Best overall

Alienware Aurora

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Most people, when buying a PC for VR, look for a balance of price and performance, which is why we chose the Aurora as our top pick. VR-ready configurations start at about $1,150, and inside you get everything required for a great VR experience, whether on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.

Bottom line: The Aurora is the best Alienware PC for most VR enthusiasts.

One more thing: Plenty of RAM options, including HyperX FURY, means you can boost your performance even further.

Why the Alienware Aurora is the best Dell PC for VR for most people

Simple yet attractive chassis, performance hardware, and a reasonable price? The Aurora checks the boxes.

The Alienware Aurora has a chassis with just the right amount of embellishments to keep it from looking tacky, and inside is performance hardware you want for VR. Get up to an Intel Core i7-7700K processor (CPU), 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and dual NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards (GPU) with 11GB of GDDR5 VRAM each.

That's a ridiculous amount of power, and, if you want it, you'll be looking at about a $3,800 price tag. Luckily, there are plenty of cheaper configurations. The entry point to a VR-ready Aurora, whether you're looking at Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or Windows Mixed Reality Ultra, costs about $1,150 and includes an Intel Core i5-7400 CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

Topping off the package are plenty of storage options, and there is a wide array of ports, including everything you need for VR, that allow for extensive connectivity.

More power

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 Ti GPU setup for insane performance, or stick with an NVIDA GTX 1050 Ti to save some cash. 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 i9-7900X CPU with 10 cores and a clock speed up to 4.30GHz. VR-ready configurations start at about $2,200.

Bottom line: For the best Alienware PC with a bit more power and an awesome case, 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.

Best budget

Alienware Alpha

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Not all Alienware PCs cost over a thousand dollars. The Alpha, which comes in a compact case that almost resembles a console, starts at about $750 for a configuration that can ably run Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra. Inside, get an Intel Core i5-6400T CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 960 GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Toss in a 1TB hard-disk drive (HDD), and you have yourself a respectable package.

Bottom line: The best budget Alienware PC is the Alpha.

One more thing: All the ports required for VR are here, including HDMI and USB 3.0.

Big Budget

Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition

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Starting at about $2,700, it's clear that this PC is meant for hardcore enthusiasts. Ready to power any VR rig right out of the box, get inside up to an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X CPU with 16 cores, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB PCIe SSD, and dual NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti GPUs with 11GB of GDDR5 VRAM each. This is a lot of power for a lot of money.

Bottom line: The best Alienware PC when money is no obstacle is the Area-51 Threadripper Edition.

One more thing: All the ports you need for VR, including HDMI and USB 3.1 are here.

Conclusion

If you're looking for the best overall Alienware PC, you have to go with the Aurora. Need a bit more power? The Area-51 is a great choice, and the Threadripper Edition is even better if money is no obstacle. For a budget PC, and Alpha will do you well for Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.

Best overall

Alienware Aurora

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Most people, when buying a PC for VR, look for a balance of price and performance, which is why we chose the Aurora as our top pick. VR-ready configurations start at about $1,150, and inside you get everything required for a great VR experience, whether on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.

Bottom line: The Aurora is the best Alienware PC for most VR enthusiasts.

One more thing: Plenty of RAM options, including HyperX FURY, means you can boost your performance even further.

Updated September 18, 2017: We've refreshed this list to ensure you're still getting the absolute best Alienware PCs for VR.