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.
CPU: i7-2600K 4493MHz (multiplier: 43x) 1.35V (software) --> 1.4V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 104.5MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 10-11-11-30 2T 2133MHz, custom: 10-11-10-30 1T 2229MHz) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (OC'd 150Hz) TN Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1
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.
Similar to the G900 Chaos Spectrum, the G402 Hyperion Fury is another high-speed mouse and one of our favorite picks as the best gaming gear out there. This mouse contains optical sensor technology and combines it with Logitech’s custom built Fusion Engine hybrid sensor that will track speeds up to 500 IPS. Though this high-tech mouse is great for gaming, it is often highly regarded as a multi-use product. The Hyperion Fury is getting high praise for its built-in accelerometer and gyro which augments the capabilities of the optical sensor. If the optical sensor fails to produce due to the mouse’s high speed, this feature allows the mouse to make up time just in case.
Lian Li's Alpha tower includes a small pedestal near the front on which you can install your boot drive, and it was strangely satisfying to mount the SSD to this little metal stand and screw it into the case, propped up like a trophy. The SSD isn't the most eye-catching item, but it gains some celebrity when it's on display like that. Hiding the cables leading up to this lone plinth is a little tricky once it's plugged in, but it's a nice touch. The RAM was similarly easy to install, and we wanted to get it in there before the DIMM slots were made difficult to reach due to other components getting in the way.
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.
The component that gave us the most trouble was the CPU cooler. It didn't stump us, fortunately, or stop the build, but it required some trial and error. We used the Deepcool Gammaxx GT RGB, which we had on hand in the office. The Core i5-8400 comes with a stock cooler that's adequate for cooling at no additional cost. So you don't absolutely need the Gammaxx, thus its exclusion from our pricing total. Since we had it around, though, its RGB-laden logo and fan made it a no-brainer inclusion.
Every gaming setup needs certain components in order to run games. Each of these comes at a range of different specs, which can be a little complicated at first. Have a look online to find out more about things like processing speed and frame rate to give you an idea of what you want and are willing to pay for. The basic components of a working gaming setup are as follows:
The chair that you use in your gaming setup is incredibly important. Without a good and solid chair, you could begin to experience some problems. These can range from a bit of back pain to the development of recurring back problems and injuries. Just think, you might spend hours at a time sitting in this chair, so you need to be comfortable and ensure no back pain is present. Sure, a nice chair may cost more than a low-quality one, but it is an investment in not only your comfortability but also your health.
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.