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Valorant PC Game Review- Why This Game is Worth Sinking Hours Into




Valorant PC Game Review

What is the reason why you play games? For most people, they want to have fun. For some, they want to be competitive and try their skills against other players.

No matter what your reason is, looking for fun and exciting titles to play is quite common. If you are looking for one, read further to find out why this newly released game is worth it.

This is the Valorant PC Game Review.

What is It?

Valorant is a 3D first-person shooter. If I were to describe the game in its entirety, it would be a combination of both Counter-Strike and Overwatch.

It is similar to CS:GO because there is a buying phase at the start of the round. It is also the same as Overwatch in the sense that all of the characters have unique abilities.

At the time of writing this article, the game is released with 10 characters, though you can expect new characters and maps in the future.

You can start playing with 5 characters and you can unlock the additional ones by just gaining XP. The game seems to be borrowing one of Overwatch’s rules in the sense that you can only use one character per team.

The Agents

Valorant PC Game Review 2020

All of the characters that you can choose in the game are called ‘Agents’ and there are four different types.

The first is the Sentinel which are agents that have skills that can help fortify locations. The next are Controllers that mostly have AoE abilities that are meant to disrupt enemies from pushing toward the objective.

Then, there are the Initiators. Think of them as scouts as their abilities allow you to see enemy movement, as well as form tactics to combat them in the most effective way.

Lastly, you have the duelist. Think of them as the all-around killing machines. Their abilities are perfectly suited for pushing and driving enemies away from a point.

Why Team Tactics Are Important

Unlike Overwatch where character HPs are higher, Valorant is somewhat similar to CS:GO in the sense that you can be one-shotted by enemy snipers and whatnot.

The key to winning this game is overall communication. This means that it is imperative you communicate with your teammates either through in-game commands or discord.

The current available game mode is Demolition Man and if you have played CS:GO, you should be quite familiar with this particular play.

Basically, there will be two teams. One team will be tasked to defend different bomb sites and the other team will do their best to plant a bomb.

To win the game, either team must be able to get a total of 13 wins. When your team is defending, it is important that the opposing team doesn’t plant a bomb. If that happens, the only way for you to win the round is if any of your teammates can defuse it.

It is also worth noting that it also employs a similar style of play like CS:GO. Every round, you have money to buy whatever it is that you need. The more agents you’ve killed in the previous round, the more money you get in the buying phase.

The Arsenal

At the beginning of every round, you will have the option to buy one primary weapon and a sidearm. For primaries, you get to choose either a machine gun, a shotgun, SMG, rifle, and a sniper. You also have a total of 5 different sidearms you can choose depending on your preference as well.

There was this long-standing notion in Counter-Strike games before that when you just wield a knife, that your movement speed will be much faster than wielding a gun.

Many players have reported that to be true, while others refute it and say that it is just a placebo. You may or may not believe it, but it is just interesting to point that out.

The Playables

What makes this game interesting is that you can choose any of the 10 characters that will be playable in the game. As mentioned earlier, 5 of them would be playable right off the bat while the other 5 will have to be unlocked just by playing the game.

Below are the five current playable characters in the game:


Valorant Sova

If scouting enemy positions is your thing, then Sova is the best character for you. As you may have already guessed, Sova is an initiator and his tracking abilities are amazing.

Here are his skills:

  • Owl Drone– A cool flying drone that allows you to mark enemies using darts. Marked enemies are tracked which means that your teammates can also see them, even behind walls
  • Shock Bolt– This ability lets Sova shoot electrically-charged arrows to an area or player. Keep in mind that although this is a great dispersing mechanism, it has the potential to damage your teammates as well
  • Recon Bolt– The Recon Bolt is Sova’s signature ability and it is where he fires arrows that can tell your teammates the enemy’s position. What’s cool is that you can do this through walls too. Although it is a cool ability, bear in mind that enemies can destroy the arrows, thus nullifying their effect
  • Hunter’s Fury– Sova’s ultimate ability, this is where he fires a laser arrow to your opponent for good amounts of damage. It can shoot through walls and you have about three charges. When one of your arrows hits the enemy, they will be marked for a brief period of time


Valorant Phoenix

Named after the mythical creature that can be reborn using its own powers, Phoenix is a Duelist and is great for pushing thanks to his ability to get back to life.

