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9 Unique Computer Upgrades to Enhance Your Custom Battlestation

Building a new desktop PC to play some of the latest games? Are you building a home media server to take advantage of Plex Pass or other HTPC software? Whatever your reasons are, there are a ton of great upgrades that custom builders overlook in favor of a more expensive CPU, additional RAM or other internals.

Here are out top choices for totally unique upgrades for your custom computer battlestation:

1. An Odds-and-Ends Drawer


Providing a place to toss all those screws, thumb drives, small cords or physical discs, installing a drawer inside one of your 5.25 drive bays is an extremely useful storage solution as well as an inexpensive upgrade. Most drive bays go unused these days, thus converting to storage just makes sense. On average, these trays run between $10 to $15 on Amazon.

2. Monitor / Keyboard Backlighting


Ideal for late night sessions at the computer, attaching LEDs to the back of a computer monitor or a HDTV can significantly reduce eye strain over time. Antec is the most popular manufacturer of these LED light strips, offering multiple color options that include white, blue, green and red. You can also attach these strips to any surface, like underneath a keyboard, shelf or along the bottom of your PC case. These are powered over USB, thus it’s easy to see when your device is on. Typical price is around $6 to $10 per strip.

3. Soundproofing


While not a flashy upgrade, soundproofing will help your sanity if you use tons of fans to keep your video card and CPU nice and chilly. If you are buying a case outright, we recommend the Nanoxia Deep Silence line (available in multiple sizes). It’s a very sturdy, well-built case that offers a near silent on-state. Alternatively, you can soundproof your existing case with sound dampening acoustic foam that attaches to the sides of your case.

4. Headphones Stand


If you constantly have to switch to headphones in order to keep the noise to a minimum, leaving that pair of headphones lying around on your desk is just silly when you can get an artistic stand for less than $15. We are fans of the AmoVee Acrylic Headphone Stand, but you can find options that clamp onto your desk if you are short on space. There are also higher end wooden and steel options if you want a material other than plastic.

5. Giant Mouse Pad


You don’t have to be a gamer to enjoy the benefits of a SteelSeries QcK gaming mouse pad. Offered in sizes up to a massive three feet in length, the QcK series is a popular choice for anything that wants a high quality, cloth pad with a rubber bottom. The space alone is worth the upgrade from a traditional mouse pad. You can generally purchase these pads for $10 on Amazon.

6. Treat Your Feet


Sitting at a desk all day for your job or all night during an extra long gaming session can take a toll on your comfort. Enter the Foot Hammock, a product that popped up on Kickstarter last year and is shipping now. Offered in multiple colors as well as soft fleece, you can attach the Foot Hammock to your desk without actually drilling into it. Downside is the product is a little expensive at $40. If your desk is compatible, you should also check out the FUUT option on Amazon that sells for roughly $15.

7. Monitor Desk Mounts


Rather than limiting your monitors to the stand that came with it, mount a couple of those monitors to your desk with an adjustable stand. Ideal for both vertical or horizontal layouts, monitors mounted to the left and right of the main screen(s) on the desk can provide depth and additional screen space for both work & play. Mounts typically sell for about $15 to $99.

8. Solid Cable Management


A necessity in the age of mobile devices, some form of charging station or cord management solution is ideal for a home office. You can do as inexpensive as a $10 Quirky Cordies heavy rubber cord stand or more expensive desktop solutions that allows you to stack and charge multiple devices at the same time. Those devices usually have multiple USB ports and range from $40 to $60 depending on design and power output.

9. The Best Chair You Can Afford


There are a ridiculous number of choices for office chairs out there that range upwards of $1,000. We are quite partial to the DX Racer series of chairs, a brand that’s exploded in popularity among PC battlestation enthusiasts. While you will easily lay out $300 to $400 for one of these chairs, the benefits include a 135 degree reclining angle, 90 degree rotating arm rests and stellar Amazon reviews for comfort. You can also get something similar with the IKEA Markus chair at $229, if you are willing to sacrifice a couple features.


