Best PCs for Oculus Quest 2 and Oculus Link Windows Central 2022

The best PCs for Oculus Quest 2 — which has been rebranded now as the Meta Quest 2 — and Oculus Link include the performance hardware needed to power the experience as well as the correct USB port for a proper connection between platforms. If you'd rather not go the way of a custom PC build, pre-built machines will get the job done. We've rounded up a bunch of the best Oculus Quest 2 PCVR options right here.

HP OMEN 30L

Understated look: HP OMEN 30L

Staff pick

The HP OMEN 30L has a bunch of powerful hardware available inside its understated case, yet the price is reasonable. Add up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor (CPU) with liquid cooling, 64GB of RAM, 4TB of M.2 PCIe storage, and an NVIDIA RTX 3090 GPU. The PC includes USB-A 3.0 and USB-C 3.0 for an optimal connection.

Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14

All-out power: Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 gaming desktop

Editor's choice

The Ryzen Edition R14 of the Alienware Aurora couples AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs with AMD Radeon RX 6000 or NVIDIA RTX 30-series GPUs. You can equip a PC with more performance hardware than you'll ever need, but baseline models also start at a reasonable price. Lots of ports here for connecting your headset and accessories.

From $1,225 at Dell
Abs Master Ali571

Value pricing: ABS Master ALI571

Newegg's ABS brand are built well and generally come with non-proprietary parts, making it easier to upgrade down the line. The ABS Master ALI564 includes a 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10400F CPU, NVIDIA RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. That's more than enough to handle the Quest 2 and Oculus Link, and it's all available at a competitive price.

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Maingear Vybe

Build your own: Maingear Vybe gaming PC

The Maingear Vybe is the right way to go if you want a custom PC without building it yourself. Choose everything, right down to the custom cooling and overclocking. Get the latest CPUs from Intel and AMD, as well as the latest GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD. Plenty of ports on the custom case allow for easy connectivity.

From $1,699 at Maingear
Dell Xps 8940

Sleeper pick: Dell XPS 8940 SE

The Dell XPS 8940 SE hides up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900K CPU and NVIDIA RTX 3070 GPU inside a rather normal-looking case. If you're interested in a PC for your home office and don't want it covered in RGB lighting and glass panels, this is the way to go. The front of the case has four USB 3.1 ports with more on the back.

Bottom line

The Oculus Quest 2 (aka Meta Quest 2) supports Oculus Link, but you will need one of the best gaming desktop PCs for optimal results. Meta recommends at least a 4th Gen Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X CPU, 8GB of RAM, and modern GPU from NVIDIA or AMD. Depending on the hardware in your specific PC, the Quest 2 will be able to hit either 72Hz, 80Hz, or 90Hz refresh rates. The higher the better in this case.

The HP OMEN 30L and Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 are both high-end options that have a ton of customizable hardware. The HP OMEN 30L is a bit less bold, though it still has tempered glass and RGB lighting. The Aurora is a bit more aggressive and certainly doesn't look like anything else out there. Both PCs have the right USB ports to connect the Quest 2.

If none of the above PCs is really what you're looking for, be sure to have a look at our roundups of the best laptops for VR and the best desktop PCs for VR.

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