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We test a lot of hardware at PC Gamer to find the best of everything your rig will need. Whether it's accessories like mice, vital pieces like graphics cards, or even extras like screwdrivers, we've found the best choices for your computer. Check out all of our buying guides below, full of our top recommendations, budget options, and how we put each item to the test.

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10 things every PC gamer should own

New to PC gaming or just trying to fine tune your rig? Be sure to start with our list of 10 things every PC gamer should own (opens in new tab).

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The best gaming laptops

If you're looking to game on the go, our list of the best gaming laptops (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) you can buy for any rig.

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The best gaming motherboards

The motherboard binds all of your PC's vital components together, but it's not just a receptacle for those parts. The best gaming motherboard (opens in new tab)ensures a stable, overclockable system with the right bells and whistles.

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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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25 of the best PC cases

Looking for just the right case for your next build? Here are 25 we like a whole bunch. Can't hurt to have options.

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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 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab)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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab).

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The best webcams

If you're looking to add a facecam to your livestream or YouTube (opens in new tab) videos, our list of the best webcams (opens in new tab)will make you look good doing it.

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The best USB flash drives

Your average cheap, crappy USB drives are just that: cheap and crappy. We think it's worth it to go just a little bit further and get one of the options from our list of the best USB flash drives (opens in new tab).

All of our buying guides are updated regularly, so be sure to check back later if you are looking to upgrade.

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