Computer Monitor Buyers Guide

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ModCrash Computer Buyers Guide to what to look for when choosing a monitor!

Computer Monitor Buyers Guide Tips and What to Look for

Now to the meat and potatoes of this computer monitor buying guide is what to actually look for.

The first thing to know what your needs are. What is your budget? What type of connection you plan on using (DVI, HDMI, VGA)? What is your minimum resolution you want to use? Lastly would be can your graphics card handle all of the above?

Budget and Screen Size

As far as budget the only thing to keep in mind is the bigger the viewing area and resolution the more it will cost you. Monitors are fairly cheap unless you want to have the best plan on using three monitors that all run a 4k resolution. Depending on the monitor just one could cost you anywhere from $700 to $5000. While 4k monitors are still expensive if you hunt around Newegg, Tigerdirect, or Amazon you can find some good deals on different types and styles of monitors. So basically knowing what your acceptable budget is can help you find the best monitor for yourself.

Connection

What type of connection you plan on using should be an easy once since all you need to do is look at what your graphics card can output which these days is doing to DVI or DP. Knowing if you graphics card has majority of DPs (like my AMD Radeon HD 7990) is important if the monitor(s) you plan on using do not naively have a DP so you will need active or passive DP adapters to connect everything. I personally use a dual monitor setup with one connected though DVI and the other though an active DP adapter.

Now to clear up any misconceptions I will try to explain the differences between an active or passive DP adapter. First off the use of active or passive DP adapters is mainly for AMD cards trying to use Eyefinity for multiple monitor setups. If you plan on using more than two monitors you will need an active DP adapter like this one. Powered active DP adapters exist but unless you are running 1920 x 1200 or higher you shouldn’t need one. So most likely you can go with a $30 adapter instead of the $80 adapter.

Resolutions

Now that we know what to use to connect a monitor the next thing would be what resolution are you aiming at? Omning did a great review of a QNIX 27″ IPS LED monitor that you can read that offers higher end resolution at a pretty good price. So depending on your budget you may be going for a 1080, 1200, 1440, or 1600 and this becomes very important to know depending on what graphics card you are using.

Graphics Cards

Your graphics card comes into play big time as the resolution and number of monitors you plan on using goes up. Most budget and mid level graphics card can handle one monitor up to 2560 x 1600 resolution but if you add a second or third then you might run into problems trying to play games and achieve such a high resolution.   Another factor in this is the refresh rate. High end gaming monitors are pushing new boundaries with 120 Hz and 144 Hz refresh rates which is huge compared to a 60 Hz monitor and you need more horsepower under the hood to push a monitor to its max. Another thing to watch out for is if you have an NVIDIA GPU you can get a G-Sync enabled monitor, DIY kit for specific monitors, or a VESA enabled monitor for what AMD is dubbing FreeSync, you can go here for more information.

Other

Basically the other is going to be how you plan on arranging your monitor(s). Will it mount the monitor to a stand? will it sit on your desk? Do you want as close as you can get bezel less monitors for multi-monitor setups? While most of this is something that the average person doesn’t need to think about it is some questions to keep in mind if you plan on adding down the road or you keep an eye on good deals.

So basically that is it, any suggestions if I did miss something feel free to leave a comment or message me in the forums!

On the next page you can check out the top 10 best selling monitors according to Amazon!

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