Holiday Gift Guide: Tech and Games Galore

A holiday gift guide for the techies and gamers in your life

Headphones, gaming mice, laptops and PCs. Whatever you want to spend, there's a PC gaming gift here to suit your budget.

Contrary to the notion that PCs and their things cost a ton of money, if you do a little digging, you can actually find decent parts and peripherals without having to pay too much. But in case you do have the dough to spend, we've added as many fun things to our holiday gift guide we could find that the PC fan in your life would love.

Cyber Acoustics 3 Piece Speaker System - $74.99

Cyber Acoustics 3 Piece Speaker System

The Cyber Acoustics set will rattle you out of your seat - in a good way. The bass is strong and you can turn it way up without hearing any crackle. Your movies will sound perfect, your music will resonate loud and clear and it'll feel like you're right in the middle of a video game.

SteelSeries Siberia V2 Full-Size Gaming Headset - $80

Have you had headsets that tend to squish your head in or don't meet your requirements for a great sound experience?

The SteelSeries Siberia V2 Full-Size Gaming Headsetsits comfortably on your noggin thanks to cushy noise reducing ear cups, and of course, are capable of exceptional sound.

Corsair Vengeance M95 - $74

Corsair

If you prefer thinking to shooting, you might appreciate the M95 mouse, which is designed for MMO (massively multiplayer online) and RTS (real-time strategy) titles. You can even create custom button setups for individual games.

Corsair Force GT - $129

Corsair Force GT

Adding an SSD (solid state drive) is an easy way to speed up any PC, whether it's for better in-game performance, or just to get it to boot faster. It can either supplement your PC's mechanical hard drive or replace it completely. This Corsair Force GT is perfect for the task and comes in a range of sizes up to a huge 480GB.

Shogun Bros Ballista MK1 - $52

Shogun Bros Ballista MK1

The Ballista MK1 is a lot of mouse for your cash, with 8,200dpi, accessible buttons that are actually useful, and lights that clearly show you how you've got it configured at any point. The moulding is comfortable to hold, and it glides smoothly on a pad or your desk. Easily the best new mouse we've seen recently.

Roccat Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard - $79.99

Roccat Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard

The Roccat Isku looks basic but as always, looks are deceiving. With this gaming keyboard you'll have 36 easily-customizable macros, ice blue backlighting with 6 adjustable brightness levels, an Easy-Shift[+] key as a one-stop short-cut that makes giving orders quicker and easier and more.

Mad Catz R.A.T. 7 - $97

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The R.A.T. 7 changes everything, with its adjustable plates and Batmobile design. It's comfortable in most hands, the build quality is beautiful and the 6,400dpi accuracy is plenty. Unfortunately, such tweakery does comes at a price, and with the release of the M65 and Ballista MK1, it has some heavy competition.

Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 - $133.99

RAT 9

If you really want to get a 'lil crazy, you can pick up the most iteration of the Mad Catz mouse - the R.A.T. 9. It'll run you a lot higher on your credit card bill but it may just be worth it for more extreme customization for maximum comfort during your recipient's gaming sessions.

Creative Sound Blaster EVO Zx - $249.99

Creative Sound Blaster EVO Zx

We're sure you know at least one PC gamer who would appreciate new headphones, especially since they get better every year.

Creative Sound Blaster is a known presence in computer audio and has been making headphones for awhile now. They aren't always perfect, but you'll get decent sound quality from the Creative Sound Blaster EVO Zx.

If this pair isn't up to your standards, or if you don't feel like spending $250 bucks, there are plenty of other gaming headset options out there to choose from.

Philips 298P4QJEB UltraWide 21:9 Display - $599.99

Philips 298P4QJEB UltraWide 21 9 Display

The 21:9 ratio gives you a lot of breadth; you can quite comfortably open two applications and run them side by side on your desktop, without squashing or overlapping. It has four USB 3.0 ports around the back, too, and built-in stereo speakers.