What Is Needed For A Gaming Setup?

D_yee's Gaming Setup

Gaming is not only a hobby, it is a lifestyle. Millions of people worldwide play games on their PC every day with their friends and having fun. Having a decent gaming setup to work with is essential, especially if you want to become more competitive. There are a few essential things that everyone needs for a gaming setup, so here is the list of all things you should have:

  • A Powerful Gaming PC
  • Mechanical Keyboard
  • A Proper Gaming Headset
  • Gaming Mouse
  • Large Mousepad
  • A Gaming Monitor With High Refresh-Rate
  • A Large Gaming Desk
  • Broadband Internet Connection

Besides these main components, there are also many smaller extras that can be added to the setup, like an external microphone, a proper gaming chair, or installing RGB lighting. However, making your gaming setup look better is another part, so let’s dive into what is needed for a gaming setup.

A Powerful Gaming PC:

The gaming Pc is the core of each gaming setup and has to deliver enough power, so you can play a game smoothly, without lags or low FPS (Frames-Per-Second). Today, purchasing a proper gaming PC can cost less than $1,000, depending on what games you want to play. If you’re going to play more demanding games on the highest graphic settings, maybe with RayTracing activated, the price for a PC can rise to $1500 or more.

Purchasing pre-built gaming desktops is widely popular under gamers, as it is very comfortable. However, building a PC on your own can save you a lot of money, as manufacturers add a good amount of money to the sales price, so they can make money from a sale.

If you purchase a pre-built PC or build it on your own, make sure to choose components that synergize and have enough power, so the system is somewhat futureproofed. Especially the graphics card (GPU), the processor, and the motherboard are essential, as they have the most significant impact on a system, and usually cost the most.

For example, a good graphics card and processor are the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Super and the Ryzen 5-3600 with 6 Cores and 12 Threads. I use both components in my gaming desktop, combined with an MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX motherboard, an NZXT Kraken M22 for enough cooling-power, and 16GB Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro RAM.

With these components, I can play high demanding games on the highest settings, and the RTX 2070 Super allows me to activate RayTracing in supported games, like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Mechanical Keyboard:

Keyboards are not as expensive as a gaming PC, however, purchasing a high-quality mechanical keyboard usually costs $100-$120. Depending on the manufacturer and which type of keyboard you buy, the price can vary a bit. 60% keyboards are smaller than regular gaming keyboards, as they don’t have a Numpad.

Unfortunately, mechanical keyboards make more noise than silent keyboards, which can be annoying if you don’t wear a headset. On the other hand, mechanical keyboards feature rapid response times, which is crucial in gaming. Excellent keyboards for gaming are the Ducky One 2 Mini or Corsair’s K95 RGB Platinum.

Some keyboards also feature rubberized keycaps, which could be handy as they don’t become slippery. If you don’t want any unnecessary cables on your desk, going for a wireless gaming keyboard can solve the problem; however, I still recommend wired keyboards.

A Proper Gaming Headset:

Logitech Gaming Headset

Being able to hear your enemies already from further away is a massive advantage in games, which is the reason why having a decent gaming headset is crucial. Picking a low-quality headset makes it more difficult to locate a sound source, such as a breaking window. So, sound quality is essential, but the headset should be comfortable as well, so your ears don’t hurt after a long gaming session.

Besides comfort and high sound quality, having a proper internal microphone is recommended, if you don’t already have an external mic like the Rode NT-USB. Most games can be played in multiplayer with friends, so being able to talk to them makes the game a lot more fun.

“Sound, the most important thing you’ll ever hear.”

Doctor Disrespect

When choosing a gaming headset, you have an important choice to make: do you want a wireless or a wired headset. Wireless headsets are quite useful as you don’t have a cable, which hinders you, and you can walk to other rooms while still hearing everything. However, they have limited battery life, so they have to be recharged once in a while.

Wired headsets don’t feature this disadvantage, but you cant walk away with them on the other hand. In terms of prices, wired and wireless headsets cost about the same, but the price increases for better quality. I recommend spending around $70 – $150 for a gaming headset, as you get the best quality for your money at this range. Here’s a list of recommended gaming headsets for you:

Gaming Mouse:

Like having a high-quality and fast-responding keyboard, having a proper mouse is essential for a gaming setup. A proper gaming mouse should perfectly fit your hand, offer a sensitive sensor, fast response times, multiple DPI stages, and at least 2 additional buttons. Having a high DPI gives you amazing sensitivity and control, making it easier to aim at enemies in FPS games.

However, aiming doesn’t matter if your mouse has long delays at registering a click. Mouses like the Razer DeathAdder V2 using light beam-based actuation, which registers button presses at the speed of light. 

Unfortunately, finding a mouse that fits ideally could be difficult sometimes, especially if you have big hands. 

If you want to go for a wireless gaming mouse, make sure it has fast response times, so you don’t have any lags or slowdowns. Also, take a look at the battery life, so you don’t have to recharge it every few days. Recommended gaming mice are:

Large Mousepads:

Gaming Mousepad

Mousepads make sure that a gaming mouse doesn’t damage the surface of a desk, and feature a soft/good structured surface for precise movements. Having enough space for your mouse movement is crucial, as it supports faster turns, flick-shots, and accurate aiming. Smaller mousepads limit the useable space and are more likely to move around on the desk. 

