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 (opens in new tab) is a fine example of a gaming rig done right.
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.
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.
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.
HP Pavilion Power
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.
Razer Blade 15
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.
All you really need is a capable processor and GPU to play The Division 2, but the Alienware Aurora (opens in new tab) is a great place to start.
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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