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.
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:(opens in new tab)
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.(opens in new tab)
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.(opens in new tab)
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.(opens in new tab)
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.(opens in new tab)
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.(opens in new tab)
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.(opens in new tab)
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?(opens in new tab)
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.(opens in new tab)
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 (opens in new tab) when you want to game on the go.(opens in new tab)
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.(opens in new tab)
The best controller for PC gaming(opens in new tab)
The best webcams
If you're looking to add a facecam to your livestream or Youtube videos, our list of the best webcams (opens in new tab) will make you look good doing it.