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 $1,150.

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 VR rig, you want a combination of power and affordable price, which the Aurora delivers. Starting at about $1,150, 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. This is more than enough power for a Rift or Vive, and even checks the boxes when it comes to Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.

The top of the line configuration has 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 $1,530 configuration. It comes with a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700 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 PC that the most people will love? Consider the Alienware Aurora.

Big budget

Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition

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Dell decided that their regular Area-51 gaming PC wasn't enough, so they went ahead and created a Threadripper Edition. Inside is up to an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X CPU, 32GB of DDR4-2666MHz RAM, and dual NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards with 11GB of GDDR5 VRAM each. That's a disgusting amount of power, and more than most people would ever need.

If you want something a bit cheaper, you can grab an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU, all for about $2,700. This is plenty of power no matter your VR rig, whether Rift, Vive, or Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.

Bottom line: For a ridiculous amount of power for a lot of money, check out the Area-51 Threadripper Edition.

One more thing: The same unique case found with the regular Area-51 is here, albeit with red accent to go with the Threadripper theme.

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 an AMD or Intel processor, and 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. Grab one whether you're interested in the Vive, Rift, or Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.

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 Y710

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Lenovo's IdeaCentre Y710 cube is big and bad, primarily finished in black and red accents. The case has a handle on top for easy transportation, and there is ample room on the back for a wide selection of ports, including everything you need for Rift, Vive, or Windows Mixed Reality.

Get up to an Intel Core i7-6700 CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB hard-disk drive coupled with a 128GB solid-state drive, and an NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics cards with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Configurations of this PC start at about $800.

Bottom line: The best Lenovo desktop PC ready for VR is the IdeaCentre Y710.

One more thing: Check out the review of the Y710 on Windows Central for far more information.

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, Vive, or Windows Mixed Reality Ultra with the NVIDIA GTX 1080 or GTX 1070 inside this beast. Configurations start at about $1,675.

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, Rift, or Windows Mixed Reality Ultra, the ASUS G11CD might be your best best. Configurations start at about $829, but you won't be missing out on performance.

Inside is an NVIDIA GTX 1070 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 i5-6400 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

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This desktop PC from CYBERPOWERPC was designed from the start to deliver Rift, Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra 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 580 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 $720.

Bottom line: For the best and cheapest PC that meets the Rift and Vive minimum system requirements and has enough juice for Windows Mixed Reality Ultra, have a look at the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme.

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 Y710 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. If money is no option, have a look at the Threadripper Area-51, and for the best overall VR-ready desktop PC, you have to check out the Alienware Aurora.

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 $1,150.

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.

Updated September 14, 2017: We've refreshed this list to ensure you're still getting the absolute best pre-built PCs for VR.