December 2015 – Gaming PC Keyboard, Mice and Monitor Suggestions
Here are the gaming pc build peripherals for December 2015. From month to month this article is updated as an aside to the gaming PC builds of the month article, such as this months December 2015 PC builds. In terms of peripheral changes, I try to include the peripheral hardware that suits the proper category of higher end to the more basic gaming components and I change the recommendation if it needs to be. With the particular market for keyboard, mice and even monitors, there isn’t a huge number of releases every month, so the lists may changed slightly if either there are new releases, price changes or changes to relevant reviews of particular peripherals that would warrant swapping a new one in. Otherwise, I may try to change a specific addition purely for variety.
For the peripherals you see listed below, they are arranged into categories that best reflect three separate general budget categories and are targeted towards pc gamers. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave a comment.
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- Higher End Gaming PC Peripherals
- Mid-Range PC Peripherals
- Basic PC Peripherals
- Gaming PC Operating System Options
Higher End Gaming PC Peripherals – December 2015
The “higher end” peripherals are meant to showcase some of the more popular higher end / gaming specific peripheral hardware that one might consider to have the top of the line gaming peripherals. Keep in mind, these are not the most expensive gaming hardware peripherals one can buy, but a collection of the higher quality / more popular hardware for gamers in a few different categories. If you play specific types of games (MMO’S vs high FPS) then you might want to look into specific gaming hardware geared for those games, either way the list below should still be relevant.
The included higher end keyboard is the Corsair Vengeance Gaming K70 Mechcanical Keyboard. This keyboard is designed for performance gaming for those fast response times with 100% Cherry MX red mechanical key switches, a black anodized brushed aluminum chassis, deep red leds, 100% anti-ghosting and more (learn / read more at corsair.com).
The included mouse again is the infamous Logitech G502 Proteus Core, which is probably the best all around gaming mouse – a very comfortable all around gaming mouse with 11 large programmable buttons and easily one of the best mice out there, and is a great mouse for playing any time of PC game. [learn more at gaming.logitech.com]. This mouse is a definite choice for any variety of gaming / gamers.
There are two monitors included below and both of them support 2K gaming (2560X1440 resolutions) at 144Hz at 27 inches. The first monitor the BenQ XL2730Z 27″ gaming monitor and it supports Freesync (best for those with AMD graphics cards). You can also read the full details on this monitor at gaming.benq.com.
The second monitor is the Acer XB270HU bprz, a similar monitor supporting 2K gaming, but has G-Sync – best for those with NVIDIA graphics cards. Read more at acer.com.
|Keyboard||Corsair Gaming K70 RGB LED Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Cherry MX Red (CH-9000068-NA) (Also comes with Cherry MX Brown or Blue switches should you prefer)||$166.94|
|Mouse (Best all around gaming mouse)||Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse with Fully Customizable Surface, Weight and Balance Tuning (910-004074)||$66.99|
|Monitor (2560×1440 / 2K @144Hz) OR (3840×2160)||BenQ XL2730Z 27″ Screen LED-Lit Monitor (2K Gaming & Freesync – For AMD Graphics Card Users)
Acer XB270HU bprz 27-inch WQHD NVIDIA G-SYNC (2560 x 1440) Widescreen Monitor (2K Gaming & G-Sync – For NVIDIA Graphics Card Users)
|$600.84 (BenQ XL2730Z)
$709.00 (Acer XB270HU bprz)
Mid-Range PC Peripherals – December 2015
The mid-range category is perfect for those that want to have great gaming peripherals, but not necessarily the most expensive. The Mid Range peripherals are most likely geared more towards gamers that want a little more then the basic gaming necessities in order to have that slight edge while gaming.
We have the Corsair Strafe Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboard. A great looking mechanical keyboard with cherry mx key switches (a very satisfying keyboard to game with), dynamic backlighting, endless programming with the ability to reassign any key or set up for extreme macros and more. Learn and read more at corsair.com.
The Corsair Vengeance M65 mouse would be ideal for FPS gamers, since it is built for precision and comfort. It has eight programmable buttons and one specifically for sniper mode – which simply slows down the dpi of the mouse in order to aim more precisely. Even though this mouse matches the cost of the high-end one above, it’s still a a great choice for a different type of gamer and you can also adjust the weight and dpi on the fly. To learn more about the Corsair Vengeance M65 please visit Cosair.com.
The mid range monitor this month again is the LG Electronics 24GM77 24 inch monitor. This monitor is really a fantastic gaming monitor for those gaming at 1920×1080 with super fast response times and 144hz refresh rates; highly recommended. This monitor has some of the best motion blur reduction. This LG monitor has Dynamic Action Sync, which reduces input lag by up to half.
|Keyboard||Corsair STRAFE Cherry MX Red Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (CH-9000088-NA)||$99.99|
|Mouse||Corsair Vengeance M65 Performance FPS Gaming Mouse, Gunmetal Black (CH-9000022-NA)||$88.74|
|Monitor (1920×1080) @ 144Hz||LG Electronics Gaming 24GM77 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor (144Hz and 24-inches)||$349.99|
Basic PC Peripherals – December 2015
The “basic” peripherals are meant to showcase some of the more popular peripherals that are generally more affordable. Just because these are labelled “basic” doesn’t mean they aren’t quality peripherals for gaming, but realistically it’s all you really need to get into any gaming without all the bells and whistles.
For a keyboard, we have the Turtle Beach Impact 100 – a budget oriented gaming keyboard that emulated the feeling of a mechanical keyboard (mechanical red switches) and it does a good job, while being way cheaper.
The SteelSeries Rival 100 is a very new mouse recently release. SteelSeries has said that this new mouse is as much as 40 percent higher tracking accuracy and up to 33 percent faster movement tracking speed when compared to the competing mice in this price category. This mouse has RGB lighting and can be set to any of 16 million different color options using the included software and this mouse also can come in seven different colors. Learn more at steelseries.com.
The monitor in the budget peripherals is the BenQ GL2460HM. A 24-inch with 1920×1080 resolution [Learn more at benq.com]. This monitor is priced quite well considering its specifications.
|Keyboard||Turtle Beach Impact 100 Gaming Keyboard for PC (TBS-4800-01)||$59.95|
|Mouse||SteelSeries Rival 100, Optical Gaming Mouse – Black||$39.99|
|Monitor (1920×1080)||BenQ GL2460HM 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor (24 inch 60Hz)||$198.94|
Operating System Options
If you don’t already have an operating system for your new gaming pc build, then you’re going to have to either invest in purchasing a standard OS such as Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10. Otherwise, there are some free alternatives that you could consider below as well. Keep in mind that you will need an optical drive should you decide to purchase the install discs, however you can also purchase Windows online or as a USB stick and install it that way – this would be the process for installing your OS without an optical drive.
The following are some operating systems you can consider installing upon putting your Gaming PC build together. The first three will cost you and are either Windows 7 or 8.1, or 10 – I have no opinions here so I’ll leave the purchase of these up to the discretion of yourself, but do keep in mind that either way you do have the option of upgrading to Windows 10 for now. I have also included two other operating systems that are both currently free. Ubuntu is a Linux based operating system. The last OS is SteamOS, which is also a Linux OS being developed by Valve Corporation and is being made to be used for a Steam Machine game console.
|Windows 8.1||Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit||$94.95|
|Windows 7||Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack (New Packaging)||$109.99|
|Windows 10 Upgrade||Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit System Builder OEM | PC Disc||$98.47|
|Ubuntu||Ubuntu – Desktop||Free|
|SteamOS||SteamOS Beta “Build your own Steam Machine”||Free|