Best Tech Gift Ideas Under $1225 – Christmas on A Budget Challenge

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Posted on December 06 2018



Christmas is just around the corner and you're probably already hunting for that perfect tech gift. Fret not, you’re not alone! What do you even buy? Do you go for that high-end monitor you see or that fancy motherboard? It can and does get overwhelming when you’re on the lookout for gifts for gamers.

Thankfully, our most prominent Dragon Squad members (influencers), ranging from well-known streamers to popular techies, have been kind enough to give us a great list of holiday gift ideas under $1225.

Are you wondering why we chose that specific dollar amount? Because we’re celebrating Christmas, of course (12/25)!

So, without further ado, here are the top Christmas gifts for 2018 from our influencers:
 

Top Christmas Gift Ideas for 2018

TechSource : With close to 2 million subs, TechSource is one of the most prominent techies on YouTube with good reason. Let's see what he recommends for these holidays!
My Gift combo from MSI has to be the Optix MPG27CQ Gaming monitor and the MEG Z390 ACE Motherboard.  

Optix MPG27CQ Curved Gaming Monitor

The monitor is the perfect choice for WQHD gaming with its curved IPS panel, and 144Hz refresh rate with a 1ms response time. It also sports the aggressive gamer aesthetic which would look great in any setup.

MEG Z390 ACE Motherboard

Since the gaming monitor has very high gaming specs, we need a gaming PC that will keep up with it, hence why the MEG Z390 ACE is my go to. It won’t break the bank while offering tons of features to build a high-end gaming PC, including 3 PCI-E lanes for SLI or crossfire, 3 M.2 slots, built in wireless a/c, and an integrated i/o shield. The 8+4 EPC connector combined with the 13-phase power delivery will grant you a stable CPU overclocking experience. and after the build is complete, you can enjoy gaming on the QHD Monitor!


Nick Polom: If you follow World of Warcraft, you probably might know Nick. Take a look at his recommendations for gifts this Christmas season and find out what makes his gaming experience even better!

MEG Z390 GODLIKE Motherboard

The reason I picked the MEG Z390 GODLIKE is because it has been the best motherboard I've had yet. The simple yet extremely efficient overclocking that is built directly into the motherboard is a life saver. Not to mention how many cool lights are on it. Everyone likes lights, especially the Mystic Light Infinity effect! Also, an extremely prominent aspect of this motherboard is the PCIE slots. Having that metal instead of plastic makes it really awesome for graphics card use and capture card use!

Optix MPG27CQ Curved Gaming Monitor

The reason I picked the Optix MPG27CQ monitor is that it's just an overall solid monitor. The specs are perfect for gaming. Also, for those who have not tried a curved monitor out yet, I recommend this one for sure!


HeirofCarthage: Let's hear it from one of the most popular Total War YouTubers and streamers out there.
When I am gaming, live streaming, and creating content for YouTube there are a couple of things that make a huge difference to me. First is high in-game framerates and second, a monitor with high refresh rates to support those frames.

MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC Motherboard

In order to ensure the highest frame rates, the smoothest gameplay, and thus the smoothest stream/video, I need the best CPU running without limitations. The MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC lives up to its name and provides the perfect platform for Intel's 9th Gen processors and looks great doing it. The extended heatsink keeps temperatures down while Core Boost ensures top speed through optimized layout and power design. 5GHz achievement unlocked!

Optix MPG27CQ Curved Gaming Monitor

What good are high frame rates if you don’t have the monitor to support it? Enter the Optix MPG27CQ, 2560 x 1440, 144Hz display. You won’t be missing a frame with this beauty. My games have never looked better thanks to 1ms response time, Adaptive Sync prevention of screen tearing, and low blue light makes the longest gaming/content sessions comfortable with no sacrifice of color quality. No other monitor I have owned even comes close.

If you are seriously looking for the best gifts for a gamer, then my recommendation is the MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC and the Optix MPG27CQ. In fact, it will be the gift that keeps on giving as you experience game after game through the year in the best quality possible.


PindaPanda: Our favorite Dota 2 Content Creator on the SEA server, PindaPanda tells us what gifts she loves and why. Hint – it may have something to do with gorgeous RGB lighting.
I've always been fascinated by RGB lights in computers because they look so magical and so when I built my own computer for the first time, almost all of my PC parts had RGB lights in them.

For this Christmas, I've chosen two of them below:

MEG Z390 ACE Motherboard

I often change my motherboard in order to use the best and that which makes my work and gaming a lot easier. I got my hands on the new MEG Z390 ACE motherboard and I have to say, it’s definitely my favorite now after the performance it has shown. It has 10 USB outlets enough to have all my 10 iPhones charging and built-in wireless networking support. It also has four RAM slots total capacity for up to 64 GB. And my favorite part is that it has the Mystic light infinity panel which I could easily customize. The board looks very handsome and compact overall.

Optix MPG27CQ Curved Gaming Monitor

I'm very particular when it comes to gaming monitors especially the curved ones and I’ll be honest as I was a little skeptical about using the Optix MPG27CQ monitor for my daily gaming. But I’ve been using it for over a year now and my experience with it has been nothing but impeccable. I can additionally customize my game mode and the lightings as well. My gaming setup has never looked this stylish.

TRIDENT 3 ARCTIC

Almost the size of a PS4, the MSI Trident 3 is one of the best things that has happened to me. There have been times where my PC suddenly died and thankfully I had a Trident 3 as a backup. It is super easy to carry around and set up. It doesn't take up much space like a normal PC would and performs just the same or even better. If I wasn’t all about RBG, the Trident 3 would definitely be my main Gaming PC.


What do you think about these recommendations from popular Dragon Squad members?

From top-notch gaming monitors to powerful, yet gorgeous, gaming PCs, this Christmas gifting guide does have it all. Nonetheless, do choose your gift wisely.

The Optix MPG27CQ Curved Gaming Monitor would be an amazing gift for all gamers. While a 144Hz refresh rate, WQHD resolution, and the 1ms response time grant a premium gaming experience, the customizable RGB lighting ensures that your gaming rig looks absolutely incredible.

Similarly, the MEG Z390 GODLIKE, MEG Z390 ACE, and the MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC are excellent choices for gamers and power users on an Intel 9th Gen processor. It allows for extreme overclocking and will let your loved ones get the thrill of pushing their hardware to their limits to squeeze the most performance out of their parts without running into issues.

On the other hand, if you know someone who just wants to play games and doesn't want to deal with the PC-building side of things, the TRIDENT 3 ARCTIC would be a dream come true. Since it doesn't compromise on performance, it will ensure that they have a sublime gaming experience at all times. In fact, it's perfect not only for gamers who prefer not to build their own PC, but also for those who want a more compact gaming solution in addition to their own builds.

Did our influencers inspire you? Are you gravitating towards one of these gift ideas as well?

Leave a comment and tell us about it! We're looking forward to finding out which gift you loved the most and why.

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