I moved into a new place a bit ago and resolved to finally have a respectable gaming set-up. No more cables sticking out every which way and no more random bookshelves to store my games/accessories of multiple different shapes and sizes.
When I moved in the first thing I realized was that my 55" TV was too small. I did a lot of research before buying it back in 2016 (Vizio P-55) and at the time it was pretty much the best bang for your buck set that money could buy. That is, you'd have to spend a lot more to not end up with diminishing returns. I digress...
1. TV is a Samsung Q8fn 65". I was torn between this TV, the Q9fn and the Vizio Quantum P. The Vizio Quantum P is by far the best bang=buck proposition as far as non-OLED panels are concerned but lags behind in 4K HDR/4:4:4 input latency performance. If gaming weren't so important to me, I would have gone with the Vizio (which is still an excellent set for gaming. My choice was aided by the fact that the Vizio P-Series quantum is next to impossible to find (I've only ever seen it for sale on Costco's website) and virtually impossible to find in a brick-and-mortar to see for itself.
Part of my reasoning behind getting this TV was the fact that it supports VRR/Freesync and Nvidia recently put out an update allowing the use of freesync on their cards. I knew G-Sync was DP only but unfortunately I erroneously assumed that since freesync works over HDMI on AMD GPUs that it'd work the same on my GTX 1080 Ti. Not so. You need to connect it to display port. No other way around it. This kind of sucks because it was a big factor in deciding to get this TV.
2. Sound bar is a Polk Magnifi Mini. It's okay. Way better than the TVs built in sound but I've had it for a while and it was a holdover from back when I was more constricted on space. Unfortunately, as I currently live in an apartment I don't see myself upgrading any time soon.
3. Inputs are as follows:
Input 1: PC
Input 2: Powered 5-in-1 HDMI Switch -> XBox One S, PS4 Pro, Switch, PS3, GameCube (w/ CARBY HDMI adapter)
Input 3: Wii w/ HDMI adapter
Input 4: ARC (Soundbar)
4. The TV stand is from Best Buy but I got one for $100 from a store that gets a lot of used/open box stuff from Best Buy. Here's my exact stand that I quite like a lot although it's a bit small for this TV. I'd prefer to have a stand as wide as the TV but you can't always get what you want. *shrug*
5. Media shelves are 4 these Ikea Besta units and glass shelves. I don't love these as they don't sell the shallower ones like what I've got in a taller unit. You've got to buy two and stack them on top of eachother. Plus, it's not possible to stack 3 layers of DVD size cases on top of one another which has caused me to have to get creative with how I space out my media. I suppose I should be glad because it's been a heck of a time trying to find stuff like this. Before I just had misc stuff I found at various salvation armys and goodwills.
Because my desk resides to the left of my TV/entertainment center I don't have the space I'd need to ideally set each shelf several inches away from the TV. The only solution to this problem would be for me to get rid of my desk which I've contemplated doing for a number of reasons.
6. I have too many games. Between Price Charting and Steam Calculator I've got about $10,000 tied up in physical media and $1500-5,500 in Steam. Not counting GOG, Origin, and uPlay. I'd like to think of it as a bit of a curated collection. All killer / no filler. Vast majority of anything I own physically is stuff that's hardware exclusive as that's pretty much the only thing I'm interested in on consoles. If something gets a superior PC release I'll just play it there. Otherwise I stick to original hardware unless I'm priced out of collecting and near-perfect emulation is possible. My thoughts on this are muddled and inconsistent. I'll buy physical versions of indies on Switch because that's my preferred platform for non-graphically intensive pick up and play sorts of games. Switch just feels like "home" to a lot of games from Okami to Monster Boy.
7. Cable managing this shit wasn't as hard as I would have thought. I ran adhesive strips of velcro along the rear edges of the back of the entertainment center and bundled cables together with strips of velcro that I stuck to the edges of the stand. The end result came out pretty good although I wish there were a better way to hide the power strip/surge protector and cables.
8. My walls are barren. No joke, I want to get a giant print of this to hang on the wall behind my couch. I feel like it's a good idea to do something on the wall behind the TV but I'm not quite sure what. I plan to get a new recliner as well as the one I have doesn't exactly go well with my couch.
I've been in the new place about a month and some change and I'm trying to make it my own. What do you guys think? Any advice? I wish I had a better desk but I just don't have the space...