About Mike Flacy

By day, I'm the Editor-in-Chief for The CheckOut in addition to being the content manager for Steve's Digicams and High-Def Digest. During my free time, I love to write about pop culture, home theater, digital photography, social media, mobile technology and cool gadgets!


Battle Station: 10 Terrible Gaming Setups (And 11 That Are Dope AF)

While the unenlightened may hear "battle station" and think of some command console on a fighting vessel, true gamers know that a battle station is where your most heroic fights, your most death-defying feats, and your most incredible accomplishments all take place, gamepad in hand.

Most of us would be lucky to have a couch and a big screen TV to game on, but for those with the means, a gamer station can take on a truly epic scale and scope. Flashing LED lights, curved glowing monitors, and dozens of surround-sound speakers are the hallmark of a gaming enthusiast's crib.

On the other side of the spectrum, we have the less fortunate gamer who ekes out a meager thrill on whatever they can scrounge up. Despite these battle stations' shoddy appearances we must always give them our respect, for the call of games hearkens to every man, woman, and in between, and not all of them have the financial support to play on the most cutting edge technology available.

That said, some of these more homely set-ups are so bad they're downright dangerous.

Here are 10 battle stations to leave you in awe, and 10 more that will leave you in stitches. Or needing them.

21 The Gamer Room We All Wish For (Yes!)

We start off with the quintessential gamer pad. It's got everything you could ever want: a big, curved couch for everyone to get a good view of the action. Coupled with every console you can remember, delightful stands for headphones, and controllers so cords don't get all tangled — this setup is nuts. It's a giant co-op gamer's dream, and woud let to people have a serious night of gaming. For most of us, this would be the ideal living room.

It even comes with an adorable doggy to keep you company!

If you pay close attention, to the right of the TVs are cabinets filled to the brim with cartridges and discs for all those consoles you see before you. Truly a magnificent battle station anyone would be proud to own.

20 The Real Reason People Steal Grocery Carts (Ugh!)

As a direct contrast to the ideal gamer living room we have... whatever this is. Which is clearly an upturned grocery cart repurposed as a desk. A very cramped, uncomfortable desk with the world's oldest monitor perched precariously on top of it. It doesn't even have anywhere for the poor kid to use his dollar store mouse.

But at the same time, I feel for this kid. Here's someone who's so into gaming he's willing to endure the unending ridicule of friends and family, not to mention an eventual herniated disc when he's older, just so he can game. Kudos to you kiddo, wherever you are — you're a true gamer and you should be proud.

19 Gamer Room? More Like Gamer Theatre (Yes!)

As cool as that last room was, it's got nothing on this bad boy. That's a screen big enough to melt your eyeballs, and filled with speakers loud enough to make you feel like you're in the middle of Lollapalooza. But unlike Lollapalooza, you get to sit back and relax in plush leather accommodations, complete with controller stands and back and leg massagers.

Note the tablet on the left to control the entertainment center, and the bevy of consoles tucked away in the cubby holes beside subwoofers large enough to register on the Richter scale. Oh, and don't forget the LED spotted roof that makes it look like a starry night's sky.

18 That's One Hot Rig... (Ugh!)

Yeesh. I don't even know what to say about this heap. I mean, I know I've heard people say that flames make anything go faster, but this is like slapping flames on the side of a bus that's missing three out of four wheels.

It's hard to imagine a time when this would have been even remotely cool, but not a few short decades ago this might have convinced a stay-at-home housewife that it was something to help little Jimmy get into these new-fangled computers she'd heard so much about. If it didn't leave Jimmy blind from the glaring paint-job, anyway.

More likely the cathode ray tube will turn out to be faulty and Jimmy will just go blind staring at the screen.

17 Anything Is Better When It Has A Bar (Yes!)

I know we're still really early on this list, and you can barely see the actual battle station on the left side, but I'm already going to vote this as my top choice for a gamer room. Why? I believe it starts with a B, ends with an R, and is staring you right in the face with the promise of sweet, sweet inebriation.

