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.
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.
We try to provide an interesting new angle for you to consider when buying your next gaming peripheral, and while almost every piece of gear that’s used by pro players is objectively a good piece of equipment we do encourage you to take our gear results with a grain of salt and to always do your own research before purchasing a new mouse, monitor, or keyboard.
However, if you get it right, the rewards can be substantial. Ninja, with 8 million followers on Twitch and 200 million channel views, is said to earn $500 000 per month. Revenue comes from subscriptions from Twitch followers, affiliate percentages from Amazon for products profiled on his streaming site, advertising to his 5 million subscribers on YouTube and his million followers on Instagram.
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.
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.
However, if you get it right, the rewards can be substantial. Ninja, with 8 million followers on Twitch and 200 million channel views, is said to earn $500 000 per month. Revenue comes from subscriptions from Twitch followers, affiliate percentages from Amazon for products profiled on his streaming site, advertising to his 5 million subscribers on YouTube and his million followers on Instagram.
Ghost Gaming is a newly founded organization that was created in early 2017. The first game the organization struck into happened to be Gears of War 4. The first Ghost Gaming squad consisted of GODPLAYS, Sleepytime, Phenomxnon, RushieZ, and KeeM. After a 3rd Place finish at the Gears Pro Circuit Mexico City Open, the roster went through a few changes. Dropping Phenomxnon for Drix and GODPLAYS departing to join eUnited, the new roster has solidified themselves as a force to be reckoned with.
This is a fantastic keyboard. I have used my son's gaming keyboard and it is quite cumbersome to use, the AmazonBasics seems to meet the brief of a working (ie office) and gaming keyboard head on, it is ideal for typing documents on as well as battering in a gaming setup, the build quality is excellent for the price. I like the highlighted keys (arrows and WASD, reminds me of my old Doom days) and the overall look.
A gaming monitor is an essential addition to a gamer’s battle station, providing smoother gameplay while exhibiting the best possible colors and light your games can give. High-end monitors can also give you the best refresh rates — measured in Hertz. The higher the number of refresh rates a monitor can offer, the smoother the screen will be when displaying fast-paced images.

The Gammaxx cooler wasn't our only unnecessary RGB accessory: We installed something even sillier. Lian Li provided us with its new Strimer RGB 24-Pin Cable, an auxiliary main-PSU power cable with colored lighting built in. It comes in two layers—the white cable itself, which carries the power, and a translucent layer of fiber-optic lighting that clips on to the top of the cable. (This latter layer is also connected to the cable by a small wire for power.) One end of the 24-pin cable gets plugged into the PSU's motherboard female power-cable socket on one end, and into the PSU's 24-pin male cable connector on the other.

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.
The clear lighting portion is clipped to the top of the cable, facing out to be seen through the case window. When powered correctly, the Strimer's clear clip lights up, changing what is normally a boring (and unsightly) power cable into a cascade of rainbow color. You also get a small bracket that you can mount in a PCI Express slot with controls to cycle through different color schemes and effects. It seemed pretty gimmicky, at first, and while it's not exactly useful, I actually quite liked it once the build came to life. It costs another (totally arbitary) $40, if you want to budget it into your plans. It works great with this case.

When it comes to deciding on a graphics card, it's all about personal preference and determining what you place the most value on. Do you want a graphics card specifically for 4K gaming, or for 1080p gaming, or do you simply want the best card on the market, money regardless? There really is no wrong answer after a certain point, so long as you have the cash to spend and a monitor that can do justice to the card.
I extended the speaker wires with a 100 foot spool of cable and a little soldiering. Now it's a perfect fit for my entertainment center and it handles 5.1 Dolby in Bit Stream format from my XBOX ONE really well. The treble is crisp and clear as are the mids. I keep the woofer turned down to about 25% and the sound is well balanced and clear from my 39" LED.
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.
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.
Yes, if you make sure that each of the components is easily replaceable or upgradeable. You could also try to find a VR-ready system, in case you want to add virtual reality capability in the future. This should definitely include a GPU capable of maintaining at least 90 fps to avoid simulation sickness when using VR. These might make the setup a little pricier, but it's definitely worth spending a little extra here.

The PC is the way to go for true gaming (sorry console gamers). They have been ahead of consoles for a long time. Their performance is unparalleled compared to any other gaming machine and is constantly getting better. To get the latest and greatest in a PC will set you back a lot of money. But you don't need to have the best to play the best. The beauty about PC gaming is the variability of it. You can get a very decent gaming PC built for around $800. If you just want a PC to do as good as a console, you can make it for less than a console. PC's price point and power makes it a must for all gamers and their gaming setup. We made a great guide on what to consider when buying or building your own PC.
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.
Sometimes when you get up in the middle of the night for a glass of water (or because you can't sleep without completing the next Red Dead Mission), it's dark. Yet out of fear of temporarily blinding yourself by turning on the actual lights, you decide to brave the darkness only to find out that your roommate dropped a thumbtack on the ground (for some reason). Next thing you know, you're wondering if you need a tetanus shot and regretting not turning the lights on anymore. That sucks.
What also makes this mouse unique is they’ve combined different sensory technologies together enabling the user to reach never before seen speeds. The Chaos Spectrum features a ‘Delta Zero technology‘ as well as an exclusive Fusion Engine Hybrid Sensor that allows you to reach speeds of 500 IPS or higher. For us, a mouse to upgrade for must have additional programmable buttons for quick access to hot keys as well as fast response time to keep our movements precise. The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum is just that — a highly advanced mouse that is considered one of the best solutions for gaming equipment in the market. It’s a great choice for gamers but can also be effectively used for work purposes, making this a well-worth it upgrade.
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