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Need peripheral recommendations (mouse, keyboard, headset)

Last response: in Video Games
July 27, 2013 3:51:09 PM

I recently built a pretty rad gaming ITX rig for $1000. However, I only had a cheap keyboard around the house and my CM Xornet broke after a fatal wire accident, and I don't have a headset since I had always used my laptop's build-in mic/sound.

Looking for a sub-$40 claw-grip mouse (thinking about another Xornet since I loved the low-fatigue micro-omron or maybe a spawn). On a normal day I do maybe 5000 clicks, so low-pressure switches are a must.
Looking for a ~$30 headset. If it works and it fits a big head I'm happy, I don't care for the fancy jazz.
Looking for sub-$90 mech board. I'm thinking about a CM QF Rapid/Stealth but I can't decide between Red/Brown. I do a ton of touch typing (about ~90-100 wpm on a good keyboard but only mid 80's on a crummy keyboard like this), but I also need something that won't be stressful for FPS-style button smashing. Currently I'm using a terrible chiclet keyboard with really low actuation force (like a red, I guess) but terrible register, so when I'm typing pretty fast I don't bottom out every once in a while so I have to pause and see if it registered. I normally run through about 15000 key presses a day, so low actuation force is a necessity.

Thanks for your input.

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July 28, 2013 3:03:08 PM

Well you really seem to know what you want! haha.
I would go for that CM QF Rapid Red Switch if you are comfortable with Coolermaster. I have not owned the coolermaster keyboards myself, but I have read several articles on the keys and I would say for fps red is a safe bet. Here is one article I liked:

I own the Steelseries 6G V2 Cherry and it is a solid heavy keyboard, the keys are quickly pressed down and I do not get tired from typing, nor do I miss the keys. The problem is that you pay for the Steelseries logo, although it is a very solid design. Really your preference man.

As for a mouse, I would totally pick up the Steelseries Ikari Optical, it is great for FPS and I think it will work for a Claw Grip. Decent review:

I Liked the Logitech G5 a lot, and I have owned the Razer Deathadder, best large mouse ever, although they tend to die after a couple years. Actually most high quality mice die after several years of use according to a lot of reviews. Your choice man, you do seem to know what you like :p 

As for the Headset, if you just need something to get the job done, get the cheapest logitech set you can find. I would recommend the Sennheiser PC 131 as a good entry level headset for $33.

The Plantronics 335 is pretty big and hits the entry level gaming headset as well.