I want to build an insane VR gaming PC, what should I buy?

For the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, what type of PC should I build for a VR gaming beast?

Question by James from United States | Answered by in Computer Systems on


I'm building a new VR gaming PC next month and want to know what I should build if I was the best experience possible for both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. I also want to know, should I buy the GPU now, or wait?

Hey James,

We have a new VR gaming PC series coming soon, where we're going to use our be quiet! Silent Base 800 system powered by the Intel Core i7-6700K and a slew of crazy hardware for our VR gaming goodness. This is where I'd start, but it comes down to how much money you want to spend. If you're looking at $2000+, you can get a pretty damn good system that will see you through VR gaming without an issue.

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You're going to want something that can handle 2560x1440 (or so, if we're talking monitor resolutions here - with the VR headsets handling things differently) at 90FPS and above. Now, you mentioned that you want to know whether you should buy the GPU now or wait - which is a hard one. If you buy it now, you can enjoy VR gaming as soon as next month - but the next-gen GPUs are going to smash through VR gaming way better than today's video cards.

Let's take things back a step, and talk specs. I'd suggest getting yourself a decent Core i7-6700K (there's no need to jump to the Core i7-5960X), a decent Z170 motherboard from GIGABYTE or ASUS (we're using the GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 7 motherboard. You're going to want to get yourself 16-32GB of DDR4 RAM (anything from the likes or Corsair or Kingston will be great), as well as a decently fast SSD. The SSD isn't required, but it makes the entire experience of using your PC ultra-fast.

From there, it'll come down to which video card you buy that will depend on the PSU required - but I would suggest something in the 800-850W range. Why 800-850W? It'll allow you to upgrade to a multi-GPU system without needing to upgrade in the future, whereas if you buy a 500W PSU now (which would be absolutely fine even with the best GPU on the market inside) - it limits your upgrade path quite a bit.

Now, the GPU. Both sides have great video cards for VR gaming right now, with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti and AMD Radeon R9 Fury X being able to handle 90FPS+ VR gaming experiences. But, and this is a big but - I would wait. Both AMD and NVIDIA are poised to unveil something next-gen related in the coming weeks, with GDC and GTC right around the corner. The next-gen cards are going to be launcing in June/July - which is only a few months away.

If you can wait, these new cards are going to be insanely fast for VR gaming - somethign worth waiting, and saving a little more money up for.

Last updated: Nov 3, 2020 at 07:10 pm CST

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