It's got a bar. A. Bar. Right next to four classic arcade cabinets and what is surely the biggest damned TV off screen, but honestly none of that matters. This room will keep you both entertained and drunk. Really, there's nothing else any of us would ever need. Well, maybe if there were a jacuzzi too.

16 This Seems Dangerous (Ugh!)

Here we have a battle station that's only moments away from becoming a murder scene. That massive CRT monitor is not only perched so precariously it seems moments away from dropping like the boulder it almost assuredly weighs, but is also angled directly over the pelvis of whoever would be foolish enough to climb into this death trap.

I don't understand why anyone would ever think this is a good idea, and least of all how anyone could ever remain calm enough to actually game on it. I'd be so nervous of my imminent demise that I'm sure I'd ignore whatever game this sad excuse for a rig is even capable of running.

15 It's Important To Color Coordinate (Yes!)

I think we can all agree that this battle station is pretty frickin' sweet. First, you got the triple monitor set up that will make any first person shooter that much more amazing. Next, you've got what is clearly a bleeding-edge rig spitting out bits and bytes faster than anything else on the market with a transparent case so everyone can see what awesome gear you've strapped inside. Top it all off with a hardwood floor, chair, and incredible matching red LEDs, and you've got an impressive AF battle station.

My only complaint is the War of the Worlds poster in the top left corner. Crappy movie if I ever saw one.

14 The Battle Station Of Someone Who Has Given Up (Ugh!)

Oh, god, what have they done to you? I'm sure in a previous life you were a fine monitor, keyboard, mouse, and Xbox One, but now... I can't even bring forth words of comfort.

I know I started this thing saying we shouldn't judge people for their lackluster set ups, but there is absolutely no excuse for this. Look at the cigarettes, the piles of ash, the empty beer bottles and - is that... Why are those bottles in the back yellow? Someone tell me!

If your battle station even looks half as bad as this, you need to get up, take a shower, and re-evaluate every aspect of your life starting from birth until this very moment.

13 Not A Battle Station - A Dance Studio (Yes!)

God, after that last one I need something to get the awful taste out of my mouth. This room should do nicely. It's not so much a game room as it is a dance studio. Clearly, this is a gamer that takes their Dance Dance Revolutionvery seriously.

While the lighting and stadium seating are certainly intended to ensure these gamers get the most out of their Rock Band experience, the gigantic cushions covering the dance floor reveal a secondary purpose to this room, and that is to game the night away. Plop down in Arabic-style opulence while you frag your friends on a humongous TV screen. And when you own their sorry asses, shine a spotlight on their tears with the studio lighting.

12 There's Wall Mounted, And Then There's This (Ugh!)

Huh. Well, there's certainly enough hardware to game here, and that glowing monitor seems to indicate that all the hardware works. I'm just not sure why it had to all be suspended from the ceiling. It seems like a disaster just waiting to happen.

What if this person has cats?  Or dogs? Or is just late for work one morning, bangs their head on the motherboard and causes that giant heat sink to unseat itself and tear the processor along with it? Or what if you just spill your coffee? My advice for battle station builders on a budget: keep everything on the ground.

11 Some People Like Immersive Games, And Then There's This Guy (Yes!)

I know it may not look it at first glance, but this guy has a pretty sweet set up. Big screen, tons of consoles, comfortable seating - all the core components of a great game room are here. Then they decided to go one step further and make the decor match the games they were playing. I respect that.

I haven't checked inside, but I imagine all those cabinets lining the walls are filled with game boxes, and those radioactive boxes are actually a cleverly concealed sound system. Look closely and you'll see the ground is really textured carpet, and those sand bags are disguised pillows.

10 Tablets Are Heavy Guys... (Ugh!)

I'll allow that mobile gaming on tablets is still gaming. I'll even concede that gaming in bed is also still gaming. However, I become hesitant to call this a battle station when it's just a tablet duct-taped to the ceiling. I mean, tablet's aren't like old-school CRT monitors - they're not heavy. Holding a tablet shouldn't be too much of a strain. So who could possibly be lazy enough to want to duct-tape their tablet to the ceiling?

