Gaming PC Peripheral Ideas (Monitors, Mice & Keyboards)
If you are new to pc building, you may not know that over and above the pc hardware included in the pc builds above, you will need some PC peripherals (keyboard, mouse, and monitor) to actually take control of your pc and use it. Plus, you will need an operating system in order to actually use your completed pc build (ie. Windows 10).
Below are some solid options and examples for some gaming pc peripherals for your gaming pc build, which are chosen based on my personal thoughts and overview — you should keep in mind though, that there are many more options out there,
You can use pretty much choose any keyboard you want for your gaming pc, and sometimes keyboards are simply based on the users’ preference.
Below are a couple of examples of some great gaming keyboards to go with any of the gaming pc builds above:
|Keyboard Example One||Logitech G513 RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Romer-G Linear Keyswitches (Carbon)||$125.99|
|Keyboard Example Two||HyperX Alloy Elite RGB – Mechanical Gaming Keyboard||$109.99|
Gaming PC Mice
Gaming mice are probably the easiest of the peripherals to purchase as they can only get so complicated. You can look out for other quality indicators like Dots per inch (DPI), the higher being the more precise and most sensitive and other features like the ability to sign functions to buttons or change your DPI on the fly —
See below for a couple of gaming mice examples, the first is the Proteus, which I have loved for years and the second is a solid budget example.
|Mouse Example One||Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB||$47.89|
|Mouse Example Two||Logitech G300s Optical Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse||$20.68|
Gaming PC Monitors
The main thing to keep in mind is that when choosing the right monitor to take note of the resolution and the refresh rate, as these are important things to keep in mind with regards to what your gaming pc build can support. The higher the resolution and the higher the refresh rate will require higher-end gaming hardware.
For example: In the gaming pc builds of the month you could get something like a 1920×1080 resolution monitor at 60Hz for the $700 pc build.
For the $1000 build you could get a 1920×1080 resolution monitor at 120hz, or a 2460×1440 resolution monitor at 60h. And for the $1500 gaming pc build, you could get a 2560×1440 resolution monitor at 120hz or a 4K resolution monitor at 60hz for the $1500 pc build.
One last thing to keep in mind is that monitors with G-Sync are best suited for builds using an NVIDIA graphics card and monitors with Freesync are best suited for monitors using AMD graphics cards.
Below you’ll find several examples of monitors of various resolutions and refresh rates:
|Monitor (2560X1440 at 155Hz)||Dell S2719DGF 2560 x 1440 Resolution with 16:9 Aspect Ratio, 1ms Response time||$234.74|
|Monitor (2560X1440 at 60Hz – Widescreen)||LG 25UM58-P 25-Inch 21:9 UltraWide IPS Monitor with Screen Split||$149.00|
Monitor (4K at 60Hz)
|Acer Predator XB281HK bmiprz 28-inch UHD (3840×2160) NVIDIA G-SYNC||$539.99|
|Monitor (1920×1080 at 75Hz)||$136.99|
|Monitor (1920×1080 at 144Hz)||ViewSonic XG2401 24 Inch 1080p 1ms 144 Hz Gaming Monitor with FreeSync||$199.99|
Operating System | What will you run Your Gaming PC Build With?
You will need an operating system (OS) for your gaming pc build. If you don’t already have one laying around, then you’re going to have to purchase a standard OS such as Windows 10 or check out some other free alternatives that you could consider. Keep in mind that it is recommended to purchase Windows online or as a USB stick and install it that way as optical drives are not included in any of these builds and nor would you generally need one for any modern gaming pc.
Included below is a USB copy of Windows 10, which is probably what most people need. I have also included two other operating systems that are both currently free – so could be worth the time trying out. Ubuntu is a Linux based operating system and is open source. The last OS is SteamOS, which is also a Linux OS being developed by Valve Corporation.
|Windows 10||Microsoft Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive||$106.00|
|Ubuntu (Linux OS)||Ubuntu – Desktop||Free (open source)|
|SteamOS||SteamOS – “Build your own Steam Machine”||Free|
Network Card/USB | Add Wireless Internet to Your PC Build
Not all gaming pc motherboards have wifi, in fact not many do unless you are willing to purchase a more expensive board. So if you want wireless internet (wifi), then you will need to either purchase a wireless PCIe card or USB dongle. Whichever you choose is up to you, but essentially a wireless PCIe card plugs directly into your motherboard and usually has antennas that come out of the back of your PC case, and a USB dongle simply plugs directly into your PC case via a USB port.
Below is an example of a PCI-E card that can be plugged directly into your motherboard or a UBS option that can be used in any USB port — both are modest in terms of network speed, so do get one based on what speeds your network supports.
Here are a couple of network hardware examples:
|PCIe Card||TP-Link TL-WN881ND N300 PCI-E Wireless WiFi network Adapter card||$14.99|
|USB Adapter||Linksys AE1200 Wireless-N USB Adapter||$17.11|