Wish you had your own gaming room? A gaming room helps you get the most out of your experience. It’s the perfect place to play in solitude, blast the sound, and even build your dream setup. Plus, you can customize it exactly the way you want with the best gaming room setup ideas.
This page explores some of the best gaming room setup ideas in 2020. Whether you prefer PC or console, we’ve got you covered. Join us as we jump in and explore.
20 Cool Gaming Room Setup Ideas for Inspiration
Before we look at the individual parts of a gaming room, let’s check out fifteen amazing setups for inspiration.
1. The Fish Box
Hot off the press from PC Part Picker comes this stellar build from Balenci.
This gaming setup features top-tier components and accessories for unrivaled potency. In terms of performance, you’ve got all the essentials — a ROG motherboard, an Intel Core i7, 32 gigs of RAM, and a Geforce GTX 1080. But where this setup truly shines is in the aesthetics department.
Curated by interior designer Balenci, this configuration is industrial-modern at its finest. The rustic brick and wooden desk perfectly complement the rugged metal light fixtures. On the desk surface, you’ve got a muted 60% keyboard, monotone accessories, and subtle pops of color. And at the far end of the desk is the PC, the hero of the room.
This modern, tech-heavy piece—complete with shiny LEDs—perfectly contrasts the traditional decor. It’s a beautiful setup that we’re proud to showcase on HGG. Thanks to Balenci for the fantastic idea.
2. Corsair X ROG
by Slash the Gamer
Can you imagine late-night gaming with this setup? Talk about playing in style!
Built atop the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO, this machine is an absolute powerhouse. It boasts top tier components like an Intel i7-9700K CPU, 16GB of RAM, dual NVME SSDs, and a GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card.
Oh, and the sexy case you see there? That’s a Corsair Obsidian 500D. This bad boy comes with integrated LED fans for a light show that’ll take your gaming room to the next level. Big shoutout to Slash the Gamer for this awesome build.
If this incredible gaming room setup doesn’t make your head spin, we’re not sure what will. The dual vertical Ultra-Wide LG Monitors offer tons of screen space, while the large tablet at the base of the DAS Keyboard provides extra input. The gaming area is a little cramped, but it’d be a simple matter of removing an accessory or two to lighten the load. Overall, it’s an exceptional gaming room setup idea, and one we highly recommend.
4. Business Casual
If you’re looking for a gaming room setup that works for both personal and professional use, look no further!
This setup is packed full of multipurpose accessories. For starters, you’ve got your gaming keyboard and mouse, as well as triple screens. And then you have your more business-oriented items like printers, photography equipment, and the insanely comfortable Herman Miller Aeron chair.
Everything comes together with the picturesque view of a lovely tree. You can’t beat it.
5. Imperator Works
If you haven’t heard about the best gaming workstations yet, you’re in for a treat.
This setup from Imperator Works is second to none. That’s because it features the insane ZERO GRAVITY Gaming Station, a fully-loaded workstation equipped with genuine racecar seating, hydraulic motors, and triple display mounts.
Although it’ll cost you a small fortune, it’s worth the price if you’re seeking top-notch PC and console performance.
Perfect For Righties & Lefties
One of the first things you’ll notice with this setup is that the mouse is on the left side of the keyboard. There are few ambidextrous PC setups out there, and this is a perfect example of what you can do with one. Next to the mouse is a budget gaming keyboard, a small speaker, and a beautiful Sceptre Curved Display. While the PC itself is a high-cost powerhouse, the peripherals and layout are great for starter and intermediate setups.
7. Up & Coming Streamer
The Next Ninja?!
We know, we know. What the heck is a wired phone from the last century doing in this modern streamer setup?
We have no clue. What we do know is that this low-profile, high-powered setup is perfect for up-and-coming streamers. For starters, you’ve got the Razer Keyboard, Deatheradder Elite, and Kraken Headphones, and a Blue Microphone. On top of that, you’ll find a spacious gaming display, as well as a side-monitor for streaming and surfing the web. Below the desk is an entry-level Aurora gaming computer, which powers today’s hottest titles. It’s a fantastic setup for a budding streamer.
8. I Am GROOT
For Gaming Superheroes
If you’re lacking space but don’t want to compromise on desktop area, this is an ideal solution. What you see is two desks: the top wooden one, and the bottom white one. This dual-desk combo adds depth while giving the user an ergonomic spot for their RGB Tenkeyless Keyboard and wireless mouse. The computer itself is stored underneath everything, leaving plenty of room for gadgets and gizmos aplenty. And yes, you see that correctly. That is Groot. And four speakers.
9. Snow White
Winter is Coming?!
Get a load of this setup! Perfect for gaming and professional use alike, it boasts a clean, white aesthetic that’s uniquely modern and timeless.
