The Ten Best Gaming Setups Of 2020

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Any video game enthusiast who puts their time, energy, and money into a fantastic gaming setup deserves to be commended on every possible level. As regular gamers, it can often be easy to forget just how essential it is to feel comfort when you sit down for a session. And when we say ‘comfort’, we don’t just mean in terms of the seat under your backside.

Sometimes happiness and comfort can come in the form of the perfect set of LED lights or an eye-catching screensaver that ties the whole room together. Vibe-setting is key when you’re looking into a new gaming setup. Sure, a powerful system with a stunning display is a hugely valuable asset, but the ten setups we’ve listed below aren’t just about that.

Indeed, the specs are impressive, don’t get us wrong, but these ten outstanding gaming setups go above and beyond to make an impression – an impression that will no doubt lead to all-round better and enjoyable gaming experience.

JNorthstar – In For A Penny…

Specifications:

  1. CPU: Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core
  2. CPU CoolerCooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid
  3. GPUAsus GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB ROG Strix Gaming OC
  4. RAMG.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200
  5. StorageWestern Digital Sn750 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME SSD, and Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM
  6. PSUEVGA SuperNOVA G3 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX
  7. MotherboardAsus ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) ATX LGA1151
  8. Case: Lian Li O11D XL-X ATX Full Tower
  9. MonitorDell AW3418DW and Samsung UN55RU8000FXZC 55″ 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

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Why Is It Awesome?

I suppose it’s important to point out that JNorthstar’s ‘In For A Penny…’ is far from a budget build.

But in creating this $4,000 beast, JNorthstar has managed to come up with a wonderfully powerful gaming setup that will allow you to compete with the very best of the best in terms of performance and your overall experience.

With 4K and VR capabilities, this is the true powerhouse among the competition – one that, in spite of its somewhat humorous name, should be considered as a long-term investment, a setup that is built to last and above all else, excel.

ROBERTS0N – Aurora Delta

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Specifications:

  1. CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900x
  2. CPU CoolerDeepcool CAPTAIN 240EX RGB 153.04 CFM Liquid
  3. GPUEVGA GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING
  4. RAMG.Skill Trident Z Neo 32GB (2x 16GB) DDR4-3600
  5. Storage2 x Samsung 860 Evo 1TB 2.5″1 x Samsung 860 Evo 250GB 2.5″ SSD, and Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 NVME SSD
  6. PSUEVGA 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX
  7. MotherboardAsus ROG Crosshair VII Hero ATX AM4
  8. CaseFractal Design Define R6 Blackout ATX Mid Tower
  9. Monitor: 2 x LG 27UD58-B 27.0″ 3840×2160 60Hz
  10. Case Fan: 4x Fractal Design GP14-WT 68.4 CFM 140 mm

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Why Is It Awesome?

Not only are you looking at a premium-level viewing experience with this build – on account of the dual LG 27UD58-B monitor setup – but as far its gaming potential is concerned, this build is a very strong contender.

With a Ryzen 9 3900x CPU chip that ensures 4K capabilities no matter what and a beautiful neon light setup that is only strengthened by the tasteful wallpaper, the Aurora Delta lives up to its name with an visual buffet that indeed promises to be a treat for the senses.

If that wasn’t good enough, however, as a more-than-capable player on the technical front, ROBERTS0N has well and truly outdone himself with this entry.

Willosytllos – RBG Heaven

Best RGB Gaming Setup

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Why Is It Awesome?

One look at this setup is all you need to appreciate the very tasteful and apt use of LED lights to set the mood for what looks like an experience that leans more on the side of inviting – rather than overbearing.

It’s warm, colourful, and it all blends together seamlessly to produce one of the most comfortable-looking setups on this list. With a pair of MSI Optix G27C2 monitors to cap it all off, what you have here is a classy, welcoming gaming setup that willostyllos should be beyond proud of. A personal favourite, without a shadow of a doubt.

