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.
After a trip to PC world, my nephew (who knows a lot more about computers than me) explained a few things to me and I was very surprised to see how much better this PC is compared to what the likes of PC world were offering. Almost double the power, more storage space, double the memory, for almost £150 less!!! You don't get the monitor like the PC World one but after checking online the screen they were offering with theirs cost only £60 on Amazon, so I could buy it separately and still save money!!!
Some high-end enthusiasts may insist on a Core i7, but you truly don't need one for gaming, as most games don't stress the Hyper-Threading function that makes Core i7 models so appealing for other CPU-intensive tasks. Even a Core i3 would suffice for most builders, but since it's the heart of the system for gaming and also for everyday tasks, we figured we'd be grateful for the extra juice. Note that this isn't one of Intel's "K" series processors, meaning it is not unlocked for overclocking, which is fine; doing so is unnecessary most of the time for gaming. It also lets us save money on other components, such as the next one.
This is a great budget computer, it's great for completing work on and using programs like Autocad, all of the Microsoft programs (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, etc...) and Photoshop. It's quite good at running older games and a couple of new ones like Minecraft. Unfortunately, if you're looking to play more modern games like PUBG, Fortnite or Battlefield, then you will definitely need to upgrade the graphics card and the processor to get higher FPS and graphics.
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.
Since this is a controller that can also work specifically with Android TV’s, Logitech provides the user with standard Android controls as well as instructions so that you will never have any issues navigating. When it comes to superior equipment, as well as enhanced control features, the Logitech Wireless F710 has got you covered. Not to mention allows you to steer away from those pesky wires if you’re OK going the wireless route in a gaming environment.

Some high-end enthusiasts may insist on a Core i7, but you truly don't need one for gaming, as most games don't stress the Hyper-Threading function that makes Core i7 models so appealing for other CPU-intensive tasks. Even a Core i3 would suffice for most builders, but since it's the heart of the system for gaming and also for everyday tasks, we figured we'd be grateful for the extra juice. Note that this isn't one of Intel's "K" series processors, meaning it is not unlocked for overclocking, which is fine; doing so is unnecessary most of the time for gaming. It also lets us save money on other components, such as the next one.
For PC gamers that want to give their ears a rest from the persistent pinch of those ear cups, a solid set of PC speakers is just the ticket. Some of these computer speaker packages are nearly as good as their TV counterparts. While they may annoy others in the household, if the timing is right it can be a lot of fun to really crank them up and enjoy lifelike sound at the computer desk.
Want to build a gaming PC that's both a performance monster and a showpiece? It takes equal parts strategy and money. We can't help you with the bucks, alas. But we've mapped out and built enough PCs to know where to save and where to splurge. You can count on lots of bang for buck these days in two key areas—mainstream video cards, and gratuitous RGB bling—and we aim to max those out for the money.
What’s a gaming gear upgrade if you’ve gotten a new PC but still have those same old monitors? You may be catching our drift here — if you upgrade one piece of your setup, others may then ask to be changed as well. Ultimately, it’s up to you; a screen is a screen, however there are a few aspects of gaming that should be taken into consideration when looking at a monitor to give us an edge. Originated to function at peak performance in terms of speed, the Dell SE2417HG is compatible with just about everything you can think of. It is crafted with 1920 x 1080 resolution at 60Hz as well as containing 2ms response time and TN Panels, enabling the user to not only have superior vision and clarity, but also with incredible resolution.
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.
Now let’s talk about another staple-point of gaming gear (if you’re on a Mac or PC) that can really up the ante when it comes to your overall game flow and precision. As one of the best gaming mice in the world today, Logitech has come out with a highly advanced, custom designed mouse that contains 8 programmable buttons with a versatile feel to it. Today gamers play to win the game, therefore it’s paramount to have a high-speed mouse that enables you to have the quickest access possible. You also have an option to keep it wired or go wireless if you’re ever in the mood, a feature that is quite simple yet effective in our opinion since what game you play will determine if you’re OK with sacrificing some latency in your mouse movements. We’re ones to always go wired, but if you do use your mouse for work or other computer uses, you can choose between the two freely.

