I ended up going for a gaming keyboard but I was on a budget at the time, as I needed to get several other PC accessories as well. The one I got is a ROCCAT Isku
for $70 USD, it gets the job done and has some cool shortcut keys like adjusting your volume, opening your browser, or minimizing all windows to return to your desktop. But it also came with this weird software that fucking talks
to you when you turn on the computer. (it does this when selecting your "profile," or keybind settings, which happens automatically everytime Windows starts) I had to disable this, but other than that the keyboard has served me well for the past year.
I know a lot of gamers like the mechanical keyboards by Razer, in particular the Black Widow
. This one goes for $100 USD, and my stepbrother and one of my friends both own it so I've used it at their houses before. As far as functionality goes, the Black Widow is pretty much flawless. The keys are incredibly responsive and you can really feel it working at your fingertips, it's hard to describe. However, I've got one big complaint with Razer's mechanical keyboards. (not just the Black Widow, ALL of them) They are LOUD AS FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK. It clicks louder than any keyboard I've heard in my LIFE. And the worst part is if you are ever on skype or any voice chat service with someone who uses this keyboard, you will hear EVERY FUCKING THING THEY TYPE. EVER. It's annoying as hell, and the only reason I will never buy a Razer keyboard. But hey, maybe you're a sadist and love the idea of torturing your friends until their ears bleed. I'm gonna stay away from that shit!