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Budget VR Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

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3 Comments

Description

Preface

The goal of this build is to meet minimum requirements for gaming on the Oculus Rift, which lowered its minimum specs significantly. This PC was tested in-house with multiple 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.


CPU

Our CPU of choice is the Ryzen 3 1300X. This CPU is inexpensive but still packs a punch with its 4 cores and 3.7 GHz turbo frequency. The Ryzen 3 1300X includes a good stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric selection to constantly select the best-priced motherboard of hand-picked motherboards that meet certain criteria. In this case, we are filtering for mATX B350 chipsets, which will allow us to overclock the CPU without breaking the bank. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.

Memory

For memory, we're using a parametric filter that finds the best price on 8GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, and DDR4-3000 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. We've added the 2666 speed kit to the filter in this iteration of the guide, due to the rising prices of memory.

Storage

We're using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 2TB mechanical drive. Unfortunately, with the high cost of NAND, 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.

GPU

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.

Case

The Cougar MX330 is an ATX mid tower case that helps us with our USB 3.0-hungry VR system by providing 2x USB 3.0 front panel ports, which is a bit of a rarity in the budget sector. It's especially uncommon to have those ports accompanied by 2x USB 2.0, which this case has as well. It fits full-length video cards and features an acrylic window that is cut and mounts in the same style as tempered glass windows. It also provides numerous cable managment holes.

PSU

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.

Monitor

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: 227W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $109.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $109.99 Amazon Buy
Motherboard $59.99 -$10.00 FREE $49.99 B&H Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$82.99 FREE $82.99 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
$53.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $53.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$189.99 -$10.00 FREE $179.99 B&H Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Case $24.99 $24.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Power Supply $54.99 -$20.00 FREE $34.99 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $576.93
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Total: $536.93
* 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:

UnlockedUsername 1 point 17 days ago

This looks like a great build, I'm sure that this PC wil run Triple A titles on medium-high settings with good FPS, or am I saying something stupid.

Jaymate123 1 point 16 hours ago

1050Ti is not nVidia VR ready...

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 14 hours ago
Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
MSI - B350M PRO-VD PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard 15W - 60W
GeIL - EVO FORZA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 7W - 7W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 52W - 227W