This whole high-end gaming PC is cheaper than an RTX 4090

Alienware Aurora R10
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Alienware Aurora R10 | AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT | AMD Ryzen 7 5800 | 16GB RAM | 1TB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD | $2,489.99 (opens in new tab)

Alienware Aurora R10 | AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT | AMD Ryzen 7 5800 | 16GB RAM | 1TB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD | $2,489.99 $1,399.99 at Dell (save $1,090) (opens in new tab)
The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT you'll find beating away at the heart of this machine is AMD's best GPU in years and can go toe-to-toe with the RTX 3080 in most games. Ray tracing aside, at any rate. Here you'll find that GPU paired with the Ryzen 7 5800 for a meaty core configuration, with 16GB of RAM and the classic combo of SSD and hard drive for storage as well. 

In case you missed it, we have new graphics cards on the way. And that can make dropping serious cash on a gaming PC worrisome. At least it normally would, but looking at the specs and price of this Alienware Aurora R10, you can be pretty sure that you're not going to be wracked with buyer's remorse after the fact. 

For $1,400 (opens in new tab) you're looking at a machine that will handle 4K gaming at the highest settings. That's mainly thanks to the Radeon RX 6800 XT (opens in new tab) you'll find inside. This is AMD's best graphics card of this generation, and it's a card that is incredibly close to Nvidia's RTX 3080 (opens in new tab) in plenty of games. 

There are a few exceptions, and it's fair to say that the RX 6800 XT isn't such a powerhouse at ray tracing, but those aside, this is certainly a worthy option. Given the price of the RTX 3080 still hasn't come down to the original MSRP, that's something you're just going to have to live with to hit this $1,400 price point. 

Alienware has paired this with a Ryzen 7 5800 too, which is an extremely capable chip. You're looking at an eight-core, 16-thread CPU that can hit 4.6GHz at Max Boost, which will absolutely keep your GPU busy. It'll also handle more mundane tasks with ease. And while AMD has just released its new Zen 4 chips, there's absolutely nothing wrong with this processor, particularly when it comes to gaming.

The rest of the specification is healthy too, with 16GB of DDR4-3466, a 1TB NVMe SSD and a 1TB hard drive for your vast games library. The only mark against this build is that the RAM is a single 16GB stick, which means you won't be getting the full benefit of the dual-channel memory controller. That's one frustrating negative on an otherwise solid system. Ideally, you'd want to add another stick further down the line to unlock this system's true performance.

Overall, this is a lot of gaming machine for the money. One that comes in cheaper than the brand new thing, i.e. the RTX 4090 (opens in new tab) which costs at least $1,599, and yet is still capable of hitting great frame rates at 4K. 

Alan has been writing about PC tech since before 3D graphics cards existed, and still vividly recalls having to fight with MS-DOS just to get games to load. He fondly remembers the killer combo of a Matrox Millenium and 3dfx Voodoo, and seeing Lara Croft in 3D for the first time. He's very glad hardware has advanced as much as it has though, and is particularly happy when putting the latest M.2 NVMe SSDs, AMD processors, and laptops through their paces. He has a long-lasting Magic: The Gathering obsession but limits this to MTG Arena these days.