  • Blaze– Phoenix can create a wall of fire that not only damages enemy players passing through it but it can also create a barrier that is hard for them to see. The good thing is that you can also manipulate the wall so that you can block out different corners and angles
  • Curveball– A fireball projectile that can be hurled towards the enemy, leaving them blinded for a couple of seconds when it hits
  • Hot Hands– Phoenix throws a firebomb that creates a small area of fire. Enemies who are caught in it will be given a damage-over-time (DoT) debuff
  • Run It Back– Just like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, this ultimate ability allows him to come back to life. He does this by placing a particular marker and once that is placed, a cooldown timer commences. Once Phoenix is killed or once the timer expires, Phoenix will be reborn in the same spot as the marker.


Valorant Brimstone

People that want to prevent enemies from getting to specific areas would definitely love Brimstone. He is a Controller-type character that can do aerial assaults and throw grenades that can hinder enemy movement.

  • Steam Beacon– Brimstone lays down a beacon on the ground that can provide a buff called ‘Rapidfire’. As the name implies, this buffs you and your teammates’ rate of fire by 10%, as well as weapon swap and reload speeds.
  • Incendiary– The good old fashioned ‘Fire in the Hole!’, Brimstone uses a grenade launcher to hurl grenades to a specific area. Aside from the immediate blast, it can also cause damage over time in a small radius as well. Keep in mind that that small area can also damage friendlies, so be mindful of it
  • Sky Smoke– By using Brimstone’s gadget, you can deploy smoke bombs at key locations in the map
  • Orbital Strike– Have you seen the movie, Independence Day? Brimstone’s orbital strike is quite similar to that of the Alien’s laser in that movie. The laser does area of effect damage- the closer the opponents are, the bigger the damage they will receive


Valorant Sage

Considered a godsend by many, Sage is a Sentinel-type character that has the ability to heal and resurrect allies, as well as creating barriers to prevent enemy movement in key locations.

  • Barrier Orb– If you’ve played Overwatch’s Mei, this should be right up your alley. This is where Sage can put up a barrier- effectively blocking anyone’s entry in specific locations. The barrier can also act as a damage soak and that is why it can be an effective tool to use if you want to protect your allies in battle
  • Slow Orb– Sage throws an orb that creates an area that can slow down enemy movement
  • Healing Orb– Her signature ability, Sage can hurl an orb to a teammate, thus providing them with a Heal-over-time buff
  • Resurrection– When you think about it, you can say that Sage is both a combination of Mei and Mercy’s abilities. As the name suggests, this is where you can revive a fallen ally


Valorant Jett

If you like fast-moving characters, then you will definitely love Jett. A duelist that specializes in quick movements, you can easily use her to flank and kill enemies in succession.

  • Cloudburst– Provides cover for Jett’s allies by hurling a sphere that may impede enemy vision once it collides with something (either a player or surface)
  • Updraft– Gives Jett the ability to jump to greater heights. A great ability that allows you to flank enemies with ease
  • Tailwind– This is akin to Tracer’s signature ability, Jett can quickly dash forward in the same direction she’s moving
  • Bladestorm– Jett’s ultimate ability conjures up 5 throwing knives that can instantly kill any opponent. Once it kills an enemy, a charge will be given back

There are five more characters that can be unlocked just by playing the game. Rack up XP points to get your favorite ones.

Valorant Tips and Tricks

Aside from communicating with your teammates, it is essential that you know the ins and outs of the game to give you an advantage over your opponents. Here are some essential tips and tricks:

