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How to choose the best gaming monitor

Looking to buy a new PC monitor? Our tips will help you pick out the best panel for your gaming needs...

A decent gaming monitor should outlast any GPU generation, if not two. That's why it's beneficial to plan for the future and set aside a reasonable budget for your display.

1. Buy for tomorrow

When it comes to PC gaming, you ideally want a monitor with a refresh rate that can go above 60Hz. Whether that's 100Hz or 300Hz, you'll notice the extra fluidity in games.

2. Refresh rate is important

It's all very well and good getting the fastest screen going, but bear in mind that a speedy TN panel falls short of a IPS or VA display when it comes to viewing angles and color accuracy.

3. Pick your panel


Both AMD's FreeSync and Nvidia's G-Sync help to minimize visual artefacts and smooth out frame rates. Which tech you choose largely depends on your budget and GPU brand.

4. FreeSync or G-Sync?

If you're sticking to a 16:9 aspect ratio, there's no need to look beyond a flat panel. However, with the introduction of ultrawide monitors, curved displays can offer more immersion at 21:9.

5. Curved or flat?

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