The best gaming PCs today have a lot of different components, and if you want to make sure your computer can handle the latest games smoothly, you'll need some additional items. However, there are also many accessories for PC gaming that will enhance the experience without breaking the bank. In this article, we'll look at some of these must-have items and accessories for gamers on any budget.
What exactly are these must-have gaming items? They're things you need if you want to play the very best PC games smoothly, with no dropped frames or skipped graphics. That's a good way of defining them, but what else makes an item a "must-have"? Here are some ideas:
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Additional Must Have Items and Accessories for Gaming RAM
Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB - Tempered Glass, Premium ATX Mid-Tower Case
The Corsair Crystal Series Mid-Tower Case is a durable and scratch resistant tempered glass tower case that gives a sleek appearance and superior protection to all the important components of your gaming build.
The four tempered glass panels are encased by durable steel and includes three SP120 RGB LED fans with a built-in controller. While this case has three built-in fans, you have the space for up to six case fans in the removable trays in the top and front chassis. Built into the case is the ability to store cables with organization thanks to Velcro cable straps.
Moreover, the high-speed USB 3.0 is easily accessible. On the front panel, you can find the Corsair logo with LED backlit and PSU cover.
If you want to show off any of the components inside your computer tower like we did then the Corsair Crystal Series Mid-Tower Case is the right tower for you. We found the setup of this computer tower super easy to setup, we didn’t need any tools whatsoever.
The Corsair Tower is easy to keep clean maximizing the time we spent gaming. The cable management system is just what we wanted from out computer tower and is one of the best we have seen. The direct airflow pathways and the three built-in fans allow your CPU, GPU, and RAM to run cool to maintain the best performance your gaming rig can provide.
While some people may require more room in their tower we found the Corsair Crystal Series Mid-Tower Case to be spacious enough for our needs and have aesthetics superior to the other tower cases we tried.
Corsair LL Series LL120 RGB
The Corsair LL Series 120mm Dual Light Loop RGB LED PWM Fan 3 Pack has sixteen independent LEDs in each fan with two light loops that are separated from each other.
The Corsair’s LEDs are customizable through the software that’s included with the Corsair Lighting Node Pro allowing you to match the lighting of this set to your other products like gaming keyboards, lightbars, and monitor LEDs. The PWM control for the fan allows you to adjust the speed from 600 rpm up to 1,500 rpm to modify airflow and noise.
The optimized 120mm fan blade is engineered to keep quiet even when you are seeking maximum cooling action. You will want to ensure that this pack is compatible with your motherboard since you need an open standard 4-pin fan connector.
We must have missed this happy little surprise in the specs of this product, but we love the fact that the Corsair LL Series 120mm Dual Light Loop RGB LED PWM Fan 3 Pack has lights in the hub and the perimeter.
If you aren’t a fan of creating your own custom lighting effects the software comes with a variety of presets that are sure to please, our personal favorite is the classic rainbow wave. These fans are pricey but worth every penny since they are seen but not heard, sure we can hear the airflow, but they are surprisingly silent.
If the 120mm diameter isn’t enough for you, we have tested out the 140mm size as well and we give them five stars for beauty and function too. While one of us did have a hiccup with the software briefly the more comfortable you get with the customizations the more you will enjoy these fans.
CORSAIR CL-9011109-WW Lighting Node PRO
The Corsair CL WW Lighting Node Pro has individual customizable lighting strips with software that helps you create unique effects. You can use the Node Pro to control and match the lighting of any other Corsair products you may have as part of your gaming rig.
The Corsair Lighting Node Pro has a variety of mounting options to help simplify installation. Whether you make use of the adhesive tape backings or the built-in magnets your LED strips are sure to stay put right where you want them. The Corsair Lighting Node Pro can plug into whatever USB 2.0 header that is open on your motherboard.
The Corsair Lighting Node Pro and the Link software allows you seamless control over the lighting straight from your desktop.
If you are searching for a way to light up your gaming tower without flashy fans, then the Corsair CL WW Lighting Node Pro is for you. We have no preference for Corsair products over other varieties but Corsair nails so many of the components for your build especially if you are looking for a way to boost the lighting.
We did experience a brief error with the software where we had to uninstall it then completely reinstall it but the product itself is immaculate. It was so simple for us to set these strips up within our tower and though the magnets are nice we preferred the adhesive backing on the lights.
If you want to step up the lighting of your tower, monitor, or any other part of your rig while conserving space then the Corsair CL WW Lighting Node Pro is for you.
Intel 7th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor i7-7700K
The Intel 7th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor i7-7700K is a fantastic core processor that is compatible with Intel 200/1001 series chipset. This Core Processor includes Intel HD Graphics 630 and Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology.
The i7-7700K also uses Hyper-Threading technology and performs as one of the fastest CPUs currently on the market. If you intend to overclock this CPU using Windows 10 you can reach a stable and cool 5.1GHz without any issues.
This CPU keeps its cool during CPU intense games, processing tasks, and design allowing it to function at its peak performance.
Anyone who is working on their own build knows that the desktop’s core processor is of vital importance to the function and longevity of your setup. If you are moving from an i5 or i6 core processor you will notice a night and day difference when gaming even when playing games that are less CPU intensive.
With any CPU you’ll notice a fair amount of heat with the i7-7700K CPU, but it is far less in comparison to other CPUs we have used in our build. This CPU is adept at overclocking, but you will need to keep an eye on the temperature to ensure other parts of your build, GPU and RAM, are also being cooled by your fans adequately.
Overall, this is the best all- around performer for the many tasks you will use your desktop for and if you are upgrading from an older generation you are sure to see the increase in performance.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING LGA1151
The ASUS ROG STRIX Gaming Motherboard is designed specifically for those who desire to use an 8th Generation Intel Core Processor to maximize speed and connectivity. This motherboard has Intel Optane Memory and Gigabit LAN compatibility. Using this motherboard will allow you 5-way optimization with FanXpert 4 to automatically customize overclocking profiles for your build providing the best performance and dynamic cooling.
This gaming motherboard allows complete personalization with the exclusive Aura sync lighting, headers, and mounts. Two safer slots feature a patented molding process that has strong metal framing and a slot built for hefty GPUs.
The eight-channel HD audio with headphone amplifiers give industry-leading quality. The ASUS ROD STRIX Gaming Motherboard has superior 802.11ac Wi-Fi that yields 867Mbps transfer speeds.
While we were relatively skeptical about purchasing this motherboard due to the myriad of conflicting reviews online we found that it is a superior piece of gaming equipment designed for overclocking and gaming tasks. The only complaint we had about this motherboard was that one of pins was slightly bent probably from shipping and we straightened it ourselves and had no issues with it since.
We were overclocking to 8700K at a stable 5.1GHz with ease the technology makes this process so simple anyone can figure it out. The board maintains a stage and cool temperature even when you are pushing all components to the extremes.
If you are looking for a durable motherboard that will last long term, then the ASUS ROG STRIX Gaming Motherboard is perfect for you.
There you go! You have the list of additional must-have accessories and items that will enhance and enrich your gaming experience. As always, if you have any queries on the products mentioned here or gaming in general, please drop us a note and we will be happy to address them