  • Know Your Agent– It is best that you familiarize yourself with the different characters. Once you’ve found one that suits your playstyle, read their abilities and put them to mind. Be particular about the range, the effects, the damage, and so on
  • Practice Makes Perfect– Of course, knowing what your favorite agent can do is just one part of the equation- you must also practice a lot with the same character. Once you’ve locked down on a particular agent, practice him/her and no one else until you’ve mastered everything that he/she has to offer
  • Get Better at Aiming– I think this should be common sense if you are playing a first-person-shooter, but it cannot be overstated. Always practice your aiming so that you get proficient in killing enemies. The good thing is that there is an option in-game where you can train for that, so do utilize it until your aiming improves
  • Remember Your Role– Every character fills a very important role in the team. Sentinels are the ‘eyes’ of the team. Duelists should drive opponents away or push toward enemy territory. Initiators should know perfect positioning to provide them with better angles to pick apart enemies and Controllers should be aware of their surroundings as they can give cover to allies or impede enemy movement and vision
  • Choose Wisely– In the buying phase, you can choose which weapon you want to get. You have one primary and one sidearm. It is important that you know the characteristics of each weapon and you have to choose one that fits your playstyle
  • Hug the Corners– One thing that you can do to kill enemies safely is to hug the corners. Pick a corner where you can get a perfect line of sight and shoot your enemies down. Controller-type characters are adept at this as they can employ traps that may block the enemy’s vision- hindering them from peeking to see if there are enemies behind walls, etc.
  • Always Communicate– No matter how good you are, always remember that this is a team game. Your success is largely dependent upon how well your team communicates with each other. That being said, you can use the game’s ping system to give certain call-outs. It is also a good idea to use discord or any other chat application for better overall communication
  • Walk It Out– When you are running, you effectively give away your position as your footsteps can be heard by your enemies. However, when you are just walking around, that won’t produce any noise whatsoever. Just walk slowly to help you get behind enemies and kill them without knowing
  • Run and Gun Don’t Work– Despite the game being fast-paced at times, always bear in mind that slow and low wins the game. What I mean is that moving while shooting is not effective and may just lower your accuracy by a lot. What you should do is find an enemy, aim down your sights, and kill them. Strafing won’t do you any good in this game, so if it means that you change your style of play, then do it
  • Be Prepared to Battle It Out– Each Valorant match is long. How long? Well, since a single match can get up to 13 rounds, you could be playing for 30 minutes to an hour just to finish one. Be prepared for long gaming sessions
  • Use a Headset– You may be using a really good sound system, but I still recommend that you use a gaming headset as it can help you immensely, especially since you can hear enemy footsteps more readily than your standalone speaker
  •  Don’t Be Stingy with Your Ultimates– If you were saving an ultimate in Overwatch, you can be forgiven. However, Valorant is different in that even small wins can be the difference between winning or losing. If you can see that your ult can kill, do not be stingy and cast that thing!
  • Get Good Gaming Peripherals– Although this is quite optional since player skill takes precedence over good gaming gear, I would still recommend that you get some nice peripherals. Aside from headsets, I would also urge you to buy a gaming keyboard and a gaming mouse that has good ergonomics and mouse sensor.



Valorant is a really action-packed game that combines both strategy and player skill to win. The game has just recently left beta so its game modes and character selection are still sparse, but it is very enjoyable nonetheless.

There are some games where it can be dragged out and tedious, but for the most part, you can spend a lot of time on this one without you noticing about it.

Therefore, I can say that Valorant is truly a game worth sinking hours into.

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Top Alienware Gaming PCs That Will Take Your Gaming Experience to the Next Level




Alienware PCs

I think that by now, people are aware of Alienware. That is the gaming division of Dell and it specializes in creating out of this world gaming systems- from pre-built PCs to laptops.

The company is aiming to provide quality gaming machines at relatively inexpensive prices (at least, when compared to its competition).

If you want the aesthetics of the company’s PCs, do read on to find out our recommendations for the top Alienware Gaming PCs that will surely take your gaming experience to the next level.

Top Alienware Gaming PCs

1.Alienware Aurora R11

Price: $1,950

Alienware Aurora R11

Intel has just released its 10th generation Intel Core processors and most of the new chips are pretty good for gaming.

The Alienware Aurora R11 costs less than $2,000 and for what you are getting, I think that the price is actually pretty good.

For the CPU, you will be getting the Intel Core i7-10700K processor which is an overclockable chip that allows you to eke out more performance by manually dialing down some settings.

The GPU solution is the Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 Super graphics card which is a pretty good performer. It can handle any games you throw at it and it can deliver considerable frame rates, even when you are playing the most demanding titles.

In addition to the aforementioned components, you will also be getting 16GB DDR memory, 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD, 1TB 7200RPM HDD, and the CPU is water-cooled to ensure that it can run at high speeds without reaching its thermal limits.

It is also worth noting that the company also included a Windows 10 Home OEM license with this machine so you no longer have to worry about the OS once you receive the package.

