Career, Games, Tech

Here’s What You Need to Budget to Become a Pro Gamer

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Do you love gaming? Are you hoping to make money off your abilities one day? It’s not easy to become a pro gamer, but with a few essentials, you’ll be on your way to a successful career. Here’s what you’ll need to buy and budget for if you want to a pro.

A Gaming Computer

If you’re hoping to be a pro gamer, you probably already have a computer, but you’ll need an excellent gaming computer to be the best gamer. Many people like to build their own gaming computer so they can customize it to their liking. Plus, it’s pretty fun to build your own. You can pretty easily discover how to build a gaming PC and what you’ll need.

Expect to purchase a processor or CPU, a motherboard, a graphics processing unit (GPU), memory or RAM (random access memory), storage, cases, a monitor (some people like having two), and a few other things. Since you’re building it from scratch, you’ll have to supply every aspect of the computer, including the mouse and keyboard.

Plus, since you’re using it for gaming, you’ll need high-quality materials. For a good gaming computer, you can expect to spend between $1,000 and $2,000, whether you build it or buy it.

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High-Speed Internet

Your Internet connection is extremely important if you’re hoping to stream your games on Twitch or elsewhere. Make sure your Internet speed is between 15 and 20 Mbps (megabits per second). That’ll give you the best connection and allow you to run your games without any lag (which in gaming is a huge no). Sprint Internet can hook you up with a great connection, and you can use an ethernet cable to make sure you’re hardwired into the Internet.

Ethernet is more reliable and faster than wifi. You should budget about $100 a month for high-speed Internet. Do a comparison of providers in your area like AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint and see who can offer you the best speed. You’ll find that Sprint has great service at a low cost, which can leave you more money for your computer (or just snacks while you play).

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Subscriptions

To actually play many games, you’ll need to subscribe. The cost of the subscriptions can vary from game to game. Many games, like League of Legends, are free to play but you’ll have to spend a few bucks to buys skins or other new content. You can subscribe to a PC gaming library and have access to over 100 games. Whatever game you like to pay, factor the cost of actual gameplay into your budget.

You’ll also need to factor in other subscription costs, like Twitch. It’s free for you to stream on Twitch, but if you like to support your fellow gamers or learn from them, you might end up paying to subscribe to peoples’ channels. The important thing to remember no matter what is that these costs add up and you should always include any expenses in your budget.

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Desk and Chair

As a pro gamer, you spend a lot of time on your computer. It’s a good idea to purchase a high-quality desk and chair and make sure they’re up to your standards. An excellent gaming chair could cost you a few hundred dollars, but you’ll be extremely comfortable.

The Secretlab Titan has built-in lumbar support, so you won’t have any back pain after sitting for a few hours. If you like a firm chair, you can find that on the market. As for your desk, make sure it’s big enough to support your newly-built PC. You might like having a raised section where you can put a second monitor, and you’ll need to make sure you can fit the whole computer plus some snacks and drinks. Don’t underestimate the right equipment. Budget for what you’ll need.

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With the right gear, you’ll be on your way to pro gaming in no time. Factor in every cost and you’ll be making money, not worrying about it.

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