8 Gifts for the Ultimate PC Gamer

The most devoted gaming enthusiasts deserve the best gear out there.

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Once considered a niche hobby, gaming is now one of the biggest and most profitable industries in the world—and keeping up with the latest trends can make even the savviest buyer’s head spin. Handheld devices with minuscule 160x144 pixel screens have given way to hulking consoles that render eye-popping 4K graphics. But to really get an idea of how far gaming has come, look no further than the PC. With incredible visuals made possible by graphics cards, impressive peripherals like high-speed monitors and keyboards, and a wide selection of adrenaline-pumping new games, it’s no wonder that seeking out top-tier equipment is a pastime in and of itself for PC gamers.

Whether you’re on the hunt for a gift the avid gamer in your life will appreciate, or leveling up your own gaming suite, look no further than our handpicked list of high-performance PC gear.

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A Stunning Gaming Laptop
2021 Razer Blade 15 Advanced Gaming Laptop
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If you want a cutting-edge gaming experience that you can pick up and tote anywhere, 2021’s Razer Blade 15 Advanced is for you. With a stunning 1440p screen, a 1080p webcam, a plethora of built-in ports, and a small-form factor, not only is it an amazing laptop in its own right, it’s also a beast when it comes to gaming. NVIDIA’S GeForce RTX gives you realistic ray-traced graphics and DLSS AI acceleration for an immersive gaming experience. We recommend the baseline model, which offers a powerful NVIDIA RTX 3060 Laptop GPU and speedy 240Hz QHD display. All that power and screen performance makes games look incredible, and works wonders when it comes to creative tasks like photo and video editing.

A Desktop Gaming Powerhouse
OMEN 30L Gaming Desktop PC
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There is a reason seemingly old-school desktops have not faded from consumer markets. Despite the availability of increasingly powerful laptops and phones, desktop PCs continue to outperform other options on the market. The power, performance, upgradability, longevity, and peripheral options offered by desktops are unbeatable for gamers (and creatives).

To leverage a desktop’s unbeatable performance without having to build the whole thing yourself, consider OMEN’s 30L pre-built gaming desktop PCs. We recommend a model with an Intel i7-10700KF CPU, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card, 1 TB SSD, and 16GB of RAM. With this arrangement of parts, you can run most games at a high resolution without issue. And thanks to the RTX 3070 graphics card, you can leverage advanced tech like NVIDIA DLSS and NVIDIA Broadcast for a boost in performance, and enhancements for streaming.

A Top-Tier Gaming Monitor
ASUS TUF Gaming 27" 2K Monitor
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When gaming on a powerful desktop PC, a cutting-edge monitor isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity. You won’t get the full impact of running the hottest games with the latest CPU and GPU if you’re using any old monitor. For gamers seeking an affordable but capable monitor, the 27-inch ASUS TUF gaming monitor delivers on picture clarity, speed, compatibility, and build quality. Its 1440p, 170Hz screen supports both HDR and NVIDIA G-SYNC, meaning you get rich colors and fast speeds without having to worry about stuttering or screen tearing. While mountable, the built-in stand is plenty flexible with adjustable height, swivel, tilt, and pivot for delivering the best viewing angle possible. Gamers planning on displaying 4K resolution should look elsewhere, but for everyone else, the 27” ASUS TUF gaming monitor is more than capable when it comes to outputting detailed, speedy graphics.

Fast Mechanical Keys
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PC gamers everywhere know the value of a quality keyboard. For the ultimate setup, we recommend Corsair’s K70 RGB TKL keyboard. The K70 is a mid-sized powerhouse with a durable aluminum build, detachable USB-C cable, dedicated media controls, and programmable RGB lighting. Its TKL form-factor provides better mouse ergonomics than a full-sized keyboard, and its Cherry MX Speed key switches offer quick inputs well-suited to fast paced first-person shooter and real-time strategy games.

5 Razer Basilisk Ultimate Hyperspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse
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$79.99 (47% off)

A full-fledged PC gaming setup isn’t complete without a customizable gaming mouse. Razer’s Basilisk Ultimate mouse checks all the boxes with its ergonomic design, incredibly precise movements, array of programmable buttons, top-notch scroll wheel, and dual wireless and wired connectivity. Most of the customization is controlled through Razer’s easy-to-use Synapse software, allowing for intuitive personalization and fine tuning. Paired with a quality keyboard and mouse pad, the Basilisk Ultimate is an amazing tool for immersing yourself in riveting games

The Ultimate Controller
Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller
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A great controller can provide an exceptionally comfortable (read: couch-bound) experience thanks to wireless connectivity and an ergonomic feel. For the best PC controller around, look no further than the Xbox Elite Series 2. As recommended in our Best Xbox Controller guide, the Elite Series 2 is a premium option with incredible build quality; its best feature is its customizability. Each controller comes with six thumbsticks, four rear paddle buttons, and two D-pads, so each user can adjust for maximum comfort. Not only are the buttons swappable, the controller features software profiles you can easily switch between via a toggle on the controller’s back shoulder. Add USB-C charging, and you have a prime controller for PC gaming anywhere.

A Grand Western
Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games
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One of the best-selling games in recent memory and winner of dozens of awards, Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 is a standout, especially when played on PC. Players visit America’s Wild West in 1899 as Arthur Morgan, a senior outlaw of the Van Der Linde gang, as they fight to preserve a lifestyle fading against a modernizing 19th century society.

Between vivid motion-captured characters, dynamic weather and lighting effects, fluid animations, and compelling voice acting, playing Red Dead Redemption 2 truly feels like escaping into another world. Running the game on a powerful PC means Red Dead’s already beautiful graphics are bolstered with higher and smoother frame rates, thanks to NVIDIA DLSS. For folks even slightly interested in westerns or open world games, this is a must-play.

Limitless Battles
Battlefield 2042
Electronic Arts
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The latest entry in EA’s long running Battlefield franchise, Battlefield 2042 is part exciting first-person shooter spectacle. As is common with each new franchise entry, Battlefield 2042 pushes gaming technology to the limit with massive environments, 128 player online multiplayer battles, and impressive graphical fidelity. NVIDIA Reflex, integrated in Battlefield 2042, lowers system latency, allowing competitive players to acquire targets faster, react quicker, and increase aim precision. While there are a few bugs in the game that need to be fixed, it’s still a technical marvel of an experience perfect for powerful PC gamers.

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