More ways to enjoy gaming are coming out as technology advances. Virtual Reality gaming is the latest technology craze. More and more games come with VR compatibility but only the PlayStation 4 supports VR. If you want to invest in VR gaming, you will need to put a fair bit of money in to a PC and have a lot of space. It's not something for everybody but definitely something that everyone should think about ass it gains more traction. With VR getting bigger and bigger, it won't be long till we have full immersion gaming rigs. Something like this:
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.
Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle, and Amazon run gaming sales on a regular basis; sales that see even deeper price cuts during, say, the holiday season. Gamestop, Walmart, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and Nintendo eShop have their sales, sure, but they don't often match the ridiculous price slashes. In fact, I make the bulk of my game purchases during Steam sales, times when select titles hit the 66 percent or 80 percent discount mark.
Partially for our own entertainment, we used the Alpha 550W case's remote control to change the fan lights from automatic to a variety of static colors, trying to sync them as well as we could with the Deepcool cooler (controllable through a physical button, which we accidentally left trapped behind the glass, at first) and the Strimer (controlled through the board mounted in the rear panel). Without any software input, the lights don't exactly match, but they complement each other well enough.
Finding the best monitor or mouse for games such as CS:GO or Overwatch can be a difficult task. This task can be made easier with this website. If a large percentage of pro players use a certain mouse then it’s probably a good choice for regular gamers as well. Similarly, we think that having a database of the most common ingame settings used by pro players can help our users decide on how to tweak their personal settings as well.

The overall construction is quite sturdy and its light weight in case you need to move it around or travel with it to LAN parties. Underneath the desk you’ll also find a little cable management contraption to help with organization. Lastly, it comes in quite a few colors to fit your personality — red, black, blue, green, and white. The Arozzi Arena is awesome because of the color choices to match your style, portability, special and large surface designed strictly for gaming and overall affordability.


Get advanced precision and comfort on Windows 10 PCs, laptops, tablets, and Xbox One. The controller features responsive thumbsticks and an enhanced D-pad. The adapter can handle up to eight controllers, up to four chat headsets, and two stereo headsets. Includes USB extender cable. It's everything you’ll need to elevate your gameplay wherever you go. Works only with Windows 10 devices.*
We’ll also give you a sneak peek at what’s under the hood so you can understand why it’s really on our list. With these, you should be well on your way to making your dream setup reality. If you’re inexperienced with PC building, you might want to make sure you want to familiarize yourself with how to build a gaming PC before looking over the best gaming setups of 2019.
Built for the battlefield, the HyperX Alloy Elite is loaded with fast, accurate, and comfortable Cherry MX Blue switches and a durable steel frame. RGB backlit keys and a brilliant 18-LED light bar keep you fragging away long into the night. It’s also equipped to meet your multimedia needs with dedicated media buttons, USB 2.0, Game Mode, anti-ghosting, and N-Key rollover.
Note that with a Linux-based OS, you’ll need to install proprietary drivers manually, which can be a little tricky and will likely require some Google research. This option takes some extra leg work, because the drivers that Linux distributions usually ship with aren’t suited for playing games. That said, this is the cheapest way to get a broadly useful and reliable desktop-style operating system.
We think the following is gear gamers should upgrade if they’re able. Again, you can either do so systematically as you gather some cash, grab a few at once, or setup an entire new rig — it’s all on you! Or perhaps even start building your own gaming computer if you want to save some money as well. If there are some different recommendations or even gear you feel we left out, let us know in the comments. Just as a heads up, click on the links below of the gear to jump to that specific section’s recommendation. We’ll also link you to some of our guides in case you want some more information or additional gear picks to compare and contrast.
Please, for the love of any deity that you may believe in, ignore the title of this Pop-Off. It is, admittedly, more than a little clickbaity, but the SEO team says it's the type of hot content that a large swath of gamers Google on a regular basis. So, in a way, this article's existence is partially your fault. Looking into the mirror ain't always pretty, is it?

Last but not least, here’s a cool little spin to what some would consider a ‘gaming accessory’. This is more of a why not than a perhaps. If you’re into organization or are like us and really just aren’t a fan of cables (especially the annoying clutter you have underneath your setup), then these are not only cheap but super effective as well. We’ve seen quite a few different spins to ‘cable management sleeves’ but through research we’ll link you to one of our favorites and most reviewed.

