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Budget VR Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

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Description

Preface

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.


CPU

Our CPU of choice for this budget is the Intel Core i3-7100, which meets Oculus's minimum requirement. While it features only two cores, the i3-7100 also employs hyperthreading to help close the gap between it and a 4-core i5. Hyperthreading adds an additional logical core for each physical core, which is handy for streaming, video editing, and multi-tasking CPU-intensive tasks. The i3-7100 includes a stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric selection to constantly select the best-priced mATX motherboard of a list of boards hand-selected for their pricing, quality, and USB availability.

All of the motherboards feature B250 chipsets and 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion, and the compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.

Memory

A parametric filter is being applied to choose the best priced 2x4GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications. With this selection, we have space on the motherboards for 2 more sticks of RAM, leaving room for future expansion.

Storage

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.

GPU

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.

Case

The Apevia X-Qpack3 is a unique microATX cube case that opens from back to front like some old-fashioned car hoods. The motherboard is mounted horizontally, while the PSU still mounts below. The case has 2x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0 front panel ports. It can fit full-sized video cards.

I recommend checking out the images above to explore the look and feel of the case a little more. There are several color variations of this case, both in terms of chassis color and fan LED. I would definitely check them all out.

PSU

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.

Monitor

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: 211W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €102.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €102.00 Amazon Espana Buy
Motherboard €68.16 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €68.16 Amazon Espana Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
€77.28 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €77.28 Amazon Espana Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
€67.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €67.00 Amazon Espana Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
€149.00 €3.95 €152.95 PC Componentes Buy
Case
Power Supply €92.12 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €92.12 Amazon Espana Buy
Base Total: €555.56
Shipping: €3.95
Total: €559.51
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* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Comments Sorted by:

CarCat 1 point 2 days ago

I like the Orange/Black version of that case. Don't like that front grille, though.

Thegamercoder19926 1 point 1 day ago

I think its a mini itx case.

Metrix_Terabyte 1 point 1 day ago

No, it's a Mini-ATX, the part list says it quite clearly.

Nexi 1 point 23 hours ago

Ohhh nooo what happened to the other one. That had the red and black case nooo please I want that one

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