Best Pre-Built PCs for Playing Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition in 2020

Dell G5 Gaming Desktop
Dell G5 Gaming Desktop (Image credit: Dell)

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is only available on PC, meaning you'll need one of these best pre-built PCs to get into the game. The real-time strategy (RTS) game doesn't take a whole lot of power to get off the ground, but it will only look better as you scale up the hardware. We've put together this collection of systems ranging from budget to high-end, so you find something that fits your needs.

Suggesting some best pre-built PCs for Age of Empires II: DE

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Recommended PC system specs for Age of Empire II: Definitive Edition include just a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 or AMD equivalent CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 650 or AMD HD 5850 GPU with 1GB of VRAM. That means any of the above best pre-built PCs will handle the game, and most will let you crank up the graphics to make the game look as good as possible. You should also be able to enjoy a lot of other quality titles, especially if you invest in the Xbox Game Pass for PC (opens in new tab) (which includes Age of Empires II: DE).

You can always build your own PC around one of our picks for best graphics cards. Still, as far as pre-built PCs go, we recommend checking out the Dell G5 Gaming Desktop (opens in new tab). It starts at a great price, it comes in a stylized chassis with RGB lighting and a clear side panel, and there are plenty of hardware customization options so that you can get precisely what you want. We recommend checking out the model with an Intel Core i5-10400F CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB HDD, and an NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super with 6GB of VRAM. If budget allows, you can crank things up to an Intel Core i9-10900KF CPU, 64GB of RAM, a 1TB M.2 SSD coupled with a 2TB HDD, and an NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super GPU.

On the other hand, if you'd like to have everything wrapped up in one device (with keyboard and mouse included), HP's ENVY 32 AiO (opens in new tab) is about as good as it's going to get. The 31.5-inch 4K display is absolutely stunning, front-facing speakers pump out quality audio, and you still get a ton of ports for connecting accessories. It's good enough that it received the Windows Central Best Award in Executive Editor Daniel Rubino's review. And thanks to 10th Gen Intel Core CPUs and dedicated NVIDIA GPUs, you'll have no problem enjoying Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition when you're not tackling productivity work.

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