We were debating on including this in here, however ultimately we thought, “we need to put all of this gear on something, right?” Desks were probably the most difficult to choose ‘just one’ as a recommendation, since we actually prefer L-desks for not only gaming but office work and leisure computer use. This particular model however caught our eye for a few reasons. For one, it’s relatively affordable as compared to some higher-end desks that cost almost a grand or more. The Arena also has a nice amount of space to it at 14 square feet, and what’s even more nifty is the fact that the entire surface is a ‘custom mouse pad’ so you can have as much space as you need to move your mouse as opposed to relying on a more limited external mouse pad.
This is a chair that is specifically designed for those who work day-to-day with technology as the Gesture comes with ergonomic 8-hour support (we know, game sessions go longer than that!). The chair is quick to make adjustments and molds to the user, no matter the body type. People have various preferences in the way that they sit, but what makes the Gestures so great is the type of person you are isn’t really relative as it comes with great versatility. If you sit for long hours a day whether playing online games or for work, the Steelcase Gesture comes in as premium and high-end. In our opinion however, it is worth the price if you want to be free of that well-being, long-term posture and physical health guilt.
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.
Is a chair just a chair? Is a ‘gaming chair’ really a ‘chair for gaming’? We’re getting pretty philosophical here, sorry. We do have one question, however — what’s an optimal gaming flow and experience without sitting on something comfortable? We all know those long days and nights, no shame at all! Although this is one of the last items listed as the best gear for gaming and one that you may upgrade later down the road, you never know when it’ll come as a need, especially with how much time we spend sitting down to game. The Steelcase Gesture is a high-end chair that is designed with a few advancements that not only make it comfortable with a platinum metallic frame and leather all around, but will certainly help improve your posture. Equipped with adjustable arms that move like a human arm, it allows the gamer to obtain support no matter what position they are in. Our long-term health should be taken into consideration, no?
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.
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).
If your game of choice entails consistent communication with a team or you’re one that likes to chat (nicely, we’re assuming!) with your live opponent, the HyperX Cloud comes with a detachable and adjustable high-quality microphone on top of it all. This is a headset that is HiFi capable and will allow you to enjoy optimal audio and pitch perfect tones so that you can exit reality and lose yourself in the moment and hear those footsteps that much clearer. All things considered, the Kingston HyperX Cloud comes at a reasonable price, and is great for PC and Mac as well as compatible with just about every console you can think of.
Unlike many hardcore gamers, I prefer to hide game boxes, and like to the downloadable versions of titles rather than a physical disc. As for all the discs I do have, I like to keep it in a space efficient and simple disc album. I believe it’s smart to do this even if you like to display your collection because the convenience of keeping all your games in one spot, easily browsable versus combing through disc cases and boxes.
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.
A PC alone does not a gamer make. For the ultimate gaming setup, you need the right tools. You want to start with the right gaming mouse for you. We listed a couple of things to look out for and a couple of good choices. Ultimately, it comes down to individual choice as each person will look out for different features in their gaming mouse. The input machine for any computer, the keyboard, is another important choice. There is a lot to consider when choosing a gaming keyboard. Light up or not, ergonomics, price, and style are all important considerations. Lastly, you need great sound when playing the latest titles. Choosing a gaming headset is a tough choice but we made it a little easier for you. Just make sure it will fit right and sound good and you will have a great gaming setup.
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.
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.
This is so awesome. I’m not tech savvy at all and I installed a small light strip on my bedroom TV in less than 5 minutes. It comes on when the TV comes on, and shuts off when the TV shuts off. Neat! The only downside to this product is that if you install more than one of these in your house and then use any of the remotes, it will change all the lights, even the light strips in other rooms on other floors of the house. That is the only thing stopping me from ordering four more to use in other rooms of my house. But it’s still a very cool, fun product. Can’t wait to see what else this company makes!
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.
Coming to an insurmountable obstacle in the middle of a live video because of a missing, incompatible, or broken component is the ultimate nightmare—thankfully, that hasn't happened to us yet!. But it's fun to take live questions through Facebook, talk to viewers, and make our build as watchable as possible while we work on it at a reasonable pace. In my experience, it's been an entertaining challenge—as long as we don't make any glaring errors! If we do, we can count on our viewers to let us know. Right away.
And let's be honest, since you're not going to game for less than an hour, the best way to combat wrist & hand fatigue is by strengthening them. Don't worry about heading to the gym, pick up a gyroscopic exercise ball. You spin it in your hand and it progressively gains more speed and resistance. Fancier ones (like the one I picked up at CES) have lights that change color as your progress to different resistance levels. It adds a game element to strengthening your wrists that is better than how you're currently doing it...
Eight gigabytes is perfectly adequate for gaming, though—like a Core i7 processor as opposed to a Core i5—some builders will insist on 16GB. There are benefits to adding more RAM; it certainly won't hurt and can speed both general and in-game load times. So if you find a good deal and have room in the budget, throw in an extra 8GB. Since we devoted extra funds to the graphics card in this build, 8GB it is.
Video game controllers no longer have to be attached to the system itself, however they do require consistent charging. A multi-unit solutions like the Nykos line of charge stations for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and Wii can keep multiple controllers on standby and top up their batteries without the messy cables while also keeping them neatly stored away.
After we connected the cables for the case lighting, fans, and components, we tucked everything away as best we could. From a functionality standpoint, everything looked ready to go, and aesthetically, we managed the cables as much as possible without taking too much time. We were confident, but you're never really sure it will boot up that first time. After screwing the glass sides back in place (the rear panel quietly hiding our cabling sins), we connected our PC to a display and hit the power button.
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.
Whether you’re looking for a top-tier headset with legendary comfort and amazing audio, or precision mice and keyboards designed for digital domination, HyperX has all the gear serious gamers need. HyperX is committed to providing the ultimate gaming experience, and is constantly implementing feedback to create the most refined products possible. It’s no wonder that pro, hardcore, and casual gamers worldwide choose HyperX for all their peripheral needs.
Making your home theater into a gaming haven is not going to require much work. All you have to do is connect the gaming platform you select to the screen or projector and you can start gaming. Keeping in mind you have a screen and a decent sound system already in place. So kick your gaming experience up a notch by having your home theater serve as both a theater and a gaming room.
Our entry level, affordable Gaming PCs might be designed for those who are just starting out or who are looking for a more affordable way to game, but our low prices don't mean that you have to compromise on quality or performance. Fierce PC offer a wide range of powerful gaming computers for gamers starting out with PC gaming and looking for a cheap gaming PC, or the hardcore gamers looking to play on a budget, but at the same time not compromising the gaming experience.
Unfortunately, Coolermaster does not provide any sort of Fan Hub for fan control, you will have to use your Motherboard Sys_Fan headers or 3rd Party fan hubs like the thermaltake Commander FP for PWM (15$) which can accommodate up to 10x Fans. Another option would be using the NZXT Grid+ V3 so you can monitor the fans rpms trough the Cam Software.
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.
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.)
When it comes to which gear for your own gaming experience and skills should be upgraded, it will ultimately come down to personal preference. We know a few of our friends who are just about professional gamers (big Fortnite people) who prefer an old mechanical keyboard and beat up mouse pad; however, when it comes to their mouse, headset and overall PC rig, they’re constantly on the prowl for the latest upgrades. Others we’ve spoken to can get by with just about any gaming gear as long as it works, while some others we know are consistently trying to get that edge over their opponents in any way possible.