Unless this is actually a Home Alone style trap set to befuddle a pair of despicable house invaders. Then this gets a pass (and let's be real: it basically has to be a trap). Otherwise, I don't get it.

9 Authentically Retro (Yes!)

I like this room for many reasons. First, you've got pretty much every console ever made represented on that super long shelf. Second, the lantern lighting really gives this place a comfy feel. Third, all the chairs look clean but super old, so they've likely been reupholstered. This is a game den of the highest order, made to retain that retro-game feel not just through the consoles and games but by the very furniture that you sit in.

With that many consoles, you just know there's a veritable wall just covered in cartridges. A full library for all those systems might need a second house just to contain them all. But for authenticity, nothing beats this room. Unless you have a time machine, then that might beat it.

8 The World's Tiniest Screen (Ugh!)

What you see before you is the world's tiniest computer. The thing that all the USB heads are plugged into on the left is a Raspberry Pi, well known for being the most processing power one can buy for less than a happy meal at McDonald's. What you see on the right is an old-school camcorder, one that showed the viewed what they were seeing through a tiny, high-resolution screen. It was designed to only be seen with one eye, however, so you'd be forced to game using only one eye ball.

You'd also only be able to play the most basic of games, but this still meets the definition of a battle station. Sort of.

7 Surround Sound Isn't Good Enough For Some (Yes!)

Now this is what I'd call a battle station. Comfy curved sofa? Check. Enormous screen? Check. Little model of a submarine to remind us of our nautical roots? Check. Enough speaker power to blow out every ear drum on the Eastern seaboard? Check and double check.

Seriously, this room is so impressive it's a little intimidating. I feel just by stepping inside I'd be bathed in sound. I'd become sound. My entire world would just be gaming and noise.

You may be wondering where the game consoles are. See those little windows above the screen? That's a projector room, like at a theater, and inside you can find probably every console ever made, along with several that haven't been released yet.

6 Well. I Guess It's Technically Playing A Game (Ugh!)

I stand corrected - this is the smallest battle station ever. What you see is a Motorolla phone so old I can no longer identify it playing Doom RPG, a game designed specifically to operate on the Symbian operating system, a precursor to modern day's iOS and Android.

What's impressive about this particular feat is that, like iOS and Android, Symbian was designed to be operated on a smart phone. Emphasis on the smart. This old Motorolla basically has the same processor you'd find in a calculator, so getting it to run Symbian is nothing short of miraculous. Getting it to then play a game, any game, might as well be the first sign of the returning messiah.

5 Why Mount Your TV To The Wall When You Could Mount Your Computer? (Yes!)

This battle station is so revealing it should be a "grown-up" magazine centerfold. Sure, you've got your tri-screen setup, and you've got the wheel of a true racing game enthusiast, and then you've got all the guts of your machine stapled to the wall so everyone can see it.

It's so in your face it's almost gaudy. You can see the four hard drives, motherboard, video card, power supply, and RAM, and then you've got a liquid cooling system linking all of it together. What's truly remarkable, besides the fact that it's nailed to the wall, is how the liquid cooling enters into a barber's spiral right in the middle, making me think I could get my hair done while I frag people.

4 I Feel Like I May Have Forgotten Something... (Ugh!)

It's hard to call this a battle station considering it's just a bunch of computer parts strewn all over the floor. But I assure you this is a battle station, and this guy's rig isn't even all that bad. At the time all these components would have cost well over $1500, and I'm sure he's very pleased with his performance. I just think it might also be a pain in the butt to vacuum around.

In all the excitement of getting a new gaming rig, it can be all too common to forget to budget for more mundane and non-performance enhancing components, like a case. A case doesn't make your gaming any better, it just keeps everything in a neat little box. But if you forget to buy a case you wind up like this guy. Don't be like this guy.

