Best desktop PCs for Age of Empires 4 in 2021
The best desktop PCs for Age of Empires 4 range from budget options with integrated graphics, all the way up to dedicated gaming PCs with a ton of performance. We now know the Age of Empires 4 minimum system requirements include just a dual-core CPU and integrated graphics, so there's quite a bit of room to play around with when it comes to PC hardware. For those who aren't interested in building their own PC, these are the best pre-built PCs for playing Age of Empires 4.
With an 11th Gen Intel Core i5-11400, Core i7-11700(K), and Core i9-11900K CPU options, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, 4TB of SSD and HDD storage, and NVIDIA RTX 3070 GPU, the Dell XPS 8940 SE is a truly versatile option. It can fit in anywhere thanks to the stylish (but not overdone) case design, and it starts at a great price. If you want to enjoy Age of Empires 4 but also want to get work done during the day, this is a great option.
For something with more of a gaming look that doesn't go overboard, there is the HP OMEN 30L. Grab it with up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900K CPU or AMD Ryzen 7 5800X CPU, 64GB of HyperX DDR4-3200MHz RAM, 2TB M.2 PCIe SSD, and NVIDIA RTX 3090 GPU. You get tons of performance, a stylish case, and the ability to upgrade in the future.
HP's ENVY 32 AiO is one of the best All-in-One PCs on the market today thanks to a gorgeous 31.5-inch UHD display with HDR and up to 600 nits brightness. Configure it with up to an Intel Core i9-10900 CPU, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, 2TB HDD or 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD, and NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super GPU. This is a smart option that's stacked with features, great if space is limited.
Dell's refreshed Alienware Aurora R12 is one of the best options if you're looking for deep configurations. Baseline prices are reasonable and include hardware that will easily run Age of Empires 4, but you can scale all the way up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900KF CPU, 128GB of DDR4 RAM, 2TB of storage, and NVIDIA RTX 3090 GPU. The unique case allows for toolless entry, and there's plenty of customizable lighting.
Don't have a lot of space for a full-size tower? MSI's MEG Trident X packs a ton of power into a small form factor, complete with RGB lighting. Get an Intel Core i7-10700K CPU, 32GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and RTX 3070 GPU for more than enough performance to have a great Age of Empires 4 experience.
Newegg's house brand of pre-built gaming PCs delivers a ton of hardware for the asking price. This particular model has an Intel Core i5-10400F CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD, and NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super GPU. The case has excellent airflow thanks to plenty of fans, each with RGB lighting for extra style. If you're on a tight budget but still want a gaming PC, this is a great way to go.
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The best desktop PCs for Age of Empires 4 vary greatly in price and performance, but any of the above options will get the job done. Due to the relatively low PC requirements you don't necessarily need a high-end gaming PC, but the best gaming desktop PCs will deliver the best experience.
If you'd like a PC that doesn't necessarily look like a gaming tower but has gaming performance, have a look at the Dell XPS 8940 SE. Baseline prices are quite reasonable and still have hardware way over the minimum requirement, but you can go up to a Core i9-11900K CPU, 64GB of DDR4 RAM, 4TB of SSD and HDD storage, and an NVIDIA RTX 3070 GPU.
If you'd rather go with a true gaming PC, the HP OMEN 30L should be considered. Get it with Intel or AMD CPUs, as well as up to 64GB of HyperX RAM, 2TB of M.2 PCIe storage, and an NVIDIA RTX 3090 GPU for insane performance.
Those who'd rather remain mobile while enjoying the new RTS can check out our collection of the best laptops for Age of Empires 4.
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