Getting started in PC gaming can be pretty intimidating for several reasons. Of course, it’s a whole new community, and you might not know a lot of people who are involved yet. There’s also the fact that when you’re starting out, you might not be very good at playing games, but that shouldn’t intimidate you either; it’s the same when learning how to play bingo for a newbie, but you get the hang of things quickly. Another aspect of getting into PC gaming is the cost involved. While it can become very costly, there are ways to stay within a set budget, especially if you’re just starting out. It might be tempting to go for all the bells and whistles, but don’t get swept up in buying a bunch of shiny new toys that you might not need straight away. If you go for the basics first, you can slowly build up a collection that doesn’t break the bank but covers everything you need to get into PC gaming. Here are the best budget options for PCs and accessories in 2022.
Acer Predator Orion 3000
The basic version of the Acer Predator Prion 3000 is the version that’s budget-friendly enough to consider it a beginner-worthy PC: under $1000. There’s a lot to love, even in the most basic version of the PC, including the GTX 1660 graphics card for 1080p gaming. The PC features RGB lighting and cooling systems to add to the appeal.
The traditional black metal design isn’t anything new, but the Omen 25L’s glass panel offsets it a little. If you’re after what’s on the inside instead of what’s on the outside, then this is a PC well worth considering. It’s ready, set, and AMD configuration. The memory and storage capacity of the Omen is another big win.
MSI Trident 3 9th
If looks on the outside are equally as crucial as workings on the inside, then the Trident is the one for you. While the Trident is lovely on the outside, it’s not just a pretty face and has a lot of power for the price point. The PC features 9th gen Intel Core processors and excellent GTX graphics. It’s one of the cheaper ones on the list too, as well as not being a behemoth that takes up all of your physical space.
Logitech G102 Lightsync
This wired mouse is the second generation from Logitech and is much loved by users. The double-clicking issue found in the first-gen model has been solved, and this little powerhouse features great maneuverability for its relatively low price point. There are six programmable buttons on the mouse as well as a tension button system, and 16.8mm LED customizable color options.
Logitech G304 Lightspeed
This wireless option is very similar to the GPro, which is considered to be one of the best gaming mice available on the market at the moment. It’s a tiny bit more costly than the other mouse on the list, but it’s well worth it when you start to use it. The G304 features 250 hours of nonstop gameplay on only one AA battery and weighs in at a slim 99 grams for incredible maneuverability.
While you probably have a keyboard already, there are some features that a gaming keyboard has that you’ll need if you’re going to take gaming seriously. While the current trend is toward overpriced keyboards, there are a number of excellent ones available at a great price point, like the G.SKill KM360. Featuring a Cherry MX Red linear switch, this mechanical keyboard has amazing white LEDs. If a multicolored display is for you, then sit this one out, but you’ll be missing out on what you get instead. This board is solid and well made, but there’s no wrist rest included.
Keychron K2 (V2)
For a wireless keyboard, this price is unbeatable. The Keychron K2 is a good-sized board with completely mechanical Gateron switches that get the job done well. While the functionality is excellent, the components can feel cheap if you notice that sort of thing, but they’re still impressive for the cost. This is an excellent choice for an entry-level mechanical keyboard, especially if you’re switching from device to device.
Asus VP 228HE
This 21.5-inch monitor has a 1920×1080 resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. It’s flicker-free and comes with extra gaming features, but the menus are a little confusing. We’ll take “a little confusing” for the parts and price point, though, because it’s the bottom of the list as far as that’s concerned, and that’s a great thing! You’re not skimping on specs at all, but you are saving valuable dollars and getting great contrast and color in the bargain.
A cheap 4k monitor? No, we’re not joking. If you’re after a wider monitor, this 28-inch bad boy is the one for you. Its 1ms response time is perfect for keeping up with fast-paced games. This monitor works best with other Asus components but is a stellar buy no matter what kind of setup you have. The color clarity is truly remarkable, and you can highlight extremely dark shadows for better visibility.
If you’re just getting started in the world of gaming, these are great choices for building up your collection.