This Black Friday gaming PC deal is the best value Alienware machine you can get right now

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Alienware Aurora R16 | Core i7 13700F | RTX 4070 Ti | 16GB DDR5-5600 | 1TB SSD | $1,949.99 $1,749.99 at Dell (save $200)

Alienware Aurora R16 | Core i7 13700F | RTX 4070 Ti | 16GB DDR5-5600 | 1TB SSD | $1,949.99 $1,749.99 at Dell (save $200)
You can score an RTX 4070 Ti PC for less than this, though usually with an older CPU than the Core i7 13700F here. This Alienware delivers a rather modern package, with a Raptor Lake processor (13th Gen, not 14th Gen, but that's fine), a big enough boot drive at 1TB, and a 1000W PSU. It's also liquid cooled and comes with two sticks of DDR5 memory.

When shopping for Black Friday gaming PC deals, it's about knowing which compromises to make for a deal. This Alienware Aurora R16 that Dell has discounted by $200 has the key parts I'd want off the shelf if I were buying fresh this year.

This build is very similar to the best Alienware build currently on our best gaming PCs (currently sold out), and for much cheaper by only stepping down to Nvidia's 4070 Ti GPU instead of the 4080. You can find a build with an RTX 4070 cheaper than this, but not often with the new enough 13thGen Raptor Lake processor that features in this build.

If I were getting my first gaming PC this year, or just stepping into a new system, getting a CPU and GPU together that shouldn't give me headaches anytime soon would be top priority. As a first gaming PC, that 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe boot drive is plenty of room to play with for a while. 

I couldn't squeeze my own system into that space these days, but the second PCIe NVMe M.2 slot this board has is the invitation to expand that I'm currently wishing my own system had.

As noted in our best PCs list, "Our major issue with recommending Alienware PCs now, however, is the bespoke hardware inside either locking you out of future upgrades, or locking you into an unnecessarily expensive upgrade path." 

That's typically to do with Alienware's bespoke motherboards, cooling systems, and PSUs though, says our hardware managing editor Dave James. Check Dave's other thoughts on buying Alienware there, but this deal does fit his main warning of not buying the brand at full price.

Lauren Morton
Associate Editor

Lauren started writing for PC Gamer as a freelancer in 2017 while chasing the Dark Souls fashion police and accepted her role as Associate Editor in 2021, now serving as the self-appointed chief cozy games enjoyer. She originally started her career in game development and is still fascinated by how games tick in the modding and speedrunning scenes. She likes long books, longer RPGs, has strong feelings about farmlife sims, and can't stop playing co-op crafting games.