HTC Vive and Vive PRO are one of the most popular VR headsets on the market. When looking for the best gaming desktop pc for Vive (and Vive PRO), there are a few specs to take into consideration. To spare you some time searching, I compiled a list of the best Gaming Desktop PCs for your VR headset.

 

HTC Vive Recommended System Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel™ Core™ i5-4590 or AMD FX™ 8350, equivalent or better
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce™ GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon™ RX 480, equivalent or better.
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM or more
  • Video Output: 1x HDMI 1.4 port, or DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
  • USB Ports: 1x USB 2.0 port or newer

 

HTC Vive PRO Recommended System Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-4590 or AMD FX™ 8350, equivalent or better
  • GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070/Quadro P5000 or above, or AMD Radeon™ Vega 56 or above.
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM or more
  • Video Output: DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
  • USB Ports: 1x USB 3.0 port or newer

Source: https://www.vive.com/us/ready/

 

What is the best VR gaming desktop PC for HTC Vive and Vive PRO?

There are two main factors for the gaming PC being suitable for HTC Vive or Vive PRO. First is no brainer, meeting the recommended system requirements. Do yourself a favor and never go for the minimum. 🙂

And the other is connectivity. A computer must have the right ports to hook up the VR headset to.

 

Meeting the Recommended System Requirements

The main part of the VR ready PC to be able to run VR content on HTC Vive or Vive PRO is a graphics card or GPU. The recommended one for Vive (non-pro) is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, for the PRO version GTX 1070. Although this is recommended by HTC itself, I noticed quite a different recommended specs for different VR games on the Steam platform. For example, the popular game Beat Saber, the recommended GPU is GTX 1060. On the other hand Fallout 4 VR, requires an Nvidia GTX 1080. So this is really game-specific. That’s why this list of PCs contains models having from GTX 1660 up to RTX 2080.

My recommendation is to go for a desktop PC with an RTX graphics card as new VR games are being released constantly. Even with higher system requirements.

The recommended 8 GBs of ram has pretty much every gaming machines nowadays. The same goes for the CPU, an i5-4590 isn’t that much. Every VR gaming computer I listed here have even better processor.

 

Connectivity

HTC Vive requires only one USB 2.0 and a DisplayPort 1.2. Note that HTC Vive PRO requires a USB 3.0.

 

Comparison Table

iBUYPOWER Elite Gaming PC Desktop Computer Slate2 084i (Intel i5-9400F 2.9Ghz, NVIDIA...
Skytech Shiva Gaming PC Desktop - AMD Ryzen 5 2600, NVIDIA RTX 2060, 16GB DDR4, 500G SSD,...
iBUYPOWER Pro Gaming PC Computer Desktop Intel i7-9700k 8-Core 3.6 GHz, Geforce RTX 2070...
CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8080A4 Gaming PC (Liquid Cooled Intel i7-9700K 3.6GHz,...
CORSAIR ONE PRO i180 High-Performance PC,i9-9920X,RTX 2080 Ti,960GB M.2 SSD,2TB HDD,32GB...
Processor
i5-9400F
Ryzen 5 2600
i7-9700K
i7-9700K
i9-9920X
GPU
GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
RTX 2060 6GB
RTX 2070 8GB
RTX 2080 8GB
RTX 2080 Ti 11GB
RAM
8GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
32GB
Storage
480GB SSD
500GB SSD
240GB SSD + 1TB HDD
240GB SSD + 1TB HDD
960GB M.2 SSD + 2TB HDD
DisplayPort
USB 3.0
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iBUYPOWER Elite Gaming PC Desktop Computer Slate2 084i (Intel i5-9400F 2.9Ghz, NVIDIA...
Processor
i5-9400F
GPU
GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
RAM
8GB DDR4
Storage
480GB SSD
DisplayPort
USB 3.0
137 Reviews
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Skytech Shiva Gaming PC Desktop - AMD Ryzen 5 2600, NVIDIA RTX 2060, 16GB DDR4, 500G SSD,...
Processor
Ryzen 5 2600
GPU
RTX 2060 6GB
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
500GB SSD
DisplayPort
USB 3.0
1,257 Reviews
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RECOMMENDED
iBUYPOWER Pro Gaming PC Computer Desktop Intel i7-9700k 8-Core 3.6 GHz, Geforce RTX 2070...
Processor
i7-9700K
GPU
RTX 2070 8GB
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
240GB SSD + 1TB HDD
DisplayPort
USB 3.0
1,413 Reviews
Price not available
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CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8080A4 Gaming PC (Liquid Cooled Intel i7-9700K 3.6GHz,...
Processor
i7-9700K
GPU
RTX 2080 8GB
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
240GB SSD + 1TB HDD
DisplayPort
USB 3.0
114 Reviews
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Best High-End
CORSAIR ONE PRO i180 High-Performance PC,i9-9920X,RTX 2080 Ti,960GB M.2 SSD,2TB HDD,32GB...
Processor
i9-9920X
GPU
RTX 2080 Ti 11GB
RAM
32GB
Storage
960GB M.2 SSD + 2TB HDD
DisplayPort
USB 3.0
7 Reviews
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Last update on 2021-09-14.

 

1. iBUYPOWER Elite Gaming PC

CPU: Intel Core i5-9400F

GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti 6GB

RAM: 8GB DDR4

STORAGE: 480GB SSD

DisplayPort: Yes

USB 3.0: Yes

Last update on 2021-09-14.


 

2. SkyTech Shiva Gaming Computer

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600

GRAPHICS: NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB

RAM: 16GB DDR4

STORAGE: 500GB SSD

DisplayPort: Yes

USB 3.0: Yes

Last update on 2021-09-13.


 

3. iBUYPOWER Pro Gaming PC – RECOMMENDED

CPU: Intel i7-9700K

GRAPHICS: NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB

RAM: 16GB DDR4

STORAGE: 240GB SSD + 1TB HDD

DisplayPort: Yes

USB 3.0: Yes

Last update on 2021-09-14.


 

4. CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR

CPU: Intel i7-9700K

GRAPHICS: NVIDIA RTX 2080 8GB

RAM: 16GB DDR4

STORAGE: 240GB SSD + 1TB HDD

DisplayPort: Yes

USB 3.0: Yes

Last update on 2021-09-14.


 

5. CORSAIR ONE PRO i180

CPU: Intel i9-9920X

GRAPHICS: NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti 11GB

RAM: 32GB

STORAGE: 960GB M.2 SSD + 2TB HDD

DisplayPort: Yes

USB 3.0: Yes

I hope it helps.
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