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Alienware gaming PC guide: get the biggest and best, and hopefully for less

Best Alienware gaming PC and laptop deals
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An Alienware gaming PC of any variant, build, or stripe will offer some of the best experiences in games and the best performance that only the very best gaming PC contenders can offer. Simply put, if you're on the hunt for a pre-built behemoth, then we don't think you can go wrong at all with an Alienware PC - it'll be a real treat, and your setup will be quickly elevated. 

Dell's core gaming brand of Alienware is world-famous for its top-tier machines, and these take the stress out of making your own rig - they're pre-built and ready to go. Well established and with a long line of familiar-looking models, the newer models have only continued that trend of pre-built, pre-assembled power that's ready to go straight out of the box - all with an eye-catching design. They're unlike anything else on the market right now, and, better still, they're cleverly put together to make upgrades or tinkering as easy as possible, despite the unusual and original designs.

That's why we've listed the best Alienware gaming PCs and their latest, lowest prices below; as well as spotlighting the primary models you should keep an eye out for, we've also listed the sales, discounts, and bargains you shouldn't miss. After all, Alienware products can be a little expensive even during the Prime Day laptop deals or PC offers… especially if you're seeking out one of the older models (the most recent Aurora PCs are available on Dell's website or Amazon webstores, but anything before that is hard to come by).

But beyond the very latest lowest prices, let's dive in and get started: below are the best Alienware gaming PCs going right now. Oh, and one last thing: we know that there will be yet more iterations and refreshes of the latest Alienware gaming PCs due to the new graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD and Intel's latest 11th-gen processors. We'll keep an eye on things and add and update this as we get more concrete info, but our price-finding tech will still root out the best prices for you - and they may even include those machines with the newest components.

Best Alienware gaming PC

Alienware Aurora R12

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1. Alienware Aurora R12

The very best Alienware gaming PC

Reasons to buy
+Cool design+Up to RTX 3090 GPUs+Latest Intel processors

The Aurora R12 gaming pc is the latest and greatest from Alienware - need we say more? Basically, in short, this is the model to go for if you want to build your own Alienware gaming PC and ensure it has the latest gear inside it.

Sporting the latest in Nvidia's 30-series graphics cards to offer best-in-class performance as well as the benefits of the latest in ray-tracing tech, DLSS, and more, these beasts will present your games to you in their best possible light (no pun intended.) Combined with the latest Intel processors, you can be sure that the power and capability of the PCs will be nothing short of impressive, and be able to handle anything thrown at it.

You'll have a great pick for supporting components too with up to a ridiculous amount of storage and RAM on offer too. The R12 really is the best Alienware gaming PC money can buy, and while they are a sizeable investment, there'll be no regrets about what you'll get out of it.

best gaming pc: Alienware Aurora r11

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2. Alienware Aurora R11

The next-best Alienware gaming PC

Reasons to buy
+Eye-catching design+Liquid-cooled GPUs available+Latest Intel CPUs

The brand-new Aurora R11 is leading Alienware into the next generation of gaming; as well as the latest generation of Intel processors and the possibility of liquid-cooled graphics cards, it offers a variety of builds to suit most budgets. If you want to get into PC gaming for the first time or would like to upgrade your existing setup - perhaps in preparation for ray tracing games - this is a stellar way to do it.

Ranging from affordable starter rigs to pimped-out super PCs, the Aurora R11 strikes a good balance of choice. Better still, these desktops can be easily opened and upgraded with different parts as and when you see fit. Want more RAM or a larger SSD? No problem. Because the power supply unit swings out on a metal arm, you get more room to fiddle with the PC's insides.

The R11's design builds on the already-attractive R9, too. Although it sticks with the distinctive case and scooped-out front of its predecessor, this update enriches that formula with new lighting around the central strip in some cases. It's an addition that turns heads and makes the design feel even more futuristic than it did before.

Note: with the arrival of the R12 this may be more difficult to get hold of now - but not impossible!

Alienware gaming PCs: Alienware R10

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3. Alienware Aurora Ryzen R10

The best AMD Alienware gaming PC

Reasons to buy
+Attractive design+Clever vent system+Lots of available configurations

If you'd prefer to build your Alienware gaming PC with a Ryzen-based foundation, the Aurora Ryzen R10 is where you should start. It's almost identical to the R9 listed above - with all the benefits that entails - but opts for an AMD-centered build instead of Intel alternatives. Depending on the components you choose, it's a reliable means of getting your hands on ray tracing and preparing for next-gen.