Do keep in mind that unlike the Asus ROG Gaming PCs, you will not get a mouse and keyboard bundled in the box.

Still, the Alienware Aurora R11 is one that you should consider if you want to go Intel with considerable gaming capabilities.

2.Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition

Price: $1,849

Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition

As much as I like Intel processors for gaming, the problem with the company’s new chips is that they are only good for that purpose and mediocre at other workloads. That is part of the reason why people go for AMD chips nowadays because you get the best bang-for-the-buck performance in both gaming and professional tasks.

That is why I’ve also included the Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen edition on this list. This is what I would consider to be one of the best gaming desktops in the market in 2020 because it has some pretty solid specs at a sub $2,000 price point.

First of all, this configuration comes with the Ryzen 7 3700X which is an 8-core, 16-thread processor that can handle any games that you throw at it plus it can help you render some videos with pretty fast results.

In addition to the competitive CPU, this system is also equipped with the Nvidia Geforce 2080 Super graphics card. It is lower compared to its Ti counterpart in terms of performance, but it is definitely one of the best graphics cards on the market at the time of writing. It can handle any games without problems and the aesthetics of the GPU are also quite nice as well.

The Aurora R10 Ryzen edition also comes with 16GB of system memory, and a hefty 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD.

If you want a pretty good Ryzen-based gaming machine, the Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition is a great contender.

3.Alienware Aurora R9 

Price: $1,650

Alienware Aurora R9 

One of the reasons why people love Alienware gaming systems is that they are pretty inexpensive but offer superb gaming performance for the price. The Aurora R9 definitely fits that bill.

Priced at just $1,650 for the highest configuration, you are getting an Intel Core i9-9700K for the processor and an Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 Super for the graphics card. Although it is packed with the last generation chip from Intel and a lower tier-graphics card from Nvidia, both of them perform admirably well and you can expect considerably high frame rates even in demanding games.

For the storage solution, you are getting a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD plus an additional 2TB hard disk for most of your games. It has 16GB of RAM that should be adequate for most scenarios.

Despite this being a compact form factor, I am surprised by how much this system weighs. At 39.2 pounds, it is definitely one of the heaviest systems out there, though that is okay since there is a semblance of quality in heavier rigs.

4.Alienware Aurora R8

Price: $1,000

Alienware Aurora R8

So, what if you are on a tight budget but you still want a good gaming desktop nonetheless? If so, you should get the Alienware Aurora R8.

For the price of $999.99, you are getting a pre-built system that is equipped with the Intel Core i5-9400 processor and an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660Ti 6GB graphics card.

The performance package should allow you to play your favorite games at medium to high settings, though keep in mind that the CPU is not an overclockable component.

This budget gaming PC also has 16GB of RAM, 512GB M.2 NVMe storage, and it already comes with Windows 10 Home edition OEM installed.

Now, if you can spend a little bit more money, you can get an additional hard disk drive for $60 and a better CPU for an additional $400.

However, this performance package, albeit modest, should still perform really well in most of the games out there.

Why Choose an Alienware PC?

So, why should you choose an Alienware pre-built gaming system? Well, for starters, people who like the aesthetics of a game console would surely love what the company has done to their PCs.

All of the gaming systems that were mentioned on this list look nearly identical but that is actually a good thing as that has been the signature branding of the company.

What I love personally about Alienware gaming desktops is that they look like game consoles. In fact, Sony might have taken some notes from the company that the Playstation 5 looks nearly the same as Alienware pre-built PCs.

Another thing that people love about this company is that you can actually open the system and replace it with different parts as you see fit.

Other companies do not allow you to do such a thing as doing so will void your warranty immediately. But, not with this one.

Although there are some components that are sealed tight, you can easily add more RAM, storage drives, and even replace the graphics card if you have the money to upgrade to a much better one (so long as it is compatible with the system).

Last but not the least is the cost. Most companies out there provide amazing gaming rigs but offer them at a steep price.

With Alienware systems, you can get a pretty good gaming machine for less than two grand, which is pretty good considering that other companies offer theirs at prices upward of $2,500.

Why Choose a Pre-built PC?

There seems to be a divide in the PC gaming community about getting a pre-built and building your own machine. While both of them have their own pros and cons, there is really nothing wrong about buying a system that is already made by a reputable company.

