With the holidays coming up and Northern Hemisphere winter just getting started, you might be thinking about what PC upgrades will keep you cozy and entertained all season long. MassivelyOP is here to help with suggestions that will keep your frames rated and your tower case generating plenty of heat all winter long! If you’re going to pick one of these up for yourself or as a gift, please consider using our links as a way to help support your favorite MMO news site (which is us, right?). Please note that Amazon affiliate links may grant a small commission to us, which is very much appreciated!
So this year the GTX 1000-series cards have all seen price drops, and it’s now possible to get a mid-range GTX 1060 card packaged by a reputable manufacturer like PNY or Asus for under $300 that will be a reliable upgrade from any GTX 960 or earlier card (bit of a side-grade from a GTX 970, and the GTX 980 still runs faster, albeit at significantly higher energy consumption). And if you want to spend $50 more, they’ll sell you the XLR8 overclocked version, which promises 10% better clock speeds without going all the way to the $450 GTX 1070.
If you’re looking for fast response in games, you need to go wired, and you might want to go with mechanical switches for solid tactile feedback and confirmed button presses. The Logitech G910 has all of that along with programmable gaming buttons (along the left edge and above the function keys, where you can reach them without letting go of WASD), customizable RGB backlighting, and built-in phone dock. Cup holder sold separately. This is ordinarily Logitech’s top-of-the-line gaming keyboard at $180, but today, Amazon has it discounted to $90 as part of their Black Friday week deals. So if your gaming keyboard happens to be missing all of its left-hand letter labels and your fingers have worn little grooves deep into the plastic keys, don’t miss this chance to upgrade!
If you’ve been holding off on switching to a solid state drive because the choice was between an affordable drive that could hold Windows + one MMO and a $500 drive that could hold all of your executables, this might finally be your time! Samsung’s 860-series 1TB SATA SSDs are now on sale for $130, which will give you enough space for The Elder Scrolls Online‘s gigantic textures and the ever-growing gw2.dat file that apparently contains all of Tyria, while promising some of the speediest load times that are possible over a SATA 3.0 connection.
When my old claw mouse died, I had a really hard time finding anything that would be as comfortable for me to use for work and play (and for MMOs, MOBAs, and shooters!) Luckily, for the perpetually undecided among us, there’s the Razer Naga Trinity, the mouse with three interchangeable side panels. Full disclosure: I had settled on the Razer Naga Hex, the 7-side-button MOBA version, but when the left mouse button on my new Hex unexpectedly snapped off, Razer graciously replaced it with the Trinity, since the Naga v2 was, by that time, out of stock indefinitely. So I got a chance to try out the switchable side panels, and the system is very slick: The side panels stick on magnetically, firmly attached but easy enough to remove when you want to. The hotkeys have default mappings that will let you use the keymap in most games to call them (the MOBA keys are mapped to numbers 1-7 by default, for example), but can be easily remapped in the Razer Central software in the event that you need the numbers for some other nefarious UI plan of your own. Warning to lefties: This is a very right-handed mouse. But if you’re the kind of gamer who can train his or her right thumb to do tricks, this is an amazing upgrade to the number of reachable buttons.
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