As per usual with Alienware gaming PCs, a range of specifications are available; you can opt for more modest processors or go all out with a liquid-cooled powerhouse. No matter which version you get, it's possible to swap out or add in new components. This may not be as easy as other rigs thanks to the R10's unique case, but customization is still possible.

Not that you'll mind working around the R10 chassis. It's a head-turning design unlike anything else on shelves right now, offering a scooped-out front that doubles as an air vent. A slick gray or white color-scheme with minimal RGB then ties the look together.

Alienware gaming PCs: Alienware R9

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4. Alienware Aurora R9

The best mid-range Alienware gaming PC

Reasons to buy
+Subtle and stylish design+Scooped-out front+Broad range of configurations available

Now, not the most recent Aurora PC, if you can still find an R9, it might just offer the best balance of value, performance, and price tag right now. Just be warned that it might well be phased out completely where you are now.

As an update to the popular R8, the Aurora R9 comes out swinging with a variety of builds, a killer design, and everything you need to future-proof yourself for the next generation of gaming. Want ray tracing? This is your ticket into it for sure - depending on the components you choose, of course.

That's because - as usual - a range of versions are available. Low, high, and mid-range specs are on offer from Dell and beyond; you should be able to find an R9 to suit you regardless of your budget. Because there's space within the chassis to add or swap components as you see fit, this PC is also an investment you can keep adding to in the future. When something costs several hundred dollars or pounds, such versatility is important.   

You won't mind having the R9 case for the long-haul, either. It's both practical and distinctive, with a curved look that's reminiscent of the PS5. There's a clever blend of form and function as well; the scooped-out front doubles as the PC's vents, with air being sucked in and passed through the rest of the system.

Alienware gaming PCs: Alienware R8

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5. Alienware Aurora R8

The best entry-level Alienware gaming PC

Reasons to buy
+Not prohibitively expensive +Sleek design+Power supply swing arm 

Stepping back even further than the R9 above, the Aurora R8 still does the job of being an entry-level (for Alienware) machine magnificently despite being a few years old. In fact, it was the best of the best before the R9 swept in like a conquering hero. Well-stocked with variants to suit a variety of budgets, the R8 is still versatile; it's easy to crack open for upgrades. 

When it comes to the latter, the R8 has some clever quality-of-life touches. For example, a power supply 'arm' allows you to swing the PSU out of the way to make room for new graphics cards or RAM without having to detach cables. And because there are two full PCIe lanes, five storage drive slots, and enough space for 64GB of DDR4 RAM, there's plenty of room for further improvements.

All in all, this is a fair starting point if you want to get your hands on a good Alienware gaming PC that doesn't need top-of-the-range components. Its age means there are more bargains hovering around, too.

Why buy an Alienware gaming PC or laptop?

Alienware gaming PC

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At first glance, an Alienware gaming PC might seem overpriced - you'd be justified in calling them the 'Apple' of gaming. However, they earn that price tag with accessibility, ease-of-use, and smart design that sets them apart from other manufacturers. 

Alongside fierce technical capabilities that allow them to run today's games at their best, Alienware gaming PCs come ready-made and good to go. That means you don't need to faff about with construction or debugging - the hard work is done for you. In other words? Plug it in and start playing.

Happily, Alienware is keen to make sure there's something to suit your budget as well. The official website lists a variety of builds with different costs, allowing you to pick and choose what you want. And if you decide you should have opted for more power down the line? It's easy enough to open the case and make those upgrades yourself. As a general rule, Alienware gaming PCs are built with easy (and often tool-free) expansion in mind.

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Rob Dwiar

I'm one of the Hardware Editors for GamesRadar+, and have been for nearly three years; before that I was a freelance games writer for years too for the likes of Eurogamer, RPS, PCGN, and more. Day to day, I take care of a whole host of gaming tech reviews, buying guides, and news and deals content that pops up across GamesRadar+. I'm also a qualified landscape and garden designer so do that in my spare time, and use it to write about games' landscapes and environments too, including an upcoming book on the topic!