You see, one of the prevailing arguments against the purchase of gaming pre-built systems is that they are pricier than building your own PC. I admit, that is true, but not a lot of people are savvy enough to put everything together.

If you look at community forums such as Reddit, for example, you will find that there are a lot of gamers that are struggling to make their PCs work because they just do not know how to plug things together.

Furthermore, actually getting the right components can be a chore as well. You have to consider the compatibility, how powerful the parts are, and of course, the price.

Buying a pre-built system gives you that peace of mind and convenience unlike any other. Getting one just means that you can play your favorite games right out of the box.

Sure, you are paying more mainly for convenience, but I think that that is something that people are willing to make.

Hopefully, if you see or know someone that is thinking about getting an already-made system, do not bash him or her and just be happy that they are getting their own gaming PCs.

Alienware PCs

Intel or AMD for Gaming?

To be honest, both of the processors from team blue and team red are pretty good. The Intel Core i9-10700K, for example, is a pretty good chip for gaming and you can also overclock this processor to eke out more performance.

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is also good for gaming as well. Although it doesn’t beat Intel processors in this arena, it can still help create frames that will not bottleneck any graphics card that you pair it with.

So, if you see any pre-built systems that come with processors from either company, do not worry as both of what they have to offer to the public are generally good for gaming and even for other purposes.

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The Top Asus ROG Gaming PCs of 2020- Only the Best of What Asus Has to Offer




ROG Huracan G21

Do you want to not go through the hassle of building your own PC? If so, just buy a pre-built system instead.

Asus is one of the best companies when it comes to computer components, but did you know that they also offer pre-built gaming PCs as well?

In this article, I will be going over some of the top Asus ROG Gaming PCs of 2020.

Best Asus ROG Gaming PCs

1.ROG Huracan G21

Price: $2800

ROG Huracan G21

If you want the absolute best from the ROG lineup of gaming desktops, then look no further than the Huracan G21.

This PC has got everything that you need to play even the most demanding games. First, it is equipped with Intel Core i9-9900K as the heart of the build and it is coupled with Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Super as the graphics card. Both of them provide a great one-two combination and they can play whatever games you throw at them with ease.

Since you are getting a competitive CPU, the company also included 32GB of RAM as well. That is pretty hefty and you can consider doing some editing and rendering work on the side too.

I am also happy to report that this unit also comes with a 1TB NVMe SSD, as well as a 2TB HDD for all of your storage needs.

Lastly, the company is kind enough to include its ROG Strix Flare keyboard and Gladius II mouse to complete the package.

Although I love the overall aesthetic of this gaming PC, I do have some concerns about it. Because it has an asymmetrical design, it might not be the most ideal when it comes to dissipating heat from the system. You can rectify that by manually setting the fan curves as you see fit, though that will be at the cost of higher noise levels.

Still, the Asus ROG Huracan G21 is the most expensive gaming PC and the best one that the company has to offer in 2020.

2.ROG Strix GL12

Price: $2780

ROG Strix GL12

A little bit cheaper than the previous recommendation, the ROG Strix GL12 is the next best thing. It is packed with the Intel Core i7-9700K processor, Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 graphics card, 256GB NVMe SSD plus 2TB hard drive, and 16GB of DDR4-2666MHz memory.

The case that the company used for this build is pretty good. Although it has a bit of asymmetry at the front of the case, the rest of the build is symmetrical. You do not have to worry about thermals because you can visibly see the vents on the front panel, which means that airflow will not be an issue with the included case fans.

The side panel is a smoked tempered glass that is a bit darker than what other companies will usually use. I do understand why the company did this because it can help accentuate the RGB lighting of the system.

Speaking of the RGB, the company has included some RGB case fans on the inside, as well as some lighting strips on the front panel itself. I guess that this is the direction most companies are headed when it comes to creating ‘gaming’ products.

Just like the gaming system above, you will also get the ROG Strix Flare keyboard and the Gladius II mouse which, for the price, are welcome additions.

3.ROG Strix GL10DH

Price: $2,000 or $2,200

ROG Strix GL10DH

This next gaming desktop from the company is quite interesting because you actually get to choose between two main configurations.

The most expensive of the two is packed with a Ryzen 7 3700X which is a competitive gaming CPU for the price and a modest Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660Ti, which is a mid-range graphics card.

