Best Equipment For Twitch Streamers in 2021 (Every Budget)

Looking for the best equipment for your Twitch streaming setup? You came to the right place.

This article will go over every piece of equipment a streamer needs for their setup.

Use the navigation below to navigate directly to the piece of equipment you need or take your time and read the entire article, I promise you’ll pick up a thing or two!

BONUS: Budget Streaming Pack

Logitech C920

Razer Seiren Mini

Neewer Key Lights

Total cost: $165 USD

Your streaming equipment doesn’t have to be expensive! Many Twitch streamers prioritize the wrong things. You can get a budget streaming setup for under $200.

More info inside the article.

Best Webcam for Twitch Streamers

Having a webcam is the single most important part of your streaming setup. You need to show your face if you want your viewers to be able to relate with you and your stream. While faceless examples such as Corpsehusband exist, they are atypical and you’re setting yourself up for failure by not having a face cam in your Twitch stream.

Now you absolutely do NOT need to go out of your way to purchase a high end webcam. While having a webcam is important, having a high quality webcam is not very important, at least not when you’re just starting out.

As I’ve told others time and time again, it’s more important to have a good lighting setup than having a good webcam.

Budget Webcam Idea: Your phone!

your phone can be a cheap webcam that you can use to stream on Twitch
  • Requires Droidcam (Android) or EpocCam (iOS)
  • Free/less than $10

Besides, did you know that you already own a high-quality webcam? That smartphone in your pocket has an AMAZING camera that probably beats out most entry-level webcams!

In order to set up your phone as a webcam device for your Twitch stream, you’ll need to download Droidcam (Android) or Epoccam (iOS).

Best Budget Webcam: Logitech C920

logitech c920 webcam is the best budget webcam for streamers
  • 1080P/30FPS
  • FOV: 78 degrees
  • Built-in 2 Omnidirectional microphones
  • Logitech Capture software

The Logitech C920 is the real MVP when it comes to budget webcams. This webcam is capable of 1080p at 30fps and is known for its amazing picture quality for a budget price tag.

While this is a budget webcam, it is still used by many top-tier streamers such as: Scarra, Michael Reeves, and Disguised Toast.

You can also get the Logitech C922 for a slightly higher price tag but as covered in our C920 vs C922 article, the difference in quality is barely noticeable.

Best quality: Logitech Brio

The logitech brio is one of the best webcams for streamers
  • 4K/30FPS
  • 1080P/60FPS
  • FOV: 65/78/90 degrees
  • Built-in 2 Omnidirectional microphones
  • Logitech Capture software

If you’re looking for a professional video quality webcam, the Logitech Brio is your best bet. This webcam not only has crisp video quality, its also got a 90 degree field of view which gives the illusion that your room is a lot bigger than it actually this.

This is something you would otherwise need a fancy lens for on your DSLR! The Logitech Brio does it for under $200.

Most professional: Any DSLR

DSLRs can be used as webcams for Twitch streaming
  • Bokeh/Blur effect
  • Requires a capture card (Elgato Cam Link)

Do you own a mirrorless camera, GoPro, or anything like that? If so, DO NOT BUY A WEBCAM!

You can turn your existing camera into a webcam that will output 10X better quality than any webcam you can buy!

To turn your existing camera into a webcam you’ll need to purchase Elgato’s cam link. Elgato’s cam link is not cheap but it’s 100% worth it over buying a regular webcam.

Order of importance: 3

Having a webcam is important, but you’re better of investing in good lighting and a microphone over a new webcam. After all, you can always turn your phone into a makeshift HD webcam using an app.

Read our order of importance

Read our full article: best webcams for Twitch streamers


Best Lighting for Twitch Streamers

As I’ve mentioned earlier, good lighting is more important than having a high quality webcam, but that also doesn’t mean you need to break the bank over this!

Here are 3 stream lighting options for every budget. But first, let’s look at what kind of lighting setup you should be using.

Lighting setup for your stream

Your stream should have one key light (primary light) and one filler light (which fills out the shadows created from the key light).

Additionally, you can have a hair light but this is optional. You can get away with just having a key light at the start and purchase a filler light later on.

Budget option: Neewer key light set

neewer key light set is a great budget lighting solution for twitch
  • Under $50
  • 2 dimmable USB LED lights
  • Color temperature: 5600K
  • Tripod stands included
  • Bonus color filters

Hands down the Neewer Key light set is the best budget lighting kit you can find for under $50 on Amazon.

