Computers are fantastic machines but once you start becoming more invested in them, it is very easy to lose track of how light your wallet is getting. Buying additional components and accessories for a PC is a fantastic but often costly experience.
Making sure you have the right type of equipment for your purposes is a surefire way to keep costs to a minimum with no compromise in efficiency and performance. From hard drives to additional monitors, there are several things you should consider before deciding on a purchase.
Expanding your storage
In this day and age, running out of storage is easier than most people think. Storing all of your music, movies, and pictures inside a single drive is usually impossible as most people today have TBs worth of content from their various devices which they constantly transfer to their PCs.
An external drive buying guide is a good place to start if you are unsure about your needs or lack the technical knowledge to understand certain terms. For instance, a traditional HDD can be bought at incredibly low prices but it is less portable and certainly slower than an SSD.
Mouse for gaming and beyond
Those who have only ever gamed with a cheap mouse will most likely tell you that they are content with what they have. However, that is usually because they have not had the chance of trying a mouse dedicated to gaming.
Companies like Razer, SteelSeries, and Logitech make fantastic products that can suit any gamer. This is particular true if you are into online gaming and wish to have more options than a standard mouse can offer you.
The unfortunate thing is that buying mice online will not allow you to get a feel for them. Some people prefer heavier mice while others are more inclined towards lighter ones, for example. Make sure to read up on specs and reviews before you actually make any such purchase.
Headsets – Music, gaming, or both?
There is something about the word “gaming” that allows it to get attached to a wide range of PC extras and accessories with little consideration. When it comes to headset, the only reason why you may want to own a gaming headset is branding.
Other than that, any standard headset will do the same job, or better, for a fraction of the price. Headset manufacturers like Sennheiser do not really make headphones targeted directly at gamers. Instead, they make high quality products that are meant to make any listening experience as smooth as possible.
Finding a good headset can be challenging but you certainly do not have to spend hundreds of dollars on one. If you are on audiophile then you probably already know the best brands and products. If not, just find a headset that looks comfortable as you might be wearing it for extended periods of time.
Extra monitors for work and pleasure
Dual and triple screen setups have become increasingly common. This might be because good monitors are cheaper than ever. Another reason might be the increase in freelance professionals who work from home on areas like design and coding where multiple monitors are ideal.
Your choice of monitor should depend entirely on what you are going to use it for. If you are not going to be gaming on it a lot, then choosing a monitor with very low response rates or advanced syncing features like NVIDIA’s G-Sync is a waste of money. If you wish to do a lot of photo editing, then you must be very careful to buy a monitor with great color accuracy
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