The Best Gaming Setups of 2021 (& How to Build the Ultimate PC setup)

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Sculpting your own PC gaming setup allows you to add your own touch of flair and personality to your build, and what separates your build from any other PC gamers.

In this article, we will help you build your gaming setup, letting you know our most important considerations when picking the parts for your gaming setup, as well as giving examples of great gaming setups from the community, to get your design-inspiration juices flowing.

If you have any questions about your upcoming gaming PC build or want some advice on which setup to go for – why not drop us a message in the comments!

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Creating the Ultimate Gaming Setup: What to Consider

There are certain considerations you can take to really take your gaming setup to the next level – and we would recommend considering the following if you’re looking to upgrade your existing gaming setup, or starting completely fresh with a new PC gaming setup (e.g. new desk, chair etc).

  • Cable management: Cable management is king when it comes to creating clean, envious gaming PC setups. It allows for a clutter-free desk and helps create a killer work/gaming environment.
  • Minimalistic: We think it’s better to go full-Scandinavian and embrace a minimalistic approach when building a gaming setup – less is more. Less clutter, less to think about, fewer products to spend money on.
  • Functional: To create a truly Premium Build, make sure everything on your desk justifies its place, you don’t want items to be stacking up and cluttering your gaming setup without having any real meaning or purpose.
  • Theme: What is the main desired look of the build? Do you want to replicate a white-themed build, or perhaps an RGB-centric build? You need to decide exactly what ‘look’ you’re going for and then base as many PC component, peripheral and furniture purchases around that desired look.
  • Budget: The quality of your gaming setup shouldn’t have to be dictated by your budget – but it’s important to note that if you want to go for a triple monitor, enthusiast-grade 2080 Super + 9900K PC gaming setup – it will be unrealistic to do it on a shoestring budget. Be realistic with what you are able to afford and build the gaming setup around that. Tip: if you want to save money on your gaming setup, look at buying used vs new. This applies mainly for desks, chairs and furniture (Ikea especially) – where you can often find preowned items which bear a huge discount on the retail price of the original product. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!

Inspiration is your Best Friend

When looking to create a new gaming setup, if you’re struggling for inspiration or just want to perfect the gaming setup before you pull the trigger on the purchase – just remember that you don’t always have to reinvent the wheel.

Look at other PC gaming setups from the community and see if there is any other builds that you like, or perhaps take a design element you like from one gaming setup and one from another, to create your own unique, personalised gaming setup.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to building a PC gaming setup, but a good starting place is always to look for what is already out there.


Our 9 Favorite Gaming Setups for 2021

Below is a curation of our favorite gaming setups we have seen over the years on /r/battlestations – and we have tried to list all the known parts, peripherals and specs that we are able to find out from the build images, to help you recreate the desired gaming build (should you want to!).

If you have a gaming setup that you think is worth sharing to our audience, we would love to hear from you! Show us your gaming build, along with a brief description of the build and design thesis, for a chance to be featured on our ‘best gaming setups’ guide!

Without further ado, here our (in our eyes) the best gaming PC setups of 2020 – with emphasis on clean, elegant, minimalistic but purposeful setups.

‘Clean White Themed Build’ by /u/ItsMehRuby

clean and minimal gaming setup

What we like about this gaming PC setup

This build really hits the nail on the head when it comes to building a white-themed gaming setup – and ticks the boxes of being clean and minimalistic. Parts listed below.

Relevant Components

Peripherals

Cable Management Used

Wallpaper

Mountain Wallpaper
Click here for high resolution link

How would we improve it further?

If you wanted to complete the ‘white themed’ PC look it’s actually possible to change the GeForce logo to white (instead of green!).


‘RGB Heaven’ by /u/willostyllos

Best RGB Gaming Setup

What we like about this build

This gaming setup has really been done well – it’s full of (tasteful) colour, with the Nanoleaf wall lighting really complementing the RGB internals of the Meshify C build.

Relevant Components

Peripherals

How would we improve it further?

Adding a third vertical monitor or centre aligning the two monitor setup for perfect symmetry! Also, opting for a dual monitor style background, where an image is continued from one monitor to another, would complete this RGB PC gaming setup.


Minimal Dual Monitor Gaming Setup by /u/t8nlink

Best dual monitor gaming setup

What we like about this build

This build by /u/t8nlink is a great example of a clean and minimal build – with plenty of room on the desk with minimal clutter – with the beautiful Dan Cases A4-SFX tucked away in the corner! Super nice, and built with the ever-so-popular combination of the Ikea Karbly countertop and Ikea Alex drawers.

Relevant Components

Peripherals

How would we improve it further?

Bigger mousepad, for sure! And perhaps a chair..?


‘Warm Tone Gaming Setup’ by /u/Steffis

Best SFF Gaming Setup Dual Monitor

What we like about this build

The warm, earthy colours of this simplistic, purposeful build really do it for me – it makes the build feel like it has personality and substance. A bit generic feedback, but it just works! The dual monitor setup with the LOUQE Ghost S1 is very neat, too. With the fresh glass of orange juice ready-to-go!