The BenQ Display is vibrant and full of life, while the basic mouse and keyboard accessories provide a simple playing experience. As for those plants? You’ve got your own mini-forest for natural vibes throughout your gaming sessions.
Keep it Plain & Simple
Next up is a minimal gaming setup. You’ve got your simple Samsung Display, a wireless keyboard & mouse, and a few accessories. No frills. To the right, you’ll find a performance powerhouse that contrasts the minimalism very nicely. Inside the sleek LED PC case is a GeForce GTX GPU and cutting-edge cooling system. Everything comes together with the two-tone gaming chair that sends this build to the next level.
11. The Beast that is Jupiter
This vibrant setup features an NZXT Gaming Tower, RGB accessories, and a custom Ambient Lighting Kit that combine to create a dazzling look. On the desk surface, you’ll find a Razer LED mouse and mousepad for an extra pop of color, as well as Filco Majestouch 2 Keyboard that presents the perfect amount of shadowy intrigue.
Overall, it’s a fun setup that’s exciting, adaptable, and full of possibility.
12. Shift RGB Gaming PC
This modern setup is pure perfection. For starters, you’ve got dual monitors with marble wallpaper. Combined with the all-white speakers, these function as accent pieces to steal your attention and create a striking, yet subtle feeling.
The darker parts of the setup—the peripherals and PC case—present the ideal level of contrast without disrupting the flow. Meanwhile, the desk itself is crafted from gorgeous multi-tone wood, and the wall portraits offer a vivid backdrop of calming and muted colors.
You may not expect it given the relaxed atmosphere of the room, but the rig itself is a whirlwind of power. Though it’s only an i5 Processor, builder Nzyzda maxed its performance by adding a GTX 1080 Ti GPU and DDR4 RAM.
Acer Predator & LG Monitors? Check. Razer NOMMO PRO Speakers? Check. Kitty Ear Headphones? Duh!
This gaming setup is hard to beat. The pink backlighting powered by Razer Synapse sets the perfect atmosphere for fashionable gaming, and the accessories complete the look.
And that’s not to mention the PC itself.
Take a look inside the Cooler Master Tower, and you’ll find a ton of next-level components. Built atop the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI APEX Motherboard, the Freya PC features an Intel i9-9900K CPU, GTX 1080 GPU, Samsung Evo Plus NVME SSD, and so much more.
14. High-Class Console
Are you the sophisticated type? Cigar in hand, living in a swanky downtown condo? If so, this high-class setup is the way to go.
For starters, you’ll find a custom-crafted mid-century modern entertainment stand with a cut-out for today’s second-best console: the Xbox One. You’ll also find a giant 72-inch TV that’s big enough for all your favorite games in high definition. Prefer to Netflix and chill? No judgment here—this ostentatious setup has you covered.
15. The Library
No Books Allowed
If there’s a heaven, it probably looks a lot like this. Can you count the number of games in this picture? It’s gotta be well into the hundreds. And that’s just one wall!
For those building a game room, The Library is sure to serve as inspiration. Every nook and cranny is jam-packed full of gaming goodies. Hell, even the walls are filled with geeky artwork that’ll fill your heart with nostalgia!
The best part of this setup? It’s not that expensive to replicate (aside from the games, of course). Grab a few shelves, put in some sweat equity, and you’ve got the beginnings of an unbeatable retro collection.
16. Geometric Love
One look at this geometric setup from Icedmoca on Part Picker is all it takes to fall in love. After all, what’s not to appreciate? You’ve got a single monitor for simple gameplay, top-tier gaming peripherals, and an NZXT powerhouse that’s packed with the best components on the market (can you make out the GeForce GPU LEDs?).
Plus, the whole setup is emphasized by a stunning snowwhite accent wall and stylish angles that put your geometry classroom to shame. Oh, and the entire area’s got a subtle glow that’s utterly futuristic. Huge kudos to IcedMoca for such a fantastic gaming setup.
17. Zen Workstation
Unless, of course, you’re in the mood to game. In which case, this setup absolutely screams. It’s got everything you need for competitive action, from triple screens to an NZXT case loaded with top-tier components like a Ryzen 5 processor and a GTX 1070 graphics card. It’s a workstation meets gaming setup that’s guaranteed to blow your mind.
18. Fifty Shades of Gray
w/ Black & White Accents
Prefer something a bit more modern? Get a load of this sexy setup. We call it Fifty Shades of Gray.
Front and center is a crisp IPS display that provides all the color the room needs. Surrounding the monitor? It’s a minimalist’s dream. From the desk to the tenkeyless keyboard to the Logitech Mouse, everything comes in shades of gray. If you’re feeling inspired, try replicating it for some hot ‘n heavy action gameplay.
