By Erika Lentz
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A gamer’s setup is critically important for having a good game and climbing the ranks. You can be the best player in the world but it won’t mean a thing if you’re completely miserable and uncomfortable while you play. PC gaming requires serious concentration, sometimes for hours on end, and it’s hard to get that if you’re distracted by bad lighting and faulty equipment.
Accessories can really make or break a gamer’s setup. For PC gaming, this means having a good desk, chair, monitor, and keyboard and mouse combo to compliment your awesome computer. Take a look at these top 10 best accessories to get for your PC gaming setup to get you started.
LED strip lighting is a great choice for PC gamers since it is so versatile and there are so many brands out there to choose from. The light strips, themselves, are subtle and can be placed on the PC as well as around the room. Gaming is hard in a bright room but it’s also difficult when it’s pitch black too. RGB LED light strips solve this issue by giving you just the right amount of needed light without it being an eyesore.
You can get both wireless (battery powered) and corded light strips. They can attach in several different ways as well, such as these magnetic RGB LED strip lights available from Speclux.
When it comes to full desk mousepads, the Glorious 3XL Extended Gaming Mouse Pad is the way to go. Gamers love these types of mousepads because it protects the entire desk. Not only that but it takes away those annoying moments when your mouse slips off the edge of the mousepad and totally kills your vibe. This mousepad comes in many different sizes, just in case you didn’t want a full desk mousepad. It has a smooth cloth surface, anti-slip rubber base, and anti-fray stitching around the frame. It is also machine washable.
One complaint we have about this mousepad is that it tends to form bubbles on the pad. Also note that the rubber base tends to wear down over time.
These gaming speakers from Logitech have a max output of 240 watts and 97 decibels, so you’ll definitely be able to hear absolutely everything. They also provide positional audio, which is super helpful for any gamer needing to know where their enemies are. These speakers can connect to PC’s and other Bluetooth devices. They have customizable front and rear lights with 16.8 million color options.
These speakers are quite expensive, so they are more fitting for serious gamers or those seeking major aesthetic value. One con is that the audio quality isn’t the greatest for the price you pay and that it may actually fade slightly over time.
The Glorious Model D is a honeycomb gaming mouse designed for precision play and hours of comfort. The honeycomb design makes the mouse lighter and also prevents your palms from getting sweaty, since it provides good air ventilation. This mouse has a 1 ms response rate and 6-step dpi up to 12,000. It has smooth gliding feet and a braided cable to prevent any drag. It comes in black and white with both matte (68 grams) and glossy (69 grams) models.
This mouse is a bit pricy compared to other options, so it is geared more so toward serious gamers. The main issue that users have with this mouse is that the buttons can feel like they stick. So, you may not get a quick, clicky tactile feedback that you would get with other mice.
This keyboard from Razer gives you RGB customization with 16.8 million color options. In addition, you can make the choice when you purchase of green (tactile and clicky), yellow (linear and silent), or orange (tactile and silent) switches. This keyboard has fully programmable macros to give you the ultimate in personalized gaming experience. It is also very durable and comfortable to use. It has plush leatherette wrist rest and a military-grade metal top plate. This keyboard is rated for 80 million clicks.
The main issue we have with this keyboard is the Synapse 3 software that is required for this keyboard to be set up. This software does not always recognize the keyboard right away and it is not the most user friendly of programs.
This gaming desk from DESINO is perfect for any gamer looking to save space. Like any desk optimized for these tight spaces, the DESINO gaming desk is a mere 47 inches but is more than sufficient for holding everything you need. It is easy to assemble and has multiple functionalities, such as its cupholder and headphone hook. This gaming desk is able to support up to 250 pounds with its carbon fiber design, crossbars, and struts.
We noticed that this desk tends to collect dust and fingerprints very easily. So, if you are a bit of a neat freak, then this is probably not the desk for you.
For you audiophiles looking for the ultimate sound experience, this headphone amp is ideal. Of course, it has its pros and cons but it provides high quality 7.1 virtual surround sound and it is compatible with many different systems, not just the PC. It has a 130 dB range, meaning you’ll be able to hear the highest of highs and the lowest of lows that the game has to offer. This amp also has a Scout Mode that enhances specific in-game audio cues, such as footsteps, to give you an edge over your opponents.
One downside to this amp is that it has a somewhat clunky appearance compared to other modern amps. It also has short cables, so it may be difficult to find a good spot for it on your desk.
Many gamers gravitate toward racing style gaming chairs. However, as many PC gamers know, your desk space is dedicated to school, work, and other areas of life as well. For these moments, office chairs that are versatile enough to use for gaming are a better option. The SecretLab Omega comes in three different materials (PRIME 2.0 PU Leather, SoftWeave Fabric, and NAPA Leather) and a variety of color and design options for each of them. This chair has fantastic back support as well as a memory foam head pillow.
This chair is slightly weaker than other gaming chairs, supporting only up to 240 pounds. However if you need more support check out the Secretlab Titan and Titan XL series!
These gaming headphones from Sennheiser have many benefits. They have superior sound quality to give you natural, hi-fi sound with balanced frequencies. They also have a noise cancellation microphone. These headphones are lightweight and has XXL ear pads with plush velvet covering and an open ended design that provides great air ventilation while you play. They also have an easy volume control along the side.
These headphones are a bit pricy compared to other options, so more casual gamers might want to look for cheaper alternatives. Unfortunately, you are not able to mute these headphones fully and they also do not have customizable equalizer settings. So, you don’t get as much of a personalized experience with them as you would get with other headphones.
Of course, no PC gaming setup is complete without an awesome monitor to backup your powerhouse of a PC. The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is a great choice for several reasons. It has a 1440p screen resolution and 165 Hz refresh rate, much more than the typical gaming monitor. This monitor is 27 inches, though there are other sizes available, and has a thin bezel design to give you the best view possible. It also has NVIDIA G SYNC technology to remove stutter and screen tearing as well as the ASUS Eye Care technology with a low blue light mode and flicker-free capability.
This monitor is one of your more expensive options, so it is a better choice for more serious gamers or those who are heavily focused on the visuals. This monitor has built-in speakers but they are not the best quality, so you would likely still need headphones or a sound amp.
PC gaming is no complete without the right accessories. You want a setup that’s going to look great, provide hours of comfort, and feature the best visuals and audio quality possible. With the accessories listed here, your setup is sure to be a step above the rest. Accessories such as LED strip lights, speakers, sound amplifiers, headphones, and monitors serve to give you the ultimate sensory feedback while others are absolutely essential for taking your skills to the next level. So, check out the accessories we have listed here and take on your enemies as you blaze through the ranks.
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