Alienware Aurora

Best PC for Playing The Division 2 Windows Central 2019

The Division 2 is a demanding game and requires quite the PC to power through all the detail and other in-game features. There are plenty of pre-built PCs to choose from, but Dell's Alienware Aurora is a fine example of a gaming rig done right.

Our pick

Alienware Aurora

A fine example of a killer gaming PC

This model, in particular, starting at just over $1,000 has what you need to enjoy The Division 2, sporting an Intel Core i5-8400, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a GTX 1060 6GB GPU. It's more than enough to play the game on minimum settings.

Who should buy this PC

Should you be unable or unwilling to build your own PC, the Alienware Aurora is a great gaming PC that will be able to handle most modern games at decent visual settings, with the ability to be upgraded at a later date.

Is it a good time to buy this PC?

Now is a good time to buy the Alienware Aurora since it offers 9th Gen Intel processors and latest NVIDIA GPUs. It's unlikely the Aurora will see any meaningful update in the immediate future.

Reasons to buy

  • Numerous configurations
  • Upgradable
  • Compact design

Reasons not to buy

  • No optical drive
  • Rather tight inside

Why the Alienware Aurora is a great gaming PC

Dell and Alienware have upped their PC game in recent years, moving from companies gamers would avoid by actively investing in the latest hardware. The Aurora has also been revived with a new design that's both striking and rather clever. It's an exceptional gaming machine for a pre-built chassis.

The Aurora has been revived with a new design that's both striking and rather clever.

Thanks to various touches like the vertically mounted power supply, you get more space for more components. You can squeeze in a pair of graphics cards as well as a liquid cooler for the CPU. You also have plenty of space for additional drive bays, with two on the bottom and a 3.5-inch HDD bay mounted behind the front panel.

Prices start at $1,000 for the configuration you'll need for The Division 2, and while you're not getting the most powerful parts for that, the ease of upgrade means you're not limited by what you can initially afford. Adding more RAM or a new graphics card is completely tool-free and takes just a couple of minutes.

Alternatives to the Alienware Aurora

While a great PC, the Aurora isn't for everyone. Those on a tighter budget, looking for more power, or seeking a simple design may need to look at one of these alternatives.

Runner-up

HP Pavilion Power

Affordable doesn't mean a lack of performance

Not all PC gamers want to spend thousands of dollars or need power from the top-of-the-line GPUs. For an affordable price, you can get an HP Pavilion Desktop with an Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB graphics card.

Not only do you get decent specs, but it's a stylish looking little box with ports galore and even an optical drive, which makes it great to double up as a home media PC, too. It's a subtle performer and one that should be able to get you started on The Division 2.

Portable gaming

Razer Blade 15

Need to game on the go? Razer has you covered

Razer makes some great PC gear and also dabbles in the PC making business too. The Blade 15 is a fine gaming laptop, packing latest Intel and NVIDIA technologies to allow for some silky smooth gaming in a portable form factor.

Not everyone enjoys being tethered to a desk in the same room, which is where the Razer Blade 15 has the upper hand by allowing you to game wherever you want, so long as you have an available power outlet. A striking design is matched with an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and at least a GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU.

Bottom line

All you really need is a capable processor and GPU to play The Division 2, but the Alienware Aurora is a great place to start.

Our pick

Alienware Aurora

Another killer gaming PC from Alienware

This model, in particular, starting at just over $1,000 has what you need to enjoy The Division 2, sporting an Intel Core i5-8400 and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a GTX 1060 6GB GPU. More than enough to play the game on minimum settings.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.

Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library. If you hear him say "Sorry!" it's only because he's Canadian.

Richard Devine is a Reviews Editor at Windows Central. You'll usually find him deep in hardware, gaming, both or drinking root beer for which he openly has a mild addiction.

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