Updated: How to build a PC ready for Virtual Reality


Virtual Reality is a hot topic for PCs right now, with the imminent releases of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and everyone wants a piece of the action. It’s a Wild West free-for-all as different hardware and platforms are announced, so putting together a gaming rig that can handle the demands of the upcoming VR setups is a real concern.

Oculus VR has recently helped clear the air by publishing the recommended specs for its Rift platform. Depending on your current system, the recommended hardware either looks moderately tame or outlandishly extravagant.

The core components consist of the CPU, GPU and RAM: Core i5-4590, GTX 970 or R9 290 and at least 8GB.

How to build a PC for virtual reality

If you want to minimise on costs, you could easily build a complete Oculus-ready system for around £700 (around $1026, around AU$1451), including the OS, but we view these recommendations as more of a minimum, rather than a long-term solution.

To make sure your PC is VR-ready, check out our video below on how you can benchmark your rig and know what you need to upgrade for the best virtual reality experience.