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UPDATED: September 3, 2016

Looking to upgrade your desktop to handle the leading Virtual Reality (VR) Headsets? I’ve compiled the top selling GPUs (Graphics Processing Unit, Video Cards) according to major retailers.

You can find Oculus Rift’s minimum requirements here, and HTC Vive’s here.

As you can see the new NVIDIA GTX 1000 series now dominates the top selling list. Every model using this architecture supports Virtual Reality (1060, 1070 & 1080).

Top Selling GPUs (Graphics Processing Unit) for Virtual Reality PCs.

Overall: NVIDIA GTX 970, AMD 290 and up 

RankBrand  Model PriceBuy
1EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0$679.99Amazon Buy
2EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0$439.00Amazon Buy
3EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0$439.99Amazon Buy
4Gigabyte Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 GamingGeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming$429.00Amazon Buy
5EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan)GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan)302.81Amazon Buy

Top NVIDIA GTX 970 GPUs (Minimum Requirement for Virtual Reality PC)

RankBrand  Model PriceBuy
1EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX 970 GeForce GTX 970 4GB SC GAMING ACX 2.0$399.99Amazon Buy
2MSIMSI Computer NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4GGeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G $354.95 Amazon Buy
3EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC GamingGeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC Gaming$394.95Amazon Buy
4Gigabyte Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming$385.00Amazon Buy
5ASUS ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970 OverclockedSTRIX GeForce GTX 970 Overclocked$306.93Amazon Buy

Top Radeon R9 380 GPUs (The minimum is actually R9 290)

With the release of the 300 series the 290s are hard to come by. You can still purchase them, but the prices are inflated.  The R9 380 would be the next step up and is more comparable to the NVIDIA minimum (970).

RankBrand  Model PriceBuy
1Gigabyte Gigabyte AMD R9 380 AMD R9 380$241.00Amazon Buy
2MSIMSI R9 380 GAMING 4GR9 380 GAMING 4G$239.79Amazon Buy
3Gigabyte Gigabyte GAMING-4GDR9 380X G1 GAMING$241.00Amazon Buy
4XFX XFX R9 380X DD XXX OCR9 380X $225.85 Amazon Buy
5Sapphire Sapphire Radeon NITRO R9 380X NITRO R9 380X $249.99Amazon Buy

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