HTC's Vive Pro comes with a few upgrades over the original Vive, including higher display resolution, more comfortable design, and built-in headphones. It's also going to require more hardware in the PC for an optimal experience, but nothing that most manufacturers aren't already putting in their pre-built rigs. HTC recommends essentially the same specs as the standard Vive requires to get things off the ground, though for the best experience you'll want nothing less than an NVIDIA GTX 1070 or AMD Radeon Vega 56 graphics card (GPU). Going by these specs, here are the best pre-built PCs for the HTC Vive.
Lenovo Legion Y920 Tower
Lenovo's largest pre-built gaming PC, the Legion Y920T (about $1,900, comes at you with a 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700K processor (CPU), 16GB of RAM, a 2TB hard-disk drive (HDD) coupled with a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD), and an 8GB NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU. A clear cutout on the side panel lets you see the hardware inside, customizable lighting accents the front, and an included mechanical keyboard and gaming mouse round out the package. Interested? Have a look at my review for more information.
Dell has plenty of configuration options that start at about $900, though for the HTC Vive Pro you'll likely be spending a good chunk more. An Aurora with an Intel Core i5-8400 CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SATA HDD will cost about $1,350, which still isn't bad at all considering you'll have enough power here for a few years to come. You're also getting Dell's warranty and support included in the price, and there are more than enough ports in this unique chassis for all VR needs.
CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme
For something quite a bit cheaper than the other options that nevertheless hits the recommended specs for the HTC Vive Pro (but doesn't quite meet the suggested hardware for an optimal experience), check out the $780 CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme. It has inside a 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7400 CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB HDD, and an AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU. Included are a mouse, keyboard, and a chassis with enough lights and glass to please just about anyone. Again, this PC won't deliver what HTC considers an optimal experience, but it's enough for you to enjoy the Vive Pro.
HP OMEN 880
A Vive-Pro-ready HP OMEN 880, which has inside an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPU can be had for about $1,299, and that's including a wired mouse and keyboard. There are plenty of configuration options, and you can add an overclockable CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti GPU, plenty of RAM, and faster storage. The chassis has a black finish with aggressive red accents, and you can choose whether or not you want liquid cooling before checking out.
Origin's deal is that it basically lets you build your own PC from the ground up without ever actually putting anything together. You get to choose the case color, lighting, and accents before moving on to the hardware, where it's your choice for everything down to the motherboard, thermal compound, and power supply. The Chronos has a smaller footprint than most of the other Origin PCs, but you can pack in 8th Gen Intel CPUs, NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPUs, plenty of RAM, and lots of storage. Prices vary quite a bit depending on what you choose (and can get quite pricey), but if you like the idea of building something yourself without actually using your hands, this is the way to go.
Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.
Get the best of Windows Central in in your inbox, every day!
Thank you for signing up to Windows Central. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.