Streamer Wishlist

Just some completely arbitrary suggestions for possible upgrade paths in case you want to spend your money on something.1

  1. Unspillable mug!

  2. Good computer
  3. Good internet upload speed
  4. Good headphones
  5. Second monitor2
  6. Good microphone (USB/XLR)
    • Pop filter + shock mount
    • Mic stand
    • Buy a ModMic to add or replace a headset microphone at a low price
  7. Foot pedal; great for muting and push to talk
  8. Stream Deck
  9. Accessories for ergonomics and RSI:
    • Proper chair
    • Wrist rest
    • Wrist brace or equivalent
    • Monitor mount for height adjustment
    • A Purple Mattress cushion for your caboose
    • A [foot rest][] to fix your leg angle3
  10. Mechanical keyboard with eg brown or red switches for minimum noise4
    • The newer Cherry MX “Speed” and “Silence” switches are also available for brands like Corsair
    • O-rings can make them even more silent
  11. Good capture device for PC (or use NDI)
  12. New computer parts: CPU, GPU, RAM, HDD, motherboard, cooling
  13. Good video editor (for YouTube/Premieres)
  14. New gaming monitor; the biggest steps up in technology are
    • 120/144/165/240 Hz
    • VRR: G-Sync/FreeSync/Adaptive Sync
    • 1440p
    • IPS panel (instead of VA and TN)
    • HDR (poorly supported on PC so far)
  15. Good capture device for consoles
    • Expensive (Elgato), $150
    • Cheap (eBay or Amazon), $35 (HDMI splitter5 not included)
      • Only one HDMI port so you’ll have to use display duplication on the OS or get an HDMI splitter
      • At minimum, you will need an Ethernet cable, and in case you get a HDMI splitter, two additional HDMI cable
      • Make sure you have Ethernet ports to spare on your router
      • A lot of HDMI splitters have “2.0” and “4K”6 in the title but turn out to be only HDMI 1.4 or even 1.3
      • Some HDMI splitters operate without a power supply; saves you some cable spaghetti
  16. A YubiKey for two-factor protection and passwordless log-ins
  17. More or better fans for your case—or a new case
  18. Audio interface/mixer for XLR mic (see RME Babyface Pro below)
  19. Better internet download speed
  20. Router for SQM (including QoS)
  21. UPS (though they can be hit and miss)
  22. More extensive archival storage: external HDD and/or cloud storage7
    • For HDDs, 5400 RPM “NAS” drives will be the most silent and only run for read/write. External drives or NAS are also an option, obviously.
  23. HDMI mCable Gaming Edition for Switch ($150)
  24. Streaming PC
  25. Enterprise, instead of private, internet subscription
  26. Third monitor
  27. Compressor
  28. Secondary fallback Internet connection
    • You’ll need additional Ethernet ports which you can just get with a PCIe expansion8
  29. An RME Babyface Pro, the endgame gear for streamers
  30. An SSD for your PS4 Pro to reduce loading times—or SSHD if you want to save money
  31. A modular charging block for each of your console controllers by Nyko
  32. Mayflash MAGIC-NS adapter wired and wireless adapter for all controller types, including fightsticks9
  33. Raspberry Pi with Pi-hole for DNS-level blocking
  34. Eyetracker

And of course, pay artists, moderators, and maybe even video editors.

Maybe treat your self to a few sessions at a physical therapist, say, once a month? More info about physical therapists in the RSI guide.

If your stream beomes a big source of your income, consider hiring a personal accountant, ideally a CPA. These will help you do things like set up an LLC10 and claim deductions.

And then there’re the lawyers of course.

  1. This list does not have anything specific to webcam usage: webcams, cameras green screens, lights, etc. ↩︎

  2. Consider getting a 144 Hz and G-Sync monitor and making it your main one for gaming. ↩︎

  3. I love my Dagotto, garbage build quality be damned. ↩︎

  4. Just get a mechanical keyboard with non-clicky Cherry MX switches whose actuation is about 45–50 cN (basically browns or reds).

    Other wikis:


  5. Usually, you will need an HDMI splitter to circumvent HDCP, but this LAN sender claims to support HDCP. Instead of using a splitter for HDCP, you can just turn off HDCP in your console settings.

    How to tell if you need a splitter for HDCP? If your monitor is blank with your capture device connected!

    Make sure your splitter splits one input to multiple outputs and isn’t a switch that switches between multiple inputs for one input. People sometimes refer to these as “1×2”, “1×3” etc for the number of outputs from one input source.

    Whether your splitter requires A/C power usually depends on whether you use HDMI cables longer than ~2.5m. An “active” HDMI splitter means it uses a power supply. Some support both.

    The types of splitters usually come down to 1080p60, 4Kp30, and 4Kp60. ↩︎

  6. “4K” is not just 4K, if sellers and manufacturers don’t specify, it probably means 4Kp30 or 24p. You might also want to make sure it works with HDR. Add to this the complexities of HDCP 2.2.

    This comparison table for Orei splitters shows how messy it is. ↩︎

  7. You can also save some storage space and money by compressing your videos. ↩︎

  8. Make sure you set up dual Ethernet connections up correctly rather than just plugging in the both of them and confusing the hell out of your computer and network. ↩︎

  9. It is recommended that you update the firmware on the adapter when you get it as it doesn’t tend to ship with the latest version; check out the changelog in the description on the product page. Might be daunting for some to fiddle with firmware updates, so keep this in mind. ↩︎

  10. Or the equivalent of an LLC in your country. ↩︎