Gaming is best done on a setup that gives you as many advantages as possible. Not only that, but the wrong setup can get you all sorts of crappy things like lag and being ganked when you least expect it.
So, what is the right setup?
Well to be honest that depends on what sort of gaming you are into. However, we will give you some tips on how to make the perfect gaming setup right here in this article. So grab yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, and be inspired to upgrade your setup!
Many of us play games on a PC. I personally use a laptop, but that’s because it’s useful for work too. (I can happily switch between writing and long-term strategy games like the upcoming Planet Zoo. But I digress.) A laptop gaming PC is usually the more expensive option when it comes to gaming PC’s. A desktop computer is more cost efficient and you can replace parts yourself when needed–for example, if you want to upgrade your RAM.
That being said, both laptops and desktops have pretty much the same parts, just crammed into different spaces. So the specs are relatively the same. The ultimate gaming PC should be something like the following:
- PU:Intel Core i7-8700K (although be aware the the i9 is coming out soon, if not already)
- CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i V2
- GPU: EVGA GTX 1070 Ti
- RAM: Skill Ripjaws 64GB 3200MHz
- Storage: 1TB Samsung 960 Pro M.2 combined equals 10TB mix of HDD and SSD
- PSU: Corsair RM 750X Power Supply
- Motherboard: Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming
- Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper
That’s a hell of a gaming machine. With that, you will be able to keep up with the most hectic in-game action without any computer related lag. This is obviously for a desktop though, so if you are looking for a laptop, you will need to find something with similar specs. ASUS and Acer produce some great gaming laptops, as of course does Alienware.
A great machine is all very well and good, but you will need a great screen to be able to see what you are doing. Low res screens that are too small are no good when it comes to a great gaming setup. Luckily, good laptops with specs similar to the ones above come with great screens, so that’s a bonus. If you are going the desktop route though, you will need to buy a screen (or five) that really gets you into the action.
So what you want is either dual monitors, or even more! Why stop at two? The more the merrier right? Dual monitors or more allow for a much wider field of motion when playing first person games, and bigger places to put all your miniscreens when playing strategy. Gone are the days when a little 32 inch LG monitor made you drool. Today’s monitors are curved, bright, HD and in your face. Here are some great examples of monitors that will literally blow your socks off:
- Alienware 34 Curved Gaming Monitor: AW3418DW
- Dell UP2516D to either side
- Pixio PX277H centered
- Sony KD50X690E
- Samsung 55” Smart TV
- Acer 1ms 60hz Monitor (G276HL)
Yes, there are TV’s in there, because why not. So much money has been poured into television technology that they are just as good as gaming monitors, and cheaper too. And you can watch Netflix and chill with them with other people when you aren’t gaming.
So now that we have a good machine and something great to see with, we need to take a look at all the other little bits and bobs that you will need in order to make the perfect gaming setup.
- Your Chair: Where you sit while gaming is incredibly important. An old office chair may work for a while, but you will most definitely be able to feel it after a few hours. (Less if you are old and wise like me). The point is, one thing you should REALLY not scrimp on is a decent gaming chair. A good chair will promote correct posture, support your back and neck, and will have built in goodies to make gaming an even more immersive experience.
- Your Sound: What is gaming without sound? Not very exciting. So your audio has to match up with your visuals. There are two ways to do this, and it simply depends on whether you have other people in your house who object to deafening bass or not. A good audio setup will obviously include many speakers and at least one subwoofer. Some great options are Corsair Void, Logitech Z200 and Sennheiser 598.
You can also go with good sound cancelling headphones. These tend to keep any familial relationships you have in tact while still allowing you a totally enveloping gaming experience.
- Coffee: Coffee is king. In fact, it’s so important that it has its own little bullet point. A great cup of coffee (or five) will keep you fueled and warm for those long gaming marathons where you only venture out of your room in search of caffeine. Never underestimate the importance of coffee in a perfect gaming setup. Just be sure that it has its own place, and won’t fall over onto your beautiful new keyboard or laptop!
So go out there and get your perfect gaming setup. Most of these elements are available from online stores, and can be delivered right to your door!