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The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset from Oculus VR. The consumer version of the Oculus Rift is arriving in Q1 2016, and will come with a launch line-up of titles from Oculus VR and its partners. The Oculus Rift headset offers improved head-tracking and a high-resolution, 90Hz screen for optimal presence, immersion, and comfort.
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Oculus Rift 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 3rd Apr 2020

Our objective here is to enable us to explore what PC we could buy that can play Oculus Rift, where we carefully find the right hardware components that can run Oculus Rift and meet its gaming needs while also heavily factoring in today’s best hardware component prices. With the PC build brief being to maintain a stable and reliable FPS at the highest graphics settings, while running on 1080p screen res. Every day we run through our carefully chosen gaming hardware and cherry pick today’s lowest priced hardware components to help us achieve this optimum PC build list.

This title falls in the Sim genre category, which itself can influence the type of hardware we might consider for this build. Something we sometimes dont consider is that the game would be developed in 2016 and therefore on hardware from around that period of time. We can also assume that hardware from around that period would be part of the targeted hardware, in terms of performance, by the developers, as they provide graphical options for the hardware capabilities available. It is currently not on our list of most demanding games. Also it is falling outside of our most popular games list at the moment. With this info in hand to help guide our hardware build choices we will now select today’s best priced components that meet these game characteristics.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Oculus Rift PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$154.00
Graphics Card
$164.99
Memory
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz
$32.99
Motherboard
MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151
$49.46
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
EVGA 500W Bq 80+ Bronze
$60.86
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$60.96
HDD
WD 2003FZEX HDD 2TB
$119.99
Display
AOC 22 inch 5ms
$90.00
Keyboard
Redragon K552
$32.99
Mouse
Redragon M719 Invader
$17.99
Headset
Razer Electra USB 7.1
$49.00
Oculus Rift PC Build Total Price $883.22
Rig
7.3
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $11.29, was previously $894.51.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Oculus Rift PC Build

We want a punchy GPU for this build and the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB is currently priced at a competitive $164.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 28th Dec 2019 which had it priced at $159.. This PC graphics hardware selection is a nice price to performance option when looking to run Oculus Rift at 1080p ultra graphics. We expect to see some good FPS from this card at these specs. We have seen this card drop its price recently by $14.01 which is part of the reason it has been slotted in to this build.

When choosing the right video card for this build, you need to make sure you have a graphics card with 4GB of VRAM or more. This memory is used by the card to store image data when moving it from the video card to the CPU. Our chosen build’s card has 8GB, which will be a suitable amount for this resolution.

Selecting The Right Oculus Rift 1080p Motherboard and CPU

The motherboard we are going for is the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151. Its the best priced LGA 1151 socket type motherboard on the market today and will give us the spot to choose a great pairing CPU for the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB. Looking over the prices today we can see that the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz processor is a great choice for this game and is currently costing $154. Our cheapest price recorded for the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz was $119.99, which we spotted on 16th Mar 2020.

At $49.46 the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard muscles its feature rich chipboard into today’s Oculus Rift PC build. The cheapest motherboard price for the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 was recorded as $32.99, which was on 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Oculus Rift At The Right Price

Our PC needs some well placed system memory to support our chosen CPU and GPU selections. As we are looking to achieve the 1080p ultra frame rates the Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz is currently priced at $32.99, which is among the better priced RAM today. Our RAM recorded prices put this Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz price at $29.49 on 2nd Feb 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Oculus Rift

We reckon these hardware components in our PC build will get 89 FPS at high settings in game and you could improve the graphics up to Ultra and see a FPS of 64 at 1080p.

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PC Build Research Area

Oculus Rift
Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

Bumping up the in game screen resolution to 1440p our expected FPS would be 48 FPS at Ultra graphics setting or around 68 FPS on High.

How this build performs for other popular games

We should check some other games performance with our Oculus Rift PC. Looking at some other popular games today, to see how the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB and this setup will run on 1080p. Doom Eternal is expected to return 54 FPS when run on Ultra which increases to around 75 frames per second on High. Ori and the Will of the Wisps would return 59 FPS on Ultra and then go up to 83 FPS at High settings. With Half-Life: Alyx we expect 30 FPS running at Ultra settings and 42 frames on High settings.

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An Alternative Oculus Rift Graphics Card Option for 1080p

While we have suggested a AMD graphics card for this build you can also consider putting in a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB, which is similar, with a 4% better performance difference, but provides another reasonable alternative graphics option. It is currently priced at $219.99.