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Build Guide

Budget VR Gaming Build

by ThoughtA




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 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 is the Ryzen 3 1200. This CPU is inexpensive but still packs a punch with its 4 cores and 3.4 GHz turbo frequency. The R3 1200 includes a good stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.


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.


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.

At the current time, using memory rated over 3000mhz is not advised without doing extra research as DIMM support can be hit or miss. AMD is working on releasing additional BIOS updates to add better compatibility for higher frequency memory.


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.

Due to the high cost of GPUs and low availability, we are using a parametric filter for a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with a max price set. With patience and vigilance, you can find a video card for around this price, and we want to provide a part list that is more accurate to this concept.


The Rosewill FBM-X1 is a MicroATX mini tower 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 also fits full-sized video cards, and it contains one each of an external 5.25", internal 3.25", and internal 2.5" bays.


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: 152W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $139.00 $139.00 Umart Buy
Motherboard $109.00 $109.00 Shopping Express Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$129.00 $129.00 Umart Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
$76.00 $76.00 Shopping Express Buy
Video Card
No Matches Available
From parametric filter
  • Price: $0.00 - $200.00
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Power Supply $75.00 $75.00 JW Computers Buy
Total: $528.00
* 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:

PCnoobmuch 2 points 6 days ago

No video card?

PixelatedHam 1 point 6 days ago

Ye, the parametric filter only picks GTX 1050ti cards that are 200 bucks or less, which obviously there are none (and will be none for a very long time, rip.) GTX 1050ti cards are typically around 250-300 bucks right now. MSRP is acually 120 bucks!!!

PCnoobmuch 1 point 5 days ago

Im happy, i bought my 1050 ti in the summer right before mining... FEEL THE CANADIAN GRAPHICS CARD PRICES (bought mine for 250)

PixelatedHam 1 point 5 days ago

Haha nice I remember the GTX 1060 3GB for $230 CAD... I miss the good old days.

PCnoobmuch 1 point 5 days ago

haha yea same, looking to upgrade my 12 year old bottlenecked pre built... but the RAM

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Gigabyte - GA-AB350M-D3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Team - Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 7W - 7W
Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Total: 34W - 152W