2022 has started with a bang if you're a PC gamer. Not only have critically-acclaimed titles like God of War and Monster Hunter Rise arrived on the PC, there are plenty of exciting new game launches, such as Sifu and Dying Light 2 Stay Human. And there's Elden Ring, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, and Ghostwire: Tokyo to look forward to in the coming weeks. It's just a shame Horizon Forbidden West won't be coming to the PC anytime soon.
In short, it's time to dust the cobwebs from your gaming rig. And perhaps take the opportunity to spring some new gear for the gaming fest to come. Here are 5 upgrades for your gaming setup to consider.
Asus Dual Radeon RX 6500 XT OC Edition
It's a tough time to buy a graphics card, especially a good one. But if you're just looking to play the latest games at 1080p resolution and medium graphics settings, you can make do with the entry-level Asus Dual Radeon RX 6500 XT OC Edition. For one, it's readily available without a huge premium. And it runs cool and quiet, too.
Gigabyte M28U Gaming Monitor
Few of us have the luxury of a dedicated display for our gaming setup. Your monitor is likely to double for both work and play. That's why I recommend a good all-rounder like the Gigabyte M28U Gaming Monitor. It isn't the biggest at 28 inches, nor is its 144Hz refresh rate close to the highest. But you do get 4K resolution, great colours and wide viewing angles. There's even a KVM switch so you can connect two devices to it.
Mountain Everest Max
Can't decide whether to get a full-size or a tenkeyless keyboard? You don't have to choose with the Mountain Everest Max, which has a highly customisable and modular design with a detachable number pad and media dock. Everything is connected via magnets and USB-C. I also like the excellent Base Camp app that lets you adjust its Razer Chroma compatible RGB LEDs and the media dock's LCD screen.
Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense
Upgrade your audio experience by adding rumble to the mix. The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense comes with vibrating ear cups that feel like you have tiny subwoofers in your ears. This premium wired gaming headset also gets the basics right — the leatherette foam ear cushions are thick and comfy while the detachable microphone offers good clarity for voice chats.
WD Black SN750 SE
Is your computer feeling its age? Spruce it up with a new solid-state drive like the WD Black SN750 SE. It's not the best SSD from WD, but its relatively modest specs (and affordable price) are probably ideal for older PCs which are unlikely to benefit fully from a top-tier SSD. With an average read speed of up to 3,600MB/s, the SN750 SE is definitely an upgrade from an older SSD.
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