The Ultimate Beginner Gaming Setup Guide
Taking your gaming experience to the max is all about achieving the ultimate gaming setup. For the creme de la creme of game setups, the attention is in the detail. If you’ve ever wondered what gaming setups players like Dream and PewDiePie use, we’ll let you in on a little secret. The top gamer’s setups aren’t just about great hardware. It’s having the right accessories that make all the difference for them. Here are some key items to consider when building the ultimate gaming setup.
Comfort and convenience are the foundations of the ultimate gaming setup. If you plan to take on the latest gaming challenges and compete with gaming royalty, then your comfort is key.
An important note about gaming setups – they are not meant to be taken down when you’re done playing. Building a gaming setup is about having a dedicated (permanent) space that’s always ready. For that reason, make sure you choose a spot in the house where you won’t be disturbed or disturb others. You’ll also need space to plug in your screen and computer and strong broadband.
From chairs and desks, to arm mounts and maintenance items - keep your set-up in tip top condition. View our video on gaming setup tips:
The Ultimate Gaming Chair
First and foremost, you need a comfortable chair. Gaming sessions can last for hours, and a good chair can help prevent back pain and fatigue. Look for a chair with adjustable height and armrests, as well as lumbar support.
Our top pick is the Trust Rizza Illuminated Gaming Chair. This is a great option for gamers, especially if you plan to stream or make videos. Not only is the Trust Rizza Illuminated Gaming Chair comfortable and sturdy, but it also has RGB LED illumination. Adding a unique and unforgettable touch to your gaming setup.
The Rizza is one of the top gaming chairs at Irwins and features adjustable armrests, a tilting seat and backrest. The RGB LED illumination runs around the edges of the chair and can be customised with a remote control. Letting you choose from an offering of 350 colours and effects. Even better - you can sync your seat lights with music or with your gaming sessions, creating an immersive experience.
The Ultimate Gaming Desk
A good desk is essential for any gaming setup and is the main part of your build. Look for a gaming desk with enough space for your monitor(s), keyboard, mouse, and any other accessories you may need.
We like the Dominus Gaming Desk for its well thought out features. This is a dedicated gaming desk with a large surface area that easily fits double screens. Its sturdy build and steel frame means you can rest easy that your hardware is safe. Also, with your gaming comfort in mind, the Dominus Gaming Desk has key ergonomic features. First, the legs are adjustable so you can set the best height for you. Secondly, the front of the desk is slightly rounded to keep your arms and wrists free from aches and pains.
The clever features don’t stop at ergonomics either. The designers of the Dominus Gaming Desk have thought of everything. To keep your desk and gaming experience clutter-free, the Dominus even has built-in holders for your drinks, headphones and cables.
Arm Mounts For The The Ultimate Gaming Setup
Using arm mounts for a gaming setup has several benefits. Firstly, it provides better ergonomics by allowing you to adjust the monitor height and angle to your eye level. This gaming setup helps to reduce neck and eye strain during long gaming sessions. Secondly, it frees up desk space by getting rid of the monitor stand, which can be especially helpful for smaller setups. Lastly, it gives your gaming setup a sleeker, clutter-free, look, making the setup look more organised and professional.
When buying arm mounts for your ultimate gaming setup, keep the size and weight of your monitors in mind. Also, consider the space you use and check that it is possible to install arm mounts on the available wall. Alternatively, look for arm mounts with a clamp that can be attached to your gaming desk.
Our top choice is the AV Link Adjustable Dual Arm Monitor Desktop Mount. As the name suggests, this popular arm mount is built for two screens and has a capacity of up to 9kgs/19.8 lbs. Using the AV Link Dual Arm Mount, you will be able to rotate your screens 360 degrees. You’ll also have the flexibility of a 90-degree swivel option and +85° to -30° screen tilt. Ideal for gaming while checking in-game messages, listening to music or even live streaming.