One thing that divides the two ranges is access to exclusive games. The Xbox offers long-running franchises such as Halo, Gears of War and Forza Motorsport, plus this year’s Sea of Thieves. The PlayStation has God of War, Gran Turismo, The Last Guardian, Street Fighter 5 and this year’s classic, Spider-Man. You can tell Sony has been edging it on exclusives because this year Microsoft bought another seven games studios.

Let's not go overboard. There are plenty of terrible people on consoles too. There are benefits to both. Consoles are a stable development platform which means games tend to run with less bugs (otherwise everyone has them). But there are also significant benefits to a PC. The graphics as of this point are significantly better on PC. Seeing a game at 2k or 4k running @ 144Hz (w/ gsync or freesync) is truly amazing and substantially better than 1080p (many games on consoles don't even truly render 1080p either. They are rendered lower and upscaled). But it costs you a lot more than a console for that experience. As with anything there are good parts and bad parts.

For example, my Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 GPU lets my PC run Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain at 60 frames per second and 1080p resolution, with all the visual settings jacked to maximum. But if I wanted to experience Big Boss' final adventure in 4K and without major performance shortcomings, I'd need to swap in a beefier card, such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founder's Edition. And I could.
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.

For another entry in the "made to be seen" column for this build, we went for two 4GB sticks of GeIL Super Luce RGB Sync DDR4 memory. For years, RAM had been a relatively low-cost part of PC builds, but RAM prices have spiked in 2018 and have yet to come back down. That said, $79 for 8GB is a pretty good deal, and the RGB strips add yet more pizzazz to proceedings.
Generally, PC gamers need to have more technical skills than console gamers. Although it is possible to modify a console by adding new hardware, it’s not necessary. Console gamers do need to be able to install the sequel or update of their games. PC gamers need at least a minimal level of technical skills, even if they purchased a pre-built gaming computer. And by technical skills, we don’t mean the ability to write HTML code, but the ability to set up a computer with a general concept of how it operates. A PC gamer might also want upgrade hardware components and install new drivers for those components, which calls for an intermediate skill level.
An often overlooked component of the ultimate gaming room is the audio setup. Surround sound can really immerse you in the gaming experience and is a popular option for gamers who like to play on the TV. Based on your budget, you will want to research 5.1, 7.1, or 9.1 surround sound options. For a real thrill, surround sound speakers that have some setup behind you will have you jumping with fright. Just think about zombies trying to sneak up and take a chomp out of you in games like the Last of Us (on PlayStation 4).
Finding the best monitor or mouse for games such as CS:GO or Overwatch can be a difficult task. This task can be made easier with this website. If a large percentage of pro players use a certain mouse then it’s probably a good choice for regular gamers as well. Similarly, we think that having a database of the most common ingame settings used by pro players can help our users decide on how to tweak their personal settings as well.

All of the games available on Steam are playable with a Steam Machine, as long as those games are also available on your operating system of choice (we’ll get to operating systems shortly). You also have the possibility of streaming games from another desktop in your house to your Steam Machine in your living room (a feature also possible with a couple of dedicated streaming devices detailed in section three, below).
It should also be noted that since we planned to film and photograph the process of building this system, we opted for some parts that are a bit flashier and more RGB-laden than strictly necessary. Below is a rundown of the components, including our thought process on why we went with them over other options. I won't go through all the possible alternatives, because there are an endless number, but this should lend some insight into our decision making. (Note: Prices are based on their cost at the start of September 2018.)
Though the title may not be something I can get behind (I know, I know, my name is attached to it, but hey, I gotta pay bills and this is only minor-league soul-selling), there is some truth in it. I recently penned a piece detailing how ditching consoles for a gaming PC improved my life, a far more nuanced approach to the same topic. Now, with a corporate gun to my head, I'm going to smash the metaphorical big, red button and launch this savage take.
Specifications: Resolution:	1366 x 768 Panel Type: TN - Twisted Neumatic Monitor: 19" HD 720p EL-LED display Connectivity: HDMI Input - supports 720 (native) or 1080p (scaled) Ergonomic options: Adjustable viewing angle Backlight: LED Audio: Integrated Stereo Speakers Frequency: 60 Hz Adaptor Input Voltage: 100 - 240 V AC Compatibility: Xbox One, Xbox 360 E, Xbox 360 S, Xbox 360 Elite, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 Slim Display Colors: (8-bit) 16.7M Dimensions: 16.75" x 19.75" x 7.00"

