What is the best Dell PC I can get for VR?
Updated November 22, 2016 to reflect changes made to Dell's desktop PCs.
You've ordered your Rift or Vive and can't wait for it to arrive, but now you need a computer to run it. The dilemma: you don't have time to put a computer together yourself, or you don't feel comfortable delving that deep. Luckily, Dell puts together some great VR-capable computers under their XPS line. There is both an NVIDIA and AMD option to please members of both sides of the graphics card (GPU) debate.
XPS 8910 Special Edition
The XPS 8910 Special Edition is about as good of a gaming computer as you're going to get from Dell without delving into their Alienware line. Choose up to an NVIDIA GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX 480, both with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
For memory you're getting 16GB of DDR4 RAM with the option to upgrade to a whopping 64GB, more than enough for both Rift and Vive. Your processor cannot be underestimated when it comes to building a gaming or VR PC — low performance will lead to bottlenecks that not even the best video card can get through. Here you're getting an Intel Core i7-6700K processor with a clock speed up to 4.2GHz.
A 512GB solid-state drive will load your included copy of Windows 10 in seconds, and a 2TB hard-disk drive can hold plenty of your games, movies, pictures, and more. Dell's renowned hardware support is included for one year; expect in-home or onsite service for problems not fixed with distance support.
This configuration starts at about $1950 for an AMD GPU and up to about $2500 for a GTX 1080.
Don't feel like spending upwards of $2000 on a PC to run your Vive or Rift? No problem. The XPS Special Edition also comes in a configuration with lower specs that will nevertheless run your VR setup without trouble.
Starting at about $900, you can snag an XPS Special Edition with an AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM — this is enough to power both Rift and Vive. Backing up the GPU is a 6th-generation Intel Core i5-6400 processor with a clock speed up to 3.3GHz and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. If you'd like to upgrade later on, don't forget that this PC will handle up to 64GB of RAM.
For storage, you get a 1TB hard-disk drive. Not getting a solid-state drive at the start might seem like a bit of a downer, but you can easily grab one yourself when the price is right and pop it in.
If you have a bit more money to spend and want to go with an NVIDIA graphics card, choose the GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM for about $250 more. This pushes the overall price up to $1150, but is still a great price for a VR-ready desktop.
How do you VR?
Let us know in the comments section below what Dell PC you're using for your VR setup!