days ago

How well does this run as a conventional gaming build? I plan to get my self started on building this by getting parts for Christmas. Does anyone know how cheap I might get some parts on cyber Monday? In addition, does anyone know how well this performs as a conventional gaming pc as I plan to use it as both a vr rig in the future and a gaming pc?

Edit: If anyone can answer me by Cyber Monday that would be amazing!

aeong 1 point 1 day ago

How well can this machine handle Fallout 4?

ZephyrDisk 1 point 17 hours ago

does this need a cpu cooler?

ZephyrDisk 1 point 17 hours ago

does this need a cpu cooler