Whether you’re new to the PC gaming scene or a hardcore veteran, these accessories are an important part of the PC gaming experience and will directly impact your gameplay.
You may have the ultimate custom-built gaming rig, but you’ll still need some serious peripherals to take advantage of all of that power.
Check out these awesome accessories that will change the way you play.
A good mechanical keyboard is the ultimate weapon in the PC gamer’s arsenal.
Eliminating the possibility of accidental key presses with durable switches that can handle high-frequency key rollover, mechanical keyboards have become a necessity in the professional gaming scene.
Although you may not be a pro gamer yet, the increased accuracy mechanical keyboards offer may just help you rise to that level.
The keyboard featured here is a mid-range, high-quality Corsair STRAFE mechanical keyboard which costs R1,874.
Don’t worry, using a controller won’t instantly turn you into console gamer. The fact is, some games are better enjoyed using a gamepad than the mouse and keyboard.
Sure, a mouse and keyboard is better than a controller for most PC games, but it’s difficult to enjoy titles like Dark Souls 3 without using a controller, as the controls simply don’t translate well to mouse and keyboard. This is true for other games such as Rocket League and various platformers.
However, PC gamers don’t have to pay ridiculous prices for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers, as there are many PC gamepads on the market.
The controller featured here is a SpeedLink XEON gamepad that connects via USB and will work with any game due to its combination of XInput and DirectInput – and it costs only R345.
A durable and high-performance gaming mouse is a must-have for any PC gamer.
Whether you are playing a competitive first-person shooter or a strategy game, the mouse is your main method of control, and PC gamers will be unable to play comfortably or properly on a mouse that tracks badly.
However, most PC gamers do not need a gaming mouse with ridiculously high sensitivity, and would be perfectly fine with a mid-range device like the SteelSeries Kana v2 – which costs R649 and caters for palm, claw, or finger tip grips.
A mouse bungee is a surprisingly useful item to have, securing your mouse’s cable and stopping it from getting tangled or catching annoyingly.
A cable bungee allows players to control the amount of slack their mouse cable has in order to further optimise their control.
This Roccat Apuri mouse bungee costs R355 and is also a powered USB hub, allowing players to expand their USB ports without drawing more power from their motherboard.
A decent gaming headset is another accessory which any serious PC gamer cannot do without.
Besides the genre-specific advantage of being able to hear the position of other players in first-person shooters like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, good headsets elevate the experience of any game due to the high-quality audio they deliver.
The Logitech G230 is a robust and durable gaming headset that costs only R833.
External Hard Drive
An external hard drive is a useful accessory to have in any case, but it is especially useful for the regular LAN gamer.
Players can use a large external hard drive to store their media and even some miscellaneous games, allowing their PC’s internal storage to be tidier while also allowing easier transfer of files to and from other gamers.
The speed of USB 3.0 means that gamers can play games right off their external hard drive without the hassle of moving files to their internal SSD or HDD.
A 1TB Wd Elements External HDD costs around R1,049.