Best Gaming Setup & Equipment
The gaming industry has grown to a near $200 billion market that continues to push the boundaries of technology and entertainment. Once a niche market, the industry has undoubtedly launched into the mainstream. E-sports, in 2021, is just as respected as any other major professional sports organization – with personalities and content creators just as big as any other high level athlete. The industry continues to grow and there aren’t any signs of it slowing down.
The gaming industry’s competitive nature has allowed the sport to grow tremendously – creating opportunities for not only competitive gamers, but coders, programmers, designers and artists of all kinds. Today, we’re going to take a look at two different gaming setups: one for gamers just starting out and another for gamers looking to get into the competitive part of the sport.
What Do You Need for a Gaming Setup?
Gaming Equipment and Parts
Before heading out to make any purchases, there are definitely some key gaming equipment and accessories you should know about that will make your gaming setup efficient.
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The Central Process Unit is the principal part of any digital computer system, generally composed of the main memory and control unit. This enables your computer to interact with all of your applications and programs installed. Generally, the faster your CPU, the easier it is to use the computer.
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
Have you ever wondered why the images or videos on your computer screen take a while to load? The problem is likely your GPU. GPU’s are designed to accelerate the rendering of 3D graphics.
Random Access Memory (RAM)
This is your computer’s short-term memory storage. It stores information that is being actively used, so it can be accessed even more quickly.
The motherboard is the backbone that ties the computer’s components together at one spot and allows them to talk to each other. Without it, the computer’s CPU, GPU, etc could never communicate to each other.
Power Supply Unit (PSU)
The PSU converts mains AC to low-voltage regulated DC power for the internal components of a computer. Modern personal computers use switched-mode power supplies.
Hard Disc Drive (HDD)
HDD is storage that lives internally in your computer. Because it is part of the computer, its data is stored and read on the disc. It works similarly to that of a turntable – with an LP record and needle on the arm.
Solid State Drive (SSD)
Generally, SSD’s are much more expensive than HDD’s. The reason being they have no moving parts and are compact. They can be the size of a stick of gum, yet can hold more storage and be accessed quicker than an HDD.
Casual Gamer Intro Setup
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
GPU: RTX 2060 Ti (or better)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8 GB
Motherboard: ASUS Prime A520M-A
PSU: Corsair RM650
HDD: Seagate BarraCuda 1 TB
SSD: Samsung EVO 860 250 GB
Competitive Gamer Intro Setup
CPU: Intel i9 9700K
GPU: RTX 3090
RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB
Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z390-A
PSU: Corsair RM 1500x
HDD: Seagate FireCuda 2 TB
SSD: Samsung 870 1 TB
What We Like About These Builds
If you’re new to the market, there are a few reasons why we recommend these base setups. Aside from the price – which we believe is the most bang for your buck – these setups, we feel, would guarantee a smooth, non-interruptive gameplay. However, we highly recommend adjusting your setup to fit your needs.
Your Gaming Space
Lastly, when planning your gaming setup it is imperative to know exactly what you will need to ensure all of the parts connect. At Hosa, we carry the most efficient USB Cables & Adapters in the market. For example, if you’re looking to mirror your monitor or displays, use HDMI cables. If you have a USB hub and want to charge your phone, try our USB to USB-C cables.