To get a streaming PC setup like Nickmercs has, you'll need to build a high-end gaming PC. He uses an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 GPU, and 16GB of TeamGroup DDR4 RAM; on a Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro motherboard. He has three Alienware 240Hz monitors in his streaming room.
If you're getting into streaming, it's normal to have role models that you want to emulate. Nickmercs is huge on Twitch, so many people want their gaming studio to be like his. I watch him quite often, and I've been able to learn pretty much everything there is to know about his PC hardware and software.
So, if you're looking to learn the computer parts and accessories that comprise Nickmercs' setup, especially if you want to emulate some parts of it, this is the guide for you. Let's jump right into what you need to know.
Let's talk about the hardware in Nickmercs' computer; his peripherals, and accessories, as well as the streaming software that he uses.
Let's start with the heart of things: Nickmercs' gaming PC setup.
Considering that he's one of the most popular streamers on Twitch right now, it's no surprise that his system contains some of the moment's best components.
Nickmercs GPU is an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, which is no surprise since it was the single most powerful GPU that Nvidia offered at the time that he put his gaming PC together.
This graphics card is extremely capable of playing demanding games such as the ones that Nickmercs specializes in, like Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legends, and Fortnite.
Since Nickmercs specializes in competitive gaming, he can't take chances, and the 3090 graphics card guarantees smooth gameplay on pretty much any title that exists right now.
Plus, the better the graphics card that he uses, the better the visual quality of the games that he streams to his millions of followers. This is especially true as this card has ray-tracing capabilities and comes with 82 new streaming multiprocessors.
Of course, good performance isn't limited to your GPU. You'll also want to have a fast processor that can match the edge of your GPU.
This is why the setup Nickmercs has packs an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X CPU, which is an absolute beast. When it comes to gaming, you won't have any type of problem with this fast processor controlling things.
This processor boasts 16 cores, and since it is capable of multithreading, it has a whopping 32 threads, making it a monster when it comes to any processing task out there. It makes sense that this is the heart of Nickmercs' PC setup.
It has a base clock speed of 3.4GHz, but if you throw a heavy-enough load at it, this can go as high as 4.9GHz, which is ridiculous.
With a default TDP of 105 watts, it's obvious that this CPU needs to be fed with a whole lot of power, so you'll need a PSU that won't have a hard time doing that.
Most people won't need a processor this powerful, but if you're one of the most popular streamers in the world, you can't take chances when it comes to the ability of your PC.
This is made even better by the fact that this processor is capable of being overclocked, so if its factory potential is too little for you, you can push it beyond that.
These powerful parts have to sit on a very powerful motherboard and they surely do. What motherboard does Nickmercs use?
It's none other than the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro. This motherboard was built for gaming and high performance and it shows in the way it was built.
It has a digital PWM controller, which delivers clean and stable power to your CPU, which is very useful if you're looking to overclock.
In addition, it is built with thermal dissipation in mind, so in addition to cooling add-ons, it is able to keep your PC cooler than rivals can.
Nickmercs goes for TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB DDR4 RAM - 16GB of it - which certainly comes in handy for him when he's playing his FPS games.
The RGB lighting that these RAM sticks come with adds to the aesthetic of his entire build, even if they don't improve performance in any way.
As a casual gamer, you might not put too much thought into the PC cooler in your PC, but when you play intensive games like Apex Legends, you can't neglect this component.
As a professional streamer, Nickmercs goes for the NZXT Kraken Liquid Cooler. A liquid cooler has the potential to cool a lot better than air alone.
Paired with this are NZXT RGB fans, which perform well with the liquid cooler, and their RGB adds a bit more flair to the system.
Nickmercs computer case holds all the parts we've talked about so far and is the defining component, aesthetically, when it comes to his build.
He turns to the same brand he uses for his cooling, with the NZXT H510 Elite PC case. This is an ATX case made for gamers, and the modern design makes it hard not to like.
Plus, with all the RGB lighting that the hardware comes with, it's great that this case comes with a big window to show it all off, and its own integrated RGB to brighten up Nickmerc's streaming room.
