How much it costs to build a VR-ready PC in South Africa

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are two of the top virtual reality headsets in the market today, with both devices built to win over hardcore PC gamers.

The Oculus Rift can be imported to South Africa for around R11,000, while the HTC Vive sells for $799 (R11,000) in the United States.

Both devices are backed by big players in the world of online entertainment and services – the Rift by Facebook and the Vive by Valve.

While over R11,000 is already a serious price tag, gamers will still need a high-end PC to use the headsets – which does not come cheap.

Below are the recommended system specifications required to drive the Vive and the Rift, and how much a PC sporting those specs will cost in South Africa.

Recommended specifications

VR System Requirements
Minimum Specifications HTC Vive Oculus Rift
CPU Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 Intel Core i5-4590
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290 Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290
RAM 4GB 8GB
Video Output HDMI 1.4 / DisplayPort 1.2 HDMI 1.3
Operating System Windows 7 Windows 7 64-bit
USB 1 x USB 2.0  3 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0

VR-ready PC price

We took pricing from Evetech and Rebel Tech and put together a PC which would meet the specifications above.

VR-ready PC
Components Price
Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz R3,700
Asus GeForce GTX 970 R5,700
MSI H110 PRO-VHL R1,400
8GB Corsair DDR4-2,133MHz R600
Samsung 250GB 850 EVO R1,700
Antec 600W PSU R1,000
BitFenix Midi Tower R500
Total R14,600

The cost of an operating system, peripherals, and screen have been excluded.

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