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Professional teams do often have a gear sponsor. In most cases the players can still use their own personal mouse choice when competing though. There’s still cases of players being forced to use sponsor gear (even if they don’t feel comfortable with the mouse shapes the sponsor has to offer, for example) but we feel these cases are becoming increasingly rare. When we analyze a professional we will always consider the gear they actually use for competing instead of the gear that they’re paid to advertise.
Nu jouw ruimte stijlvol is verlicht wil je dat natuurlijk ook op Twitch laten zien. Maar op twitch wil je ook luid en duidelijk voor de dag komen, en dan is de microfoon op je webcam meestal net een stukje te ver weg. Een microfoonstandaard kan daarom uitkomst bieden. Ga voor een verstelbare arm of klem hem op de juiste plek op je bureau zodat jouw zwoele stem luid en duidelijk over je stream galmt.

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.

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.

If you find yourself flexing and rotating your wrist to alleviate pain between rounds, check your grip. You want your wrist & hand in a neutral (straight) position as much as possible. If you arch your hand up to the mouse, you are putting strain on your muscles and will get sore. Mousepad wrist supports are an easy way to minimize joint stress. It'll prevent the dreaded claw grip on your mouse, and keep you raiding into the AM. If you already have a mousepad, wrist supports can be purchased separately and used with your current setup.
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.
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.
Choose the one with high-quality leather and good memory foam to keep you comfortable during extended gaming hours and one with a built-in microphone for communicating with your teammates. Although these headsets are primarily used for gaming, it’s also important to consider its capability to produce high-quality audio for late night music sessions.
Although not essential, this Legend of Zelda-inspired Triforce lamp offers a source of light, works as decoration, and us undoubtedly a conversation starter amongst gamers and non-gamers alike. The idea marathon run of Wind Waker or Pikmin 3 seems that much more inviting with idea of playing by the glow of the Triforce’s celestial light on a side table!
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.)
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.
That’s why we’ve analyzed hundreds of pro players in order to find similarities between what gear they use, what settings they like to tweak, and so on. The aim is to help people decide on what their next gear purchase should be, or what kind of settings they need to change to get a competitive edge. You can start with our CS:GO Monitor and Gear Guide here. Alternatively, have a look at our data here.
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