Essential Accessories To Complete Your Gaming Rig

We know that for many, it’s the accessories that finish off a gaming rig. Whether it’s a set of high quality speakers, a gaming keyboard or even multiple 4K monitors, there are so many options.

Let’s take a look at some of the key accessories to compliment your gaming rig:

Monitors

When building a gaming PC, the monitor has to rank pretty highly when it comes to levels of importance. When putting together your rig, you’ll have probably decided on whether you’re going to be gaming in 1080p or 4K as this will have had an effect on the decision you made on your graphics card.

Refresh rates are also something to take into consideration when buying a gaming monitor as some monitors that haven’t been built for gamers might seem a bit slow when playing fast moving first-person shooters.

Also, be sure to check out the video inputs before you make a purchase to check that your PC is compatible.

ViewSonic VX2880ML 28" 4K Gaming Monitor
ViewSonic VX2880ML 28″ 4K Gaming Monitor, shop.bt.com

Take a look at our full range of gaming monitors here.

Keyboards

After the monitor, the keyboard is arguably the most important accessory for gamers.

It is now possible to fully customise gaming keyboards to your unique specification. Whether you need back-lighting, mechanical switches, textured key caps or simply want your commands to be recognised at a faster rate, this is now all possible.

Corsair Gaming STRAFE Cherry MX Brown
Corsair Gaming STRAFE Cherry MX Brown, shop.bt.com

Check out our full range of gaming keyboards here.

Gaming Mice

When you switch from a normal ‘point-and-click’ mouse to a gaming mouse, you won’t be able to believe the difference.

Gaming mice often feature high-grade optical sensors, ergonomic construction and high-quality button switches. Some even allow you to tweak the weight and shape of the mouse so that it fits and feels perfect in your hand.

SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Laser Gaming Mouse
SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Laser Gaming Mouse, shop.bt.com

You’ve got two types of mice to consider:

Simple Gaming Mice

Ideal for first person shooters. These mice include your usual left and right click buttons but will also include light-click buttons for certain types of attacks.

MMO/ MOBA Mice

These mice feature an array of thumb buttons plus  a numeric keyboard on the mouse itself so that you can perform different gestures at a rate that just isn’t possible for people who have standard point-and-click mice.

AORUS Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse
AORUS Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse, shop.bt.com

We should also point out that a lot of gamers to tend to prefer wired gaming mice as it tends to eliminate lag. Wireless mice are becoming better and better but many gamers swear by a cable.

Click here to see our full range of gaming mice.

Webcams

Twitch has cemented itself as one of the world’s largest social networks in the last 5 years. This is solely down to the rise in online gaming and people wanting to watch other people play online.

Logitech C930e Hi-Speed USB
Logitech C930e Hi-Speed USB, shop.bt.com

There has also been a rise in the amount of users who are using a webcam to stream themselves whilst they play. This has led to so-called ‘YouTube/ Twitch Stars’ emerging, earning millions from advertising revenue, see PewDiePie and how he managed to acquire 40 million subscribers.

If you’re looking to get into streaming then a Full HD webcam is essential. If you’ve got a grainy stream then viewers/ subscribers wont be hanging around for long.

See our full range of webcams perfect for Twitch/ Youtube streaming here.

Speakers/ Headphones

Unless you enjoy playing your games in complete silence (which you probably don’t) you might want to invest in a decent set of headphones or speakers.

Headphones

You’ll often find that gaming headphones have a built-in microphone meaning you can talk to other gamers whilst online. They’re also great for when you don’t want to wake your family to the sound of gunshots from Call of Duty.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 450
Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 450, shop.bt.com

Be sure to consider the comfort of a set of headphones before you purchase as there’s nothing worse than gaming with a set of uncomfortable headphones (well, there probably is but you know what we mean).

Speakers

If you enjoy turning up the volume and really immersing yourself in the game then a decent set of speakers are essential.

Logitech Z506 5.1 Surround Sound
Logitech Z506 5.1 Surround Sound, shop.bt.com

Why not go for the full Dolby 5.1 surround sound? Most developers optimise their games for 5.1 so it would be rude not to.

See our full range of headphones and speakers here.

USB Hubs

One problem we face with desktop PCs is the accessibility of USB ports.

For those who store their gaming PC under a desk, accessing ports can become a regular annoyance. With a USB hub, accessibility is no longer an issue.

Just plug in, place the hub on your desk and you’ll have easy access to your ports.

StarTech.com 4 Port Portable SuperSpeed USB 3.0
StarTech.com 4 Port Portable SuperSpeed USB 3.0, shop.bt.com

See our full range of USB hub’s here.

Joysticks & Racing Wheels

If you enjoy racing games or flight simulators then you’ll most likely have considered a joystick or a racing wheel.

Joysticks come in different variants. Some focus on the joystick whereas others focus on the buttons surrounding the joystick so you can programme in things such as ‘landing gear’ when playing the latest iteration of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator.

Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X PC, shop.bt.com
Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X PC, shop.bt.com

If you’re a racing fan then there’s nothing better than having an actual racing wheel over a controller.

There are a few things to look out for:

Force feedback – this gives you a much more realistic driving experience. When you turn into a corner a high speed, the wheel will fight back to give you a more authentic driving experience.

Three pedals – if you go for that in-game ‘manual’ option then make sure you’ve got a clutch pedal. A lot of the racing wheels come with a brake and accelerator which is fine for most people but if you are looking to shift yourself then look out for that elusive third pedal.

Compatibility – A lot of the new wheels that were once made for Xbox One now work with your PC thanks to Microsoft’s  ‘Xbox Play Anywhere’ incentive .

Thrustmaster TMX Racing Wheel
Thrustmaster TMX Racing Wheel – shop.bt.com

Browse the full joystick and racing wheel selection here.

Think we’ve missed out a key accessory? Let us know in the comments section. Alternatively, take a look at our full range here. 

 

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