Now, everything we described above is what lives in Nickmercs gaming computer. But, if you have been watching for long enough, you know that he has a streaming PC that takes care of the computing involved with Nickmercs stream itself. So, what does Nickmercs use for this computer?
We'll only talk about the CPU and RAM that he uses for his streaming PC though, since these are the most essential aspects.
For the CPU, Nickmercs sticks with AMD, opting for the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, the same chip you’ll find in his gaming PC. This CPU is incredibly powerful, so it is able to keep Nickmercs stream up and running without so much as a hiccup.
Just like the processor in his gaming setup, the AMD Ryzen 9 can be overclocked to give him such extra power.
He opts for the exact same brand of RAM for his streaming PC - TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB DDR4 RAM - except he doubles the capacity to 32GB in this case.
You might wonder why he opts for more memory over his gaming computer, but video editing, especially at high resolutions, can be extremely RAM-hungry, so it isn't too much of a surprise.
Nickmercs' setup goes way beyond just his PC case and the components stuffed inside.
The accessories he uses as a competitive gamer and the other hardware that connect to his computer and make his stream what it is are important to know about.
So, what accessories and peripherals does Nickmercs use? Let's talk about it.
As a competitive gamer, the monitors that Nickmercs uses are extremely important. The wrong display can make or mar tightly-contested matches.
Nickmercs uses a 25-inch Alienware 240Hz Gaming Monitor, and not just one of them, but three!
Not only do these displays boast a very high refresh rate, but they have a less than 1ms response time, which is necessary for a competitive edge.
He uses one primary screen for gaming, whether it is Call of Duty or Fortnite, while the other screens are used for peripheral information, like his stream chat.
Nickmercs keyboard is used for a lot of the games he plays. It has to be of great quality of course, as this component has a huge impact on his gameplay.
The Logitech G Pro Mechanical Keyboard is Nickmercs' keyboard and for many good reasons.
First of all, this keyboard was built by Logitech with professional-level gamers in mind. It is a mechanical keyboard too, which means each keypress needs a bit of effort and you'll hear a nice click when you do. This makes accidental inputs due to oversensitive keys a thing of the past.
This keyboard drops the number pad too, which leaves extra space on the table for your mouse to move around.
To add some visual appeal and help you see your inputs in a dark streaming room, the keys are RGB backlit.
Nickmercs' mouse stays in the Logitech family and is the Logitech G Pro Wireless Mouse, pairing perfectly with his keyboard.
This mouse is built to be ergonomic and ambidextrous, so no matter which your dominant hand is, you'll remain comfortable even after hours of gaming.
Just like Nickmercs' keyboard, this mouse is built by Logitech to the standards of professional gamers. It weighs only 80 grams, which makes it super easy to maneuver during rapid in-game action.
The sensor inside Nickmercs' mouse can go as high as 25,600 DPI for hair-trigger sensitivity, and it has a 1ms report rate over its wireless connection.
What controller does Nickmercs use? There's an interesting answer to this question.
Nickmercs doesn't use any regular controller. He has his own custom controller that was released by SCUF after he became one of their partners. That controller is the SCUF Infinity 4PS Pro MFAM. This isn't very surprising because, unlike most professional gamers, Nickmercs uses a controller very often.
This controller takes the appearance of a PlayStation 4 controller, which makes it perfect for those who are used to its button layout.
He uses it with two paddles, but when you buy it for yourself, SCUF gives you an insane amount of customization potential, from the triggers to the thumbstick height.
Plus, the pretty mean design just adds to the appeal of Nickmercs' controller.
The camera that Nickmercs uses is insanely important. Besides the video game action that you see, you need to see him! Because of this, he can't just use your typical HD webcam.
This is why his camera of choice is the Logitech Brio 4K Webcam.
As its name gives away, this camera is capable of capturing video at 4K resolution, but that's not the only thing that makes it a killer choice.
It has RightLight 3, which is Logitech's technology for auto-light correction. Even if Nickmercs' room is too dark during his live streams, the camera can automatically brighten things up without compromising quality.
It can also provide a wide field of view if needed and can record at rates of up to 90 frames per second.
While Nickmercs doesn't use it, it has noise-canceling microphones that can be useful to you if your headset doesn't have its own microphone.