The Cutest Setup
Nothing says gaming setup like a little Pikachu plushy off in the corner.
This adorable setup is an excellent example of how you can organize your small gaming hub. It’s not overly complicated or full of expensive pieces. Instead, there’s a suitable monitor, mouse & keyboard, and a smattering of accessories (like the Logitech Webcam). This sort of situation is perfect for dorm rooms and small apartments.
Work Hard. Play Hard. Everest Hard.
This next setup is lean, lightweight, and optimized for peak performance.
To that end, you’ll find a simple wireless mouse and keyboard, minimal black speakers, and a vivid Dell display. But that’s not all. The real fun in this room comes from the attractive mountain-esque wall art behind the screen, as well as two plants that liven up the joint. Plug in your controller, sit back, and enjoy the scenery.
The Brain of the Gaming Room: The System
Your gaming PC or console is the brain of the entire operation. The graphics, load time, and overall gaming experience all depend on the capabilities of your system.
If you want the ultimate gaming experience, we recommend going with a dedicated gaming PC. These systems are designed for gamers and can handle the toughest titles with ease. The best setups boast a fast CPU and state of the art graphics cards with 4K resolution capabilities to enhance your gaming experience.
Not only that, but gaming computers offer the latest technology and feature regular updates. Whether you decide to get an Allienware or Acer Predator, or build a custom PC, you’re sure to have an excellent gaming experience.
Gaming PC Components
But not everyone likes to game on a computer. Console gaming has become quite popular—and advanced drastically—since the Atari was first introduced. Today, you have the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One S, and PS4 Pro. The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid system, while the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S have the capability of producing 4K content. All three are great options.
If you aren’t too concerned about the graphics, then the games are what should appeal to you. All three consoles have numerous titles that are exclusive to the system. So if you’re a fan of particular games that are only available on the Switch, PS4, or Xbox, then you should pick your system accordingly. We have a section on the best exclusive games for each system down below. For now, rest assured that all three are roughly even in price.
- Nintendo Switch
- Xbox One
To recap, consider the following when selecting a system:
1. Your Budget – If you have money to spend, we recommend an Alienware desktop. If you are on a limited budget, then the Nintendo Switch and PS4 Pro offer a lot of bang for the buck.
2. Games – The PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One S, and PS4 Pro all have exclusive games. Look at the exclusive titles offered and go with the console that provides the best games.
3. Graphics – Alienware Area-51 Professional Gaming Machines offer exceptional graphics. For a console gamer, we recommend the PS4 Pro with PSVR.
The Heart of the Gaming Room: The Display
Your system isn’t very useful if you can’t see it! The solution? A new display.
Starting with PC, a high-resolution monitor with quick response times is essential. The best option here is a TN panel with a 1ms response time and standard 1080p resolution. Since you’ll be playing up close to the screen, standard HD is perfectly fine. You can go up to 1440p if you like, but 4K displays aren’t worth the dip in FPS.
There are tons of excellent gaming monitors available for pennies on the dollar. We recommend a big brand like ASUS or HP, and anywhere from 24-32 inches wide. If you can find a model with bonus gaming features, snap it up quick.
For console gaming setups, a reliable gaming TV is your best bet. The great thing about the console gaming setup is that it can double as a home theatre. Those of you working with larger rooms can even consider going with a projector that will allow you to customize the range and size of the picture anytime you want.
When it comes to the screen, chances are you already have a decent-sized screen for your home theater. If not, it’s time you get one. After all, you’ll be using it for both movies and gaming purposes. We recommend getting something at least 60” or wider, with Ultra High Definition (UHD) and 4K capabilities.
A display like that enables you to watch movies at high resolution and play games with crystal clear graphics. If you plan on getting a projector, then there are numerous with 4K resolution. The best part about screens and projectors lies in the fact that they all come with HDMI connections so you can easily hook up your gaming consoles or computer to them.
Which one should you get? Since consoles max out at 60hz refresh rates, most models will do. That said, there are a handful of console gaming monitors that’ll give you the upper hand.
In terms of setup, you don’t want to position your seat and stand too close to the display. There is science behind how far the seats should be from the screen, and it all depends on the size. If you go with a screen that is 60” or more, you need to have your seats at least 10-11″ away. For every additional 5 inches, you should position your seat 6 inches further away. This will ensure you have the best view of the screen.
Once you’ve found the perfect display (or multiple displays for you real go-getters), it’s time for ergonomics. We’re talking PC gaming chairs and desks.
The Soul of the Gaming Room: The Ergonomics
Laying the foundation for your gaming room setup is essential.
If you’re a PC gamer who’s anything like us, you spend hours in front of your computer playing the latest titles. Research shows that choosing the right chair is essential to your comfort and overall health.
