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Build a pro-level gaming rig in three easy steps

GAMING ON A CONSOLE OR PHONE IS FUN AND ALL, BUT ELITE PLAYERS RELY ON MASSIVE PCS WITH PRECISION PERIPHERAL­S TO WIELD THEIR WEAPONS WITH JOHN WICK–LIKE AGILITY. THIS RIG IS READY TO SMITE EVERY ONLINE FOE.

- by STAN HORACZEK

Tower

Pro gamers demand smooth graphics rendering so there’s no fight-ruining lag between their commands and what happens onscreen. The burly multicore AMD processor inside the Alienware Aurora Ryzen stores data in an extra-large cache to avoid any hiccups.

Mouse

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate boasts 11 programmab­le buttons that can execute everything from simple commands like “jump” to complex routines. Its sensor automatica­lly adjusts to the surface below, so it’ll track smoothly over nearly any material.

Keyboard

Speed and feel are crucial for players who spend hours on the make-believe battlefiel­d. Logitech’s G513 Carbon and Silver mechanical device offers a switch option under the sturdy caps that prioritize­s response rates over click-clacky sounds.

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