Another advantage of having a larger mousepad is that players can play on lower DPI. With lower DPI, it gets easier to aim more precisely, which is why most pro players have low DPI settings.

Another fact that speaks for large mousepads is that they are quite cheap, even in larger sizes. For instance, the ASUS ROG Sheath, which is 35.4″ x 17.3″ in size, only costs $33 on Amazon. 

Note: Mousepads in a similar size can be found even cheaper.

A Gaming Monitor With High Refresh-Rate:

The gaming monitor and mouse probably have the most significant impact on your performance as a gamer. When looking for a gaming monitor, you should not go lower than 144 Hz, as monitors with 60 or 75 Hz are much slower and automatically give you a disadvantage. 

Side note: Monitors with high refresh rates can display fast movements much better than one with less refresh rate.

Besides refresh-rate, having low input lag is also crucial. Most standard gaming monitors have about 1 Ms response times, which is ideal for gaming, so you should not go any lower than that.

Also, when buying a new monitor for a setup, make sure he displays all colors accurately. Many gaming monitors with high refresh rates sacrifice color accuracy to get the best performance. Especially if you want to use the monitor for work or watching videos too, having high color accuracy is recommended.

A Large Gaming Desk:

Having enough space for your equipment, monitors and PC is necessary for a gaming setup. When looking for a gaming desk, you have two options to take: either building one of your own or purchasing a pre-build desk from a manufacturer online. Pre-built desks cost about $120-$250; however, most of them only offer limited space and no customization.

Thats why many gamers build their own gaming desk with parts from IKEA, Amazon, and other stores. For about $200-$250, you can get a high-quality custom gaming desk, which looks a lot better than regular gaming desks at the same price range.

For example, my desk is 246cm long (96,7 inches), 63,5 cm wide (25 inches), and 73,5cm (28,9 inches) tall, giving me enough space for daily gaming and work. For the legs, I used two Alex drawer units from IKEA and put a countertop on it. This build costs about 213,46€ (around $220) here in Germany, but it may be a bit more expensive in the US.

If you want to cut down the costs as much as possible, take a look at eBay or Craigslist to find used drawers and countertops, which you could use for the desk.

Broadband Internet Connection:

Last but not least comes the most crucial factor which makes multiplayer gaming even possible: an internet connection. Without a stable internet connection, it doesn’t matter how powerful your PC is, or what mouse you’re using. Until now, Fiber-Optic provides the fastest internet connections, enabling gaming without lags, and connection problems. This super-fast connection also allows you to play online games and stream them on other platforms simultaneously.

If you suffer from having a bad connection, switching to other providers or using Ethernet cable to connect your PC with the router are ways to improve your internet speed.

Extras for every gaming setup:

Besides the main components of a gaming setup, many little gadgets can be added to personalize and improve the build even further. Please note that the following components won’t fit any setup; however, all of them are quite helpful. 

Adding A Stream Deck:

Stream Decks are an extremely useful gadget which is definitely a must-have for ever streamer. Doing a live stream may be quite simple, but if you want to do it on a professional level, having a Stream Deck makes everything much more comfortable. Just by clicking a key, you can switch between your monitors and games, play sounds, announce your stream on Twitter, or post greetings in the chat. Everything is possible with this gadget.

Currently, Elgato offers three versions of the Stream Deck, either with 6, 16, or 32 keys. Even with the smallest deck, you can use many different functions, just by creating under-menus.

Installing A Professional Facecam:

This is another gadget for steamers, which want to show their face on stream. When the viewers can see the streamer, they can also see their reactions and emotions when something surprising happens on stream. There are many decent face cams on the market, which offer HD quality, like the Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam.

However, to get the absolute best quality, there is no way around a proper DSLR camera. Ideally, you combine a Stream Deck with the facecam, to level up your streaming quality.

External Microphones:

External Microphone vs Gaming Headset

Sound is extremely important, not only in games. All the other people you talk with in games or Discord should hear you clearly. Most gaming headsets at the $0-$200 range don’t have the best microphones installed, which is why many gamers add an external mic to their setup.

Depending on the quality you want to archive, such microphones can cost $160-$400. One of the best microphones you can buy is definitely the Shure SM7B, which many streamers, YouTubers, and professional podcasts use. Cheaper options would be the Blue Yeti USB, which costs about $190.

Additional HDD Storage:

Over recent years, games have become more extensive in size, so running out of HDD space is a common problem in the gaming community. The only way to get new space for games and other data is to add a new HDD to the system, or purchasing an external HDD. 

Luckily, hard drive storage space is very cheap today. About 2GB of HDD costs $60, but this varies between the different manufacturers and models. However, before buying an external hard drive, make sure to check its speed and compatibility with Windows. 

Robert Hörgstetter

Hey, my name is Robert, the founder of this site, and I've made it my mission to show you and other people the best games for mobile or console, tips & tricks or how you can save money buying games.

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