So you’ve got yourself kitted out with your dream gaming PC but you’re now looking at your setup thinking “this could look better”. Some gamers spend thousands on perfecting their gaming setup and make it special to them. But what makes the best gaming setup?
Let’s delve deeper and get you on your way to creating your perfect area to spend hours playing games.
Keyboard And Mouse
Often a peripheral pair that comes with your PC, a decent keyboard and mouse are key to having a great setup. You could have a fantastic gaming PC, but if you don’t have the keyboard or mouse to match, you may not get that competitive edge.
The majority of consumers will be satisfied with the standard office-grade mechanical keyboard that comes with their computer – after all, it does the job for them. However, if you think that this average bit of kit will suit your gaming needs then you are very much mistaken. Not using a specialised gaming keyboard is like putting a Ford Focus up against a Bugatti Veyron. In the gaming scene you’ll be left for dust, so make sure you choose the right one.
It’s important to take note of a keyboard’s n-key rollover number. The n stands for the number of keys that can be pressed simultaneously – the higher the number, the more flexible your keyboard will be. Keyboards that are simply labelled “‘N-key rollover” mean there is no limit to how many keys can be pressed at the same time. This is very beneficial to gamers, who will often find themselves pressing several keys at once while playing. The last thing you will want to happen when you’re finding yourself fighting hordes of enemies is for one of the pressed keys not to register (an issue called ghosting).
Outside of the practical features, you may want to make sure your keyboard and mouse are aesthetically pleasing. A lot of gamers opt to have backlighting in their keyboard and mouse for that extra wow factor. This also makes it easier for them to game in the dark, being able to better see the characters on the keys.
If you’re an avid gamer, there’s a high chance that you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting in your chair. It’s important to make sure that you choose a gaming chair that is well-suited to you.
Spending hours each day sitting in a terrible, low-quality chair may give you neck and back pain, potentially leading to serious health problems. So it’s worth thinking of this as an investment for your long-term health in addition to comfort and convenience. However, regardless of the comfort of the chair, it’s still worth taking regular breaks to stand, stretch and walk around.
Another thing you should consider with your chair is the size. Gaming chairs are big, much larger than your standard office chair. With delivery an option, the last thing you want is to unpack your chair only to have no room – the supplier probably won’t take it back! Make sure it not only fits in your gaming room, but gives you enough room to move around or invite friends over for game marathons!
You may see a chair that seems perfect and looks great, but remember it will literally become a part of the furniture. You’ll want your chair to look a good fit – avoid it being too bulky or out of space. Many gaming chair providers will give you the opportunity to customise your chair, so it’s worthwhile taking the time to tailor your chair to your exact preferences.
It’s what you’ll be looking at the most, and gaming monitors come in all shapes and sizes. You need a high-quality monitor that doesn’t crash on you and achieves the resolution that your game is looking for. Gaming monitors come in full HD (1080p), 2K (1440p) or 4K (2160p). The higher the pixel count, the better the visual detail and the higher the image clarity.
Having a monitor with fast refresh rates will give you a higher level of frames per second (FPS). It’s worth noting that if you want a monitor with a fast refresh rate of 240Hz, you’ll need to make sure that your graphics processing unit (GPU) is good enough to deliver the desired FPS.
Typically gaming monitors measure in between 21 and 27 inches. You don’t need a huge monitor as you’ll be sitting close anyway. Size definitely isn’t everything when it comes to monitors.
Just like chairs, it’s important to avoid neck strain, which can arise if you monitor isn’t in a comfortable position. Ensure your monitor is raised slightly above eye level, either through fixing it onto a mount to attaching it to your wall – make sure your wall can cope with the weight, though!
Sound quality is very important when it comes to gaming. Don’t have your video games audio on blast out of a set of speakers. Firstly, you’ll upset your household (or neighbours if it’s really loud), but also it’s just not necessary – there are plenty of great gaming headsets on the market. You’ll also want to communicate with your friends or teammates, so you’ll need a proper headset.
A good headset will feel sturdy. You’ll want a one that caters the shape of your head – metal or wire frames are good, but there are still good plastic ones on the market. You should know when you pick up a headset that feels flimsy. While these may be cheaper, they break more easily and you’ll find yourself spending more in the long run.
Most headsets come with a 360-degree soundscape. This means if you hear something behind your in-game character to the left, you’ll hear it from that direction. You don’t want to be left behind when most of your competitors will be using these headsets!
Gaming desks also contribute greatly towards the ultimate gaming setup. The first thing you should be concerned with is how it fits in your room. Measure the size of your room before committing yourself to a new desk, and try to utilise empty space. Do you see an empty corner? Perhaps a nice L-shaped gaming desk with your setup would look good there.
Specialised gaming desks will come with add-ons like places to store your gaming accessories or cupholders. A good gaming desk will make sure there are areas to hide wires, too.
Ultimately, you know what you want and how you’ll want it to look – it’s great to customise and personalise your setup. There’s not one best way of creating the ultimate gaming setup. It’s just important how you feel about it. Hopefully this list has provided you with some to get you on your way. Start designing your dream gaming setup today!