The Xbox One X had almost year of technological advancements to utilize since the release of PS4 Pro in November 2016. It comes at a higher starting price point, even more so since the PS4 Pro went down a lot in price between it's release and the Xbox One X release. Each console has their own signature titles. Xbox lays claim to the Gears of War series and Halo, while PlayStation buyers enjoy games like Uncharted and The Last of Us. While these are only available on certain consoles, there are a plethora of games just like them that are available across both consoles and PC. Another thing to consider when choosing is who you will be playing with. If you want to game with your friends then you'll have to choose the console they have, since we still don't have cross platform play. Whichever one you choose, it will be a great edition to an epic lounge room gaming setup.
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.
Logitech’s goal while creating this mouse was essentially to replicate more than enough movement and speed of the gamers arm, making it a mouse that is able to keep up with those short burst arm movements without causing a delay in speed. With this mouse, the Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury allows you take your gaming capabilities to the next level. We recommend this one if the previous mouse was a bit too expensive for your budget and you wanted to upgrade yet save a little more cash at the same time.
Picking the platform based on games can be tricky. If you are a huge fan of MMORPG’s then the getting a desktop PC is your best bet. It offers the best selections of MMORPGs. While computers are great for first-person shooter games also like Call of Duty and all, we however prefer both PS4 Pro and the Xbox One S over it. It is just more fun playing first person shooters on a console and with thousands of other games online. If you mostly play sports game then you can go with any of the three platform since most sports related games are multi-platform with the exception of a limited few.
This monitor is referred to as a ‘gaming monitor’ due to the specialized response time and refresh rate. With that ‘gaming’ label, it of course can work for other uses with a computer. It can be used on all platforms aside from a PC as well — enjoy the SE2417HG with your PC, XBOX or PlayStation console because you can also conveniently switch your game play using its dual HDMI ports. If you are a serious gamer, this monitor allows you to customize your style of play, allowing you to access your screen in just about every way possible. Very few high-tech components of gaming are a necessity, but if the screen that you play on surely is one of them for you, and the Dell SE2417HG is our pick as the best.

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.


With gaming laptops, you’re also able to customize what features and specifications are important to you and line it up with a preferred price-point. You can choose a specific screen size (we like 15″ and up), processors (grab a 3.0 Ghz or higher), video card (again, the NVIDIA GTX series is top-of-the-line right now), and a hard drive capacity to your liking (stick with at least 500GB and with some portion of it to be a solid-state drive, please). The HP Omen is a top laptop pick recommended by not only use but those online gaming mags as well — for a reason.
This monitor is referred to as a ‘gaming monitor’ due to the specialized response time and refresh rate. With that ‘gaming’ label, it of course can work for other uses with a computer. It can be used on all platforms aside from a PC as well — enjoy the SE2417HG with your PC, XBOX or PlayStation console because you can also conveniently switch your game play using its dual HDMI ports. If you are a serious gamer, this monitor allows you to customize your style of play, allowing you to access your screen in just about every way possible. Very few high-tech components of gaming are a necessity, but if the screen that you play on surely is one of them for you, and the Dell SE2417HG is our pick as the best.
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.
I bought this keyboard and mouse combo for my Sister who doesn't like wireless keyboards and mice because of the trouble they can cause. I am delighted with this set especially in view of the price. You get a really good quality keyboard and mouse in this Microsoft pack. Both products install very easily together with some really useful software that gives you considerable control over both the keyboard and mouse. The keyboard has a positive, tactile feel as well as a number of customised keys that work with Windows 7 - one of the advantages of this being Microsoft's own hardware. The keyboard also works without any of the lag that I've experienced with wireless keyboards.

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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.
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