Build a $1,000 VR Gaming PC to Dominate Oculus Rift and
VR is coming. Make sure you have a PC that will get the best out of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive when they arrive, with this $1,000 VR gaming PC.
Whether you’re a gamer, tech fan, hardware enthusiast or are completely new to computer building, 2016 will be seen as the year that VR exploded onto the scene.
Now is the perfect time to get onboard as hardware manufacturers fall over themselves to get you interested in their new hardware.
I’m here to help you cut through the hype and to provide you with clear advice on building a $1,000 VR gaming PC that’s ready to connect to the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.
If you’ve never built a computer before, don’t worry I’ve got you covered, check out my comprehensive and step-by-step guide.
Buy It! Build It!
When available, VR-headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive will mean PC builders have another hardware component to consider.
Until then though let’s work with the components widely available now.
The good news is it’s a buyer’s market with a massive range of components available to builders and building a gaming PC is easier than people realize.
If you can put together a Lego kit you can build a computer, seriously it’s that easy.
Below I set out a $1,000 VR gaming PC build that you can put together NOW.
VR-Ready PC Builds
The time is ripe to build a VR-ready PC.
It’s also worth noting HTC’s own entry into the VR market the Vive is expected to be available in April this year.
To help save you time I’ve put together a $1,000 pre-made build. This will allow you to max out most games.
Browse below and as soon as you’re happy with a system you like you can start to focus on the important stuff – the games you want to play once the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive launch.
I should state up front that the prices of components that make up the build below are subject to daily fluctuations, so please be sure to check back if you’re unsure of prices.
Also, this list is for the ‘PC’ part of the system and does not include a keyboard, mouse or monitor.
For recommendations on individual components please check out my blog, it’s updated regularly with reviews of hardware and gaming components.
If you do have any questions let me know in the comments section below or tweet me here.
Click the button below to go to the pre-made build list:
$1,000 VR GAMING PC
I’ve previously blogged about an Oculus ready gaming PC system that you can put together for a shade under $900.
This card will allow us to comfortably game at screen resolutions of 2560×1440, and at a push will even allow you to game at 4K resolutions, although frame rates and gaming experience will not be as good.
The GTX 970 maintains a constant 60 frames per second in most games at 2560×1440 resolutions.
If you have a G-Sync monitor you can also expect to easily achieve smooth frame rates of 100 frames per second.
Total Cost: $995.00
(Please note prices are subject to daily fluctuations)
Have You Built One Yet?
Have you managed to put together a $1,000 VR gaming PC yet? Got any questions on building one? Let me know in the comments or tweet me here.
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