Here’s How to Enhance Your Gaming Setup With Current Technology This Season

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Over the past year, so many great games have come out that we can barely keep up with them all. Unfortunately, this means that for many gamers, the quality of new releases is quickly outpacing the power of their gaming setup. Fortunately, this is an easy fix. Here are a few key upgrades and gaming gadgets to enhance your setup using current-gen technology.

Invest in a New GPU

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A graphics processing unit, or GPU, is one of the most important upgrades to take any gaming setup to the next level. As their name suggests, GPUs are designed to handle complex computer graphics. It can use to enhance the visual appeal of your games. As the capabilities of game developers improve, so too will game graphics. More complex graphics require a higher-end GPU. So if you haven’t upgraded yours in a while, your PC is likely to start struggling soon.

When purchasing a new GPU, we recommend sticking with one of the more reputable companies. There are really only three major players in GPU production: NVIDIA, AMD, and as of recently, Intel. However, other manufacturers do exist, and while they may not be able to compete with the main three companies. They’re a great option for budget builds. Though a GPU upgrade is certainly pricey, it’s one of the best ways to keep your computer up to date and able to play the latest and greatest in the gaming world.

Switch to Water Cooling

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Of course, an upgraded GPU will consume more power and run hotter than older iterations. Past a certain point, your old air coolers and case fans may not work. Generally, a computer shouldn’t run any higher than 40 degrees celsius while idle, and no more than 90 degrees Celsius while under load. If you’re consistently reaching higher temperatures, it may be time to make the switch to water cooling.

Your initial reaction to the suggestion of a water-cooled PC is likely to be apprehension, and we understand. Water and electronics don’t typically mix well, after all. The technology has advanced to a point where water cooling is a safer and more effective option than ever. Water cooling is something of a misnomer in many cases.  Rather than use water, many water cooling systems use a specialized non-conductive coolant. In the unlikely event that this coolant leaks, it’ll still get all over the PC, but it won’t short out any components, so you can just power your PC down, allow it to dry, replace the coolant, and continue normal use.

When setting up your water cooling system, you’ll have two options: an all-in-one (AIO) system or a custom loop. If you’re a PC-building novice, we recommend an AIO. They’re closed loops that are extremely unlikely to leak, and provide extremely easy setup. Custom loops are much more difficult to set up and are prone to leakage if improperly installed, but allow for much more versatility. You can install individual distro plates to distribute coolant throughout your PC, from the CPU and GPU to the RAM and SSD.

Set up New RGB Lighting

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Sometimes, though, your gaming setup doesn’t need a major overhaul, it just needs a fresh coat of paint. The best way to do this is by adding RGB lighting. This can accomplish with RGB light strips, case fans, or other accessories around the room or inside a fishbowl-style PC case, or even just some ambient RGB lamps. The lights are fully addressable, meaning they can be customized with any color, pattern, or behavior you can imagine. Adding RBG lighting to your gaming room allows you to truly make your setup your own.

Upgrade Your Monitor

Upgrading your monitor will allow you to experience stunning game visuals exactly as they were intended to be experienced. Though 1080p monitors are still the most popular option for gaming, new resolutions and higher refresh rates are becoming increasingly popular, as well as OLED monitors rather than LCD or IPS screens. If you’re running a high-end GPU, we recommend investing in a 1440p or 4k monitor to ensure you’re getting the best value for your money.

Upgrade Your Speakers

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Speakers are a fairly simple upgrade, but they can really kick your gaming setup up a notch. Investing in high quality speakers allows you to experience your favorite games with crystal-clear audio, deep, rumbling bass, and more immersive sound than ever before. If you haven’t upgraded your speakers in a while, we strongly recommend doing so.

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