Your Ideal PC Gear Setup At Any Price Point
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Buying gear on any budget can be quite difficult. Sometimes you don't know if you should spend the extra money to get top of the line, and sometimes you can only really afford a basic mouse to go with your low end laptop. No matter where you are, we have a solution for you to get started.
That said, if you are the one with a low end laptop as your sole means of PC gaming, then you are going to make due with a basic mouse and focus on stepping up your PC first. Once you get that sorted, come back to us with your gear needs.
Basic - $56.43
So you've just spent the majority of your budget on a kickass new gaming laptop or tower setup and you totally forgot to leave adequate money at the end for your peripherals. No worries, we've got you covered (hopefully).
Mouse: Redragon M601 - $11.99
Redragon seems to be the clear favourite when it comes to the very cheapest peripherals that still maintain an acceptable standard of quality. Sadly, most large gaming manufacturers do not include a budget line of gear for new gamers. That has left the market wide open for inexpensive manufacturers like Reddragon to surface.
Even at $12, you get custom weight options. Not too shabby.
Keyboard: Redragon K552-N - $26.99
Redragon also offers a legitimate blue switch mechanical keyboard for only $27. Unbelievable. Based on all of the reviews Ive read and watched, it is the #1 option for a mech keyboard under $50. This model is even less expensive as there are no lighting options, otherwise you could spend a few more bucks and go up a model to get some flashy lights, if you are into that sort of thing.
Headset: PANASONIC ErgoFit Earbuds w/ Mic - $10.46
If you are on this much of a budget, you should just use the headphones you use with your phone - any modern smartphone comes with decent quality earbuds with a mic. Otherwise, this is about as inexpensive as you can get unless you can go without sound.
Added bonus is you can obviously use these with your phone while you are out and about and not have to carry around a massive set of cans with an awkward mic poking out.
Mousepad: SteelSeries QcK (small) - $6.99
SteelSeries is by far the king of mousepad manufacturers. For only $7, you can get a QcK...unreal. Keep in mind the dimensions when you purchase however, you may find yourself wanting a little extra in the size department, and the price doesn't climb too quickly as you increase in size.
Mid-Range - $247.44
Now you've got some money to spend but you aren't sure what to upgrade first, and where you can find a good deal. Peripherals get expensive and they get expensive quickly. You will likely find yourself upgrading one item at a time, rather than in one go. Here are a few mid-range options to get you started on your road to gear glory.
Mouse: Logitech G203/G102 Prodigy - $27.00
It doesn't take much to buy one of the best gaming mice available to date. The G203/G102 Prodigy is a top tier quality mouse in construction and features. Its only real limitations are the amount of buttons, and potentially the size of the mouse depending on your hand size and grip preference. Beyond that, it is a sexy mouse, complete with RGB, so you can already start to show off your style at the mid range.
Even though it is priced closer to the low end of the spectrum, it still performs just like a ZOWIE, Razer, SteelSeries, etc. But you can't go wrong with those if that is what your hand prefers.
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma - $95.95
If you are looking for a good competitive keyboard, tested at the highest level of gameplay, and still used by many professional gamers in various games, look no further. At a bit of a price hike compared to our budget keyboard, Razer boasts a long track record of constructing some of the world's best peripherals.
This keyboard is also mechanical with Razer green switches. Full RGB capabilities, and an 87 key setup to keep your setup looking as good as it performs.
Headset: SteelSeries Arctis 5 - $99.50
If you are upgrading from a budget setup like in the first section of this post, then your headset is likely the first piece of gear you will want to look at. There are a lot of options between $60-$100 that are suitable to competitive gaming, you do not need to look far.
The Arctis 5 generally speaking has the best features and quality of the other headsets in this range, and has also been used by many professional gamers since it came onto the field. Its design also boasts the best ergonomics you can really find as the cans are better suited for the shape of your ears than most other designs to date.
Mousepad: SteelSeries QcK (large) - $24.99
If you didn't go the extra mile and spend a little more on a bigger size for your QcK, you should do so now. You aren't going to find a better quality mousepad on the market. You can quote me on that.
Ultimate - $555.18 to ???
You're flush and it's time to show off. Right this way, I have just what you are looking for. Whether you are bringing all your friends and family around to marvel at the wonder you have created for yourself, or you are posting your battle station for the rest of the world, you can't go wrong with these little gems.
Mouse: Logitech G Pro Wireless - $135.97
I wasn't sure what to do for the ultimate mouse to be honest. There are a lot of great mice at affordable prices. ZOWIE for example makes a lot of great options, as Astralis can attest to. The Logitech G203/G102 will also stand up against the rest, so upgrading your mouse at this point is more about showing off than anything else.
To do that, we have the Logitech G Pro Wireless. Arguably the cord-slayer of mice. Similar to the G203/G102 in shape and design, the G Pro Wireless features an additional two side buttons on the right side of the mouse, and is as claims - wireless.
Keyboard: Custom - $???
The only way up from the mid range solutions is to go custom. Otherwise you are just getting more of the same. The same selection of switches, RGB lighting, and of course the same brands.
However, if you delve deeper into the world of mechanical keyboards, you will find many brands you have likely never heard of, with any kind of switch imaginable, any kind of key layout, media options and so much more. Enjoy falling down that rabbit hole.
Headset: SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless - $324.99
Audiophiles are likely crying while reading this as I could have suggested you spend over $3,000 MSRP and get a Sennheiser HD 820 or something similar. But this is for gaming headsets, not the best headsets in existence.
Ultimately I went with the Arctis Pro Wireless to continue the wireless showoff theme. This unit comes with its own transmitter bass station enabling you to further manipulate and enhance your audio experience. The design is the same as the Arctis 5, so it is just as comfortable. It also boasts superior sound quality compared to most headsets currently on the market for gamers.
Mousepad: Logitech Powerplay - $94.22
As much as I wanted to continue the SteelSeries QcK theme throughout this entire post, it only made sense to pair the Logitech G Pro Wireless with a mousepad that can literally recharge it while you play. The Logitech Powerplay ensures your play time is at a maximum as it continuously charges your mouse 24/7/365.
When you aren't on a budget the sky is the limit for what you can upgrade and customize. There are always new peripheral add-ons and enhancements you can buy after you buy the core piece of gear itself. PC Gaming on a budget on the other hand is incredibly frustrating as it is so expensive. Luckily it seems as though new manufacturers are stepping up and filling the gaps left by their more sought-after elder brethren. Enabling gamers of all budgets to gain access is a wonderful thing.