3 Custom Battle Station Are The Best Kind (Yes!)

The only thing better than a well-made battle station is a custom made one, and this is one of the sweetest. Aircraft-grade aluminum has been made specifically for this computer desk, making it both light and durable. Inside goes the guts of a fantastic gaming rig, and then a glass sheet covers it up while providing a smooth surface. Paired monitors along with a set of blue LEDs give the finishing touches to a truly beautiful battle station.

If you're wondering where the cords go, they get in through a hole in the back where the motherboard peeks out just enough to accept some inputs. Wouldn't it be wonderful if more computer setups took cable management into consideration?

2 Someone Stole My Battle Station (Ugh!)

When this guy went out for dinner last night he was expecting to get home to a gaming rig that would still be there. Instead, someone had stolen his desk and chair and left his rig suspended on cinder blocks.

The police arrived to inspect the scene, but while they can take finger prints and photograph the marks where a jack had been used, there's little they can do to track down thieves after they've already made a clean get away. All you can do is wait and hope the criminals screw up down the line.

Just remember the next time you're on Craigslist hoping to buy a new computer desk that what you see could be stolen property.


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How we Built the 'Build a Battle Station' Trailhead Project

It's official. Based upon the tweets, everyone seems to love our Trailhead project, Build a Battle Station App! We are thrilled it has been received so well.

The Trailhead way is to do crazy, fun stuff and the hype surrounding Star Wars was the perfect opportunity for us to do something fun for the community. We've done daily fun badges before but we wanted to do something special for Star Wars. We are all huge fans, of course. Given the buzz, I thought everyone might enjoy a little insight on how we built the project.

I've been at Salesforce for a couple of month now and I've still surprised how nimble and agile the developer relations team is. We get stuff done! This project was a prime example. A couple of months before the launch we had a skunkworks meeting to brainstorm different ideas. We had to keep a low profile inside the company or things would get out of control. The "battle station" idea was by far the most popular. I missed the meeting so I was, naturally, assigned the task of building the project. ;)

I came up with a first draft of the project but wasn't happy with the direction and target audience. We wanted to build something that would be fun for the movie release but also usable down the road for workshop and other training events. Plus it was balancing act of how close our references were to the movie for obvious reasons. For a while I was even contemplating a more cloud computing focused storyline with sections like:

  • "From across the galaxy you have just received a distress message from the planet of Onpremsia..."
  • "The message ends with the plea, 'Help us Obi-Marc Keynoti, you’re our only hope!'”
  • "The Council of Safe Harbor begins a furious plan..."

My partner in crime Chris Duarte was awesome as usual. We met a couple of times to brainstorm ideas and anyone listening to our conversation must have thought we'd been drinking. We had soo much fun talking about different ideas and scenarios. She's such a Star Wars nerd.

I spent the next couple of weeks tweaking the scenarios and building the units to walk users through the entire process of building the battle station project management app. Steps were double and triple checked and final screenshots taken. I must have build that app 10 times in total! Finally, when I was happy with the project I wrote the code that runs "under the covers" and checks that you've done everything correctly.

This was a huge team effort by a number of people behind the scenes. In addition to Chris, I also have to thank Jacob Lehrbaum and Lauren Grau who kept me out of legal hot water by proofing my prose a number of times. Also, our fearless leader, Sandeep Bhanot for voluntolding me for this project.

I'm glad everyone is having fun. Keep the tweets coming!


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Find Your Battlestation Inspiration

At Friendly PC we focus on making your computer performance the best it can be on any machine. But one aspect that’s often overlooked when talking about hardware and software is the physical environment you’re creating. 

Most of us simply set the monitor, mouse, and keyboard on a desk, plug everything in and power up (not that there’s anything wrong with that). However, sometimes the same look can get boring, and you need to think outside the box to create a more satisfying space around your computer. 

To high level gamers, or those who just like personalizing their space, this is known as a PC “battlestation”. 

What is a Battlestation?