This kit comes with 2 dimmable LED lights that don’t take up a lot of space on your desk. The lights come with their own tripod stands so you don’t even need to invest in an additional stand for your lighting.

This is a great alternative to the Elgato key lights if you’re on a super-budget! (seriously, Elgato key lights will cost you 10x more!)

Intermediate option: Dazne lighting kit

Dazne lighting kit for Twitch streaming
  • Under $200
  • 2 dimmable LED lights
  • Color temperature: 3000k – 8000k
  • Desk mounts included
  • remote control

Want two key lights for the price of one Elgato light? The Dazne lighting kit is what you’re looking for. This is the ideal Elgato alternative for just half the price. The panels are quite a bit bigger at 13.9 by 9.6 inches. This kit comes with desk mounts included so you can save space with this lighting kit.

No messing around at the back of the panels with annoying knobs, you get a remote to fully control your lighting kit while you’re streaming.

Best option: Elgato Key Light

Elgato key lights offer the best lighting solution for Twitch streamers
  • 2800 lumen output
  • 160 premium OSRAM LEDs
  • Color temperature: 2900k – 7000k
  • WIFI enabled software compatible with streamdeck, smartphones, and Windows/mac
  • Adjustable Steel Desk Mount (pole mount)

Elgato’s key light is the absolute best lighting for a stream setup, being made exactly for streamers. The key light can be controlled through a phone app or your stream deck which makes it even better.

No wonder many big-time streamers are using Elgato key lights in their setup. But this option is pricey and you can achieve similar lighting for far less money. (such as the Dazne lighting kit) Elgato provides a luxury solution that should only be considered once you have the appropriate funds.

Elgato doesn’t sell kits either, you will have to buy at least 2 Elgato key lights for the best lighting setup. You can of course purchase one Elgato key light and combine it with a cheaper fill light if you wish.

Read our full article: best lighting kits for Twitch streamers

Order of importance: 2

Having good lighting on stream is important, no one wants to watch you sitting in a dark cave! Good lighting will make the cheapest webcam look great. Bad lighting will ruin even the best webcams.

Read our order of importance


Best Microphone for Twitch Streamers

Every Twitch streamer should be actively talking throughout their streams, if you’re not doing that, viewers WILL leave. That’s why you definitely need to have a decent microphone as part of your Twitch streaming setup.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to invest tons of money into a decent microphone, most headset microphones will do the job.

There is absolutely no shame in using your headset microphone as long as you’re actively talking on your stream.

That being said, investing in a microphone should be one of the first things on your list of upgrades.

Budget microphone: Razer Seiren Mini

budget microphone for Twitch streaming
  • Under $50
  • plug and play USB microphone

As concluded from our budget microphone article, the best bang-for-your-buck streaming microphone is the Razer Seiren Mini. This microphone does not come with a boom arm but you can pair it with a cheap Neewer boom arm from Amazon which go for under $15!

For its price, the Razer Seiren Mini has amazing sound quality that will definitely be a huge upgrade from any built-in or headset microphone.

Continue reading: best budget microphones for Twitch streaming

Intermediate microphone: Blue Yeti Nano

medium-level microphone for Twitch streaming
  • Under $100
  • Plug and play USB microphone
  • Widely used budget option among content creators

The Blue Yeti Nano is the newer and slightly cheaper version of the beloved Blue Yeti, in a more compact body. The sound quality didn’t change though and that makes this microphone the perfect intermediate microphone for any streamer setup.

Blue microphones are known for their sound quality, appearance and durability. These microphones (primarily the Blue Yeti) have been used by Youtubers and Streamers for years and have really proven to be the best option for mid-range budgets.

If you’re on a $100 budget, you really cannot go wrong by picking up the Blue Yeti Nano microphone.

There is simply no better option out there than this plug-and-play microphone. To this day, many big streamers use the Blue Yeti due to its reliability and ease of use.

Professional microphone setup: Shure SM7B + GOXLR Mini

shure sm7b
  • Professional broadcasting audio quality
  • XLR microphone
  • Audio interface required (e.g. GOXLR Mini)
  • Used by top-tier streamers

As is painstakingly obvious in the streaming setups from popular streamers we’ve profiled, a large majority of big streamers on Twitch use the Shure SM7B as part of their Twitch streaming setup.

This is not a coincidence, as the Shure SM7B is simply an AMAZING microphone for streaming and if you’re looking to emulate the sound quality of a professional streamer, this is the microphone to pick.

This is not a cheap microphone, however, and being an XLR microphone it won’t work without an audio interface and decent preamplifier.

Luckily for us, the GOXLR mini is a two-in-one budget solution that works fantastically with the Shure SM7B.

If you wish to splurge, you can also go for the bigger more expensive GOXLR, which will give you voice filters and other cool effects. Check out our article GOXLR vs GOXLR mini for more information.

Lastly, you’ll also need a boom stand for your microphone. Just about every streamer we’ve profiled uses the Rode PSA1 microphone stand for this job.

Obviously, this is a very expensive setup but it will give you the best sound quality out there. Of course, you will have to mess around with the settings and learn a thing or two about XLR microphones and the Shure SM7B in order to get the best sound quality.

Streamers who use the Shure SM7B: Disguised Toast, Michael Reeves, Lilypichu.

If you’re looking for a cheaper XLR microphone, you might want to consider the Rode Podmic which goes for under $100. You can also combine this microphone with a GOXLR mini mixer and upgrade to a Shure SM7B in the future if you still wish to do so.

Read our full article: best budget microphones for Twitch streamers

Order of importance: 1

Having a decent microphone is important. Especially if you’re using a built-in microphone or a headset microphone, this should be the first thing you are upgrading in your streaming setup.

Read our order of importance


Best PC Setup for Twitch Streamers

Unless you’re streaming from a console (which we cover later in this article), you’ll need a pc to stream from.

Budget streaming PC build (custom build)

PC PARTSBUDGET STREAMING PCAmazon LinkAlternative part (in case sold out)
MotherboardGigabyte B450MView on AmazonASRock B450M Steel Legend
CPURyzen 5 1600 AFView on AmazonRyzen 2600
CPU Cooler(included with CPU)(included with CPU)
GPURX580View on AmazonRX570
RAMTeamgroup T-Force DDR4 3000Mhz (2 x 8gb)View on AmazonOloy DDR4 3000Mhz (2 x 8gb)
SSDSamsung 970 EVO M.2 NVMEView on AmazonWD 500GB NVME M.2
Power SupplyCorsair VS500 PSUView on AmazonAresgame 500W PSU
PC CaseCooler Master MasterBox Q300LView on AmazonNZXT H510

Due to the pandamic and rise of cryptocurrencies, the graphics card market has been in high demand, this has hiked up prices to be 2-5x more than they should be. Therefore its hard to find a graphics card at the market rate these days, you might be better of buying a pre-built pc for your streaming setup.

The RX580 is an amazing graphics card that comes at a budget price of less than $200. Here are the benchmark results for the RX580.

Fortnite83fps
CSGO252fps
Overwatch79fps
Avg fps109fps

Budget Pre-Built: SkyTech Gaming PC

  • Ryzen 5 3600
  • B450 Motherboard
  • Nvidia GTX1660 (6GB)
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 500GB SSD
  • 500W PSU

If you’re on a budget and don’t want to build your streaming pc yourself, I recommend you get a SkyTech Gaming PC. This budget build features a powerful Ryzen 5 3600 and Nvidia GTX1660 graphics card, both are still very good and popular options to this day for budget gaming builds.

You get 500GB of SSD storage and 8GB of ram which you can always upgrade later on of course.

Here are the benchmark results for the GTX1660 graphics card:

Fortnite101fps
CSGO221fps
Overwatch83fps
Avg fps111fps

High End pre-Built: Skytech Shiva

  • Ryzen 5 3600X
  • RTX 3070 (8GB)
  • B550 MOBO
  • 16GB DDR4 3000MHz
  • 1TB SSD
  • 600W PSU

The Skytech Shiva is a great high-end pre-built streaming pc. It features a Ryzen 5 3600X CPU which can be upgraded to a Ryzen 7 series if you wish. The graphics card is the new RTX 3070. You also get 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of SSD storage.

This pre-built is a great affordable option if you don’t want to build a PC yourself. Skytech pre-builts are popular and always have amazing reviews, they also contain no bloatware as you would receive from overpriced prebuild gaming pcs in physical stores like Walmart.

