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.
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.
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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.
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.
One of my advice would be to not splurge all your money in one go, newer and more powerful hardware are always coming out (six months - yearly), build according to your needs. It’s always nice to have the newest, most bleeding edge hardware, but sometimes it’s just not necessary. Besides, hardware such as additional graphics cards to run SLI or CrossFire and RAM could be added later down the road.

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.
While $50 is pretty steep, the EDGE Gyro has color changing LEDs that reflect the amount of resistance. Trying to chase the elusive mint-green (final level) is a fun challenge that will keep you coming back, and more importantly strengthening your wrists. Or you can go to Body Logix' booth at CES and fail at getting mint green so many times they just give you one to go away. It worked for me. I just couldn't advance past that damn purple!

This may look like a 1990’s computer setup but don’t let the looks fool you. Because even with the old CD spindle case beside it, inside is actually a modern processor-- a Ryzen one at that! As well as a powerful GTX 1060 graphics card that can handle AAA games at 1080p resolution. How old looks meet the modern performance is what earned its place as one of the best gaming setups in 2019.


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.
This may look like a 1990’s computer setup but don’t let the looks fool you. Because even with the old CD spindle case beside it, inside is actually a modern processor-- a Ryzen one at that! As well as a powerful GTX 1060 graphics card that can handle AAA games at 1080p resolution. How old looks meet the modern performance is what earned its place as one of the best gaming setups in 2019.
Gaming PC Bundle. Two LG monitors, choice of keyboards and mice depending on price. Could even include a microphone/headset. The specs are i5, 8GB RAM, GTX 780, 600W PSU, 60GB SSD, 750GB HDD and Novatech case with DVD Rewriter. Good used condition, everything works and it runs quietly but the case doesn't look the best. Included is all the cables so has everything you need to start using it straight away. Collection in person only. Advertised elsewhere. Any questions give me a text or call as I can't always answer via eBay. 07582627557
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.
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
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
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.
Although not essential, this Legend of Zelda-inspired Triforce lamp offers a source of light, works as decoration, and us undoubtedly a conversation starter amongst gamers and non-gamers alike. The idea marathon run of Wind Waker or Pikmin 3 seems that much more inviting with idea of playing by the glow of the Triforce’s celestial light on a side table!
This Headset..... is AMAZING. Im a seasoned pc gamer and I was skeptical at first because ive never head of the brand before. But I bought two for my wife and I so we can jam to music and do voice chat and the bass rattles your ears! Very good quality. I give it a five stars because ive never seen such a quality product for the price. 5 Stars all day. Dont second guess it, just get 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.
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.
We’ll also give you a sneak peek at what’s under the hood so you can understand why it’s really on our list. With these, you should be well on your way to making your dream setup reality. If you’re inexperienced with PC building, you might want to make sure you want to familiarize yourself with how to build a gaming PC before looking over the best gaming setups of 2019.
One of my advice would be to not splurge all your money in one go, newer and more powerful hardware are always coming out (six months - yearly), build according to your needs. It’s always nice to have the newest, most bleeding edge hardware, but sometimes it’s just not necessary. Besides, hardware such as additional graphics cards to run SLI or CrossFire and RAM could be added later down the road.
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?
Specifically designed to meet the needs of gamers, the Chroma V2 comes with 5 additional dedicated macro keys for easy-access as well as an advanced Chroma configurator adding for special effects as it lights up at the press of your keys — you can choose the RGB patterns or individual keys to light up (this may come in handy if you program it alongside your hot keys for a particular game). All in all, if you are looking for a state of the art mechanical keyboard (we do not recommend anything that isn’t mechanical, especially gaming) that provides all of the necessary functions, as well as contains a refreshingly cool look, the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 just might be for you.
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