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But there are so many console games on PCs nowadays, it’s only natural you want to play some of them with the original control scheme. Dark Souls comes to mind, as does Assassin’s Creed. These games just play better on a gamepad. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to connect an Xbox One controller or a DualShock 4 to your PC, either wired or (in the case of the Xbox One S and DS4) with Bluetooth. And most games support controllers on the PC these days, especially the big multi-platform releases.
All told, at the time we purchased these items, the build cost $1,022.62, but that fell to $992 after rebates. Prices will fluctuate, of course, with sales and availability, but we were able to just about hit our target. If these components become too pricey in the future, you'll no doubt be able to find similarly priced alternatives to put together a comparable machine.
For the camera-shy, that probably sounds stressful—you'd rather enjoy your PC build in peace, going at your own pace, with nobody judging. Being in front of the camera does add weight to every moment and choice. Most important is that, in advance, we are careful to account for everything needed in terms of component acquisition, parts compatibility, and preparation. Doing the build as a pair lets you have someone to bounce ideas off of, provides another set of eyes to make sure everything is accounted for before the build, lets you fill air time with discussion, and adds a spare hand to make things run more smoothly on camera.
Eight gigabytes is perfectly adequate for gaming, though—like a Core i7 processor as opposed to a Core i5—some builders will insist on 16GB. There are benefits to adding more RAM; it certainly won't hurt and can speed both general and in-game load times. So if you find a good deal and have room in the budget, throw in an extra 8GB. Since we devoted extra funds to the graphics card in this build, 8GB it is.
PC gaming has become one of the most lucrative and popular forms of entertainment in recent years. With that increased market share, more and more people have become interested in building their own PC. That means there’s a community and people who are willing to share their builds with the rest of the world. So, today we’re going to showcase 10 of our favorite gaming PC setups being posted around the web as of early 2019.
This doesn’t mean a Ryzen/Vega chip will perform as well as GeForce 1060. It does mean that you will be able to play decent games on a budget while you save up for a good graphics card, if you find you need one. That’s the great thing about desktop PCs: you can add more memory, bigger drives and faster graphics cards for many years after you have bought them.
The PC is the way to go for true gaming (sorry console gamers). They have been ahead of consoles for a long time. Their performance is unparalleled compared to any other gaming machine and is constantly getting better. To get the latest and greatest in a PC will set you back a lot of money. But you don't need to have the best to play the best. The beauty about PC gaming is the variability of it. You can get a very decent gaming PC built for around $800. If you just want a PC to do as good as a console, you can make it for less than a console. PC's price point and power makes it a must for all gamers and their gaming setup. We made a great guide on what to consider when buying or building your own PC.
Part of what makes a console enjoyable is sticking a game in and having the game just work. We tend to have to tinker with settings on PCs. Luckily, if you’re on Windows, GeForce Experience and AMD Raptr have automatic game optimization functions based on your system specifications. It’s not perfect, but it gets you playing the game at roughly the right settings quickly.
Also featuring key-by-key customized back-lighting, the Corsair Vengenace K70 brings a new style to gaming. Designed to meet the needs of the gamers style of play, the keyboard itself is mechanical (we’re at the point where we saw mechanical keyboards or bust, to be honest), easy to use, has six dedicated multimedia keys, is made of high-quality material (a nice black brushed aluminum chassis) and of course, color coordinated facilitating the users immediate access to whatever key they desire. It can be easy to have a terrible gaming day by missing your mark, so for those of you who are looking to enhance scores or just get better at the game, the Vengeance K70 will create an immediate upgrade.
The Gammaxx cooler wasn't our only unnecessary RGB accessory: We installed something even sillier. Lian Li provided us with its new Strimer RGB 24-Pin Cable, an auxiliary main-PSU power cable with colored lighting built in. It comes in two layers—the white cable itself, which carries the power, and a translucent layer of fiber-optic lighting that clips on to the top of the cable. (This latter layer is also connected to the cable by a small wire for power.) One end of the 24-pin cable gets plugged into the PSU's motherboard female power-cable socket on one end, and into the PSU's 24-pin male cable connector on the other.

When it comes to the screen, chances are you already have a decent sized screen for your home theater. If not, it’s time you get one since you will be utilizing it for movies and gaming purpose. If you plan on getting a television, then we recommend getting something at least 60” or bigger, an Ultra High Definition (UHD) screen with 4K capabilities. This enables you to watch movies at high resolution and play game with crystal clear graphics, making it almost realistic. If you plan on getting a projector then there are numerous with 4K resolution. The best part about screens and projectors lies in the fact that they all come with HDMI connections so you can easily hook up your gaming consoles or computer to them.
It’s a bit misleading because consoles and PCs take advantage of their hardware in different ways, but serves well enough as a raw comparison. $200 gets you a graphics card that’s (on paper at least) better than what you’ll see in the PS4 Pro. Grab the rest of your parts and you’re all set for pretty, especially if you already have a keyboard, mouse, and monitor handy, as many people do.
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Anyone who's a gamer knows that for as long as there has been a divide between console gaming and PC gaming, there has been a debate on which is better. The console gamers have often argued that by virtue of their devices being dedicated gaming machines, consoles were better suited for gaming. PC gamers would counter-argue that PC machines have far more computing power than their console counterparts, and thus are for true gamers. The debate is only further muddied by the fact that many of today's consoles are now designed as do-everything machines. They can just as easily be used to watch Netflix or Hulu as they can be used for gaming. Which begs the question: If consoles are starting to emulate computers, what do they offer the modern gamer?

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Extend gaming sessions on your PC with this wireless headset that lasts up to 30 hours. With a comfortable and durable closed cup design, Cloud Flight gives you an immersive in-game audio experience. The detachable noise-canceling mic allows you to strategize with your team before your opponents strike. Bring the competition over to your Xbox with the included 3.5mm audio cable.
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