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Build a pro-level PC gaming setup in three steps

Popular Science logo Popular Science 1/08/2020 Stan Horaczek
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Gaming on a console or phone is fun and all, but elite players rely on massive PCs with precision peripherals to wield their weapons with john wick–like agility. This rig is ready to smite every online foe.

Tower

Pro gamers demand smooth graphics rendering so there’s no fight-ruining lag between their commands and what happens onscreen. The burly multicore AMD processor inside the Alienware ­Aurora Ryzen stores data in an ­extra-large cache to avoid any hiccups.

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Mouse

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate boasts 11 ­programmable buttons that can execute every­thing from simple commands like “jump” to complex routines. Its sensor auto­matically adjusts to the surface below, so it’ll track smoothly over nearly any material.

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Keyboard

Speed and feel are crucial for players who spend hours on the make-believe battlefield. Logitech’s G513 Carbon and Silver mechani­cal device offers a switch option ­under the sturdy caps that prioritizes ­response rates over click-clacky sounds.

a close up of a cell phone: Alienware Aurora Ryzen © Jarren Vink Alienware Aurora Ryzen

This story appeared in the Summer 2020, Play issue of Popular Science.

a laptop computer sitting on top of a keyboard: Logitech G523 Carbon and Silver © Jarren Vink Logitech G523 Carbon and Silver Razer Basilisk Ultimate © Jarren Vink Razer Basilisk Ultimate

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