7 good value gifts for the budget PC gamer

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7 good value gifts for the budget PC gamer

We’re getting down to the wire in terms of getting holiday gifts, but if you’re looking for presents for a gamer in your life with big aspirations, but also don’t want to shell out for true top-end gear, we’ve got your back. This list has options for a more modest spender.

The idea is to provide the best value, so not everything on here is super cheap. Instead, it’s how to provide the best bang for your buck when shopping for the PC gamer in your life who wants it all.


CyberPowerPC Gamer AMD Edition Ultra VR desktop PC

Top-tier PC-based virtual reality is expensive, but you might be surprised at the entry-level price for hardware that can support Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The $699 CyberPowerPC has a VR-ready AMD Radeon RX 480 on board, and can indeed handle virtual reality games and experiences with ease, as I can personally attest. If you really want to give the gift of VR this holiday, but would also like to minimize the wallet hurt, this is the place to start.


Dell Alienware Alpha

If your giftee doesn’t need virtual reality capabilities but is looking for an affordable entry into PC gaming, the Alienware Alpha is a good choice. It starts at $550, and has enough power under the hood to handle a surprising selection of top-tier AAA releases. Plus, it comes in a form factor that’s perfect for the home theater entertainment unit, without being huge and unwieldy. It’s basically the perfect way to step up from the console while keeping console convenience.


Lenovo 15.6-inch budget gaming laptop

If it’s a notebook you’re after, few can top this sub-$400 gaming notebook from Lenovo, which packs 8GB of RAM, an AMD FX7500 processor and Radeon R7 graphics into a relatively small shell. This won’t be powering any VR headsets or otherwise maxing out your frame rates at crazy detail levels, but it does get the job done at a price that’s on par with some Chromebooks out there.


Logitech G230 stereo gaming headset

Logitech’s corded headset with mic for gamers provides great sound, great comfort and great mic quality for outgoing communications, all in a package that’s under $30 right now. You’ll find cheaper options out there, but for Windows gamers, this is a great value from a trusted brand for trash talking your enemies.


DualShock 4 wireless controller

The DualShock 4 controller isn’t only great for PlayStation 4, it’s also basically the best PC controller out there, and recently got proper wireless support for both Mac and Windows via a new hardware USB dongle. You can also use it corded, with native Steam support and with PlayStation’s own remote play app, so there’s lots to enjoy for gamers of all stripes.


Steam Link

If the person you’re shopping for is already a PC gamer, but would like a way to get that same experience elsewhere in their house, the Steam Link is a great solution at under $50. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper than getting a home theatre PC or dedicated console for another room in the house, and it works nearly as well provided you have access to wired networking, and are mostly playing games via Steam.


EagleTec KG010 mechanical gaming keyboard

Everyone likes some clack-clack while they’re doing their PC gaming, and the EagleTec KG010 offers that, with very little in the way of cost compared to some options from the big name brands. It’s reliable despite its lower price, too.