Oculus lowered the minimum requirements for Rift in November after the introduction of their Asynchronous Spacewarp technology. Now that machines only need to generate 45 frames per second instead of the original requirement of 90. This opens the door for a lot of people who couldn't otherwise afford a VR-capable desktop PC to make their entry into the world of VR. CyberPowerPC has worked with AMD to develop an Oculus-ready gaming PC that costs only a little more than a console.
The CyberPowerPC Gamer Ultra VR comes with an AMD FX-4350 at 4.2 GHz, a Radeon RX 470 GPU, 8GB of DDR3 memory, a 1TB 7200RPM HDD, a DVD burner, mouse, and keyboard. The system is equipped with three USB 3.0 ports (just enough for the Oculus and two sensors), and seven USB 2.0 ports.
The catch with the Gamer Ultra VR is that you only get it for $499 if you buy an Oculus Rift VR headset with it. Best Buy is currently the sole supplier of the "Oculus Rift Virtual-Reality Headset & CyberPowerPC Gamer Ultra VR GUAVR3000B1 Desktop Package" which is listed at $1099.98.
I'm not sure whether I would recommend this set or not for those wanting to get into the world of VR. If you were already planning to buy an Oculus headset and wanted a competent PC for relatively cheap, this would be a good deal. However, to get the best experience possible with the Oculus, and other gaming applications, you'd probably be better off taking the $1099.98 and building your own PC and holding off on the Oculus until you could save back up to get it.
Jason Faulkner posted a new article, CyberPowerPC has a $499 Oculus-Ready Pre-Built Now Available
Damn! Was hoping that the $499 price didn't require the purchase of the Oculus.