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Build Guide

Budget VR Gaming Build

by ThoughtA


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The goal of this build is to meet minimum requirements for gaming on the Oculus Rift, which recently 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.


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: 225W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €98.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €98.99 Amazon Espana Buy
Motherboard €64.80 €64.80 Amazon Espana Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
€99.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €99.00 Amazon Espana Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
€59.20 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €59.20 Amazon Espana Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
€167.69 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €167.69 Amazon Espana Buy
Power Supply €94.34 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €94.34 Amazon Espana Buy
Total: €584.02
* 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:

adamleeson 8 points 2 months ago

if you are aiming for a budget vr build (after heavy benchmarking) the 1050ti just doesnt have the power to play vr games at a decent quality and fps. would recomend going for a 1060 3gb model or if budget allows 1060 6gb

PATUdaPenguin 2 points 1 month ago

Yes finally a good comment only 1060s can support vr consistently

adamleeson 2 points 27 days ago

i know right

Crazyisaac495 1 point 15 days ago

That is so true

8GB is not really the best amoutmfor brother either but considering how expensive 16gb kits are it is reasonable

DaedalusFell 1 point 9 days ago

That's not what this comment is about...

FancyDaniel22 1 point 2 months ago

awesome budget build

Grilly 1 point 2 months ago

Would be a better idea to shop for a cheaper storage drive and RAM and upgrade this list 1060 3GB if you are aiming for VR on a budget.

jongbert 1 point 2 months ago

How would this build perform in sim racing games like Assetto Corsa and Project Cars (in VR obviously)? What about flight sim games like XPlane 11?

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Well if you want to use it a lot for VR I suggest you get something like the modest gaming build to be honest. https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/BYBD4D/modest-gaming-build

Equinox187 1 point 1 month ago

Would this build work for non vr fps games at 60fps

acedirt234 2 points 1 month ago

at 1080p with med-low settings for the most modern games. this build is fine. the link below is the intended non vr build. https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/T3Xscf/entry-level-amd-gaming-build

JacobMccartan 1 point 1 month ago

Hey just wondering if this could be used for just gaming and if it could run games like fortnite, player unknown battlegrounds, csgo and games like that I don’t want to use it for vr and I don’t want to spend over $1000

CyberGet1324 1 point 22 days ago

i might build this PC, but i dunno. GPU, RAM and CPU prices are currently very high so need to wait for some time. Also in my country $ value is very high so that's adding more and more price to parts. very BAD :(

NCGamer99 1 point 21 days ago

Can this play HTC Vive?

Cmcgovern2 1 point 20 days ago

Was thinking of building this rather than upgrading an old system. Would this work for photo editing, and moderate gaming like Overwatch using a monitor? Does it allow space for a wireless card? And if i wanted to beef up the GPU would something like a GTX 1060 or 1080 drop in? Or AMD Ryzen 5 CPU? And finally would I have to swap PSU to run something like those?

JoshGer 1 Build 1 point 19 days ago

Yes, this system would be good for photo editing and moderate gaming. There is space for a wireless card. You can use any graphics card you want. The socket remains the same for all Ryzen CPUs. I'm not sure if you would need to upgrade your PSU, but make your own list with those parts you want, and check the power usage. If your PSU does not supply enough, you will need to get a better one.

Cmcgovern2 1 point 18 days ago

Thank you so much. Glad to know theres room to grow with this.

JoshGer 1 Build 1 point 17 days ago

No problem :)

JoshGer 1 Build 1 point 19 days ago

I got this for $144 cheaper for buying it around black Friday..

IanDircks 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

you should edit the video card because it is out of stock everywhere.

hughesineo -1 points 2 months ago


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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
ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard 15W - 60W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 5W - 5W
Toshiba - 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Palit - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB StormX Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 50W - 225W