Building a killer gaming PC can be a daunting task for beginners, as high-end hardware leads to high costs and incompatibility causing headaches. Even the most ardent enthusiast scrambles to get a pre-made machine if individual parts are short on chips and overpriced. Custom-designed gaming platforms from Alienware, a subsidiary of computer giant Dell, are built with performance in mind, taking advantage of custom-designed cooling technology and a sleek chassis design. Alienware’s line of Aurora desktops features a wide range of great hardware, so we picked the best Alienware desktops and some alternatives.
Better overall: Alienware Aurora R13 (RTX 3080)
It’s no secret that Alienware desktops aren’t usually known as the budget-friendly option when it comes to pre-built PCs, but if you’re looking for high-tech hardware without the stress of building a PC yourself, the Aurora R13 has it all. The R13 tops the list of devices with the latest 12th generation Intel processors, and features the i9-12900KF processor, a 16-core CPU clocked at 3.2GHz capable of overclocking up to 5.2GHz.
Taking advantage of the DDR5 support that comes with a 12th generation Intel Core CPU, the Alienware includes 64GB (2 x 32GB) of dual-channel RAM clocked at 4400MHz, with support for up to 128GB if I decided to upgrade my R13 later.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 with 10GB of VRAM stands the test of time as the best-in-class graphics card. Providing the best performance for the cost, this addition to the Aurora R13 completes the package as Alienware’s exceptional gaming PC and best desktop PC. Fully capable of playing games in 4K and beyond, this 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe solid state drive has plenty of storage space for your games and more.
- The latest generation of Intel CPU
- Awesome GPU
- Stunning body design
Alienware Aurora R13 (RTX 3080)
Great performance without overdoing it
The Aurora R13 with GeForce RTX 3080 pairs perfectly with a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and 64GB DDR5 RAM to deliver exceptional performance in 4K gaming and beyond. Expensive, but with price gouging and a dearth of computers, this might be your best bet.
Second place: Alienware Aurora R13 (RTX 3070)
Given the significant drop in price from the initial Aurora R13, it’s okay to be confused about the naming scheme for Alienware’s customizable desktop line. Fortunately, the hardware doesn’t suffer from the cheaper cost since the Aurora R13 also offers an Intel 12th Gen CPU, the i7-12700KF, a 12-core processor running at 3.6GHz and rated for overclocking up to 5GHz.
The memory size might take the most noticeable drop to 16GB (2 x 8GB), but it’s still dual-channel DDR5 rated at 4400MHz and supports upgrading to 128GB if you feel ever restricted by a lack of RAM. Where the compensation for the loss is in storage space; The 512GB NVMe M.2 PCIe Solid State Drive is backed by a 1TB SATA mechanical hard drive, rated at 7200rpm for transfer speeds of 6Gbit/s.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB continues the trend of lowering costs without sacrificing much GPU performance. It’s better suited to gaming at 1440p rather than 4K, so keep that in mind when pairing your Aurora desktop PC with a monitor. Given the price difference, the RTX 3070 still displays a great display with ray tracing and DLSS support.
- Latest 12th Gen Intel Alder Lake CPU
- GeForce RTX 3070 remains a strong contender
- Much cheaper
Alienware Aurora R13 (RTX 3070)
Strong competitor for less
The replacement configuration of the Aurora R13 replaces the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 with its little brother, the RTX 3070. The secondary hard drive saves a good chunk of money, compensating for reduced GPU performance and RAM size with additional storage space. Great for 1440p gaming.
Best for AMD: Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 (RX 6800 XT)
AMD continues to push its technology forward and stands as a stronger competitor to Intel and NVIDIA, with Ryzen processors proven to be great for the money. The Aurora Ryzen R10 Edition comes with an eight-core AMD Ryzen 7 5800 CPU, rated at a maximum of 4.6GHz overclocked, and is compatible with a powerful AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT GPU, all packaged in a stylish case.
16GB (2 x 8GB) of dual-channel DDR4 RAM clocked at 3200MHz is upgradeable to 128GB, should you decide to add memory in the future. The pairing of a 1TB NVMe M.2 PCIe solid state drive for the operating system and a 1TB 7200RPM 6Gb/s mechanical hard drive for additional storage provides plenty of room for games and software, with ultra-fast boot times thanks to the SSD.
Part of the AMD 6000 Series GPU family, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB supports ray tracing and FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) technology, and is AMD’s answer to NVIDIA DLSS image upscaling technology. This excellent combination of hardware makes the Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition a convenient alternative to Alienware desktops featuring Intel and NVIDIA hardware.
- Powerful AMD 6000 Series GPU
- Built-in storage space of 2 TB
- Elegant body design
Best for AMD
Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 (RX 6800 XT)
A worthy competitor with a powerful GPU
Taking the alternate path away from Intel and NVIDIA, AMD covers the CPU and GPU with great Ryzen and Radeon hardware. Huge storage space and FSR support on the GPU make for 1440p and 4K gaming.
Budget friendly: Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 (RTX 3060)
As mentioned earlier, AMD offers a lot of value for money with its PC components, so it’s no surprise that the Ryzen CPU picks the best budget setup. The Ryzen 7 5800 is an eight-core CPU rated for up to 4.6GHz overclocked capable of running modern games, paired with 16GB of dual-channel (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM at 3200MHz. A single 7200 rpm mechanical drive provides 1TB of storage space for installing games.
The real star in the budget offering is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, which is equipped with 12GB of VRAM, which perfectly complements the CPU and memory. The second of its kind in the RTX 30 series (above the 3050), the 3060 supports all the luxuries that come with RTX cards, including ray-traced lighting and reflections, G-Sync monitor support, and DLSS image metering.
4K gaming might be out of the question in this design, but if you’re aiming for your scenes to be closer to 1080p or 1440p, the Aurora R10 is a great entry-level Alienware desktop computer. Of course, all hardware is upgradable, so you can upgrade your CPU, RAM, GPU, or something else in the future. This PC will take you from Ryzen edition to PC gaming with ease and last for many years with upgrades.
- Cheaper access to GeForce RTX GPU
- Ryzen 7 is still a capable CPU
- Operating system boot times are slower without an SSD
Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 (RTX 3060)
Entry-level ray tracing
The R10 Ryzen 7 is the perfect budget Alienware desktop that saves money and still enjoys the luxury of next-generation NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics technology.
Choosing a pre-built gaming PC can be as easy as choosing a console, and Dell’s Alienware Aurora range makes sure of that. With hardware crashes on every Aurora desktop, it’s easier than ever to target the hardware for the games you want to play. The status of PC parts has been such a roller coaster ride in recent years, with graphics cards being used for cryptocurrency mining causing high demand.
The Alienware Aurora R13 packs high-end hardware into an impressive box and will be ready for the future of PC gaming with its brilliant NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. Combined with the latest generation Intel Core CPU and super-fast DDR5 RAM, it’s the best Alienware desktop for the price. . So if you’d rather leave the PC build-up process to the experts, Alienware has you covered, letting you focus on gaming.
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Ben Wilson He is a freelance writer at Windows Central with technical expertise. Keeping up with evolving electronics, his expertise in technology sales helps him make informed recommendations. Usually fed with coffee, you’ll likely find it behind one screen or another.
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