Every serious PC gamer will rave about their favourite keyboard – and 99 times out of 100 that’s going to be a mechanical unit. There’s a reason that these old-school devices are the perfect companion for a modern gaming rig: they provide a solid, snappy and consistent typing action, the best speed and the most features.
The key to every top-quality keyboard is the mechanical switch under each button. Typically, this isn’t a simple situation – several companies make different switches, and they’ve got game-changing attributes.
We’ve taken a deep dive into the switches that form the bulk of the mechanical keyboards out there today – and explained the differences, too.
Gaming Mice Examined
There's no excuse for keen PC gamers to be without a top-notch gaming mouse. A proper rodent can improve your accuracy, increase comfort levels and make games easier thanks to extra buttons, more features and better sensors.
If you've never considered a new gaming mouse then it can seem daunting, as there are loads of features to take into account – but we've explained them all here to help you make an informed choice. We've also rounded up some of our favourites to point your cursor in the right direction.
Air Coolers In-Depth
There are all sorts of options for keeping your processor chilled, but air coolers remain the cheapest and easiest and most versatile option.
You can spend between £10 and £100 on an air cooler, and choose huge heatsinks with multiple fans or fan-free models for pure silence. Vast units are ideal for overclocking, and smaller cooler slot inside small-form-factor systems.
Our guide explains how these important components function – and gives you an overview of the entire market. We've also picked out some of our favourite coolers.