Gaming doesn’t need to be expensive. While it’s true that there are over-the-top rigs out there, ones that costs tens of thousands of dollars, a proper gaming setup can be built for just a few hundred. Of course, it requires you to inform yourself first and know what to look for, which isn’t a problem because all the information you need is readily available over the internet. There are tons of articles, forum threads and videos dedicated to gaming rigs.
Provided that you’ve already assembled your rig, you’ll need the proper peripherals to go with it. You’ll need a gaming keyboard, mouse, a decent pad, headsets and chair. Continuing to air on the conservative side, here are the best places for finding affordable equipment for your gaming setup.
I know what you’re thinking, but no. For these gaming equipment, especially the headphones, mouse and keyboard, it’s not wise to opt for used parts. Used keyboards will almost always have mashed keys. A used mouse is also likely to have issues. Used headsets are just unhygienic. So why is eBay even suggested?
eBay has been around for two decades now and hence, it has plenty of sellers. It may be tedious work, but if you’re right there on the right time, you can get pretty nice deals as these sellers tend to unload their inventories by offering substantial discounts. For instance, at the moment of writing, a seller on eBay has the Turtle Beach Elite Pro, which is touted as one of the best gaming headsets available and is listed on popular outlets for $200, on a discount at $130.
Amazon has an extensive inventory and you’ll be able to find most of what you’re looking for. Same with other outlets, you’ll want to be there when Amazon throws discounts for the items you’re after. At times, Amazon slashes 75 percent off of the listed price. The discounts usually pop-up throughout the year, especially on special occasions. The holidays is always a great time to shop.
Currently, Amazon has plenty of deals for gaming chairs. At this moment of writing, one of the more popular racing-themed gaming chairs, the X Rocker 51259 that usually retailed for $250, can now be had for less than $170, which is a steal. There’s also plenty of good deals for offerings from DXRacer, which is a popular brand when it comes to gaming chairs. Amazon slashed prices from select models by over a hundred bucks.
There’s also a good deal on the Razer DeathAdder Elite, which is one of the best gaming mouse you can buy at the moment. Amazon has it at just $68. Note that some outlets offer the same product for over twice that amount.
If you’re looking to upgrade and get yourself better gaming peripherals at the same time, Newegg is a great portal to visit. Unlike Amazon with its extensive product lineup, Newegg is focused on computers and modern gadgetry, which is a good thing if you’re out for anything computer-related. The Newegg user interface – from the search bar to the dropdown menus – is quite friendly to use and everything is quite organized.
The good thing about Newegg is that the inventory is always fresh and it will likely have the latest product offerings from tech manufacturers. In fact, Newegg is one of the first online outlets to offer the corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire, which plenty of critics list as the best gaming keyboard available today, when it was released in the first half of 2016. If Corsair’s crème of the crop is above your budget range, then you may want to consider opting for the Corsair Vengeance K65 mechanical keyboard. Newegg, at the moment of this writing, lists it for $49.99, which is almost half of its original price.
Newegg is also not short of affordable gaming chairs. If you’re willing to settle less-known brands, you can get yourself one for just $69 – the original price was $97 but Newegg slashed 28 percent of it. And the discounts don’t end there. In fact, it echo’s throughout the retailer’s entire gaming chair inventory. A black and orange model that’s part of DxRacer’s Origin series is currently listed for just 40 percent of its introductory price – from $339 down to $204; quite a steal if you’re in the market for one.
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It’s advisable to take advantage of this holiday season to do your shopping. With Christmas and the New Year drawing near, more outlets are bound to slash the prices off its products. Target, BestBuy, Fry’s and others with physical locations are also currently holding their own promotional sales.