Streamer gear: The guide for the perfect streaming experience
Of course everybody likes different things, but sitting on a wooden chair only armed with a rickety work PC, it’s probably only a retro-gamer who finds the perfect gaming experience. In this article we want to discuss the perfect equipment for gamers and especially streamers. We will not only talk about the different hardware areas such as gaming mice, gaming headsets or gaming keyboards, but also ergonomics and additional equipment such as gaming chairs.
The basic equipment What every gamer needs
The basic equipment is of course a gaming computer and it should be designed in such a way that the latest games can be played without any problems. At the same time, we want to make sure that it is not too expensive. Below we have created a configuration for you as an example, with which most of the latest games should not be a problem.
|Processor||AMD||FX-8350||8-Core / 4.0 GHz||~100,- to 120,- €|
|Mainboard||Gigabyte||GA-970A-DS3P FX||~ 65,- €|
|RAM||G.Skill||8GB High-Speed DDR3 PC-1600||2x for 16 GB Highspeed DDR3-RAM||~ 70,- €|
|Graphics Card||Nvidia||Geforce GTX1060 6GB||~ 300,- to 330,- €|
|Power Supply||Corsair||VS650||650 watts for optimal expandability||~ 50,- €|
Of course, the costs for case, hard disk, optical drives and if necessary assembly by the retailer are added. The table should only serve as an example for a system which, according to the current state of the art, is suitable for the latest games and therefore only lists the components relevant for performance. Optimizing these components would make sense (e. g. by purchasing a better graphics card).
In addition to these performance-relevant components of your gamer gear, there are two other good options for optimization. On the one hand, these would be the use of an SSD for your operating system and on the other hand the overclocking of the processor.
SSDs Speedboost for your system
SSDs use semiconductor memory similar to those in USB sticks instead of conventional mechanical magnetic disks. As a result, they are much more robust and faster. However, since they are up to ten times more expensive than conventional HDDs, they are mainly used for the operating system. Games and data will continue to be stored on a classic hard drive. A PC with a SSD boots faster, launches and runs applications and games faster. Below is a selection of good SSDs that we would recommend:
Overclocking How to correctly overclock the processor
Overclocking the processor means that it is operated at a higher clock rate (measured in GHz) than the factory setting. Naturally, this requires more cooling. In addition, not all mainboards or processors offer overclocking as an option. For example, Intel processor models almost always have a fixed clock rate. AMD, on the other hand, offers overclocking as standard.
In the past, it used to be quite dangerous if you didn’t pay attention during overclocking, but nowadays the internal security systems of the processors usually prevent major damage, should you ever make a mistake. In the worst case, the computer crashes to protect itself from overheating. For more details on overclocking take a look at this article.
Gaming mice Choose your weapon
A gaming mouse offers several advantages over a conventional mouse. It is equipped with many additional keys, which relieves the hand on the keyboard when gaming. Gaming mice are also usually much more accurate and offer special settings for weight and ergonomics. In this way, they can be perfectly adapted to your own playing style. Detailed information on gaming mice can be found in our Gaming Mouse Leaderboard. The following articles could also be interesting for you:
We have selected some of the products from the articles above for you on Amazon. So if you already know which gaming mouse is the right one for you, you can directly go to the products here:
Gaming keyboards The gamers seven-league boots
A gaming keyboard offers additional keys and programmable macros similar to a gaming mouse. This way you are optimally prepared for every game. In addition, many gaming keyboards offer interactive and programmable lighting, whereby different lighting profiles can be selected for different games. You can find more information about this topic in our article Gaming keyboards for gamers & streamers. You may also be interested in the following articles:
You already know which gaming keyboard you want? Maybe you can find it among the following products, which we have selected for you from the variety of keyboards on Amazon:
Gaming headsets Good sound on your ears
A gaming headset not only makes it easier to communicate with teammates, but also to locate opponents in the game with built-in stereo or surround sound. This is an invaluable advantage especially in shooters and other action games. Find out more about this topic in our Big Headset Guide. You might also be interested in the following articles:
We’ve picked out some gaming headsets for you from different price ranges that you can’t go wrong with. Just click on one of the following product pictures and have a look at them on Amazon:
Gaming monitors Keeping an eye on everything
The meaning and purpose of a gaming monitor is not quite as easy to understand as the purpose of gaming mice, gaming headsets or gaming keyboards. But just like the products mentioned above, the gaming monitor also contributes to the perfect gaming experience. It has much lower response times, faster refresh rates and a betrer contrast ratio to optimize the colours of the game. Here is a small selection of good gaming monitors for you:
Webcams for streamers Making a visual impression
For most streamers, the webcam is an important device for communicating emotions to viewers. Because body language says much more than the spoken word alone could say. In our article “The best webcams for streaming in comparison” we discuss this topic in more detail. We have selected some products for you that might be especially interesting for streamers. You can have a look at them right here on Amazon:
Microphones for streamers Setting the tone
For most gamers the microphone on their headset is enough, but not for streamers: Today’s viewers are very spoiled when it comes to sound quality. It is recommended to think about buying a suitable microphone to pamper the audience. In our article The best streaming microphones in comparison we deal with this topic in detail. Here we would like to introduce you four products, which we have selected for you on Amazon.
Green screens for streamers A professional look for your facecam
With the help of a green screen you can give your stream an additional, professional touch. The color of the screen is isolated and then made transparent so that the streamer seems to float over the game. In our article The best green screens in comparison we deal with different greenscreen types and their use in detail. Here are some of the presented products:
Gaming equipment Perfecting your gaming experience
There are many different types of equipment that can make gaming easier. You can find anything from gaming chairs and VR headsets to mouse bungees. These do not only bring fun into our hobby, but also make it easier to organize cables or prevent us from suffering back pain after long gaming sessions. Here we have picked out a couple of really cool gadgets for you: