2022 has proven to be a very difficult (read: Expensive) year to put together the perfect battle station. Intelligent and frugal gamers must research extensively before ordering PC parts with hardware prices rising through the roof. What better way to research components than to see what other gamers are building? In this list, we put together our favorite PC builds of 2022.
We included everything from beefy units capable of running Crysis 100 times over to highly unique and exciting builds that will catch your guest’s attention. We made this list as diverse as possible so that no matter what you’re looking for (functionality vs. style), you will find something of interest. We included specs and tips from the owners and made sure to include prices and social links when available.
Take note that the prices correlate primarily with the hardware of each build. Peripherals can be replaced and chosen with your budget in mind. We recommend finding which peripherals fit your style and budget instead of copying others since everyone will have their preference. Now, without any further ado, let’s get down to business.
10. Going Oldschool
Build By: Higurashii via Reddit
- GPU: 6GB GTX 1060
- CPU: 15-9600K (OC at 4,2GHz)
- RAM: 32 GB DDR4 RAM
- Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370P D3
- Monitor: Medion MD1772xe
- Keyboard: Fujitsu Siemens KB SC USB D
- Mouse: Asus TUF M5
This retro PC immediately grabbed our attention. There is something so nostalgic about the tube monitor and basic white keyboard. For a lot of gamers, simplicity is key. This setup allows for simplicity while remaining completely unique, which is why we love it. This build only rocks a GTX 1060, so it won’t be a complete beast like some builds on this list, however, it will definitely get the job done on most games. Higurashii was quick to point out in the comments of his post that he loves the classic monitors due to their deep blacks and vibrant colors, and we cannot help but agree.
9. Moon Station
Build By: mrnovarexo via Reddit
- GPU: RX 590
- CPU: Ryzen 5 2600
- RAM: XPG 16GB 3200Mhz
- Motherboard: B550M TUF WiFi
- Case: Deepcool Macube 110
- SSD: Crucial P500 500GB
- Hard Drive: WD BLUE 1TB
- Monitor: HP X24ih FHD 144Hz IPS
- Keyboard: Drevo Calibur V2 with XDA keycaps from Aliexpress
- Mouse: Roccat Kain 202 Aimo
- Headset: HyperX Cloud Mix
- Mic: Aveek
- Lamp: IKEA Tertial lamp
This setup is a bit more colorful and a bit more powerful than the retro build up top. This PC was definitely made for gaming. While RGB may not be everyone’s cup of tea, we love the cool, calming colors that mrnovarexo landed on when he built this setup. This tower was built with an RX 590 graphics card which is a great card for gaming, even if there are better options. We would definitely recommend this setup for anyone looking to build their first PC. It is powerful and looks pretty awesome without overdoing the colors.
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8. For Our Speed Demons
Build By: BGisTheOne via Reddit
- GPU: Gigabyte RTX3090
- CPU: N/A
- RAM: N/A
- Monitor: Gigabyte G34 WQC
- Chair: Gamedias
- Wheel: Thrustmaster T300 RS GT Edition
- Keyboard: Steelseries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
- Mouse: Razer Deathadder V2
Take note that this build is a little different because it is mostly focused on the driving game setup. Because of this, we decided to make the price reflect the wheel, chair, and monitor costs. BGisTheOne did not include his RAM or processor, but we would recommend 16GB of Ram and a mid-grade ($100+) processor. These would allow you to run just about any driving game on the market.
One thing that proves true in every era of gaming is the fact that gamers are willing to spend hours upon hours cruising through a virtual world. If you have never experienced the relaxation of cruising for hours on a virtual highway to deliver a trailer across the country, we highly recommend you give it a shot. If you have made those deliveries and found that you absolutely love those games, then we recommend copying BGisTheOne’s setup and grabbing yourself a wheel and pedals in order to further immerse yourself in your driving games.
7. Stay Organized
Build By: Rasm1992 via Reddit
- GPU: RTX 3070 – MSI Ventus 3x OC
- CPU: Ryzen 5 5600X
- RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16 – Black
- PSU: SF750
- Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix B550-i
- Case: Lian Li Tu150 – Brushed Aluminum
- Monitor: Samsung Odyssey G5 – 34 in (1440p, 144hz, VA)
- Mini Monitor: Corkea 13.3in 2k Display
- Keyboard: Logitech G915 TKL – White
- Mouse: Logitech G Pro X Superlight – White
- Headset: Bose QC35ii – Silver
- Speakers: Kanto YU2 – Matte White
We love this PC because it is a beast, yet so subtle in its presentation. Rasm1992 chose some fantastic colors. This PC is on the more expensive side of things, mostly due to its RTX 3070 GPU. This GPU can run anywhere from $1,300 – $2,000 so keep your eyes peeled for a good price if you want to copy this setup. We’d recommend this classy set up for anyone that doesn’t like the flashy RGB that most top-end Battlestations incorporate.
The case still utilizes a glass side panel to show off all of that beefy hardware, but without 100 colors flashing around that could distract you from your working or gaming session. Not that we find anything wrong with colors, as you’ll come to find out further down this list.
