Everything you need to upgrade your PC gaming setup in 2023

Taking advantage of upgrades is one of the best parts of being a PC gamer. PCs offer the most features, the best performance, and the longest life span compared to any other system out there. New PC gaming hardware comes out every year, with higher benchmarks to measure and features to take advantage of, and the holidays are a perfect time to look for deals on upgrades.

If you’re looking to upgrade your PC setup, this guide can help you find the best gear to take your setup to the next level, whether gaming or creating. And with holidays fast approaching, you can get the most bang for your buck on everything from components to peripherals.

Why upgrade?

It’s a good time to do that. The holiday season is a perfect time to look for gaming upgrade deals.

More importantly, upgrading can have a huge impact on performance. Replacing my 2016 GPU (graphics processing unit) with a new NVIDIA card showed me just how big of a change a few years of technical development can make. Continuing my playthrough felt very different, with dramatically improved frame rates and graphical fidelity. In titles like Nobody’s Heaven, I was able to take advantage of newer NVIDIA features such as DLSS and DLAA, two amplifiers to improve performance and visual quality, which are not supported in older GPUs. NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs can handle even the most demanding creative content creation workflows. If you haven’t upgraded your CPU or GPU in a few years, the performance gains and new features are huge.

Advanced technology for your PC

Equipping yourself with the latest technology not only improves performance while gaming; you may find the newer systems and software help with creative multitasking, studies (especially for students in STEM fields), and creative workflows. Here are some tech upgrades to consider investing in:

A new computer

Today, iBUYPOWER desktop PCs are a great example of power and affordability. This iBUYPOWER desktop with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 costs $1,250, and includes an Intel i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and an SSD and HDD for storing tons of games. The NVIDIA graphics card in particular allows you to take advantage of advanced graphics features such as ray tracing and DLSS (more on that later).

You can even get a gaming laptop like this Acer Nitro 5 with GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU for under $1,000. In addition to great all-round performance, this Acer Nitro 5 features NVIDIA’s new Advanced Optimus technology, which helps optimize communication between the CPU (central processing unit) and GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) for improved performance and battery life while gaming .

For the aspiring artist or seasoned professional, NVIDIA Studio products like the ASUS ProArt StudioBook 16 laptop are purpose-built to boost creative performance and feature advanced GeForce RTX GPUs. With vibrant displays, lightning-fast memory and storage, as well as NVIDIA Studio support, these laptops can do it all, whether it’s content creation or gaming.

A modern graphics card

If you’re happy with your desktop PC, consider improving your performance by installing a new graphics card.

I’ve always used NVIDIA GPUs and recently upgraded my desktop with the MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 GPU. In particular, the RTX 3070 and 3080 graphics cards offer advanced performance for gaming at 1440 pixels and 4K. Both support advanced ray tracing performance, which realistically and vividly simulate lighting and lighting effects in games. Since 4K resolution and ray tracing can put a strain on frame rates, it’s smart to use features like DLSS, which uses artificial intelligence to vastly improve performance while maintaining great image quality. In addition to the above, the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 GPU can completely transform your gaming experience.

A responsive monitor

You can upgrade your PC all you want, but if you don’t have a modern monitor, you won’t be able to see what power your computer is capable of. The best gaming monitors, from budget to premium, all have a few things in common. They are ergonomically adjustable, have modern connectivity and have a refresh rate of at least 120 Hz. Historically, I’ve used 1080p Asus gaming monitors with NVIDIA G-SYNC. Paired with an NVIDIA GPU, these monitors work to reduce any possible stuttering and screen tearing between the system and the screen, delivering an incredibly smooth experience.

The above is more than enough for my needs. But competitive gamers looking for a professional tool that can keep up with their skills should look to more premium options. ASUS’ ROG Swift PG259QNR is at the top of its class, boasting a ridiculously fast 360Hz refresh rate on a 1080p display that supports latency-busting features like NVIDIA Reflex.

iBUYPOWER Desktop with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
Acer Nitro 5 with GeForce RTX 3060 laptop GPU
Acer Nitro 5 with GeForce RTX 3060 laptop GPU
ASUS ProArt StudioBook 16 laptop
ASUS ProArt StudioBook 16 laptop
MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 GPU
MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 GPU
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 GPU
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 GPU

Comfortable, practical peripherals

Upgrading your PC isn’t the only way to improve your gaming experience. Gear such as mice, keyboards, controllers, headphones, microphones, and even lighting can help create an environment that’s perfect for you. Here are a few perks to level up:

A responsive mouse

A fast, responsive gaming mouse can help close the gap between you and the mission. One of our favourites affordable gaming mice is the Corsair Dark Core Pro SE, a wireless, rechargeable option that’s comfortable, customizable and fast. Other impressive choices are the budget-friendly ones Cooler Master M720 or the premium Logitech G Pro X Super light. If you pair one of these mice with a G-Sync monitor with reflexyou can enable NVIDIA Reflex Analyzer, a tool that measures system latency between your monitor and your input. In competitive shooters like valorantreducing this input lag is a big step towards victory.

An immersive headset

Audio is a crucial but often overlooked part of gaming. Whether you are deep into the mysterious world of Strayed or relay crucial information to teammates through your mic input Apex Legends, the Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset has you covered. Its flexibility is its greatest strength: it can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth or via a lossless 2.4 Ghz dongle. Either way, you’ll enjoy clear in-game and chat audio.

A comfortable chair

Forgetting to invest in good seats is a big mistake. Discount options with “gamer” aesthetics can be visually appealing, but many lack the ergonomic design of the more veteran office furniture brand Branch. I personally use a Herman Miller Aeron chair, a timeless but expensive option that I would only recommend if you can find it discounted, used, or on sale.

Corsair Dark Core Pro SE
Cooler Master M720
Cooler Master M720

Now 21% discount

Logitech G Pro X Super light
Logitech G Logitech G Pro X Super light

Now 14% discount

Arctis 1 wireless gaming headset
Arctis 1 wireless gaming headset
Branch ergonomic chair
Herman Miller Aeron chair
Herman Miller Aeron chair

And big, exciting games

Now that your setup is perfectly suited to your needs, it’s time to play some great games. 2022 has shown how much new technology can improve older titles.

The best-selling Marvel’s Spider Man from 2018 got a resurgence when it came to PC Marvel’s Spider-Man Remasteredwith huge gains in resolution, frame rate and technology such as ray tracing, DLSS and more. Marvel’s Spider Man isn’t the only classic to get the remastered treatment; Puzzle game from 2007 Portal is released as Portal with RTXwith new 4K graphics, ray tracing and more.

It’s also been an incredible year for new releases, with titles like Elder ring offers sprawling adventures for gamers to enjoy. Fans of heavy action should check out the next one Warhammer 40K: Darktide, a dark co-op shooter from the long-running Warhammer franchise. If you’re looking for an epic world and story, God of war, one of our favorite PlayStation games, which has recently made its way to PC, with a host of high-fidelity improvements to graphics and performance. No matter what kind you like, there’s something to enjoy on PC, especially with a refreshed setup.

Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
Nobody's Heaven
Elder ring
Warhammer 40k: Darktide
God of war

*Some items display retail prices and are subject to change.

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