Guide to Best Mid-Range Gaming PC for Overclocking
Monitor, Peripherals, Disk Drive and Router
We’ve covered the PC portion of this guide, but I wanted to add some recommendations for the rest of the gaming experience. These are things that you may already have so I consider these as more optional items if you absolutely need to grab them. On the other hand, these are all things that can really help complete the system.
Monitor: VIEWSONIC VX2757-MHD 27-inch 1080p Gaming Monitor $179.99
You might notice that this is a FreeSync monitor I’m recommending here. That’s because Gsync really doesn’t fit well in a mid-range budget. Even with a 1060, this monitor is excellent for the price. You have a good response time in this budget and even come away with a 75 Hz refresh rate over the typical 60 Hz. All being said, FreeSync is a great feature and if you want to save a couple of additional bucks, an RX 480 would compliment this display nicely. Polaris just doesn’t overclock as well as Pascal does so that’s why the 480 didn’t make it into the GPU section of this guide.
Keyboard/Mouse: COOLER MASTER Masterkeys Lite L Combo $59.99
If you’re into eSports, then you need a decent keyboard mouse combo, especially since a good mouse can make any gaming session more enjoyable. If you can afford it, mechanical keyboards are the way to go, but COOLER MASTER has an excellent option for those who can’t drop $150+ on a keyboard/mouse combo. The Lite L combo uses CMs own mem-chanical keyboard switch, which is a far cry better than membranes, and the mouse has a 3500 DPI optical sensor on top of Omron switches. I couldn’t find a set that I felt would beat this combo for this price.
Disk Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS $19.99
If you have an old DVD drive, re-use it. If you don’t, then buy this one. It’s really that simple.
Router: D-LINK DIR-842 AC1200 Wi-Fi Router $59.99
A wireless router can make or break your online games. If you have to run off of wireless, you want to get the fastest thing you can afford, but if you don’t have a great budget then this is the router for you. The AC1200 is a pretty good speed for wireless, but it’s the intelligent QOS feature that really makes this router shine. All you have to do is drop your PC in the highest priority, then the DIR-842 will do the rest with prioritizing your internet traffic. It works great (I own one) and it doesn’t get much easier than that.