Here are the benchmarks for the RTX 3070 graphics card:

Fortnite186fps
CSGO282fps
Overwatch205ps
Avg fps197fps

Read our full article: best budget streaming pc built


Stream background

Whatever is in your background on your Twitch stream, will tell your viewers exactly what kind of person you are.

For example, in a streaming tips video, Pokimane revealed that when she started streaming League of Legends, she had posters of LoL heroes hanging in the background.

Some streamers prefer to keep their camera from taking up to much space and opt for a green screen instead.

And then you have others such as Valorant pro player Hiko, who uses a green screen for the sake of placing himself in a funny background.

That being said, I don’t actually recommend having a green screen as a newer streamer. Like I said, your background gives you the unique ability to tell a story about who you are. By using a green screen, you eliminate that opportunity.

Budget green screen

Since no one will actually see your green screen, you really don’t need to spend much money on them. A simple green sheet will do the job!

Professional green screen

If you’re looking for a professional green screen that you can pop in and out as you please, the Elgato green screen is your best bet, being designed specifically for streaming.

Practical lighting

Most streamers have some sort of practical lighting in the background of their stream. Most commonly, RGB lights are used. Streamers use practical lighting to make their dark backgrounds look more appealing.

After all, no one wants to look like they’re streaming from a cave.

Here are some commonly used practical background lights.

RGB background lighting options
Nanoleaf triangles
Philips Hue
Cabinet lights
Govee led strips
RGB table lamp

Optional streamer equipment

Stream Deck

Most Twitch streamers have a stream deck in their setup. This is a small device with 15 programmable LCD keys that allows you to take more control over your stream.

The stream deck integrates with your streaming software and Twitch so it can really make your life easier as a streamer but this is of course a luxury product that should only be bought AFTER you have a decent microphone, webcam and lighting setup already.

As an alternative, Elgato has a paid app (with a free 30 day trial) that you can use to turn your phone into a stream deck.

Gaming headset

Most streamers use some sort of gaming headset, especially if they’re competitive gamers. Having a gaming headset isn’t really necessary for a regular streamer unless you’re looking to gain an advantage in certain games.

Here are some of the popular gaming headsets among top streamers:

Gaming HeadsetStreamers who use this
HyperX Cloud Alpha Pokimane, Ryan Higa
HyperX Cloud MixFuslie, Valkyrae,
HyperX Cloud OrbitMichael Reeves, Disguised Toast
Logitech Pro X Wireless LightspeedShroud
Sennheiser HD 599Scarra, Lily Pichu

Gaming chair

The majority of Twitch streamers sit in a gaming chair, owning one has sort of become the norm among streamers. This doesn’t mean that you should drop money on a gaming chair though, as they are expensive and will have zero impact on your success as a streamer.

For the price of a decent gaming chair, you can have a full streamer setup, this includes lighting, webcam and a microphone! You should not be thinking about getting a gaming chair until you have a decent streaming setup.

That being said, many gaming chairs are designed to be ergonomic so if you plan on turning gaming into a career, it’s definitely a good investment, your back will thank you.

Here are some popular gaming chairs among streamers:

Gaming ChairStreamers who use this
DXRacerFuslie, Scarra
Herman Miller EmbodyShroud
Secret Lab OmegaDisguised Toast, LilyPichu
Mavix M9Valkyrae
Noblechair EpicPokimane

Order of importance

When it comes to your Twitch streaming setup, there is an order of importance. While it’s important to have a webcam, the video quality isn’t that important, at least not at first.

When you’re just starting out, you want to make sure you have the following three things in your setup:

  • A webcam
  • A microphone
  • Lighting

A new streamer is most likely to neglect the microphone and especially the lighting and throw their entire budget at a webcam. This is the wrong mindset.

Let’s say you’re on a super-budget and only have $100 to invest in your setup. It would be easy to buy the Logitech C922 and be done with it. After all, you can rely on the built-in microphone and your room lighting to take care of the rest, right?

Wrong. If you only have $100, you should buy a $50 budget microphone and an affordable lighting kit for under $50 as well.

As for your webcam, you should use your phone camera as a webcam for the time being.

This way, you’ll have an HD camera (your phone), a lighting kit to illuminate your face and make it ‘pop’ from the background, AND a quality, external microphone.

This is a far better way to spend your money than to drop $100 on a camera that will NOT look good without proper lighting and has a TERRIBLE built-in microphone.

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