Typically, a battlestation consists of a desk, one or more monitors, a gaming desktop computer tower, speakers, mechanical keyboard, gaming mouse and lighting. The configurations – style, color scheme, and placements – are endless. Technically, this can be true for all computer setups but what makes a battlestation so unique is the impression it gives. 

Today, we’re going to share some of the coolest customized desktops we’ve seen, because every gamer could use a little battlestation inspiration.

Pretty as a Picture

classy battlestation inspiration

This is one of the most conventionally attractive computer displays we’ve seen. Tired of hiding your computer in a back room because it doesn’t suit your interior design sensibilities? This idea makes your computer a centerpiece of your office or sitting room design. The simple components and thoughtful frame in this set-up can add a touch of class to any room.

Only the Essentials

minimalist gaming desktop battlestation

Looking for an ultra-minimalist battlestation? Look no further! If you detest seeing even the slightest bit of clutter in your field of view when you’re in the middle of a boss fight, this design was made for you.

We’re Sensing a Theme

colorful modern battlestation inspiration

Still on the simpler end of our battlestation inspiration theme, this boldly colored and modern desktop has a killer look. Fans of minimal design will love this arrangement and we particularly love the color coordination. This desk started with great design and was executed perfectly. We love it when a plan comes together.

The Place has Great Ambient Lighting

Desktop gaming battlestation with ambient lighting

The ambient lighting trend is really catching on and becoming a must-have of desktop design. This clean, comfortable space is perfectly suited to productivity and the lights make it a head-turner, as well.

Pixels for Days

desktop gaming battlestation with multiple monitors

If you’re anything like us, you’ve occasionally leaned back in your chair to survey your 3-monitor arrangement and felt underwhelmed. You think, “You know what I need? I need to add a 60-inch display to really get the most out of my computer.” Don’t let anyone say that you’re crazy. We wholeheartedly agree that so much screen space is not only beneficial, as this photo proves, it can look great, too.

Monitors? Where We’re Going We Won’t Need Monitors.

VR gaming battlestation with open area

Want a battlestation that’s way outside the box? Try this deskless arrangement on for size. You won’t be settling in for marathon sessions with a VR headset strapped to your face, but the VR experience deserves a battlestation all its own.

At the end of the day, your personality, style and the games you love most will help you determine what your dream setup looks like. Friendly PC may not be able to help you with the aesthetics, but we can make sure your computer performance can handle anything you throw at it. Give us a call at 402-965-3300 or visit our store and we’ll help you get on the way to a battlestation that all of your raid-mates will envy.

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14 Gaming Desk Accessories You Need to Reach “Battlestation” Status

What’s the difference between an average desk setup and a full-fledged battlestation? We believe it’s all about having the right gaming desk accessories and combining them tastefully. Let’s go over what items you can add to your gaming setup to take it to the next level.

1. Cable Management Tray

Cable management channels are a good gaming desk accessory

Managing cable clutter is key to having an attractive gaming setup. This can be hard to accomplish if your desk doesn’t have any cable management features. But thankfully, they’re easy to add.

Install an inexpensive cable management channel to the underside of your desk and use cable ties and clips to route them neatly through the compartment. Once your cords are tucked neatly out of the way, you’ll open up room for more exciting gaming desk accessories.

You can read our in-depth guide on desk cable management to learn more.

2. Monitor Mount

Are you still using the stands that came with your monitors? Replacing them with either a desk mount clears up room on your desk, is more ergonomically friendly, and looks neater overall. Best of all, they’re easy to install. We like the Ergotron LX for single monitor setups and Eletab for dual monitors.

Read our article on the best dual monitor stands to learn more about different types of monitor mounts.

3. Monitor Backlights

Bias lighting, or lights placed behind your screen to illuminate the wall behind it, reduces eye strain and adds ambient lighting to your desk setup. We like the versatile Philips Hue Play light bars for this purpose and especially enjoy its light sync feature.

