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5 Cheap Ways to Upgrade Your Desktop Computer For Gaming

Are you looking for an upgrade to this century’s gaming tech that won’t necessarily break the bank? Sometimes you run into that problem where you get this new game that just came out, but it won’t start as a result to your equipment being out of date. Typically this means you’ll just need an upgrade, which is a lot cheaper than investing in an entirely new computer. So today, we give you not four, but five cheap ways to upgrade your desktop for gaming purposes.

Cheap Ways to Upgrade Your Computer

Graphics Card

The graphics card is one of the most important pieces of a computer, like gravy on your mashed potatoes or bacon with your eggs and toast, so you want to make sure you get a good one even if you’re on a budget. Thus the one we have picked out here is one of the better choices, both price and power-wise. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 with 2GB graphics card ram is a great choice for its power and price. This graphics card should get you through just about any new video game release.


First of all, CPU stands for “Central Processing Unit.” That being said, it is imperative to your gaming experience that you upgrade this every three or more years. Your CPU is basically the “manager” of your computer parts, telling people where they need to be and what they need to be doing. So you’re going to want a decent CPU to go with your soon-to-be upgraded and improved computer. For a CPU, we highly suggest the Intel i3 7th gen dual core processor. The price is on the lower end of things, without sacrificing on quality. You should be able to get a good 40 to 50 FPS with this bad boy, and not to mention this processor runs at 3.9GHz, so you shouldn’t have a hard time getting up to the desired FPS rate.


This one really depends on your budget. If you’re willing to spend a good amount of money or just want something that will go with your upgraded computer, there are plenty of new 4k UHD monitors screaming for the money in your wallet. However, we’ve decided on one that’s a money saver and looks great at the same time. While this particular one isn’t HD, it’s a standard monitor that gets the job done, and at an immersive 24 inches. The Dell 24” SE2417HGR 1080p won’t cost you as much as higher end monitors, but it certainly isn’t from the caveman days, as the picture is crisp and the overall look is very smooth.

Keyboard and Mouse

For this cheap upgrade, we suggest the Redragon S101 Vajra USB Gaming Keyboard, paired with the Centrophorus USB Gaming Mouse. Don’t let this cheap price deceive you though, as both pieces are extremely efficient and built with gamers in mind. In fact, the keyboard allows you to disable the windows key for gaming. If you’re an avid gamer, you’ll know that the windows key can get in the way all the time, and it’s so annoying. So this option is really helpful, but unfortunately not a lot of keyboards have this option. The keyboard also comes equipped with a high-speed 3mm high=strength braided fiber USB cable to  protect the wire from any possible harm or long term damage. The mouse comes with three dpi settings (1000, 1600, and 2000), as well as long-lasting teflon foot pads. While mouse foot pads typically fall off soon after use, these should last you a long time.


It’s important to get good headphones for your gaming excursions so that your friends can hear you laughing at their in-game misery. For that very reason, and others, we have decided to recommend the Jeecoo JC-G1000 Stereo Over-ear Gaming Headset to you. With headphones, an important thing to keep in mind is comfort factor. While many things can be purchased with utilitarian intentions, something that you’re wearing for maybe hours at a time has got to be comfortable to some extent. These headphones just so happen to be incredibly comfy.

This specific pair of headphones does require a sound jack, a microphone jack, and a usb port, so they will not be compatible with consoles and some laptops unless you get a special adapter. There are seven LED lights that change throughout your gaming session, and look fantastic in the dark. When it comes to sound (maybe the most important part of a premium gaming experience), the Jeecoo Gaming Headset actually performs really well, especially for the price! We can basically guarantee you’ll enjoy them.

Our Take

There are a lot of great upgrades you can get for your computer/desktop to improve your gaming experience on a budget. We’ve listed five of them here, but don’t be afraid to get creative, and shop around for different items that can really change your computer for the better. Whether you find items that upgrade your computer on the inside or improve the aesthetics on the outside, you can really work around an older computer to improve it without buying a brand new machine. If you’ve tried any of these tips or have some others for upgrading your computer for gaming, be sure to tell us all about it in the comments section!

Cheap Ways to Upgrade Your Computer

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