The other option would be that you get a beefier graphics card in the form of the AMD Radeon RX 5700XT which can go head-to-head with Nvidia’s RTX 2070 GPU. It is then coupled only by the Ryzen 5 3600X which is still a great chip, albeit only being a 6-core, 12-thread processor. It is still great for gaming, but I am surprised that there is a bit of a downgrade when it comes to the CPU.

Only the graphics card and the CPU are changed between configurations though because the other components will remain the same. You get 16GB of DDR4 memory, 512GB NVMe SSD, 2TB HDD, and this system also has an included WiFi AC adapter as well.

The motherboard that is included in this gaming PC is pretty good because it also provides you with an amazing audio DAC that can help enable DTS: Headphone X. Fans of 7.1 surround sound, especially in gaming, will surely love this addition.

Although I do not have complaints about this gaming pre-built system in general, I just want to point out that the cooler for this one is an air cooler.

Don’t get me wrong, the AMD Ryzen processors can actually run well on air. But, at the price of $2,000, I am expecting a beefier cooler than this.

Still, I would recommend this for people that want a Ryzen-powered gaming machine that is capable of playing even the most demanding games out there.

4.ROG Strix GA15DH

Price: $1,050

ROG Strix GA15DH

It is understandable that not a lot of people have the money to spend more than $2,000 on a gaming rig and if you are part of that demographic, I have another recommendation that will certainly be the right one for you.

The ROG Strix GA15DH is a pretty good mid-range performer as it is equipped with the Ryzen 5 3600X processor and Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 Super graphics card. This performance package will allow you to play AAA games at medium to high settings. Of course, you can get more frames if you are playing games like Valorant or CS:GO.

In addition to the aforementioned components, you will also be getting a 256GB SATA SSD, 1TB hard disk drive, 16GB of RAM, and there is also a Windows 10 Home OEM operating system already installed which is a nice plus.

The chassis looks pretty good with the ROG logo clearly imprinted on the front panel of the case. Although the motherboard that is included in this package can support the company’s Aura Sync technology, you only get RGB fans at the front and the rest of the case only gets non-RGB variants. Still, this is a compromise that you will have to be willing to make if you are on a budget.

Although this isn’t exactly a huge negative, this gaming package doesn’t come with a bundled mouse and keyboard, though that is understandable considering the lower asking price.

5.ROG Strix GA35

Price: $4,000

ROG Strix GA35

If you want the best that the company has to offer, then look no further than the ROG Strix GA35. The only reason why I ranked it last on this list is that the price is just too steep for most people, but if you want the best specs placed inside a beautiful chassis, then this is the right one for you.

When I say the ‘best specs’, I truly mean it. The GA35 is packed with some powerful components.

For the CPU, you get an AMD R9 3950X which is a 16-core, 32-thread processor. This is not only great for gaming, but you can throw some professional workloads on its way and it will handle it with aplomb.

The graphics card on this machine is the Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080Ti from Asus. It is their Strix graphics card so you can expect it to not only perform well but also look good too.

To tame the machine’s beast of a processor, the company has included its own AIO liquid cooling solution into the mix. Although I wouldn’t recommend overclocking the already powerful chip, you can still do so thanks to the included cooler.

To complete this system, you get a whopping 32GB of DDR4-3600 memory, 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD, 2TB 7200 HDD, and the gaming rig already comes with Windows 10 Pro OEM installed.

Other nice additions include a WiFi AC adapter, Bluetooth receiver, hot-swappable SSDs, USB Gen 3.2 ports, and you also get the Flare and Gladius II keyboard and mouse, respectively.

All in all, this machine is worth the money, but you will have to be spending a lot of it if you want to get your hands on this behemoth.


There is nothing wrong with getting a pre-built gaming system. In fact, if you do not want to go through the hassle of building your own, getting a gaming desktop right out of the box is the best option for you.

That being said, Asus’ ROG line of gaming pre-built systems are pretty good. Although some of the processors the company used still utilize the 9th generation Intel processors, they still perform really well in this day and age.

But, if you wait a little longer, perhaps the company would sell their new systems that will be packed with the 10th generation Intel chips.

Still, all of the PCs on this list are pretty good, especially the last one. If you have the money to spend, go for it.

