We paid for it in effort, though. The Gammaxx isn't abnormal for an air cooler, but its bracket orientation was confusing, and we started screwing in the parts out of order. This had a little domino effect during the build; we had to backpedal a few steps, and it took longer than it probably should have, but it was hardly catastrophic. Lesson: Read the manual, or at least flip through it. (We tried to wing it.)

To build an old-themed computer is nice, but you’ll have to remember that you’ll have to sacrifice resolution as well. And this is the case with this setup. But surprisingly enough, this has a native resolution of 1600 x 1200 @ 75Hz. That’s 15 Hz more than most modern 1080p gaming monitors that usually has 60Hz. Also, you’re still left with a 4:3 ratio monitor.
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.
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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.
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.

The case we chose is a big part of keeping things simple, as it's fairly roomy, without many restrictive design flourishes. Removing the tempered-glass panels through hand screws was easy, and from there, we had plenty of room to work. There was a moment of hesitation about how to install the power supply unit (PSU)—a white shroud covers its install location—but it was simple enough to remove the other side's glass side panel and slot it in that way.

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.
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
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.

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.

HyperX RGB gaming peripherals are exclusively made for gamers. Alloy Elite RGB Gaming Keyboard is available in red, brown or blue CHERRY MX key switches. The gamers can set up their own keyboard by complete color customization with NGenuity software, along with up to three custom lighting profiles that can be saved directly to the keyboard’s on-board memory for on-the-go lighting; Predator DDR4 RGB features HyperX Infrared Sync technology, providing an enhanced visual experience by keeping the module lighting in sync;The Pulsefire Surge RGB features a design improvement that allows both palm and claw grip users to enjoy using the Pulsefire Surge while playing any game style or genre. It not only provides pinpoint accuracy with its Pixart 3389 sensor and 16,000 DPI resolutions, gamers can customize RGB colors on the 360o light ring, DPI button and HX logo all through the HyperX NGenuity software.


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).
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.

With this headset, you will not only hear the sound, but you will feel the rush that comes with it. It has a The GAME ONE’s original transducer technology produces an incredible sound clarity as well as crystal clear accuracy, better articulating each individual sound. This innovative headset has a distinctive design in addition to upgraded accessories, making this one of the best gaming headsets for its price. If you take gaming seriously, the Sennheiser GAME ONE will without a doubt leave you impressed.
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