In all honesty, choose a console over a PC. They are much simpler to use. They have a much less toxic community. Much better quality of games. And if you don't have superhuman eyesight. Which no one does, you won't really notice the difference between frames per second between console and PC. PC has a hardly better noticeable FPS that they just love to go on about like it's God's gift to the world. But in reality, it's barely noticeable in modern gaming.
In many ways, the case you choose sets the tone for the whole build. It's obviously the most visual piece of the puzzle, so its aesthetic determines the theme and color scheme. Because of the need for some camera-friendly flash, we went with the Lian Li Alpha 550W chassis. This midsize tower was a big factor in deciding to go with a black-and-white theme for the rest of the parts—a clean, modern style.
Feature: Keyboard 26 Anti-Ghosting keys so you never miss a keystroke 3-Color LED backlight with adjustable brightness W-A-S-D key functions swappable with arrow keys for MMO gamers Windows key lockout prevents accidental pop up while gaming All key lockout prevents unintended keystrokes during game breaks Water-resistant design resists damage from spilled drinks Membrane structure embedded, POM plunger keycaps offer a soft, smooth tactile feel Matte finish keys with UV surface treatment provides resistance to natural finger oils Heavy weight keyboard base for added stability when typing or gaming Mouse USB 2.0 eSports professional optical gaming mouse 9 programmable buttons with custom programming software Non-slip rubber coated click wheel and thumb rest Up to 5000 dpi with shift-on-the-fly adjustment Sniper button- instantly increases aim accura...
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The PC is admittedly more expensive up front, but your upgrade path later is markedly easier. If you’re a budget gamer, you can probably run the same processor for up to six years, and the same graphics card for four to five years. Case? RAM? Power supply? Fans? Hard drives? All surprisingly cheap stuff you’ll carry in perpetuity, build to build, replacing only when absolutely necessary.
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.
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Played a game and hated it? Steam, Origin, GOG.com, and many other retailers now allow you to refund any game you purchase, as long as you meet certain parameters. Not only does it let you get your money back when developers don’t deliver on a game, but it also lets you test whether it runs on your machine—thereby removing much of the guesswork from PC gaming.

This was a tricky one. We originally budgeted for an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060—a modest but effective HD gaming card. Most of the time with that card, in most games, you get at least 60 frames per second (fps) in 1,920 by 1,080 gameplay with settings at or near maximum. But it's not a powerhouse. The GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition retails for $299, so from the start we were picking the rest of the components with a GTX 1060 at that price in mind. As the process went on, though, we were tempted by the more powerful GeForce GTX 1070. Something about going through all of the trouble to build a gaming-specific machine only to use a GTX 1060 just felt underwhelming.

Having decided which CPU we were going with, we knew the motherboard type we would need. You don't have to spend a bundle here—fitting the correct socket type for your processor is the chief concern—but nicer boards come with some nicer features. We went with the MSI B360-A Pro (using the LGA 1151 socket), which supports eighth-generation Intel chips like the Core i5-8400.

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.
The component that gave us the most trouble was the CPU cooler. It didn't stump us, fortunately, or stop the build, but it required some trial and error. We used the Deepcool Gammaxx GT RGB, which we had on hand in the office. The Core i5-8400 comes with a stock cooler that's adequate for cooling at no additional cost. So you don't absolutely need the Gammaxx, thus its exclusion from our pricing total. Since we had it around, though, its RGB-laden logo and fan made it a no-brainer inclusion.
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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