Looking for the perfect gift for the PC gamer in your life? Here are the top 6 best gifts your special PC gamer is probably already interested in buying.
6) GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
This is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to upgrade your PC. It’s the budget card of the season. If your special PC gamer is still using a graphics card that’s 4 or 5 years old, then the GTX 1050 Ti is an easy and affordable upgrade.
How affordable? The MSRP for the EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is $150, which is the same price you’ll see on Amazon. That number could even drop for certain Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.
Typically, video cards are outside the price range of an average gift. With the GTX 1050 Ti available for $150 and below, it’s a surprisingly affordable way to win over the PC gamer in your life.
5) Logitech G610 Orion Red Keyboard
Logitech has been making good keyboards for decades. No matter which manufacturer you look at, you’re going to find problems with certain keyboards. However, the Logitech G610 is surprisingly well-reviewed online.
Priced at $120 MSRP (and available for as little as $90 on Amazon and other retailers), the Logitech G610 Orion Red features the popular Cherry MX mechanism switches along with quick volume control.
One of the nicest parts about the G610 is its looks: it doesn’t have all the flashy features, annoying displays, or bright lights of a conventional gaming keyboard. It comes in a sleek, black, understated design that wouldn’t look out of place on the desk of a law firm.
4) Samsung 750 EVO SSD
This is another gift you can use to instantly upgrade your PC gamer’s life. It’s priced at $60 on Amazon and gives you 120GB of high-speed storage space (240 and 480GB versions are also available if you’re buying for the really good friend in your life).
The Samsung 750 EVO SSD instantly turns a slow computer into a fast one. Considering you can get 500GB of SSD space for just $150, this is one of the best upgrades you can make in terms of price/performance.
3) Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset
One of the best parts about gifting somebody a headset is that they might gift you their old headset. The Kingston HyperX Cloud is another affordably-priced gift for PC gamers in your life. Priced at around $80 MSRP, the Kingston HyperX Cloud actually appeared on gift guides in 2015 but was so good, it’s still around this year!
The headset features 53mm drivers and excellent sound quality for this price range. There’s also a sleek leather headband and surprisingly cozy earmuffs.
The only “restriction” with this gift is to make sure your loved one doesn’t already have a better headset.
The reason this headset is so cheap, by the way, is because it has a so-so microphone (but still definitely usable).
2) Neoprene Cable Sleeves
As I type this, dangling wires are touching my feet in an annoying way. Wires, for most computer builds, are unavoidable. Fortunately, you can buy neoprene cable sleeves that help you bundle your wires up in a sleek, nondescript way.
Amazon sells JOTO Cable Management Sleeves for $9.99 each, for example. These cable sleeves come with a zipper. You wrap up your cables in the sleeve, zip it up, then marvel at how much cleaner it looks.
Oh, and just wait until you discover how easy it is to vacuum and clean around your desk. This is a simple but lifechanging product.
1) NZXT Hue+
Want to get the perfect “battlestation” shot? Lighting is key. The NZXT Hue+ (available for $60 from Amazon) is an ideal gift for any PC gamer. It’s a little too expensive for most PC gamers to spend on themselves, which is why it’s the perfect gift.
This light system gives you a ton of modes to light up the different corners of your battlestation. You can control all of these lights using the NZXT CAM software. The package comes with 4 included cables, each of which can be extended.
With multiple RGB lights available, the Hue+ is a nifty way to instantly improve any battlestation. You don’t even have to put the lights inside your tower. You can place them around your desk for the ultimate effect during gaming.