Matthew Buzzi is a Hardware Analyst at PCMag, focusing on laptops and desktops with a specialty in gaming systems and games. Matthew earned a degree in Mass Communications/Journalism and interned for a college semester at Kotaku, writing about gaming before turning it into part of his career. He spends entirely too much time on Twitter (find him @M... See Full Bio
Cords are an unfortunate reality of modern technology, but in the last few years several organization solutions have appeared to helped those helplessly drown in cable clutter. One of our longtime favorites is the stylish Bluelounge CableBox, a clever answer to many who want to focus on the game rather than stray wires. If the CableBox is either too big / too small, Bluelounge has a wide range to fit any homeowners requirements, with IKEA’s FIXA cable management ideal for tying up any loose ends to bundle bunches together.
And so, after a lot of rationalizing and budget-slicing, we ended up with a Founders Edition GeForce GTX 1070. Its $399 price means some concessions to storage and memory, but we felt it was worth making them. A graphics card is the main factor in the performance ceiling of a gaming machine, and going with a solid but not great option didn't sit right. This card also allows you to play at a higher resolution than 1080p with better frame rates (say, if you have a 1440p monitor). On the flip side, you might feel, understandably, that a GTX 1060 is plenty for this type of rig—and that choice gives you $100 to put toward other components. Our reviews at the link will give you an idea of the frame rates you will achieve with the different cards in different games.
My favorite mechanical gaming keyboard is the CORSAIR STRAFE with Cherry MX Brown key switches. It's tactile, not too loud, and has a sleek modern design. It is fully programmable so you can macro just about anything. Right now it is on sale for only $79.99 (down $30 from last year), which is a great value for this keyboard. If you've got the cash, definitely consider the STRAFE. There is a bit of a learning curve to program it, but you won't be limited like you will with cheaper keyboards.
Eber Antony of HardwareCanucks reviewed the Logitech G513 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, sharing, “kudos to Logitech for designing a well thought out keyboard.” Applauding Logitech G’s new Romer-G Linear switches, he relayed that you’re “getting a more fluid and smoother keystroke experience, compared to the tactile response you get with the originals,” and when gaming, “these switches are fast and very lighter to actuate, so finger fatigue is completely out of question.”
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.
What’s the best gaming gear upgrade without a sturdy backbone to handle it all? Cue your PC, and since gaming computers are consistently evolving while at the same time games are increasing in the demand for RAM, processing as well as video card capabilities, you need to make sure your rig can support it all, otherwise these smaller gear upgrades are basically moot. Here’s one of our favorite gaming computers out there at the moment. These PC’s are super quiet, 4K and VR ready, overclockable, and are built like tanks. Now before we list the exact specifications, do know that there are quite a few combinations and versions they offer in order meet the demands of certain price-points, which we love so all readers can fine-tune their cash flow into which Corsair One is best for them.
Currently, the best selling gaming keyboard on Amazon is the CORSAIR K55. It's got all the bells and whistles you need to optimize your gaming experience including programmable macro keys and anti-ghosting. While it isn't mechanical, it has a more satisfying keystroke than traditional membrane switchboards. For $50, this is a good value if you don't need a mechanical keyboard to be happy.
It’s easy to see why sound bars are replacing larger home theater audio systems. They’re cheaper, require less cables, can fit into almost any size room, and easily adapt to a wide range of hardware like tablets and smartphones thanks to Bluetooth connectivity. When it comes to quality, price, (and style) Sony’s HT-CT260 is one of the best in its class and the model I recommend.
First and foremost, the video game console(s) and television need a central piece of furniture to keep everything organized, yet accessible. IKEA has many home entertainment consoles, but the budget minded gamer will appreciate what the popular EXPEDIT line offers. Not only is there a mount to raise a flat screen to an optimal viewing level, but the storage units are perfect for displaying consoles, game boxes, and other decorative items.
Gaming headsets zijn vet en helpen je om in een competitieve game helemaal in de game te duiken. Maar bij sommige games, zoals The Witcher 3 of de nieuwe Red Dead Redemption 2, wil je graag de spelwereld ervaren. Een goede set gaming speakers neemt je dan in de hele ruimte mee naar deze levendige werelden. Veel gaming speakers hebben ook nog weer de verlichting die je op de game of de rest van je RGB setup afstelt.
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.
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.