PC gaming continues to grow in popularity as it becomes more accessible to more people. From the very young to the very old and everyone in between, all can enjoy PC gaming in some capacity. If you're looking to bring a smile to the face of your favorite PC gamer this holiday season, why not take a look at this little lot!
Xbox One controller
A controller? For PC gaming?! Truth is not everyone likes playing every game with a keyboard and mouse, and there are some titles out there that definitely benefit from having a controller. Forza Horizon 3, for example, is a lot nicer to play with a controller.
And if you're getting a controller, why not get the best and get the Xbox One controller. The latest generation even has Bluetooth on board for wireless gameplay to a PC. Pretty nifty!
Microsoft gift cards
Slowly but surely, Microsoft is starting to build out its Windows Store game portfolio, starting at the top with its own AAA releases.
Games such as Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, and ReCore are all available through the Store, as are many others. And the latest ones also support Xbox Play Anywhere, should there be a console interest too. So why not drop a gift card their way?!
SteelSeries Arctis 5
A good headset is an essential in any setup so why not help your favorite gamer get an upgrade with the superb Arctis 5 ($99.99 by SteelSeries. Well made, extremely comfortable and very well priced, it's perfect for PC and console.
They're also very stylish, with replaceable headbands so you could use them out and about as headphones without feeling embarrassed!
Steelseries Rival 300 mouse
In PC gaming, your input devices need to be on point. A good mouse is an essential, and there are a heap to choose from. The SteelSeries Rival 310 ($54.99 strikes a great balance between features, build quality and price.
There's the TrueMove3 sensor, 6 programmable buttons and a range of DPI settings to choose from, not to mention a few color variants. Throw in a 3D printed nameplate and a 30-million click rating and you've got a solid piece of gaming equipment. It also helps that SteelSeries software is really good.
The keyboard is the second of the 1-2 punch at the heart of your PC gaming experience along with the mouse, and it's an important thing to get right. Havit isn't usually considered alongside Razer and other brands but the KB395L ($79.99 is a seriously good keyboard. Not only is it super-thin, but also light and sports a detachable USB cable, making it great to throw in a bag when hitting the next LAN party.
There's fancy RGB backlighting for various effects, amazing low-profile Kailh Blue switches that makes it feel as though you're typing on a laptop, and there's an 87-key version for $59.99 making it affordable too.
HP Omen gaming backpack
For the gamer on the go, a good quality backpack is a great addition to the gear lineup. HP's Omen backpack ($58.14 is not only stylish, but has all the space inside a mobile gamer will need. Pack a laptop, keyboard, mouse, headset and a whole bunch more into its commodious internals and hit the road.
It's padded for both protection and comfort while carrying, made from durable materials and has a full one-year warranty for a little more piece of mind. All this at a great price, too.
ZOTAC GTX 1060 AMP GPU
But you'll be getting nowhere fast if you don't have a capable GPU. NVIDIA's 10-series of graphics processing cards make it possible to spend less and game more. The GTX 1060 is a seriously capable card, especially if you're only rocking a monitor with a resolution of 1080p (or even 1440p). ZOTAC has a GTX 1060 AMP edition card for $269.99
You'll be able to enjoy GTA V, Total War: Warhammer 2, Forza Horizon 3, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and other demanding games at a blissful pace. Best of all, it's not incrddibly expensive and should last many years to come.
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