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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