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6. Open-Cased Sandwich
Build By: tortelett via Reddit
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10 GB Founders Edition
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core
- RAM: Team T-FORCE DARK Za 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18
- PSU: Corsair SF 750 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular SFX
- Motherboard: Gigabyte B550I AORUS PRO AX Mini ITX AM4
- Case: XTIA
You will have to plug and play your own peripherals as tortelett was mostly focused on showing off his open-case build. Open cases are not only very unique, but they also look extremely clean. These tiny towers completely subvert expectations by being able to compete with the tanks that are modern gaming PCs. Deciding on an open case will have no impact on performance, however, you will have to clean them more often. If you have any pets that like to get into trouble (ie cats), then you may want to skip on the open case setup. Otherwise, they are a great alternative for those that want their gaming station to stand out amongst the crowd.
5. We Like Ultrawides and We Cannot Lie
Build By: tristan81799 via Reddit
- GPU: RTX 3070 OC
- CPU: 5ghz I9 10800k
- RAM: 32gb ram
- Monitor: Samsung Odyssey 49 inch 120hz 5210x1440p
This build is mostly focused on the wide monitor. A lot of gamers will opt for a dual or triple monitor setup, while tristan81799 decided to go for one long monitor. If this suits your taste, then this is definitely the station for you. The Samsung Odyssey is one of the best monitors you can grab at the moment if you love the wide look. If you decide to roll with a 49-inch monitor, your main focus should be on grabbing a complimentary graphics card.
Ultrawide monitors can be very demanding on graphics, so we recommend not skipping out on this portion of your build. The downside to a build like this is that the monitor and the GPU will each run you close to a grand in costs, but if money isn’t an object, then these builds can be absolutely beautiful and a lot of fun.
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4. Beautiful Baby Blue
Build By: dbzcas via Reddit
- GPU: Galax 1080 exoc snpr white
- CPU: Ryzen 7 1800x
- RAM: 16 GB Gskill Trident 3200
- PSU: Corsair RMX 850
- Motherboard: ASRock x370 taichi
- Case: Thermaltake core P3
- Fans: Fractal design celcius 36 AIO
- Keyboard: Corsair k70 rgb mx blues
- Mouse: Corsair m65 rgb
Here’s another open case for those that loved the first one. This build comes with a bit more coverage, with a plate of glass on the side. You may notice that dbzcas went with an all-white build for aesthetic purposes. Getting each component in white was a factor in the pricing of this station, but if aesthetics are one of your main targets then it is worth the money. This PC looks absolutely beautiful, especially coupled with the baby blue lighting. This build will also be a beast as far as performance is concerned, making it the best of both worlds.
Build By: KILLCRY via Reddit
- GPU: RX 580 8gb MSI
- CPU: Ryzen5 3600x 4.2ghz
- RAM: 16gb DDR4 3.2GHz HyperX
This PC comes in on the cheaper side, but we also do not have any information on KILLCRY’s peripherals. This build made the list due to that amazing view of the sunset, which is absolutely priceless. We hope that this will give you inspiration of where you might place your PC given the opportunity. It is also the perfect PC for lower-budget gamers. This build is able to look fancy while also being affordable, which isn’t something many can pull off these days.
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2. Pastel Power
Build By: brandonpenning1 via Reddit
- GPU: Radeon RX 590 Series
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700x Eight-Core Processor
- RAM: 32GB RAM
- Twin Monitors: 2 x 27inch XF270H ACER Freesync Monitor
- Top Monitor: 21.5 Inch acer Freesync monitor
- TV: 50 Inch 4k Samsung tv
- Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Chroma
- Mouse: Razer Basilisk Mouse
I am personally a sucker for the colors brandonpenning1 chose for their setup. The soft blues and pinks are so calming. I also highly recommend running dual monitors on every setup if you have room. The convenience of a second monitor is unparalleled, especially if you enjoy watching videos while you work or play.
Of course, brandonpenning1 takes this a step further and includes a third monitor plus a TV in the background. While the initial price of this build is on the lower side, once you start adding in extra monitors, a TV, and an electricity bill, you will find that it will cost quite a bit more. All of that being said, the colors are still beautiful, and this is one gorgeous setup.
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1. Ultimate Battle Station
Build By: edibomb via Reddit
- GPU: ASUS TUF RTX 3080
- CPU: Intel Core i9-10900K
- RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB
- Case: NZXT H710i Mid Tower PC Case
- Monitor: SAMSUNG 49” Odyssey G9
- Keyboard: DROP CTRL Keyboard / Matt3o MT3 Susuwatari Custom Keycap Set
- Mouse: Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless
- Headset: Ennheiser GSP 670 Wireless
- Mousepad: Space Cowboy XXL Deskpad
Back to the ultrawide! Depending on your desk size, sometimes it is better to stack up to three monitors, while other times you may want one long screen to view. We decided this build should be number one based on performance and aesthetics. The gaming space that edibomb has created looks extremely clean and pleasing to the eyes. Everything looks very organized and aesthetic, from the shelves to the desk.
On top of looking gorgeous, this build is an absolute beast. The GPU and CPU are top of the line and will handle any game thrown their way. The high price of this build comes mainly from the cutting-edge GPU and the ultrawide HD monitor. If we had unlimited funds and were able to choose one build to copy component for component, this would be it, which is why it landed here at number one.
There you have it! Our picks for the top 10 best gaming setups of 2022. Remember, our prices are based mainly on the hardware these gamers chose, as the peripherals (Mouse, keyboard, monitor, etc.) can always be replaced to fit your preferences and budget. We hope this article inspired you and gave you some ideas for your battle station at home.