What’s a gaming gear upgrade if you’ve gotten a new PC but still have those same old monitors? You may be catching our drift here — if you upgrade one piece of your setup, others may then ask to be changed as well. Ultimately, it’s up to you; a screen is a screen, however there are a few aspects of gaming that should be taken into consideration when looking at a monitor to give us an edge. Originated to function at peak performance in terms of speed, the Dell SE2417HG is compatible with just about everything you can think of. It is crafted with 1920 x 1080 resolution at 60Hz as well as containing 2ms response time and TN Panels, enabling the user to not only have superior vision and clarity, but also with incredible resolution.
Yes, if you make sure that each of the components is easily replaceable or upgradeable. You could also try to find a VR-ready system, in case you want to add virtual reality capability in the future. This should definitely include a GPU capable of maintaining at least 90 fps to avoid simulation sickness when using VR. These might make the setup a little pricier, but it's definitely worth spending a little extra here.
With the thermal paste applied, the brackets oriented and screwed in correctly, and the cooler attached, we went about the rest of the build with ease. Slotting in the graphics card is one of the simplest steps, despite its importance, and connecting cables is a somewhat tedious but straightforward process. (Consult your motherboard manual if need be.) The case was helpful for cable management, generally speaking, with an interesting hinged flap in the back, behind the right side panel, for hiding and holding the bulk of the cables in place. All told, we found enough hidey-holes and pass-throughs to tunnel most of the cables and stash around back before plugging everything in.
After we decided on, ordered, and finally, received all the parts, the time came for the actual build. As opposed to some builds we've done in the past, no one unusual component in this system added a twist or caused trouble. We've installed strange coolers and built in constraining cases, but the parts in this desktop are straightforward. Because of that, we weren't especially wary going in—but you never know what a build will throw at you.
Ironically, the greatest drawback of SteamOS is the limited game library. Because the OS is based on Linux, you will only have access to the Linux game library. However, you can still stream Windows games from another desktop to your Steam Machine running SteamOS (detailed at additional length in section two, section three, and section five). It’s also possible to use SteamOS as a normal desktop, but it’s a bit feature-barren, and really only suitable for playing games through Steam.
As we move on to gaming keyboards, it is no secret that Razer Mechanical switches are some of the highest quality we’ve seen — Razer claims you can attain up to 80 million keystrokes with each key (no, we haven’t been able to fully test that yet). Designed specifically to take your gaming to the next level, this award-winning keyboard operates at ideal speeds with optimal responsiveness. It’s designed to be used with both PC and Mac and comes with a free USB port to make your transition a little bit easier. What makes this an addition to the best equipment for gaming is that the keyboard comes with wrist rest features, ergonomics that allows the user to play comfortably for endless periods of time and an overall very stable build with pro-grade material all around the unit.
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.
As with the RAM, we made a concession on the storage to afford the GTX 1070. The quality of the storage is actually high—we purchased a speedy 500GB Crucial MX500 solid-state drive (SSD). There's no accompanying larger hard drive, however, so 500GB will have to do for all your games and files. Yes, that will fill up relatively quickly given the large install sizes of modern games, so you'll have to keep only your favorites or current titles installed at any given time. If you often butt up against the capacity, though, you can always add more storage. The case has plenty of room for more drives, including a few larger 3.5-inch hard drives.
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