If you want to get the GoPro Fusion or you want to get a desktop VR headset, you need a VR-ready graphics card. One problem is that the cost of graphics cards has risen tremendously in the past year due to bitcoin mining. But now you can get a deal on one of the most affordable VR-ready cards, the GTX 1050 Ti 4GB.
The GTX 1050 Ti 4GB is available for $169.99 (normally around $199), for either the Mini version and the Low-Profile version. Both versions of the GTX 1050Ti DON’T require external power so you probably won’t have to upgrade your PSU.
This graphics card is the real deal. I’ve used the low profile version to build a $400 VR-ready PC, with an Intel i5-4590 and 8GB RAM (now it would cost around $450). Here is a demo of what it can do with the Oculus Rift:
And here are some more demo videos with more graphics-intensive games:
Apparently, it works with the HTC Vive too, although the frame rate might drop to 88 fps instead of 90 fps according to one user.
Also works for GoPro Fusion 360 video stitching and editing
The GTX 1050Ti also works great for stitching GoPro Fusion videos. The Fusion (reviewed here) is the best consumer/prosumer 360 camera right now but it requires a dedicated graphics card to stitch its 5.2K videos. With the 1050Ti 4GB, your PC will be able to stitch Fusion videos (assuming it meets the processor, RAM, OS, and other requirements). In my tests with the same $400 PC above.