RGB Lights For The Ultimate Gaming Setup
RGB lights are a popular choice for gamers who want to create the ultimate gaming setup. One of the main benefits is that they enhance your overall gaming experience by creating an immersive and visually appealing environment. RGB lights can be used to customise the look of a gaming setup by giving you control to set your style. With a wide range of colours and effects, you can sync your RGB lights to music or game events.
In addition, RGB lights can help to reduce eye strain by providing ambient lighting that can be adjusted. They can also be used to create a more comfortable gaming setup by providing indirect lighting, reducing glare and eye fatigue.
Our team pick of RGB lights is the Govee RGBIC LED Strip Lights. This 10m strip syncs with Alexa, Google Assistant for voice control lighting or the Govee Home app. Not only that but each section of the strip can be controlled individually. They really are the ultimate RGB gaming lights.
Gaming Setup Cooling Stands
Gaming laptops can get overly hot, especially during intense gaming sessions. A cooling stand can help keep your laptop cool and prevent overheating. Look for a stand with a quiet fan for minimal disruption.
The best cooling stands for gaming are also slanted to achieve better airflow and cooling performance. For gamers, tilting the fan blades is particularly helpful as it also helps to further reduce turbulence and noise. Cooling stands come with either an adjustable angle option or a set slope. Which one you choose comes down to preference and comfort.
The Ultimate Gaming Accessories for Maintenance and Connectivity
Boost Connectivity For The Ultimate Gaming Setup
Keep your gaming fun and stress free with two simple hacks. The first is connectivity. A stable and fast internet connection is essential for online gaming. It reduces lag and latency, which can negatively impact your gaming experience and create frustration. Good connectivity is also important for multiplayer games, as it allows you to communicate and coordinate with other players in real-time. If competitive gaming is your thing, then good connectivity is a must. It can give you a competitive edge over your competitors by minimising lag and improving response times.
To boost gaming connectivity look at your internet plan but also how your gaming setup is connected. If your PC or laptop doesn't have a strong wifi signal, an adapter can help boost your connection speed and range. With so much reliance on connectivity around the home, you may find extending your connection useful. Accessories like the TP-LINK AV1000 Powerline Starter Kit are a great choice for gamers looking to improve connectivity. The starter kit includes two adapters that use your home's electrical wiring to create a high-speed wired network connection. Better still, the setup is ‘plug n play’ with no configuration required.
Other useful accessories for your gaming setup include Bluetooth adapters. If your PC or laptop doesn't have built-in Bluetooth, an adapter can help you connect wireless devices. Bluetooth adapters are popular with Gamers for a variety of reasons. They can be used to connect wireless controllers and also headsets. Wireless headsets are a particular gaming favourite thanks to the immersive audio experience they provide. Bluetooth also helps you easily connect other enabled devices, such as smartphones or tablets, to your gaming PC for streaming.
Get Faster Load Times For Better Gaming
Gaming puts a lot of strain on the hard drive of gamer PCs and laptops. Largely because gaming files tend to take up a lot of space, which in turn slows down your computer's performance. For better load times, along with increased storage capacity, portability, backup and recovery options, an external hard drive can help.
External hard drives offer additional storage space for games, which can be especially useful for gamers with limited internal storage on their gaming devices. They are also portable and can be easily moved from one device to another. By storing games on an external hard drive, you can reduce the strain on your internal hard drives. A step that could potentially extend the life of your device too.
Maintenance Is The Key To Happy Gaming
Anyone investing in the ultimate gaming setup wants their equipment to last and to consistently perform well. The key to gaming longevity is a simple cleaning kit. Dust and fingerprints can accumulate on your screens and gaming gear over time. By keeping a cleaning kit to hand, you can easily help keep everything looking and functioning like new.
One of the must-have items for the ultimate gamer cleaning kit is an Air Duster Sprays. Accumulated dust inside your PC or laptop can cause overheating and other issues. An air duster spray will help you quickly and easily clean out your system without taking it apart.
At Irwins Megastore you can find everything you need to create the Ultimate Gaming Setup in one place. We offer competitive pricing and a price match promise. Shop gaming setups at irwinsmegastore.ie or visit us in-store in Cork and Waterford.