Mid-Tier Peripherals Bundle:
While £450 may sound like an eye-watering amount to spend on a monitor, especially for a mid-tier system, we put this monitor into our guide because it suits both our systems with AMD and Nvidia graphics. Officially supporting adaptive sync support means the Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ monitor is compatible with Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync technology to provide smooth, high FPS gameplay with screen tearing eliminated.
With a 165 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time and a 1440p (2650 x 1440) HDR10 high dynamic range IPS panel means every ounce of graphical performance can be utilised with this monitor. Competitive multiplayer gamers will gain an edge in battles and AAA solo titles will look great on this monitor. With multiple connections via DisplayPort and HDMI allows users to connect other devices such as a console as well as a PC.
This cost-effective keyboard from Logitech offers a slick actuation point of 1.5mm for a precise mechanical feeling, perfect for FPS MOBA or MMORPG gamers. The G413 uses Logitech’s own Romer G switches, which are classed as an alternative to Cherry MX Red, and are housed in an aircraft-grade aluminium chassis that provides an understated yet premium appearance.
The Logitech G413 is equipped with USB passthrough, for easy access connectivity for other peripherals such as a headset or mouse and is currently priced under £65 at Amazon, which represents excellent value and is almost half the price of other mechanical keyboards with similar features.
Mouse – Sharkoon Light² 200 Gaming Mouse
We recently reviewed the Sharkoon Light² 200 Gaming Mouse and found that it is one of the best value gaming mice available at the moment. At a time where lightweight mice are the craze, the Light² 200 stands out as being one of the best in the current crop and seems the ideal choice to partner our Mid-Tier gaming systems.
The Sharkoon Light² 200 Gaming Mouse is equipped with flawless sensor performance provided by the Pixart PMW 3389 with adjustable sensitivity up to 16,000 DPI, six programmable buttons, a 1000 Hz polling rate and weighing in at just 62g. Integrated RGB lighting and an interchangeable top cover mean it can fit in with all types of system themes and its similarities in shape to the Zowie EC means its ideal for competitive gamers.
Headset – HyperX Cloud Alpha
To complement our Mid-Tier systems, we looked for a good quality gaming headset priced under £100. The general consensus seems to be that the HyperX Cloud Alpha is one of the best all-round gaming headsets around this price. It offers well-balanced audio for gaming via 50mm Neodymium drivers with a detachable microphone that doesn’t pick up too much background noise.
HyperX headphones have been praised for their solid build quality and the Cloud Alpha continues this tradition. Priced under £80 currently, it won’t break the bank. Generous padding in the earcups means it feels comfortable to wear even after a long gaming session, while in-line audio controls provide easy volume adjustment and microphone mute control.