Jase33 – Rapture

Jase33 – Rapture

Specifications:

  1. CPUIntel Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core
  2. GPUNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB Founders Edition
  3. RAMCorsair Dominator Platinum 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200
  4. StorageSamsung 970 Pro 1TB M.2-2280 NVME SSD, and SanDisk Ultra 3D 2TB 2.5″ SSD
  5. PSU: be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 11 1200 W 80+ Platinum Certified Semi-modular ATX
  6. MotherboardMSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE EATX LGA1151
  7. Casebe quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 ATX Full Tower

Why Is It Awesome?

Jase33 has come through with a dimly-lit, icy setup that instantly draws comparisons to space exploration epics and the iconic shots they bring of a craft floating just above the earth in rotation.

That being said, the true hero in this setup is the hardware itself. Jase33 seems to have spared no expenses here with a gorgeous ultra-wide monitor being topped off by some incredibly tasteful LED lights.

To make things better, the PC itself is an absolute gem too. By no means a budget pick, as far as this list is concerned, but in terms of aesthetic value, you’re looking at one of the finest gaming setups you will ever cast your eyes upon.

Gochiararia – Awesome Budget NZXT H200

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Specifications:

  1. CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core
  2. CPU CoolerNZXT Kraken X52 Liquid
  3. GPUPowerColor Radeon RX VEGA 56 8 GB Red Dragon
  4. RAMCorsair Vengeance LED 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000
  5. StorageKingston A400 240 GB 2.5″ SSD, and Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME SSD
  6. PSUEVGA SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX
  7. MotherboardAsus ROG Strix B450-I Gaming Mini ITX AM4
  8. CaseNZXT H200 Mini ITX Tower
  9. MonitorDell D2719HGF

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Why Is It Awesome?

For those of you waiting for that affordable build that will leave you without a massive hole in your pocket, Gochiararia has managed to knock it out of the park with this slick, elegant build that offers both strong gaming capabilities and a solid foundation for you begin personalising your look and feel without breaking the $1000 barrier too heavily.

Opting for 16GB of RAM and two SSDs, this setup may not pack the punch of some its competitors (although it’s certainly no slouch), but even still, as a starting point in your pursuit of the perfect setup, this offer a fantastic mix of performance and value for money.

Steffis – Warm Tone Gaming Setup

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Specifications:

  1. CPU: Intel Core i5-9600K
  2. CoolerAlpenfohn Black Ridge
  3. MotherboardASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX
  4. RAMCorsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
  5. Graphics Card: EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC
  6. PC Case: LOUQE Ghost S1 (Limestone)
  7. Power SupplyCorsair SF600

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

Why Is It Awesome?

Everything from the warmth in its colour and tone palette to the impressive dual-monitor system gives this setup a mature, home-office-style feel that was no doubt the intention going in from Steffis. Topped off by the impressive LOUQE Ghost S1 build – this setup offers both an original feel and some high quality technical capabilities.

Whether you’re deep into an intense online session or just checking your emails on a day-to-day basis – this gaming setup, simply put, looks like a beautiful Sunday morning. (And it’s not just the conveniently-placed orange juice on the table that’s making us say that.)

william2006523 – Yin-Yang

Specifications:

  1. CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core
  2. CPU CoolerCorsair H100i RGB PLATINUM SE 63 CFM Liquid
  3. GPUEVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB XC ULTRA GAMING
  4. RAMCorsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR-3200
  5. StorageWestern Digital Black NVMe 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME SSD and Samsung 860 QVO 2 TB 2.5″ SSD
  6. PSUCorsair RMx (2018) 850 X 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX
  7. MotherboardAsus PRIME Z390-A ATX LGA1151
  8. CaseCorsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow ATX Mid Tower
  9. Case Fan: Corsair LL120 RGB White with Lightning Node PRO 63 CFM 120 mm

Monitor: LG 27GL850-B 27.0″ 2560×1440 144 Hz

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Why Is It Awesome?

