The price to build a VR gaming rig in South Africa

More than we expected - the Oculus Rift is priced

VR gaming has become more accessible as the price of hardware and VR headsets have decreased.

Users can now build a VR gaming PC on a reasonable budget, thanks to better mid-range processors and graphics cards.

To see how much it costs to build a VR-ready PC in South Africa, we looked at the price of compatible components and VR headsets.

The build below uses an AMD Ryzen 1600 processor due to its high core count and relatively cheap price compared to other high-end chips.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is used as it is a cost-effective and readily-available GPU in the country.

The PC build and its pricing are detailed below.

Component Price
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 R3,499
MSI B350M Gaming Motherboard R1,537
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR4 R1,688
Galax GeForce GTX 1060 Exoc 6GB R4,649
Seagate BarraCuda 1TB Hard Drive R795
Raidmax 500W PSU R471
Raidmax Vortex V4 Chassis R501
Total Price R13,140




The price of VR headsets can vary due to low local stock and international pricing changes.

Currently, the HTC Vive is priced at around R13,200, while the Oculus Rift is priced at R12,200.

The price of the headsets is considerably higher than their comparative pricing overseas, especially in the case of the Oculus Rift.

  • If users opt for the Oculus Rift headset, they will pay a total of just over R25,300 for a VR gaming PC and headset.
  • The total price for an HTC Vive and VR PC is just over R26,300.

Now read: SteamVR coming to Windows Mixed Reality

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  • Cameron Goosen

    Oculus is legit trash, only use the Vive.

  • tjitah

    Don’t know where these guys get their prices from for the Oculus Rift, but you can bring it in directly from Amazon for under R7,000 (all costs included; shipping, import duties etc). It also includes the Touch controls and six games. I bought my Oculus in February from Amazon and it took five days to get to my front door. Don’t know how Amazon did it, but I was very impressed.

    The Oculus is great and I don’t want to get involved in a Rift vs Vive argument, because they are essentially the same thing and use very similar lens technology. The Vive is very popular with players on Steam and is probably better suited to standing room-scale experiences where you move around a lot. The Oculus was originally more aimed at seated experiences like flight- and space simulators and car racing games, where you can have your hands on a joystick or steering wheel, but that has all changed after they launched their Touch controls, which has now given it room-scale capabilities as well.

    In the end, it boils down to price, you can get the Oculus for R7,000 from Amazon. Not sure about the Vive, but it costs $200 (R2,500) more on Amazon, so it will probably be closer to R10,000 if you bring it in directly.

  • Brave Magala

    Wait, didn’t a bunch of supplies (Dell, HP, Aser & Samsung) just release a bunch of Microsoft AR headsets. And we know Microsoft AR is that’s actually only VR at the moment for a hell of a lot less.

  • Grové Erasmus

    I own a Rift CV1 with touch controllers, bought for R8200 in Netherlands 12/12/2017 and very happy with it. My brother who owns Vive said that Oculus has higher resolution screen.

  • Grové Erasmus

    I own a Rift CV1 with touch controllers, paid R8200 in Netherlands 12/12/2017 and very happy with it.

  • Exavia Gordon

    Yeah, nothing wrong with the Rift, the Vive is just better at roomscale and has the external cameras. The only issue I think people have with the Rift is that they like to push for exclusivity on titles.

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