We've upgraded our hardware buying guides

Last year, PCGamer.com got an upgrade. It was shiny and new. With our new site came our new Hardware channel, and with our new hardware channel came a series of buying guides for aspiring PC builders and gamers. We've covered most of the major PC components so far, from processors and SSDs down to accessories like mice and keyboards. Now it's time for our hardware guides to get their own upgrade.

We've been playing around with the design of our buying guides. Our main goal was to find a better way to present the components we recommend to readers looking for a quick recommendation, while keeping intact all the hard work, research, and context that goes into each guide. Last week we moved all of our buying guides over to a new layout intended to achieve both of those goals, while getting a bit more flashy PC Gamer Red on the page. It's a little shinier, a little newer.

Here's an example. And here's a picture of an example that you don't have to click.

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Along with making the buying guides easier to read (no more pages!), this new layout includes dynamically updating price modules so you don't have to guess at recent changes in Amazon's pricing algorithms. If you don't see the price module for a component here or there, don't panic—we're still working out some kinks, and you can always click on the name of the component for a link.

In the coming months we'll be updating many of these guides as new components are released and we have time to research, test, and review them. And we have new ones on the way. For now, here's the list of our shiny new buying guides:

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The best gaming laptops

If you're looking to game on the go, our list of the best gaming laptops has options to fit whatever budget you are working with.

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The best CPUs

We compared the best processors on the market (with gaming in mind, naturally) to pick our favorite all-around CPU, a beefy high-end chip and a wallet-friendly budget model.

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The best graphics cards

The soul of any gaming rig, we tested a ton of GPU's to find the best graphics cards you can buy for any rig.

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The best SSDs for gaming

An essential part of any modern PC, the best SSDs for gaming will boot into Windows in seconds and keey your load times to a minimum.

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The best gaming mice

We tested an absolutely huge number of mice to make our list of the best gaming mice, providing alternatives for those with small hands or who are left-handed.

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The best gaming keyboards

We think mechanical keyboards are king for gaming, but our list of the best gaming keyboards has a membrane option for those who disagree.

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The best chairs for PC gaming

Fast CPUs and graphics cards are great, but the best chairs for sitting at a PC will keep your spine in working order for years. You care about your spine, right?

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The best gaming headsets

Audiophiles rejoice, because our list of the best gaming headsets has sorted through all the top options to find which pair of cans have the best fidelity.

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The best wireless gaming headsets

Looking for a headset with a little bit more freedom? We put together our list of the best wireless gaming headsets when you want to game on the go.

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The best gaming monitors

It doesn't matter how strong your PC is, the game has to look good on screen, and our list of the best monitors will make sure it does.

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The best controller for PC gaming

We test the DualShock 4, Xbox controllers, and more for comfort, quality, and most importantly, compatibility with PC to find the best PC gamepad.

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The best webcams

If you're looking to add a facecam to your livestream or Youtube videos, our list of the best webcams will make you look good doing it.


As hardware editor, Wes spends slightly more time building computers than he does breaking them. Deep in his heart he believes he loves Star Wars even more than Samuel Roberts and Chris Thursten, but is too scared to tell them.


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