When you become a serious PC gamer, it’s important that you have a display that can deliver the best possible performance. Quite often people will buy new speakers, headphones, and keyboards to improve their gaming experience but they fail to check out what their monitor has to offer.
You need a good monitor because everything comes from the source. If your monitor is delivering poor image quality or not keeping up with all of your keypresses then it could completely ruin your fun.
Before we go any further, let’s familiarise ourselves with some of the terms used when talking about displays:
Hz – also known as hertz, it represents how many times in one second an image is redrawn on-screen by the monitor. Hz means 60 times per second or 60hz.
Refresh rate – also known as frame rate, is the number of images your monitor can produce every second. It’s important to have a high refresh rate because if there are too few images being produced per second then you will suffer from screen lag and ghosting.
Response time – this represents how fast an individual pixel on the display can change colours, indicated in milliseconds (ms). The lower this number is, the better.
Resolution – resolution represents the sharpness of the image displayed by the monitor, measured in pixels horizontally and vertically. 4k resolution offers four thousand pixels horizontally while 1080p offers one thousand pixels horizontally. Generally speaking, you want a higher pixel count for increased sharpness but keep in mind that your graphics card may not support 4k.
Panel type – there are three-panel types used in monitors, each with its own benefits and drawbacks:
TN panels offer excellent response times but lack viewing angles. They are the cheapest to produce and thus the most common.
IPS panels provide outstanding image quality thanks to accurate colour reproduction and wide viewing angles (however they suffer from slow response times). When it comes to gaming, IPS does not perform well due to ghosting effects caused by slow pixel changes. However, gamers on a budget should consider this panel type because of its generally lower price point compared to other options.
VA panels provide an excellent middle ground between TN and IPS panels offering both fast response times while maintaining good colour accuracy and wide viewing angles.
Sync your monitor with your PC’s graphics card
Your graphics card will have a maximum resolution that it can support, so you won’t be able to go higher than this. If your graphics card supports 4k, then you’ll want a monitor with a 4k resolution. However, if not, you’ll want to check what type of monitor your graphics card supports and get the corresponding resolution. You also need to make sure that the refresh rate is high enough to avoid screen lag and ghosting.
The way you sync your monitor with your PC’s graphics card is by setting the ‘refresh rate’ to match your desired resolution in the menu options of both the display and the graphics card.
Check the size of the monitor and make sure it is large enough for you to play comfortably
One of the first things to consider is the size of your monitor. The larger the monitor, the more comfortable you’ll be able to play. If you’re buying a 4K monitor then make sure that it’s at least 24-inches in size or bigger.
Consider getting a curved gaming monitor if you want a more immersive experience
Another aspect to pay attention to when looking for a new gaming monitor is if it’s curved. Curved monitors are typically more expensive but provide an immersive experience because the curve reduces the physical distance between you and the game.
You can get away with spending less money on a 1080p monitor than you would on a 1440p one, due to the power of pixels scaling. However, when buying a 4K monitor, make sure that it is at least 24-inches in size or bigger in order to improve your gameplay experience.
Find out how many inputs/outputs there are on the back of the screen – this will help determine what type of device can be used with it
One indication of whether or not a gaming monitor is worth the price is the number of inputs and outputs.
The more ports you have, the more devices that can be plugged in to supplement your gaming experience. 60Hz monitors typically only offer one DVI input, while 144Hz monitors will give you access to HDMI, DVI-D, DisplayPort, and often USB ports – which is especially helpful for gamers who don’t just use their mouse and keyboard.
Look into refresh rates and response times, which should both be fast in order to achieve smooth gameplay
Refresh rates and response times are important when it comes to playing games. If your refresh rate is low or your response time is slow, you will experience screen lag or ghosting effects.
When it comes to refreshing rate, the higher the better but there’s no real maximum. It can be difficult to tell what your graphics card supports just by looking at it so refer to the menu choices for both your display and graphics card.
With response times, TN panels will offer excellent performance but the quality won’t be as good as IPS panels which suffer from ghosting effects for gamers due to pixel changes being too slow. VA panels provide an excellent middle ground between these two types but are not always affordable depending on budget.
Make sure that any warranty offered by the company is worth it – some warranties only cover certain types of damage while others offer lifetime coverage for all accidents
The next thing I would suggest you look out for is the warranty. The warranty offered by a company will determine how much time you have to return the product if something goes wrong with it… Some warranties only cover certain types of damage while others offer lifetime coverage for all accidents.
As you can see, there are many considerations when looking to buy a gaming monitor. We hope that our guide has helped in deciding what is best for your needs and budget! You may also want to consider how much time you spend playing games on your PC or laptop before making the decision of which monitor is right for you.