What do you need for your first PC gaming set-up?
The tower, the monitor, the accessories- how do you set yourself up for PC gaming success?
09 Feb 2021
PC gaming’s one of the most customisable and limitless ways to game. You’re not restricted to a specific brand. The graphics are absolutely incredible. And a gaming PC can do everything a normal computer can – and more.
If you’re wanting to dive in, but you’re not quite sure where to start, we’ve got you covered.
The tower - PC Specialist Tornado R3 Gaming PC
This Tornado R3 Gaming PC has an AMD Ryzen 3 processor. It’ll handle big games like League of Legends and Overwatch no problem. You’ll even be able to play them at higher settings- your gameplay’s as fluid and seamless as you want it to be.
If you want to see every little detail, full HD is what you want. And this PC’s NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card guarantees it. Even if you hook up a second monitor.
It also has about 142 fps when playing Fortnite at 1080p. What does that mean? Your game won’t be sluggish or stall. You can be more reactive, with no jerky frames to take you out of the action.
More power? Why not try the unbelievably powerful future-proof Alienware Aurora R11 Gaming PC.
The monitor - Optix G27C4
A curved monitor is the way forward. They feel larger without taking up the extra space. There’s less distortion so you can get fully sucked into your game. And, they’re easier on your eyes- so no worries if you’re planning a marathon gaming session.
The Optix G27C4 also has a 165 Hz refresh rate. Even if you or your enemies are moving fast, your monitor can keep up. No blurring. Nothing standing in the way of the perfect shot. Plus, this monitor will automatically sync up with your graphics card. That’s more time playing, less time fiddling around with settings.
More power? Check out the LG UltraGear 34GL750-B Full HD 34" IPS LCD Gaming Monitor to see even the tiniest detail.
The keyboard – SteelSeries Apex 7 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
What’s so great about this keyboard? It’s totally customisable. There’s full RGB lighting across the keyboard which you can match with your PC or other accessories. That’s especially true if they’re also from SteelSeries. That’s because SteelSeries Engine, a platform that lets you control your settings, can also help you synchronise your lighting across your keyboard, mouse, you name it.
Plus, the switches are guaranteed at 50 million keypresses- so you know it’s made to last. And the built-in OLED smart screen lets you change the volume, your settings, even view messages on Discord.
It’s also fully anti-ghosting. That means you can press any amount of keys at the same time, and they’ll all register. Vital if you’re planning on pulling off combat combos that need multiple keys at once.
More power? Give the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard a go, made from aircraft-grade aluminium.
The mouse – SteelSeries Sensei Ten Optical Gaming Mouse
Perfect precision. Zero lag. It’s what you want when you’re clicking and swiping your way to victory. That’s why this mouse’s true 1 to 1 tracking comes in handy. You can make it even faster too- by using it’s eight programmable buttons to memorise a sequence of moves with just one click.
It’s also incredibly durable. 60 milllion clicks worth of durable to be precise.
More power? It’s got to be the Logitech G502 Hero Optical Gaming Mouse for a truly customisable experience.
The headset - SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset
Rich, clear surround sound that’ll deliver every whisper, every blade-swish, every trigger-pull as if you were really there. Even though it’s wireless, it’s lag-free too, so you hear everything as it happens. And the mic? It’s noise-cancelling so your voice will sound crystal clear.
A light build, soft ear cups and an adjustable band make it a comfortable choice too.
More power? The HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset’s custom dual drivers make for even more immersive sound.
The chair - Arozzi Verona V2 Gaming Chair
This gaming chair’s got your back. Literally. Its lumbar cushion helps your posture and an adjustable neck pillow stops neck strain. Why you should your post-victory euphoria be interrupted by back pain?
You’d be gaming in style too. Its racing design is a super slick addition to any room.
More power? Look like a boss with the Corsair T1 Race Gaming Chair’s steel frame and faux-leather finish.