If you're asking: what headset does Nickmercs use, the answer is the Astro A50 Wireless Gaming Headset. It's going to cost you a pretty penny but it is absolutely worth it.
Nickmercs' headset can last as long as 15 hours on a single charge, which is much needed for those long streams.
It is very comfortable to wear, even for long periods, thanks to the cloth ear cushions. While cloth might seem less luxurious than leather, it prevents your ears from sweating up a storm after a short while.
It also has Dolby Audio and Astro Audio V2 which ensures that it has high-end sound quality, which is what it is made for.
For a content creator or streamer, control over audio is important. Nickmercs' headset comes with Astro Command Center software which lets you modify your audio experience in terms of sound quality, microphone settings, and more.
Nickmercs' headset doubles as his microphone. You'll notice if you watch his Twitch stream that he doesn't have a dedicated mic in front of him like most other streamers.
The Astro A50 has a flip-down microphone that picks up crisp sound and when you flip it up, it mutes automatically.
While the base station of this headset comes with a MixAmp, it's not the very best one that you can get. Nickmercs' setup is full of the best equipment, so he adds the Astro Gaming MixAmp Pro to his system.
This gives him a lot more control over his audio through its hardware interface, instead of him needing to dig through software. Nickmercs uses this to easily control the master volume as well as to switch the balance between the game audio and his voice.
Because Nickmercs uses two computers in his setup - one for gaming and the other for streaming - a capture card becomes a necessity.
The one he uses is the AVerMedia Live Gamer 4K HDR Capture Card. It is capable of recording content at up to 4K resolution and 60 frames per second from his gaming setup and sending it to his streaming PC. Did I mention that it is also capable of recording this content in HDR10 formats?
It also has RGB lights which complement all the other RGB components in the PC case.
Unless Nickmercs' setup motivates you down to the very last aspect, you don't necessarily need the parts that remain.
But hey, if you want to know everything there is to know about the Nickmercs streaming experience, let's get into it.
For everything we have talked about so far to be relevant, there has to be some kind of streaming software making it possible to broadcast easily to Twitch.
In Nickmerc's case, the streaming software at play is Streamlabs Prime.
This application takes care of a lot of the aspects of streaming that you might not even realize are a thing. If you want to stream to Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook all at the same, this is one of the things this software can enable for you.
It also offers several awesome free overlays that you can use to make your stream look more professional or attractive.
There's almost nothing not to love about this software, so it's not shocking that this is what Nickmercs uses to handle all his streams.
Now that you know all about the setup that Nickmercs uses to handle his Twitch stream, you might want to know more about the man himself.
Nickmercs' real name is Nicholas, or Nick, Kolcheff. He was born on November 21, 1990, in Detroit, Michigan.
His fame as a gamer started from playing Gears of War in the 2000s, especially in 2009 after he won the Gears of War 2 National Championship.
He joined Justin.tv, the predecessor to Twitch, in 2010. He has remained loyal to the platform ever since, even though several other streaming platforms have made attempts to poach him.
It was many years later, in 2018, that he joined the popular gaming organization 100 Thieves, but he left the next year after something of a falling out.
It was at this point that he joined FaZe Clan as one of the co-owners, and he has been a member ever since.
Nickmercs is also the leader of the gaming community MFAM (which you'll remember is part of his controller's name).
In 2020, he got married to his longtime girlfriend. Nickmercs' wife is Emumita Bonita.
Nickmercs continues to stream on Twitch and the games he specializes in the most are Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legends, and Fortnite.
Nickmercs' PC gaming setup is made up of some of the very best equipment available. His gaming PC uses an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 with an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor. It has 16GB of TeamGroup T-Force Delta RAM. All of these parts sit on a Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro motherboard. He has a separate streaming PC with 32GB of RAM and an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X.
He uses three 240Hz Alienware monitors, a Logitech G Pro mouse and keyboard, and a SCUF Infinity 4PS Pro MFAM controller. On the software side of things, Nickmercs uses Streamlabs Prime.
There's a whole lot that you'll need to get if you want to replicate Nickmercs' setup, but if you do, your streaming experience will be super smooth. Was this article able to tell you all about Nickmercs' setup? If it was, take a look at some other articles to learn more.