The Alienware Area-51 has extensive customization options and a unique, easy-access case, making it the best Alienware PC for VR.

Best overall

Alienware Area-51

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Alienware's triad-chassis PC is designed to hold the most hardware possible while maintaining some modicum of cord-organization and ease-of-access to said hardware. Grab a dual-NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU setup for insane performance, or stick with an AMD Radeon RX 480. The Area-51 comes with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and you can add another 32GB if you so choose. To ensure you experience no bottlenecks, get up to an Intel Core i7-6950X processor with 10 cores and a clock speed up to 3.8GHz.

Bottom line: For the best Alienware PC for your VR setup, check out the Area-51.

One more thing: This case has two rugged handles on it to help you lug it around when you're showing off VR to your friends.

Why the Area-51 is the best Alienware PC for VR

Arguably the most important part of your VR-ready PC is the GPU, and here you have plenty of choices. If you're a fan of AMD, grab single, double, or triple Radeon RX 480s with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. You can also grab an NVIDIA GTX 1080 or GTX 1070, each with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Any of these high-end graphics cards will run your VR setup without a problem.

You also get up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM in your rig — you can expand this up to 64GB later on if you'd like, but 32GB is more than enough for right now. To round things out, get up to an Intel Core i7-6950X with 10 cores. Too much processing power? Grab a 6-core, i7-6800K with a clock speed up to 3.9GHz.

To store your expanding library of VR games, get a 512GB solid-state drive coupled with a 4TB hard-disk drive. Keep in mind that the case doesn't change depending on the hardware configuration you choose, and it is capable of accepting a lot more hardware when you want to upgrade. Configurations start at about $1700.

Runner-up

Alienware Aurora

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The Alienware Aurora, while still a fantastic PC, doesn't have quite the same amount of customization options that make the Area-51 the best. Nevertheless, here you can choose from NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards, including the Radeon RX 480 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM, and the NVIDIA GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. For a processor, get up to an Intel Core i7-6700K with a clock speed up to 4.2GHz, and avoid bottlenecks with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. A 256GB PCIe solid-state drive will boot Windows 10 in seconds, and grab a 1TB hard-disk drive to hold all your games. Configurations ready for VR start at about $1300.

Bottom line: For a great Alienware PC with a few less customization options, have a look at the Alienware Aurora.

One more thing: The unique chassis has up to 8000 lighting combinations so that you can show off your style.

Best for Rift

Alienware Alpha

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Thanks to Asynchronous Spacewarp, the Oculus Rift lives with lowered minimum system requirements. The Alienware Alpha falls right into this category, delivering a great PC for less that will run your Rift.

Inside the compact chassis is a 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700T processor with a clock speed up to 3.6GHz, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 960 with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM. To hold all your games and for speedy Windows 10 boot-ups, you get a 256GB PCIe solid-state drive. This configuration starts at about $850.

Bottom line: For the best Alienware PC that meets the Rift's lowered system requirements, check out the Alpha.

One more thing: The Alpha's compact chassis has all the ports you need for the Oculus Rift, including four USB 3.0 and two HDMI.

Conclusion

If you have a large budget and want the Alienware PC with the most customization options and the most powerful hardware, have a look at the Area-51. For a great Alienware PC with fewer options and a more classic chassis, check out the Aurora. Looking for a PC that meets the Oculus Rift's minimum system requirements? You have to go with the Alienware Alpha.

Best overall

Alienware Area-51

Alienware Area 51

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Alienware's triad-chassis PC is designed to hold the most hardware possible while maintaining some modicum of cord-organization and ease-of-access to said hardware. Grab a dual-NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU setup for insane performance, or stick with an AMD Radeon RX 480. The Area-51 comes with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and you can add another 32GB if you so choose. To ensure you experience no bottlenecks, get up to an Intel Core i7-6950X processor with 10 cores and a clock speed up to 3.8GHz.

Bottom line: For the best Alienware PC for your VR setup, check out the Area-51.

One more thing: This case has two rugged handles on it to help you lug it around when you're showing off VR to your friends.