Best Dell Gaming Desktops Windows Central 2020
Dell has a sizable lineup of gaming desktops, and each of them has a range of different pros and cons. With gaming desktops, power, price, and style are what matter the most. For that reason, the Alienware Aurora is the overall best Dell gaming desktop that you can get your hands on due to its great balance of power and price, and also its sleek, attractive outer shell.
- Best Overall: Alienware Aurora
- Elite Pick: Alienware Area 51 R5
- Best Storage: Dell XPS Tower
- Best Budget: Inspiron 5680
Best Overall: Alienware Aurora
The Alienware Aurora is the best of the best when it comes to Dell's gaming desktop. It has supreme processing power with configurations up to Intel's latest 9th Gen i7 and i9 processors, and it also offers excellent graphics hardware, with up to an NVIDIA RTX 2070 available. In addition, it can either come with 8 or 16GB of RAM, and its hard drives are large, ranging from 512GB to 2TB. It's a pre-built PC, but it's also easily upgradeable if you want to do some tinkering.
In terms of aesthetic, the Alienware Aurora is also a winner. Featuring smooth sides, sloped edges, a silver and black color, and some small RGB-lit accents, this gaming desktop definitely looks the part, and has the horsepower to back it up. It's also compact, so it should fit into any setup you might have. Any gamer who chooses this computer will not be disappointed.
- Excellent power
- Sharp, striking aesthetic
- Tons of RAM and storage space
- Easy to upgrade
- A little pricey
The best of the best
The Alienware Aurora is the best overall gaming desktop offered by Dell, combining strong horsepower with great storage and an awesome look. You'll get everything you can possibly want in a gaming PC, but if you want, the Aurora also makes it easy to upgrade.
Elite Pick: Alienware Area 51 R5
If you're looking for maximum hardware power in your Dell gaming desktop, look no further than the Alienware Area 51 R5. All of its configurations come with the latest 9th Gen Intel i7 or i9 processors, and every one except the weakest comes with at least an NVIDIA RTX 2070, with options that offer up to dual NVIDIA RTX 2080Ti cards available if you have the money to spend. Its RAM totals range from the 8GB standard to a whopping 32GB, and the size of hard drives range from 1TB to 2 B, with extra solid-state hard drives available at either 128 or 512GB.
Like the Alienware Aurora, the Alienware Area 51 R5 also comes with a similar style that consists of an aggressive angular design and a sleek combination of black and silver, meaning that this monster of a desktop doesn't lose any points when it comes to aesthetics. If anything, it's odd triangular shape puts it over the Aurora in terms of aesthetics.
- Superb power
- Sharp, striking aesthetic
- Tons of RAM and storage space.
- Very expensive
The Alienware Area 51 R5 is an elite gaming desktop that offers the best possible horsepower that money can buy, making it perfect for hardcore gamers who aren't worried about cost.
Best Storage: Dell XPS Tower
The Dell XPS Tower is a competent alternative option to the Alienware Aurora, offering less powerful specs overall, but many more options for storage and RAM. The strongest processors that you can configure the Dell XPS Tower with are Intel's 8th Gen i7 CPUs. These are still great, and you'll be able to play most games with few issues, but they don't offer the same raw power that the latest 9th Gen processors do, so you might have to reduce some settings. In addition, the best graphics hardware you can get is the NVIDIA RTX 2060, which, while still powerful in its own right, is considerably less capable than other NVIDIA RTX cards. However, the upside is that you can get an absurd amount of both RAM and storage space by choosing a Dell XPS Tower. You can opt for up to 64GB of RAM, which is a staggering amount, and it's also possible to get your hands on both regular hard drives and solid-state hard drives sized up to 2TB.
Unlike the Alienware desktops on this list, the Dell XPS Tower has a much less striking appearance, instead looking a lot like something in an office. If you're into flashy looks, you'll be disappointed by this, but some may prefer the down-low style.
- Power to play most games
- Best RAM and storage space
- A little pricey
- Might have to reduce some settings
- Not as stunning
The Dell XPS Tower is notably less powerful than the Alienware Aurora, but also offers significantly more options for RAM and storage configurations, making it ideal if you need tons of space or want lots and lots of memory.
Best Budget: Inspiron 5680
The Inspiron 5680 is geared towards gamers who care more about saving money than they do about achieving maximum performance. For this reason, the hardware configurations for it are a lot less impressive than the other options on this list. The best processor you'll be able to get in this desktop is an Intel 8th Gen i7 CPU, and the graphics hardware caps out at an NVIDIA GTX 1060, which is only decent. You'll have to reduce a lot of settings in visual-intensive games like Metro Exodus. In addition, you can only get 8GB of RAM, which is fine, but more is always nice. The pickings for storage are a little better, with hard drives up to 1TB and solid-state hard drives up to 256GB available. This is still a lot of storage, but you can do better.
Still, you're not buying the Inspiron 5680 because it's powerful, you're buying it because it's affordable. When you consider how much less this desktop costs compared to the higher-end systems on this list, it becomes clear that the Inspiron 5680 is a decently capable option that will suffice for players on a budget.
- Very affordable
- Solid RAM and storage
- Minimalist but striking design
- Much less powerful
Go low, ride high
The Inspiron 5680 is a decently powerful budget gaming desktop that will be good enough for any gamer looking to save money.
When it comes to the top gaming desktops, a good balance between power, price, and style are important. Dell offers plenty of great gaming computers that focus on these design pillars, with many of them designed to appeal towards people looking for a specific trait. However, when it comes to the best overall choice, you won't find anything better then the Alienware Aurora, as it perfectly combines power with style without being heavily damaging your wallet. You'll be able to play most games without having adjust the settings too much (or at all) and you'll get a striking piece of tech to round out your office or game space.
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Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. He's relatively new to the writing scene, but he counters that lack of experience with a rock-solid work ethic and a desire to improve at every opportunity. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.
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