The Alienware Area 51, with its powerful hardware and easy-access, stylish case, is the best desktop for VR.

We've updated this post on January 11 to reflect our favorites and their individual strengths.

Best overall

Alienware Area 51

Alienware Area 51

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With plenty of customization options, including up to an Intel Core i7-6950X processor, 64GB of RAM, and dual NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPUs, you'll no doubt find an Area 51 PC that works for you. You will have no problem running either Rift or Vive, and you'll definitely be set performance-wise for the next few years. These VR-ready PCs start at about $2000.

Bottom line: The Alienware Area 51 is your best bet for an ultimate VR desktop.

One more thing: For a more conventional Alienware PC, check out the Alienware Aurora.

Why the Alienware Area 51 is the best VR-ready desktop PC

If space isn't an issue and you're looking for all-out power, the Alienware Area 51 will be a favorite.

Alienware gives you the option to choose an Intel Core i7-6950X processor with clock speed up to 3.8GHz — this thing has 10 cores for ridiculous performance. Grab 32GB of DDR4 RAM now and feel free to upgrade whenever. The Area 51's case opens up, letting you get at all the internal parts.

If you want to go nuts, throw in dual NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics cards with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM each, but know that one GTX 1080 will do the trick when it comes to VR. There is also an NVIDIA GTX 1070 option if you'd like to save some money.

A 512GB solid-state drive will boot Windows 10 in seconds, and up to a 4TB hard-disk drive is plenty of space for years of games. For the most power in a case that just plain looks cool, the easiest upgrade accessibility, and not a bad price, have a look at the Alienware Area 51.

Best customization

Origin Chronos

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 cards in 6-, 8- or 10-core form. For graphics power, choose from either an AMD Radeon RX 480 all the way up to an NVIDIA Titan X with 12GB of GDDR5 VRAM. There are also GTX 1060, GTX 1070, and GTX 1080 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

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 Intel Skylake Core i7-6700K processor, up to 32GB 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 $1300.

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 this beast. Configurations start at about $1900.

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

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 $1200, but you won't be missing out on performance.

Inside is an NVIDIA GTX 1070 graphics card with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB hard-disk drive. For a processor, you get an Intel Core i5-6400 with a 2.7GHz 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-WB51.

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

Best budget

CYBERPOWERPC GUAVR3000A1

CYBERPOWERPC GUAVR3000A1

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This desktop PC from CYBERPOWERPC was designed from the start to deliver Rift performance at a low price. Note that this PC does not meet the Vive's minimum system requirements.

You get an AMD FX-4350 processor with a 4.2GHz clock speed, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and an AMD Radeon RX 470 graphics card. This hardware all meets the new minimum system specs for the Rift, so you'll still get a great VR experience.

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, ready for Oculus Rift, starts at only about $650.

Bottom line: For the best and cheapest PC that meets the new Rift minimum system requirements, have a look at the CYBERPOWERPC GUAVR3000A1.

One more thing: Available now for pre-order, these PCs will ship later this year.

Conclusion

For a laptop 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-WB51. 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 new Rift minimum specs, go with the CYBERPOWERPC GUAVR3000A1. For the best overall VR-ready desktop PC, you have to check out the Alienware Area 51.

Best overall

Alienware Area 51

Alienware Area 51

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With plenty of customization options, including up to an Intel Core i7-6950X processor, 64GB of RAM, and dual NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPUs, you'll no doubt find an Area 51 PC that works for you. You will have no problem running either Rift or Vive, and you'll definitely be set performance-wise for the next few years. These VR-ready PCs start at about $2000.

Bottom line: The Alienware Area 51 is your best bet for an ultimate VR desktop.

One more thing: For a more conventional Alienware PC, check out the Alienware Aurora.