Buyers Guide – PC Gaming Equipment

PC manufacturers love the gaming market, which is growing strongly and worth more than 30 billion a year. Many game lovers build their own PC’s to their own liking, but there is always a ready built option out there. We will be looking at affordable PC’s vs more expensive PC’s.

If you are getting your first PC, it should be an affordable, essential first pick.

The Tornado R5 AMD Ryzen 3 GTX 1050 Gaming PC

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3  | Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1050  | RAM: 8 GB – 32 GB maximum installable RAM  |

Storage: 1 TB HDD

This PC would be ideal for everyday use and lets you multi task between gaming, photo and video editing. It can run games such as PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds and H1Z1 very well but when it comes to high graphic games such as Black Ops or Assassins Creed, it wouldn’t be the best.

This PC comes to a price of 719.99 on Curry’s PCWorld.

 

 

If you are a more experienced gamer, I would recommend the Vortex Fusion Ultima II.

CPU:  Intel Core i7-8700 Processor  | Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080  | RAM: 16 GB – 32 GB   maximum installable RAM  | Storage: 3 TB HDD (7200 rpm) – 250 GB SSD

This gaming PC features the superior graphics available today. The RTX GPU’s are up to 6 times as fast as previous graphic cards.  They have the power to run any game and get incredible frame rates all while rendering amazing imagery in next to no time.

This PC comes to an incredible price of €2,249.99 on Curry’s PCWorld.

 

 

 

 

 

The market extends well beyond PCs. Gamers also buy specialised mechanical keyboards, high-performance mice, headsets with microphones, and monitors. For these, we are going to try to keep it affordable.

 

 

  Unlike Razer’s Blackwidow X Chroma that comes to 169.99, they have an alternative the Razer Cynosa Chroma that is just under €60.00

The Cynosa also has fast keys, under-lighting and an overall very solid feel to it. There’s the ability to customise lighting for each individual key. This is a feature that’s available on high-end keyboards of course, but it’s rare on a membrane keyboard in this price range.

 

 

 

The Corsair K55 RGB Membrane Gaming Keyboard is just 54.00 and has a lot of features not found on other models at the same price, and is a very well-rounded package despite its low cost. First off there is three-zone RGB lighting, which is typical on cheap gaming keyboards, but the lighting is under the keycaps, so it looks pretty similar to pricier Corsair keyboards (but you can’t run per-key lighting).

 

 

 

When you are shopping for a good cheap gaming mouse, there are a lot of options. I’ve included two affordable mice that are under 10

The Havit 3200 DPI Gaming Mouse has 7 unique breathing LED lights that provide amazing backlit lighting in the dark.

The VicTsing 2.4G is a wireless, much more subtile, basic mouse for those who don’t like the outstanding LED lights.

If you would like a more expensive mouse, the Razer LanceHead ranges from 60 – 89.99. You can personalise your lighting through 16.8 million colours, Tailor your gaming experience with programmable buttons and personalise your style through 16.8 million colours with Razer Synapse. It also gives both left- and right-handers the absolute advantage and competitive edge they need to always be one step ahead.

 

Whether it is chatting to friends online or playing deeply immersed games – a good headset is a must. You can get great quality headphones without paying a fortune.

 

 

The HyperX Cloud String is the ideal headset for gamers looking for lightweight comfort and superior sound quality. The noise-cancelling microphone makes it easy to use and lets you enjoy the same comfort and enhanced audio experience on PCs or consoles.

The headset comes to just 42.00

 

 

 

 

 

The Astro A10 Headset features durable headband wrapped in a damage resistant polycarbonate blend so your headset will withstand wins, losses, and everything in between. With the flip-up mute feature function and in-line Volume Control, you and your teammates will always hear each other clearly and accurately. The headset supplied dynamic sound with good separation between low and high frequencies.

This headset comes to a price of 43.00

 

 

When it comes to Monitors the price varies from the size of the screen to the overall view. We will be looking at 24″ to 27″ gaming monitors.

 

 

The Acer Predator Gaming Monitor has a fast 144 Hz refresh rate, making it perfect for gamers. At just 229.99 for it’s 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts fast response rates, impressive contrast and Active 3D technology that takes you into a new dimension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An affordable 24″ Curved LED Monitor is the Samsung C24F396 at just €149.99. It’s immersed curved screen creates a wider field of view, enhancing your depth perception and minimising distractions in your peripheral vision. Whether you are watching a film or playing one of your favourite games, the monitor will immerse you in the action. There is a 27″ version for just €219.99.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MSI Optic MAG27C is a 27″ Curved LED Gaming Monitor that has a 1920 x 1089 resolution. It is also 144 Hz refresh rate. It includes AMD Freesync makes sure your graphics card is working at its best. This curved screen comes to 399.99

 

 

 

 

 

The Samsung LU28E590DS is a 4K Ultra HD LED Monitor that has a resolution of 3840 x 2160p. The Samsung Monitor has a Game Mode which improves your gaming experience which instantly adjusts monitor settings to their optimal levels – deeper contrast allows you to see everything happening onscreen even more vividly.

 

 

 

 

 

In my opinion, PC Gaming Equipment can be very expensive but when you look in the right places you can find yourself some high quality equipment for such a cheap price. Personally, I would build up my Computer equipment bit by bit using the knowledge I have of brands and other options out there. There has been many times in which I’ve found products that are much better than expensive, high end brands that have the exact same specs and/or even better.