PC Gamer Buying Guide

PC Gamer Buying Guide

PC Gamer Buying Guide


We’ve tested a lot of hardware at PC Gamer to find everything you need for your rig. Whether it’s accessories like a mouse, vital parts like a graphics card, or extras like a screwdriver, we’ve found the best option for your computer. Check out all of our buying guides below, featuring our best tips, budget options, and how we test each item.

Not sure what components on your PC you need to upgrade? Our easy PC upgrade guide can help you determine when you need a new graphics card, CPU, motherboard or RAM…

10 Things Every PC Gamer Should Own

New to PC gaming or just want to fine-tune your rig? Be sure to start with our list of 10 items every PC gamer should own.

The best gaming laptop

If you want to game on the go, our list of the best gaming laptops is available for any budget you use.

PC Building Components

best CPU

We compared the best processors on the market (given gaming, of course) to choose our favorite all-round CPUs, powerful high-end chips, and wallet-friendly budget models.

best graphics card

As the soul of any gaming rig, we’ve tested a ton of GPUs to find the best graphics card you can buy for any rig.

best gaming motherboard

A motherboard holds all of your PC’s important components together, but it’s not just a container for those parts. The best gaming motherboards ensure a stable, overclockable system with the right bells and whistles.

The best gaming SSD

An essential part of any modern PC, the best gaming SSDs will boot into Windows in seconds and keep your load times to a minimum.

25 Best PC Cases

Looking for the right case for your next build? Here are 25 of our favorites. It doesn’t hurt to have options.

Computer Accessories

best gaming mouse

We’ve tested an sheer number of mice to list our best gaming mice, offering alternatives for those with small hands or lefties.

best gaming keyboard

We think mechanical keyboards are the kings of gaming, but our list of the best gaming keyboards has membrane options for those who disagree.

The Best Chairs for PC Gaming

A fast CPU and graphics card are great, but the best chair in front of your PC will keep your spine working for years to come. You care about your spine, right?

best gaming headset

Audiophiles rejoice because our list of the best gaming headsets has sorted through all the top options to find which pair has the best fidelity.

The best wireless gaming headset

Looking for more freedom in headphones? We’ve put together a list of the best wireless gaming headsets when you want to play on the go.

best gaming monitor

No matter how powerful your PC is, games have to look good on the screen, and our list of the best monitors will make sure it does.

The Best Controllers for PC Gaming

We test DualShock 4, Xbox controllers, and more for comfort, quality, and most importantly, compatibility with PCs to find the best PC gamepads.

best webcam

If you want to add a face cam to your live stream or YouTube video, our list of the best webcams will make you look good.

best usb flash drive

Your average cheap, bad USB drive is just that: cheap and bad. We thought it was worth going a step further and getting an option from our list of the best USB flash drives.

All of our buying guides are updated regularly, so be sure to check back later if you want to upgrade.

A note on affiliates: Some of our stories, like these, include affiliate links to stores like Amazon. If you purchase through one of these links, these online stores share a small amount of revenue with us, which helps support our work evaluating PC components.

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