If you want to get lost in virtual worlds on the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, you'll need a pretty powerful PC. Fortunately, gaming desktop and laptop makers offer tons of VR-optimized machines, whether you're looking for an inexpensive entry-level model, something small for the living room, or a tricked-out rig to show off to your friends.
Generally speaking, VR-ready gaming PCs should have at least an Nvidia GTX 970 graphics card and an Intel Core i5 processor, among other requirements. Here are our favorite gaming PCs that fit the bill, from ultra-portable laptops to drool-worthy towers.
Who said getting VR-ready meant draining your entire savings account? The CyberPowerPC Gamer Extreme is one of the cheapest VR-ready systems we've seen yet, packing an AMD Radeon RX 470 graphics card and an AMD FX-4350 CPU into a simple black chassis with lots of red LED lights. Better yet, you can get this system bundled with an Oculus Rift for just over $1,000.
Believe it or not, you can get VR-ready gaming performance out of a 13-inch laptop. This small stunner packs Nvidia's 10-series GPUs into a wonderfully portable package, and you can configure itcan be configured with a beautiful OLED display for when you want your non-VR games to really pop.
Simple, affordable and upgradeable, the Digital Storm Vanquish 5 is a great sub-$1000 choice for VR enthusiasts. The Vanquish's Core i5 processor and Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti GPU meet the minimum requirements for the Oculus Rift, and if you want to add stronger parts down the road, its user-friendly design makes it easy to do so.
If you want a VR-capable gaming PC that offers the best mix of performance, style and upgradability, go with the Alienware Aurora. The Aurora packs strong specs and customizable LED lighting into an attractive, compact design, and its unique, tool-free chassis allows even the most tech-averse gamers to effortlessly swap in better graphics cards over time.
The Asus ROG G20CB is a VR-ready gaming desktop that's as compact as it is stunning. The G20's tiny, otherworldly chassis has some of the best lighting effects we've seen on a gaming PC. It's also ergonomically designed to keep the machine from overheating -- something that will prove crucial for your day-long VR marathons. Just be sure to pick the right configuration, as the G20 isn't very easy to upgrade.
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The Dell XPS Tower is an excellent pick for folks who want a VR-ready gaming PC that wouldn't look out of place in your office. The XPS Tower packs the same strong performance and painless tool-free upgradability as its Alienware Aurora cousin, except it eschews flashing lights and sharp angles in favor of a sleek, unassuming design.
The Razer Blade Pro fits a ridiculous amount of power into its slim 0.88-inch frame, including an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card and Intel Core i7 processor that are more than ready for high-end VR. This premium powerhouse also features a 4K touch display with Nvidia G-Sync support, as well as a ultra-low-profile mechanical keyboard that can light up in all kinds of cool colors thanks to Razer's Chroma technology.
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