If you’re new to the gaming scene, know that any keen PC gamer will tell you that having the perfect gaming setup at home determines how much fun you’ll be having right in your own home. In fact, it’s no secret that gamers take quite a lot of pride in their particular gaming setup.
If you’re thinking of creating a gaming station, you’ll be delighted to know that you can do it with the help of a FF&E (fixtures, fittings and equipment) designer but there are also some DIY tips to try. Start with the basics and you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect setup.
Gaming Setup Basics
We’ve asked a few avid gamers to share their tips for creating your first gaming station at home. Here’s what they had to say.
1.Find the Perfect Chair
You might think that a state-of-the-art gaming PC might be first on the list, but our experts, all agree—you need to start with the best chair your budget will allow. Remember, you’re going to spend hours in that chair. To avoid spine, neck and hip pain, opt for an ergonomic seat. That means a chair that’s been designed to provide your body with the right levels of support and comfort.
Some chairs are specially designed for gamers but, as a beginner, you might not need or have the budget for all the bells and whistles. Don’t settle for an uncomfortable plastic chair and one with adjustable height and a recliner function is already a huge plus.
If you’re not sure where to start looking for a chair, you may want to start by browsing through a few hotel furniture for sale catalogues for some excellent deals on quality chairs. With a bit of luck, you’ll even be able to find the perfect desk to house your growing gaming empire or get a custom setup that will serve you well for years to come.
2.Choose the Right PC
The type of PC you need depends on the types of games you want to play and of course your budget. Essentially you have two options to consider:
- You can buy a gaming PC that’s good to go
- Build your own PC
If you’re completely new to the gaming experience, our experts recommend buying a ready-made gaming PC to get you started and introduce you to the basics.
As your skills progress and you identify the types of games you enjoy, you’ll learn what specs you need to improve your experience. Compare the specs of gaming PCs to find the better option and ask fellow gamers for their input regarding first-time gaming setups.
3. Don’t Settle for a Regular Monitor
If you’ve spent any time with gamers, you’ll know they ordinarily don’t settle for regular PC equipment, including monitors. Gaming monitors have better pixel density and use little to no image processing which results in zero input lag—it makes it faster! You also want a better refresh rate to have the best possible image.
4.Game Controllers are a Must
Many people prefer to play PC games using keyboard functions. However, the best gamers all agree that having the actual controller in your hand makes all the difference. It’s also easier to get comfy in your chair if you don’t have to lean over your keyboard. Here you want to make sure that your controller is compatible with your PC. You can opt for wired or wireless devices.
Don’t buy only one controller—you never know when you’re going to have company in your game centre, and you don’t want to be that guy who only has one device! (The average gamer has at least two).
With that said, you may want to invest in a gaming mouse as well. They tend to have advanced optical laser sensors and customisable features such as adjustments for speed and sensitivity.
Depending on where you’re setting up your game station, you might need more lighting. Obviously, you don’t want to be blinded by sharp lights every time you switch your PC on but you must be able to read the screen for game instructions and see details on your keyboard. Consider LEDs because they don’t flicker and the light’s not too sharp.
Setting up your gaming station is going to be a ton of fun. But it starts with some clever shortlisting. Speak to gamers of different experience levels to get a feel for what generally works and what doesn’t, to prevent you from unintentionally wasting money on an inferior accessory.
If you don’t know any gamers yet, it’s a good idea to join a few Facebook or other social media groups—that way you can easily speak to gamers like yourself who are setting up systems for the first time. You’ll also get tips and tricks from the gamer aficionados, saving you the trial-and-error process. And remember the chair.