All gaming monitors are G- Sync or Freesync. The former works with Nvidia graphics cards, the latter with AMD. The distinction has to do with matching the computer’s rate of data production with the monitor’s ability to represent that data, often speeding up or slowing down the frame rate and so produce the smoothest possible visuals. G- Sync is considered higher-end and Freesync a better value, but buy based on your computer. The non-negotiable features include a Displayport port (the HDMI connections you use for a TV or Xbox won’t cut it) and 2 560 × 1 440 screen resolution.
Dell 24 S2417DG (G-sync), R6 000
If you can, spend extra for at least a 27-inch monitor. If you can’t, Dell’s 24-inch line has specs (165 Hz refresh rate, 2 560 × 1 440 display) that easily make up for the size deficiency.
Viewsonic XG2700-4K (Freesync), R7 200
Industry-best for Freesync, with 4K and UHD, plus loads of ports, and a stand that swivels and adjusts both height and tilt.
A. Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ (G-sync), R18 000
4K resolution at 144 Hz refresh rate makes this one among the highest-powered monitors you can buy. You will have to work really hard to get a game to run anywhere even close to this monitor’s peak performance. But if you have the cash and want your games to look as smooth and gorgeous as possible, this is the place to spend.
HEADSET B. Kingston Hyperx Cloud R1 000
Essential for modern games, where you listen for enemies based on the sound direction. Spending a bit more gets you comfortable materials and wireless connectivity, necessary only if you’re a marathon player.
MECHANICAL KEYBOARD C. Logitech G610 R2 000
Comes with responsive Cherry MX switches. Other keyboards cost more because they have colour-changing keys, but you won’t miss that.
MOUSE D. Logitech G305 R700
Modern wireless mice are now as responsive as cable mice. The G305 feels every bit as fast as a corded mouse, and its software makes it simple to customise the functions of each button.