Gaming on your PC? These are 6 accessories you need to score

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Whether you've purchased a new computer to fulfill your gaming needs or would like to add some functionality to an aging PC, it's a good time to invest in a few fun accessories. Computer gamers can choose from hundreds of peripherals today – each promising to enhance your interactive entertainment experience – so how do you know which ones are worthy of your time and money? For laptops and desktops, the following are a half-dozen hardware recommendations. And be sure to suggest your own favorites in the Comments section. The Cloud Mix is HyperX's first Bluetooth gaming headset that also supports a wired connection and detachable (second) microphone.


ASUS' ROG Strix GL502VS is a mid-range (and VR-ready) gaming laptop

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The idea of a "gaming laptop" usually brings to mind one of two images: an oversize laptop with enough power to rival a desktop machine, or a shockingly thin (and expensive) notebook that punches above its weight. Somewhere in between you'll find 15-inch systems like the ASUS ROG Strix GL502VS, a gaming laptop small and light enough to lug around, yet thick enough to house the sort of powerful internals you'd need to play just about any game you want. Though it's not a premium machine by any means, the Strix strikes a nice balance between power and portability. The Strix is an excellent mid-range gaming laptop. It may not have a premium build, and it suffers from middling battery life, but it has more than enough power to handle any game you might care to throw at it.


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The 7th generation Intel Core H series processor utilizes a power-efficient microarchitecture, advanced process technologies, and silicon optimizations to deliver faster performance over previous generations. THE POWER OF GEFORCE GTX 10-SERIES GRAPHICS MSI is the world's 1st gaming laptop powered by GeForce GTX 1080 SLI GPU delivering almost double the performance over single GPU solutions. With new technologies in Cooler Boost, you can game harder and never worry about being throttled. Additionally, the all new Dragon Center offers a 1-Click VR solution to optimize your laptop for VR. EXPERIENCE IPS LEVEL COLOR Don't settle for washed out colors.


G.Skill's popular mechanical keyboard has dropped to $70

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Mechanical keyboards are the gold standard for anyone who spends their day typing. But their price tag can seem daunting, with full-size models that include the 10-key pad costing anywhere from $100 to $120. For some people, it's easier to just buy a sub-$40 ergonomic keyboard and move on. But this deal makes it much easier to finally dive in: Until Thursday, Newegg is selling the G.Skill Ripjaws KM780R MX mechanical gaming keyboard for $70. The KM780R unit usually sells for about $100 on other sites and $120 on Newegg.


The Best Gaming Keyboards of 2017

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If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. If you're serious about PC gaming, a keyboard designed with gaming in mind is a must-have. A step beyond the standard'board, gaming-focused keyboards often deliver a handful of traits that facilitate play. Features like mechanical keys with quick, reliable travel and more generous key spacing are standard these days.