PC gamers will want to consider several things when selecting the ultimate gaming chair. Look for options that are easy to move around, lean back in, and adjust. Chairs like the SecretLab Chairs and DX Racer Chairs possess all these functionalities. Not only that, they have many terrific styles and designs to choose from.
If that is slightly out of your budget, then our list of top PC gaming chairs will help you select the best gaming chair for yourself.
As for PC desks, the options are nearly endless. You can choose something ultra gamer-esque like the Atlantic, or something a bit more modern like the Techni Mobili. Just be sure to pick something that has enough room for your gear. And if you can swing it, consider extras like built-in cable management and LEDs.
TLDR? It can be summed up like this: find a chair and desk that feels comfortable, has enough space for your gear, and makes you happy. It’s as simple as that.
Moving onto console seating, you’ve got a lot more flexibility. You can go with a console gaming chair for maximum efficiency. You can go with a gaming couch that offers plenty of room and doubles as home theater seating. Or you can relive the glory days and grab a bean bag chair that conforms to your every movement.
In all honesty, the choice is yours. Our only serious recommendation is that you choose something comfortable for long periods.
In terms of stations, we’ve got you covered there too. You’ll want to get something with enough room for your consoles, display, equipment, and library of games. All this adds up (especially as you grow your arsenal), so it may be worth getting something bigger than you need.
Check out this think-piece to find the optimal entertainment stand for your room size and situation.
What if you already have a setup that you’re converting?
Fortunately, turning your home theater into a gaming haven doesn’t require much work. All you have to do is connect the gaming platform you select to the screen or projector, and you can start gaming (that’s assuming you have a monitor and a decent sound system already in place). So kick your gaming experience up a notch by having your home theater serve as both a theater and a gaming room.
The Body of the Gaming Room: The Peripherals
When thinking about the best gaming room setup, there’s an often-overlooked element that’s unbelievably important. You guessed it—the peripherals.
Peripherals include every essential gaming accessory that’s connected to your PC, console, or display. This consists of the sound system, keyboard & mouse, controller, and more. Each one of these elements is very different, so let’s address them in order. We’ll start with gaming audio.
Surround sound can immerse you in the gaming experience and is a popular option for gamers who like to play on the TV. Based on your budget, you will want to research 2.1, 5.1, or 7.1 surround sound options. For a real thrill, surround sound speakers that have some setup behind you will have you jumping with fright. Just think about zombies trying to sneak up and take a chomp out of you in games like the Last of Us!
Some gamers prefer a headset, especially if they need to communicate with their teammates in a competitive setting. Both PC gamers and console gamers can benefit from a quality headset. Some headsets even have virtual surround sound that mimics the true surround sound of a full-fledged speaker setup.
For PC gamers who want to give their ears a rest from the persistent pinch of those ear cups, a robust set of PC speakers is just the ticket. Some of these computer speaker packages are nearly as good as their TV counterparts, especially in the soundbar category. It can be a lot of fun to crank them up and enjoy lifelike sound at the computer desk.
In terms of gameplay input, there’s a big difference between console and PC users. Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One console users typically rely solely on a gaming controller. The joysticks, d-pad, and action buttons are all that’s needed to take out the enemy or save the princess.
The PC is trickier, as you’ve got two distinct options to consider. Namely, the mouse and keyboard. These vary widely in type, and we won’t bore you with the details here (you can find those over here). All you’ve gotta worry about is snagging one of the best gaming mice and gaming keyboards, and you’ll be just fine.
The Entertainment of the Gaming Room: The Games
Locked, loaded, and ready to go? Perfect! It’s time to introduce a selection of excellent titles.
Many of today’s most popular games are released for all major platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. However, each platform also has exclusive games.
Here’s a list of exclusive games for each platform. This will help you decide which one is the most suitable for you.
Most Popular PC Exclusives
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- League of Legends
- World of Warcraft
Most Popular Nintendo Switch Exclusives
- Mario Kart Deluxe
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Most Popular Xbox One Exclusives
- Forza Racing
- Gears of War
- Halo Series
Most Popular PS4 Exclusives
- God of War
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Last of Us
- Unchartered Series
Picking a platform based on games can be tricky. If you’re a huge fan of MMORPGs, then getting a desktop PC is your best bet. You won’t find a better selection of online role-playing games. While computers are also great for first-person shooter games like Call of Duty, we prefer both the Xbox One S and PS4. Why? It’s more fun playing first-person shooters with a controller, and consoles are the best way to play on an even competitive field level.
If you mostly play sports games, then you can go with any of the major systems, as most sports-related games are multi-platform (with the exception of a limited few).
And if you’re a fan of Nintendo’s library of games, you have no choice but to snag a Switch or Switch Lite.