Oculus will now sell you a PC guaranteed to run its Rift VR headset. They're not the cheapest computers in the world, so here's the question: Even with the excessive power you need to run a Rift, are these pre-built computers worth the cost.
To get the most out of the Rift — or at least to get enough out of the Rift that you won't get sick — Oculus recommends some of the latest graphics cards, fifth-generation Intel processors or better and at least 8GB of RAM. You'll need at least Windows 7, and some specific ports on your PC.
A turnkey solution will run from $949 all the way up to $2,549 — and doesn't include the $599 you'll need to shell out for the Rift itself.
Yeah, it's steep, but because this is the PC market, you're not locked into specific hardware. Ever built a computer?
Right now, you can assemble a system from parts to hit Oculus' recommended specs for less than $1,000. That's less than most of the bundle options Oculus offers. You can match the top-end, pre-built spec for $1,482.
Bring your own keyboard and mouse. We don't include displays, because in this case that's what the Rift is for.
So, short answer on whether it's worth it: As with most PC pricing questions, it depends.
If you're comfortable performing PC surgery, you stand to save some money building your own box or upgrading an old one — and you save more as the spec climbs, in a rare inversion of the law of diminishing returns.
But if you can't tell your SATA headers from your thermal paste, or if you just want a box that runs the Rift with no problems as soon as you plug it in and turn it on, you could be better off with one of the Oculus bundles.