Choosing the right gaming monitor is one of the most important decisions a PC gamer can make, as this will affect your GPU requirement and the type of games you can play.
While some cheaper monitors are good for gaming, some lack the specifications or quality expected in a gaming monitor.
We’ve listed a few key things to keep in mind when shopping for a gaming monitor so that you can purchase the most effective monitor for your needs.
Choosing a Monitor
If you have a big budget and want the best monitor for gaming, you should get a monitor with a 27-inch screen, IPS panel, 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, under 15ms input lag, 144Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync or G-Sync.
If you have a more limited budget, you will have to sacrifice some of the specs mentioned above for those more relevant to your needs.
If you are an average gamer with a low budget and just want a decent monitor for casual gaming, then you probably don’t need all the specs above.
We recommend the following specs when choosing a monitor for gaming.
- Refresh rate – at least 60Hz
- Response time – lower than 10ms
- Input lag – Lower than 30ms
- Resolution – At least 1080p (Full HD)
- Screen size – At least 23-inch
- Adaptive Sync – Recommended
Below are the minimum prices for monitors which meet the above specifications.
All pricing is taken from Rebeltech in order to provide consistent results across different products.
Please note that higher-quality monitors with more features or with different aspect ratios and screen sizes will be more expensive than those listed below.
1080p: LG 23-inch LED IPS Full HD – R2,427
1440p: ASUS Designo MX25AQ 25-inch LED – R7,071
4K: Samsung 28-inch 4K LED – R8,947