I thought I bought a VR ready PC, I didn't, please help.

So I don't really have the brain for kinda stuff, and for that reason bought a new PC instead of building one. I wanted something that was VR ready, specifically one that could work with the Valve Index.

I got an Inspiron 5680 with the following specs:

9th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 9400

Windows 10 Home 64bit English

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5

8GB 1x8GB DDR4 2666MHz

1TB 7200RPM

(I am not sure if this is all the info you need link here: I got the second configuration from the left)

Anyway I ran the "is your PC ready for VR" test that the Index has on their site and it said my graphics card wasn't good enough.

Is this true? And if so what should I get to replace it, and how will I know it is compatible with my machine?

Price range isn't something I am super worried about, however I don't have a ton of money, as I am also trying to save up for said Index

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Re: Valve Index

The system requirements from their site:


OS: Windows 10
Processor: Dual Core with Hyper-Threading
Memory: 8GB of RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, AMD RX480
Network: Broadband internet connection
Additional Notes: Available DisplayPort (Version 1.2) and USB (2.0+) port required


Processor: Quad Core +
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 or better
Additional Notes: Available USB (3.0+) Port Required for Headset Pass-Through Camera & USB Port Support.

Moreover, on most motherboards 2*4 GB RAM is faster than 1*8 GB. If not happy with the speed add the same make and model 8 GB stick. And, of course, add an 256 GB or 512 GB SSD for the programs and OS that are now on the HDD.

The graphic card should have DP (Display port) output, as you read above. Most likely it's compatible, unless Dell installed the minimum PSU for what your bought.

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Shop for a gtx 1070 or better yet a rtx 2070.

Ask dell what the cost is for another 8GB ram stick..
Compare that to a 2x8GB kit @ 2666 from crucial.

Be sure to plug the sticks into the proper slots to enable dual channel.

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