A slick and simple entry from william2006523 comes as one of the more minimal entries to this list. A neat aesthetic seems to be just what the doctor ordered with this one, as everything from the lighting to the quite frankly excellent cable management leaves this one standing in a field of its own in terms of understated brilliance.

The inclusion of i9 CPU, of course, makes this a technical warrior to be respected – leaving you free to run AAA titles with little to no worries. It’s clean, professional, and set off perfectly by the fearsome, colourful lion looking over it all from above.

h1ppet – Goliath

 

Specifications:

  1. CPUIntel Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core
  2. CPU CoolerNZXT Kraken X72 Liquid
  3. GPUGigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GAMING OC
  4. RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200
  5. StorageSamsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME SSDADATA Ultimate SU800 1 TB 2.5″ SSD, and Seagate FireCuda 2 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Hybrid
  6. PSUEVGA SuperNOVA G3 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX
  7. MotherboardAsus ROG STRIX z370-E GAMING ATX LGA1151
  8. Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic ATX Full Tower
  9. MonitorDell AW3418DW 34.1″ 3440×1440 120 Hz

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Why Is It Awesome?

Funnily enough, according to the original post of the creator wh1ppet, this gaming setup was actually built for a 10-year-old – which would explain what appears to be a set of Pokémon figures on the table, which can be seen upon closer inspection.

But even still, this setup is no slouch, boasting a powerful system that shouldn’t hold many issues in playing even the most modern of titles. The screen is compact, the colour schemes and lighting, minimal. And also, that tempered glass case that holds all of the magic inside? We absolutely love it!

RelodeBell – Neon Rider

Specifications:

  1. CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K
  2. Cooler: Cooler Master ML360R RGB
  3. Motherboard: MSI Z390 Ace
  4. Storage: WD Blue SSD 500GB
  5. RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro
  6. Graphics Card: MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio
  7. PC Case: Lian Li O-11 Dynamic Razer Edition
  8. Power Supply:
  9. 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

Why Is It Awesome?

We just cannot stress it enough. We’re obsessed with this entry from RelodeBell. It’s an eye-catching, futuristic, neon-laden masterpiece of a setup that has RBG lights shooting out from every possible crevice. Fans of Tron and Blade Runner will no doubt adore this beautifully crafted piece of work – one that tips its cap in more than a few ways to that Tokyo-esque style of lighting and architecture.

It is equal parts art and home decor – while also serving its obvious purpose as a gaming setup. It’s certainly not the cheapest entry on this list, that’s for sure, but as far as making a statement is concerned, RelodeBell could well have singled himself out amongst the pack.

Thatsawipe – Cable Management Is King

Specifications:

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

Peripherals

Cable Management Used

Why Is It Awesome?

Those among you who strive for something a bit more exciting and bold might be turned off by this extremely minimal effort from thatsawipe, but even still, you must admit that there’s a certain level of charm to how neat and unassuming this setup is. Cables can often be a major source of frustration for gamers but with this setup, thatsawipe pokes his tongue firmly in his cheek with the apt title, ‘Cable Management Is King’.

It says a lot when the slightly crooked cable on the PC’s mouse stands out like a sore thumb but in the pursuit of pure tidiness, this setup is one that is sure to stick in the memory. An incredibly quirky entry that is certainly going to split readers down the middle.

 

 

About James Moulton

James is a web developer, reporter, and gamer based in Los Angeles, California . Before creating fruitvalefilm, James held several jobs in technology over the past ten years. James was also very active in the fan translation scene for the Final Fantasy series while attending college at the University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School Of Journalism. James is also a lifelong Nintendo fan. Some of his fondest memories consist of playing the NES with his sister Kristin and the joy he felt when he received a Nintendo 64 on Christmas Morning 1996. The Legend of Zelda has always and more than likely will always be his favorite and most beloved franchise spanning any medium.

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