Components

Peripherals

  • Desk: Custom Oak/Ash Countertop, Ikea ALEX Drawer & Ikea Legs
  • Mouse: Glorious Model O
  • Keyboard: Vortex Race3 RGB
  • Mousepad: Novelkeys Mousepad
  • Monitor: 2 x Dell U2414H
  • Monitor Arm(s): Unknown
  • Headphones: Sennheiser HD600
  • Microphone: AntLionon Audio ModMic
  • Lamp: Artemide Tizio

Wallpaper

IBM Wallpaper 1080p
Click here for high-resolution image

How would we improve it further?

Personally, I would opt for a black IKEA ALEX drawer unit to complement the other dark accents of the setup!


‘Neon Rider’ by /u/RelodeBell

Best Neon Themed Gaming PC Setup

What we like about this build

Although this design isn’t on the more simplistic and clean side of the scale, if you like Neon themed designs (think: Cyberpunk or Tron) then you will no doubt be impressed by ‘Neon Rider’ build from Reddit user /u/RelodeBell!

This build has gone to town with RGB, creating that immersive neon build that will impress PC builders who want to make a statement. The underglow from the Steelseries mousepad really is the icing on this neon-themed cake!

Parts list below for those who are interested.

Relevant Components

  • CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K
  • Cooler: Cooler Master ML360R RGB
  • Motherboard: MSI Z390 Ace
  • Storage: WD Blue SSD 500GB
  • RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro
  • Graphics Card: MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio
  • PC Case: Lian Li O-11 Dynamic Razer Edition
  • Power Supply:
  • Case Fans: Cooler Master ARGB 120mm Fans

Peripherals

  • Desk: Custom Wood Countertop + Ikea ALEX drawers + Ikea Finnvard Trestles
  • Mouse: Razer Viper Ultimate
  • Keyboard: HHKB Pro 2
  • Mousepad: Steelseries QcK Prism XL Neon Rider
  • Monitor: Acer Predator X34 & Acer 2717H (Portrait)
  • Monitor Arm(s): Vesa Mount Adator & 3rd Party Arm
  • Speakers: Sound Blaster X Katana

Wallpaper

Both wallpapers are from Steam’s Wallpaper Engine

  1. Neon View by ‘ChilledCatz ツ’
  2. Raining in Tokyo by ‘OmurraMo’

How would we improve it further?

No further improvements we could think of!


‘Cable Management is King’ by /u/thatsawipe

example of great cable management build

What we like about this build

Possibly my favorite build I have seen from the PC gaming community – to date. This extreme minimalistic ‘scandi-esque’ PC gaming setup really shows the importance of cable management to create a sleek, clutter-free setup. The black, white and grey. colour palette really works, too – and is so versatile that it can be applied to any type of build, room or setup.

Components

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9600K
  • Cooler: Noctua L9i
  • Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming
  • Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1TB
  • Graphics Card: EVGA RTX 2070 Super XC
  • PC Case: Dan Case A4-SFX v4
  • Power Supply: Corsair SF600W Gold
  • Case Fans: Noctua NF-A9

Peripherals

Cable Management Used

How would we improve it further?

I’m surprised the OP didn’t opt for a wireless mouse! Thats our only complaint..


‘Minimal Setup’ by /u/imsorrybae

minimilistic pc gaming setup

What we like about this build

Minimalistic approach, black and white themed accents, clean lines and makes well of the limited space – what is not to like about this build from /u/imsorrybae. Oh, and the perfectly aligned shelf and framed pictures make the setup look that just more refined, too. Possibly one of the best PC gaming setups for college students or for bedrooms.

Relevant Components

Peripherals

How would we improve it further?

Perhaps this build could be improved ergonomically by adding an XL-size mousemat.


‘New Hangout Spot’ by /u/RowbotWizard

Best Gaming Setup with Plants Nature

What we like about this build

The microphone layout of this dual-monitor build is just outstanding. Clean, natural colours paired with the plants and background just oozes zen.

Relevant Components

  • CPU: Ryzen 7 3700X
  • Cooler: NZXT Kraken X52
  • Graphics Card: EVGA RTX 2070 Super XC
  • PC Case: NZXT H510i Matte White
  • Case Fans: Corsair LL120

Peripherals

  • Desk: Structube Samia Desk (150cm)
  • Chair: Sayl Chair
  • Mouse: Unknown (sorry)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G915
  • Mousepad: Steelseries
  • Monitor: 2x Samsung C27JG52
  • Monitor Arm(s): North Bayou F160
  • Headphones:
  • Microphone: Blue Yeti Blackout Edition w/ Pop Filter + NEUMA Microphone Stand
  • Speakers: Kanto YU2

Wallpaper

The wallpaper is from Steam’s Wallpaper Engine, called ‘Foggy Forest’.

How would we improve it further?

The only personal change we would do is to have a black-colored cushioned Sayl chair rather than blue! Nitpicking here..


‘City Slicker’ by /u/acremona22

City View Gaming Setup

What we like about this PC gaming build

Clean, tick. Minimalistic, tick. Functional, tick. This build has made the most of the space, as well as keeping the window-space free for minimum obstruction of the view! Unfortunately, if you were to buy the exact build like above, the Chicago skyline view is not included. If you want that view in your gaming setup, it’s going to cost a pretty penny..

Relevant Components

Peripherals

Cable Management Used

How would we improve it further?

Floor to ceiling, wall-sized windows of the beautiful Chicago skyline!


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