The best gifts for PC gamers

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This article originally appeared in PC Gamer UK 234.

Welcome to the PC Gamer gift guide! A guide to gifts for gamers who PC. What's that? You don't know any of these 'PC' gamers? Why, that's no problem! The gifts are for you.

So let's get on with it. Either send this link to someone who could feasibly end up buying you a Christmas present, or bring your own credit card and click away! Please note, our prices were accurate at the time of publishing but the internet being the fickle place that it is, they are subject to changes. Just click the link for the most up to date UK and US prices.

Cyborg Gaming Lights

£90 or $100

Here's a way to make your gaming ever so slightly better, while slightly alarming your neighbours. Install these lights behind your monitor and they'll project the shade of light on screen across the back wall, turning your gaming room into a laser disco. At night, your gaming room window will look like the coolest/loneliest room on the street. Result.

Cisco E3200 Router

£110 or $135

So, you're born to the forbidden union of the queen of Minos and the white bull of Poseidon, the king to imprisons you in a vast labyrinth, and you cannot get a Wi-Fi signal. You need the Cisco E3200 – a dual-band wireless-N router that'll give you much better transfer rates and signal strength than the generic one your service provider gives you.

PNY Liquid Cooled GeForce 580

PNY liquid cooled GeForce 580.

£445 or $669

Battlefield 3 is out now, and if you haven't upgraded to play it you probably should. Spend your credit limit on a liquid cooled GeForce 580. This PNY card comes pre-overclocked. What's the benefit of liquid cooling? You get to say: “Yeah, my PC is liquid cooled. Bitches.” And they run a bit quieter.

Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse

£70 or $85

Craig used to swear by the R.A.T.7 mouse – all the dials and gears mean you can adjust the shape to fi t your hand, and the weight to your exact muscular definition. Craig's dead (to us) now, yet the R.A.T.7 remains. Now there's a recommendation.

Minecraft Pick

Foam Minecraft Pick

£23 or $20

This foam pick doesn't have the heft to damage anything, but it does mean you can bash your office and only get escorted off the premises for looking like a mental.