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Ok my desktop is mainly used for gaming and typing papers. Games include Skyrim, Minecraft, HL2, and the such. I have wanted a mechanical keyboard for a long time but find it hard to justify spending $100+ on a keyboard. I also don't know what switches I would want. I like the sound of the clicking but I feel that could get annoying fast. Anyone got any ideas?
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It's really hard to go by what people say... some have a preference for one, and another person will prefer another switch.

Best is to go to a store that has some on display and test them out... The Razer Black Widows use the tactile blue switches... but off the top of my head i can't think of keyboards using the linear black switches... there are a bunch though. It took me forever to decide on one but i went with black switches and don't regret them one bit. thumb.gif

Check the next link for a quick guide. http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-guide
As it says, Black switches are generally preferred for gaming, and Blue for typing.

Also, you don't necessarily have to spend over a 100 for one.. Here's one below 100 LINK
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Hehe just to say right now. MX Blues are most suitable for typing because they require roughylt he same amount of pressure as a normal rubber-dome keyboard. The advantage of having the mechanical switches is
1. They last longer
2. Some are tactile which means you can stop about a little over half-way and the key should register

I will say right now, MX Blues are the only true tactile switches cuz black and red (if you read guide) require u go straight down. Brown isnt audible nor can u really feel it. That being said MX Blues are the LOUDEST of the 4 switches. But keep in mind, ALL MECHANICAL SWITCHES ARE PRETTY LOUD ANYWAYS. Of course this is just my opinion and everybody is different. Like rjmana said, its best to go to a store to try it out yourself.

I won a CM Quickfire Rapid with MX Blues. Typing on it feels great, just the keyboards is a bit high for my liking (but u adjust eventually). It came reltively cheap for me, and depending on where you live, you might be able to find a good discount on a mech keyboard.

Also I wuldnt suggest Razer keyboards. Yea theyre great for their price, but theres a ton of room for improvement. Razer Synapse 2.0 is just a disaster. Ive heard that some keys just stop functioning over a while and all sorts of things across the board (you wudnt believe some things actually :/) If you really want to save money, id suggest cooler master quickfire rapid/pro or Razer. Cooler Master provides descent durability and what not and once u plug it in, Windows will install the necessary drivers for it to work. The Rapid is tenkeyless though and it also doesnt have any macro keys (if it really matters for you). Razer is good for their price.
    
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Also I wuldnt suggest Razer keyboards. Yea theyre great for their price, but theres a ton of room for improvement. Razer Synapse 2.0 is just a disaster. Ive heard that some keys just stop functioning over a while and all sorts of things across the board (you wudnt believe some things actually :/) If you really want to save money, id suggest cooler master quickfire rapid/pro or Razer. Cooler Master provides descent durability and what not and once u plug it in, Windows will install the necessary drivers for it to work. The Rapid is tenkeyless though and it also doesnt have any macro keys (if it really matters for you). Razer is good for their price.

Heard lotsa bad stories about Razer Black Widows... seems to be the quality control on Razers part... but i suggested them thinking it'd be the easiest to demo (kind of) due to popularity and also coz if there are no demo keyboards... the box has an opening to test out the arrow keys tongue.gif
post #5 of 20
You do not need to spend $100+. You can get CM Storm Quick Fire TK for ~ $80. Personally i love blues. They are the loudest and the ones with the most click.
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You do not need to spend $100+. You can get CM Storm Quick Fire TK for ~ $80. Personally i love blues. They are the loudest and the ones with the most click.

Gonna have to echo this. I was searching for the best value backlit mechanical keyboard and I found it in the Quickfire TK (Also have the blue switches).

The Rosewill Illuminated is also another high value option if you want backlighting. Rosewill and CM both also make non-backlit boards for a little cheaper.
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I find. MX Browns to be the perfect 50/50 for typing and gaming thumb.gif
After about a week of using every switch, that's what I found the best for typing and gaming as I type loads of paper, like 4 times a week sometimes and I game heavily too biggrin.gif

Also, I recommend the CM STORM QUICKFIRE, I'm getting a KBT Pure for my next to add to my collection. Was thinking of Pokers but I like the Pure
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Forgot about the backlight but that definitely is something I want. Only problem with the quickfire TK is that it is not a full keyboard. How is the trigger? I see it on newegg with mx browns for $79 along with a video of it getting run over by a Lamborghini.
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Forgot about the backlight but that definitely is something I want. Only problem with the quickfire TK is that it is not a full keyboard. How is the trigger? I see it on newegg with mx browns for $79 along with a video of it getting run over by a Lamborghini.

If you can get it for that price GET IT!
I love mine! I got it for $120 when I bought it tongue.gif
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I prefer browns. I'm currently using a Quickfire Pro. It's pretty satisfying. Going to school and using the school's rubber keyboard makes me feel sick. lol

If you can get the trigger for $80, go for it. It's a great keyboard as well
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