I am also happy that Asus was kind enough to include their gaming mouse and keyboard in most of the configurations mentioned above, except for the most budget offering.

All in all, Asus has really done an amazing job of providing the public with some really good gaming systems offered at competitive prices.

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LG 27UD58-B Review- A Good 4K Gaming Monitor for the Xbox




LG 27UD58-B Review

What do you usually use for a display when you are playing either your Xbox or Playstation console? I am willing to bet that you are probably using your TV just for that.

While it is true that most people would rely on their SmartTVs when they are playing their game consoles, it is still good to be getting a competitive gaming monitor.

Read further to find out why the LG 27UD58-B is a good 4K gaming monitor for the Xbox and Playstation.


The LG 27UD58-B has a rather simple design. It has an all-black aesthetic and has an arched monitor stand so that you can easily put things like a TV soundbar or probably your controllers when they are not in use.

While the stand itself is quite sturdy despite it being made of plastic, the problem is that you can just tilt the display and nothing else. It would have been nice if it could provide more ergonomic options, but I think that is a compromise you will have to be willing to make.

If you are not comfortable with using the monitor stand due to its lack of ergonomics, you could opt to mount it to your wall via its VESA 100×100 mount support at the back.

The bezels of the display are quite thin at just 2.3cm which provides you with a lot of screen real estate. This is great if you want to see a lot of different things when you are playing your favorite games.

If you decide to mount the monitor to the wall, it is quite okay given that it only has a thickness of just 1.8 inches. It is relatively thin and should fit your wall nicely without any problems.

Because of its all-plastic exterior, the build quality of this display is passable, though it could have been improved.

For the ports, you get one DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and a headphone jack. It would have been nice if it had USB ports, but since you get the option to mount this to the wall, I think I know why LG didn’t include them.


LG 27UD58-B Review 2020

This gaming monitor is a 27-inch IPS display with a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and 8-bit color depth. As expected with IPS panels, you get vibrant colors all throughout. This is perfect if you want to play adventure games with vast open worlds for you to explore.

It has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and its refresh rate is locked at just 60Hz. That is understandable since this is a 4K display anyway. Higher refresh rate monitors with 4K resolutions are typically priced higher than this.

Because its contrast ratio is quite low compared to other gaming monitors, it might not be ideal to use in dark rooms or in poorly-lit environments. Brightness is capped at 220 cd/m² so it is in the average range.

Since this is an IPS panel, viewing angles are pretty good. No matter where you look at the display, the picture quality remains consistent across the board.

I do love the fact that the LG 27UD58-B is pre-calibrated out of the box. This means that you no longer have to touch its color settings since it looks pretty good already. Of course, you do have the option to tinker with them, though there is no need for such.

Its sRGB color space rating is 99% which is pretty good. And, because it is an IPS display, you get punchy and vibrant colors no matter what the graphical elements are displayed on the screen.


For us to gauge whether a monitor is good for gaming or not, we have to measure its responsiveness and input lag. Fortunately, this gaming monitor has passed my tests.

The LG 27UD58-B has a pretty fast response time for a 4K display. At 16.8ms, you can play fast-paced games on this monitor without missing a beat.

How about input lag? I am happy to report that this monitor’s input lag is quite low at just 8.8ms. The performance across the board is so great for the price.

Do keep in mind that while the LG 27UD58-B is FreeSync compatible, you can only take advantage of the feature if you use the DisplayPort which means that you cannot use it if you are playing your game console. You can enable that if you are playing with your PC though.

Lastly, the monitor comes with the company’s Super Resolution+ and Black Stabilizer features which just upscales the images and increases or decreases the display’s gamma depending on the environment, respectively.

LG 27UD58-B


The LG 27UD58-B is a pretty good gaming monitor for your Xbox or Playstation consoles. That is because it has pretty snappy response times and very low input lag, so even if you are playing fast-paced games, it will have no problems displaying all of the graphical elements on the screen.

Its 4K resolution coupled with the fact that it uses an IPS panel just makes the display even more vibrant than other gaming monitors out there.

Of course, it doesn’t support HDR so if you are using this to stream your favorite shows, you might not get the best picture quality out there.

Still, at just $419, the LG 27UD58-B is a 4K display for game consoles that is tough to beat.

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