More ways to enjoy gaming are coming out as technology advances. Virtual Reality gaming is the latest technology craze. More and more games come with VR compatibility but only the PlayStation 4 supports VR. If you want to invest in VR gaming, you will need to put a fair bit of money in to a PC and have a lot of space. It's not something for everybody but definitely something that everyone should think about ass it gains more traction. With VR getting bigger and bigger, it won't be long till we have full immersion gaming rigs. Something like this:
Though the title may not be something I can get behind (I know, I know, my name is attached to it, but hey, I gotta pay bills and this is only minor-league soul-selling), there is some truth in it. I recently penned a piece detailing how ditching consoles for a gaming PC improved my life, a far more nuanced approach to the same topic. Now, with a corporate gun to my head, I'm going to smash the metaphorical big, red button and launch this savage take.
Cyberpower Gaming PCs are custom built for the ultimate gaming experience. We blend the perfect combination of quality and value to distribute high-end gaming PCs while ensuring that you still get a bang for your buck. We have a variety of gaming computers, laptops and consoles which can be completely customised to your unique preferences, whilst maintaining value and quality. If you are on a budget, our custom Cyberpower PC configurators are fully optimised for gamers and are available with the best components and software on the market for the highest performance. Contact us to discuss your build today

Specifically designed to meet the needs of gamers, the Chroma V2 comes with 5 additional dedicated macro keys for easy-access as well as an advanced Chroma configurator adding for special effects as it lights up at the press of your keys — you can choose the RGB patterns or individual keys to light up (this may come in handy if you program it alongside your hot keys for a particular game). All in all, if you are looking for a state of the art mechanical keyboard (we do not recommend anything that isn’t mechanical, especially gaming) that provides all of the necessary functions, as well as contains a refreshingly cool look, the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 just might be for you.
The best gear for gaming is a broad phrase, and in our case today, could mean a number of popular upgrades, such as headsets, mice, keyboards, laptops, computers, controllers and more. As we continue to delve into the gaming gear world and research the best of the best to help our readers out in their search for the perfect gaming setup, we’re met with a much larger guide here to serve a broader purpose — to help you either pick or choose which pieces of the best gaming gear you need next, or to buy an entire new setup all at once. Regardless of your specific needs here today, let’s get down to what we feel is not only the best gear for gaming to upgrade, but our top recommendations for each as well. Who knows, there may be a few picks in here you didn’t even thought you needed until today.
I realize that statement was either probably made because you just don't know, but you can do all of these with a gaming rig. I am no PC-only fanboy; I own a PS4, XBone, and Switch. Interestingly enough, I was gaming on my sofa from my PC (on Steam)with a lapboard using my 50" plasma last night (as I do much of the time). The lapboard has USB ports, so I can use my PS4 controller (or Switch, or whichever) to game, and many PC games are compatible with controllers at this point. I prefer a kbm on most games, but games like Yakuza 0 (oops, not just a PS4 exclusive anymore) are good with a controller.
Tonight I could pop open Steam and play Street Fighter V. I could also play Gears of War 4, Forza Motorsport 7, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Axiom Verge, Talos Principle, Killing Floor 2, Darkest Dungeon, No Man’s Sky, Downwell, SOMA, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Transistor, Grow Home, Hotline Miami 2, N++, Volume, and so many others. The video below is of Tekken 7 running at 4K resolution on a PC, and Final Fantasy XV is coming to computers in 2018.
We Know PC gaming setups undoubtedly a challenging as well as the pricey pursuit for gamers. You know, performance comes first, profit is its logical sequence. Comparing with a single set up and the next in fact vary a little. But an entire gaming empire built means you need a fortune. From budget-friendly to high-end gaming here we gathered all component, essential upgrades targeting midrange to the higher territory for your dream Best Gaming Setups.
The first line of eighth-generation-compatible boards (boards based on the Z370 chipset) cost over $100; these less expensive B360 models are relatively new. This model comes with a solid port selection and plated heatsinks that don't get in the way of installation, and it fits the black-and-white color scheme. The two main concessions for the B360 boards' lower prices are that you can't overclock CPUs installed in them, and that they support only one video card. That syncs up perfectly with the plan for this particular build, so we were happy to save the money. It's relatively straightforward but effective, and at $79 with a $10 rebate, this motherboard definitely doesn't break the bank.
Built for the battlefield, the HyperX Alloy Elite is loaded with fast, accurate, and comfortable Cherry MX Brown switches and a durable steel frame. RGB backlit keys and a brilliant 18-LED light bar keep you fragging away long into the night. It’s also equipped to meet your multimedia needs with dedicated media buttons, USB 2.0, Game Mode, anti-ghosting, and N-Key rollover.
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