Whether you’re gaming or watching videos, the Play light bars can sync with the colors of your screen to enhance the experience. They are expensive though so if you don’t mind static light colors, inexpensive LED strips can also do the job.

4. Wall Lights

Moving away from the subtlety of the backlights we mentioned above, you can add wall lights that serve as both mood lighting and eye-catching art. The Nanoleaf Aurora light panels are popular for their unique geometric shapes and infinite customizability.

Each triangle can be positioned to your liking and the included software suite also allows syncing with audio and smart devices for an awesome media experience. There’s no shortage of popular gaming setup images rocking these smart lights.

There are also other similar products like the LIFX Beam and Odistar Hexagons if Nanoleafs are outside of your price range.

5. Cool Desk Lamp

If you don’t want to install lights behind your monitors but still want the perks of backlighting, you can also just point a desk lamp toward your wall for a comparable effect. The Tomons Swing Lamp is an attractive option that looks good with most desk aesthetics.

6. Desk LED Strip

Install an LED strip to the back edge of your desk to further elevate your ambient lighting game. Its effect may look subtle but its impact can be clearly felt. It’s hard to overstate how awesome a simple LED strip can be when done right.

7. RGB Headphone Stand

If you’re a headset gamer, add a place to hang your headset instead of leaving them flat on your desk. A headphone stand looks neater and helps protect your fancy headphones at the same time. There are plenty of options in different price ranges and form factors, including classy wooden designs, ones with RGB lighting, and simple under-desk hooks.

Check out our article on the best headphone stands for more options.

8. Microphone Arm

If you use a standalone microphone (aspiring streamers and podcasters we’re looking at you), consider mounting it on a microphone arm instead of leaving it to clutter your desktop. Microphone arms attach to the edge of your desk and are spring-loaded for easy movement and repositioning of your microphone.

9. Plants (Real or Fake)

Plants make your setup look more professional and lively. If you’re worried about maintenance or attracting bugs, you can always opt for a fake plant that won’t have any of those problems. You can add as little or as much greenery as you want and you’ll likely end up with a gaming setup that looks a bit more classy than it did before.

10. Extra-Large Mousepad

Extra-large mousepads generally look nicer than smaller ones for a few reasons. For one, it allows for a more symmetrical look on your desktop. Secondly, it can also serve as another place to display a large design that fits perfectly with the theme of your setup.

Even if you opt for a plain black extra-large mousepad, it can serve as a nice contrast to attract extra attention to your fancy keyboard and mouse. When it comes to mousepads, bigger really is better.

11. Figurines

Add some personality to your desk setup with a figurine of your favorite video game or cartoon character. We’ve seen Gundam heads, Funko Pops, BB-8s, and more blend perfectly into gaming desk setups. We’re sure there’s a character that’d look great on yours.

12. Wall Art

You’ll find that most impressive gaming setups combine a little bit of everything we’ve mentioned so far into a cohesive theme. Add some prints from your favorite artists or a custom Pantone color swatch that matches your setup.

13. Floating Shelf

Another option to make use of the wall real estate behind your desk setup is by adding a floating shelf. You can use this space to add more action figures and models that you love. Or in the case of the image above, a giant Lego rocket.

14. Custom GPU Backplate

V1 Tech Naruto GPU backplate

Although this article is about gaming desk accessories, it’s also important to address your gaming rig. If your gaming PC sits proudly on top of your desk, you need to make sure it’s also helping to accentuate your theme. For an easy add-on that makes a big difference, consider purchasing a custom GPU backplate.

GPU backplates have a number of functional benefits including protection and extra rigidity if you purchase the right type, but they’re mainly a large surface area you can customize with an awesome design. We like V1 Tech’s selection of artwork and their fully-custom option.

Read our guide dedicated to gaming PC accessories for more fun PC add-ons. 

Finally, the Fun Part

We can only show you what gaming desk accessories to buy. You need to figure out how to combine them tastefully into your own beautiful creation. For more ideas and inspiration, explore the internet’s best gaming setups in our homepage gallery and check back with us regularly.

Good luck!


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