Updated May 5, 2017: We've refreshed this list with a new top choice as well as updates to previous models to ensure you're still getting the absolute best pre-built PCs for VR.

Best overall

Alienware Aurora

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Alienware, Dell's gaming line of PCs, is pumping out some impressive devices. The Aurora sports up to dual NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti GPUs, a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700K processor, 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive coupled with a 2TB hard-disk drive. There are also plenty of configuration options if you don't need this amount of power. No matter what you choose inside, it all comes in an attractive, unique case. VR-ready configurations of these PCs start at about $1,200.

Bottom line: The Alienware Aurora is your best bet for an ultimate VR desktop.

One more thing: For a PC with even more room in the case and some extra premium hardware options, check out the Alienware Area-51.

Why the Alienware Aurora is the best VR-ready desktop PC

An attractive case, powerful hardware, and affordable configurations make the Alienware Aurora the best overall pre-built PC for VR.

When shopping for a pre-built PC for your Rift or Vive, you want a combination of power and affordable price, which the Aurora delivers. Starting at about $1,200, you can get a configuration with a 7th-generation Intel Core i5-7400 quad-core CPU with a clock speed up to 3.5GHz, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 2TB hard-disk drive, and an NVIDIA GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

The top of the line configuration has just a ridiculous amount of hardware in it, so you'll probably want to look at something in the mid-range that is a sweet spot of price and performance. We suggest the $1,500 configuration. It comes with a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700U quad-core CPU with a clock speed up to 4.2GHz, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 128GB SSD coupled with a 2TB HDD, and an NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. If you want a GTX 1080 GPU instead, you can grab one for about $250 more.

The hardware is all contained inside a sleek case that has a PSU swing arm, letting you upgrade or tweak everything with ease. There is also lighting on the outside to give your rig some style. Want the best pre-built for VR on offer? Consider the Alienware Aurora.

Best customization

Origin Chronos

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Origin will build you a desktop PC from a huge range of options that fit both your budget and your desires. Each PC is built to order and the Chronos packs an enormous amount of power into a fairly small box.

You can spec one up with a more regular Intel Core i7 processor, or you can crank it up and go extreme with one of Intel's latest Broadwell-E enthusiast options for ridiculous power. For graphics, choose from either an AMD Radeon RX 570 all the way up to an NVIDIA Titan Xp with 12GB of GDDR5 VRAM. There are also GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060, GTX 1070, GTX 1080, and GTX 1080 Ti options available.

Origin also lets you customize virtually every aspect of the PC, including adding 32GB of DDR4 RAM, painting the outside, and having RGB lighting installed inside. It's not the cheapest entry to VR, but this would definitely be your PC.

Bottom line: For the desktop PC with the most customization options, check out the Origin Chronos.

One more thing: Prices vary widely based on the configuration, so even if you don't purchase something with the highest specs possible, have some fun building your dream PC.

Best Lenovo

Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900

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Lenovo put the right kind of thought into the Y900 desktop, namely that it's easily upgradeable for people who want to be able to add more down the line. The Y900 is designed to appeal to more than just the casual buyer.

What it offers off the shelf isn't to be sneered at. Beneath the glowing red front you'll find an unlocked, 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700K processor, up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a combination of a 2TB hard-disk drive and a 256GB solid-state drive.

It also offers an enormous amount of graphics power for this generation of VR, with up to an NVIDIA GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM on hand. It's big and bold, and actually not as expensive as you might think. Configurations start at about $1,300.

Bottom line: The best Lenovo desktop PC ready for VR is the Ideacentre Y900.

One more thing: The Lenovo Ideacentre Y700 is a great option for anyone looking for a PC that meets the new minimum Rift specs. It starts at only about $800.

Best Acer

Acer Predator G1

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The Acer Predator G1 is a stylish, compact desktop PC that comes complete with some very impressive hardware. Acer is using an Intel Core i7-6700 processor with a clock speed of 3.40GHz, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a combination of 2TB hard-disk drive and 512GB solid-state drive to suit your VR demands. Don't worry, you'll have no problems running Rift or Vive with the NVIDIA GTX 1080 or GTX 1070 inside this beast. Configurations start at about $1,600.

Bottom line: The best Acer desktop PC for running VR is hands-down the Predator G1.

One more thing: The case is skinnier and taller than other Predator PCs, making it just a bit easier to fit into tight spaces. The red trim and red lighting look great against the otherwise black, glossy finish.

Best ASUS

ASUS G11CD-WB51

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If you're looking for something a bit cheaper to run your Vive or Rift, the ASUS G11CD might be your best best. Configurations start at about $999, but you won't be missing out on performance.

Inside is an NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB hard-disk drive. For a processor, you get an Intel Core i5-7400 with a 3.0GHz clock speed. This desktop doesn't have all the bells and whistles of other, more expensive options, but it sure will run VR like a dream.

Bottom line: If you love ASUS and want a desktop PC for VR, check out the G11CD.

One more thing: Enjoy the mouse and keyboard included with this desktop PC.

Best budget

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR

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This desktop PC from CYBERPOWERPC was designed from the start to deliver Rift and Vive performance at a low price. You get an Intel i5-7400 quad-core processor with a 3.0GHz clock speed, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and an AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

Enjoy a 1TB hard-disk drive to hold your expanding library of games, and take advantage of the included gaming keyboard and gaming mouse. This PC starts at only about $700.

Bottom line: For the best and cheapest PC that meets the Rift and Vive minimum system requirements, have a look at the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR.

One more thing: The black tower has a clear cutout on the side to show off the internals that are bathed in a red glow.

Conclusion

For a PC with the most customization options, check out the Origin Chronos. If you love Lenovo, the IdeaCentre Y900 will be your first choice, and if you love ASUS, check out the G11CD. Can't get enough of Acer? The Predator G1 is a great VR-ready option. If you'd like a budget option that meets the Rift and Vive minimum specs, go with the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR. For the best overall VR-ready desktop PC, you have to check out the Alienware Aurora.

Best overall

Alienware Aurora

See at Dell

Alienware, Dell's gaming line of PCs, is pumping out some impressive devices. The Aurora sports up to dual NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti GPUs, a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700K processor, 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive coupled with a 2TB hard-disk drive. There are also plenty of configuration options if you don't need this amount of power. No matter what you choose inside, it all comes in an attractive, unique case. VR-ready configurations of these PCs start at about $1,200.

Bottom line: The Alienware Aurora is your best bet for an ultimate VR desktop.

One more thing: For a PC with even more room in the case and some extra premium hardware options, check out the Alienware Area-51.