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, an eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8700K processor (CPU), 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) coupled with a 2TB hard-disk drive (HDD). 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

When shopping for a pre-built PC for your VR rig, you want a combination of power and affordable price, which the Alienware Aurora delivers. Starting at about $1,200, you can get a configuration with an eighth-generation Intel Core i5-8400 quad-core CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB hard-disk drive, and an NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU 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 $1,700 configuration. It comes with an Intel Core i7-8700 CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 128GB SSD coupled with a 2TB HDD, and an NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

The hardware is all contained in 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. If you're a Rift owner, know that these PCs are Oculus certified and you'll have access to advanced Rift support.

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 an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X CPU with 12 cores(!), 32GB of DDR4-2666MHz RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM each. That's a lot of power no matter what VR headset you're using, but it will cost you. This configuration sits at about $4,150.

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

One more thing: The unique case has plenty of ports to allow connection of all headsets and sensors.

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 Legion Y920 Tower

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Lenovo's updated Legion line of gaming towers are impressive. There's plenty of room for tool-free upgrades, the case has customizable lighting, and a clear cutout on the side shows off your internal hardware. Get up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7700K CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 2TB HDD coupled with a 256GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU for about $2,250. The best part for VR, though, are the ports located on the front of the chassis that allow for easy headset and sensor hookup.

Bottom line: The best Lenovo desktop PC ready for VR is the Legion Y920 Tower.

One more thing: Check out the review of the Y920T for more information.

Best Acer: Acer Aspire GX

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Acer's line of affordable VR-ready PCs (starting at about $750) will satisfy most people who want a solid VR experience without breaking the bank. Prices increase accordingly, but inside get up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7700 CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, an NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU with 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM, and a 256GB SSD coupled with a 1TB HDD. A full gamut of ports are available for hooking up your VR system, and the case has a bit of flair to offset the otherwise black color.

Bottom line: The best Acer desktop PC for running VR is the Aspire GX.

One more thing: Oculus certification gives you extra support for your Rift.

Best HP: HP OMEN 880

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Redesigned for 2018, HP's OMEN gaming PC is available in plenty of configurations, starting at about $1,600. Get inside up to an eighth-generation Core i7-8700K water-cooled CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB SSD coupled with a 1TB HDD, and an NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU. There are also AMD Ryzen and AMD Radeon options available. The sizeable case makes it easy for future upgrades, and black color is offset with red accents for an aggressive look.

Bottom line: Need a beefy HP PC for VR? Have a look at the OMEN 880.

One more thing: All the ports you need for VR can be found here.

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 CPU, 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 Legion Y920T will be your first choice. Can't get enough of Acer? The Aspire GX a great 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, an eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8700K processor (CPU), 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) coupled with a 2TB hard-disk drive (HDD). 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.

Updated January 22, 2018: We've refreshed this list to ensure you're still getting the absolute best pre-built PCs for VR.