When diving into the complex world of gaming PCs — whether you’re buying a pre-built gaming desktop, shopping for gaming laptop deals, or building a computer yourself — it’s easy to get so hyper-focused on CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and other components that you end up overlooking your monitor, or worse yet, going over-budget with your build and being forced to settle for a sub-par display. This is a critical error. The monitor is your interface for all that hardware, and one that’s not up to snuff will prevent you from fully enjoying the beefy CPU and GPU that you spent your hard-earned money on.
Thankfully, you don’t have to pay a fortune for a good desktop PC display that’s built to handle modern gaming, and if that’s what you’re looking for, your search is over. We’ve got all the best cheap gaming monitor deals right here with deep discounts to be found on everything from cheap workhorse 1080p displays to the latest ultrawide and 4K panels made for serious enthusiasts.
Today’s Best Gaming Monitor Deals
- Dell Gaming 27-Inch Curved 1080p 144Hz G-Sync/FreeSync Gaming Monitor — $225, was $280
- Gigabyte G32QC 32" 1440p 165Hz Curved FreeSync Monitor — $350, was $370
- BenQ EX2780Q 27” 1440P IPS 144Hz Gaming Monitor — $450, was $600
- 32" Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T Curved Gaming Monitor — $600, was $800
- Samsung 49-Inch Full HD Curved QLED FreeSync Monitor — $750, was $1,100
- Samsung CJ791 34-inch 100Hz Gaming Monitor — $829, was $900
- Alienware AW3420DW Curved 34" Monitor — $1,010, was $1,200
How To Choose A Gaming Monitor
When sorting through the myriad of gaming monitor deals that are available online, there are a few things to consider before you hand over your hard-earned cash. You don’t want to jump on the first cheap gaming monitor you find that meets your budget, as many that are advertised as “gaming displays” lack some important features.
After determining how much you’re willing to spend on a cheap gaming monitor, the first thing you’ll need to decide on is size and screen resolution. Bigger isn’t always better — your ideal display size has a lot to do with how close you’ll be sitting to it, and for most desktop PC setups, the standard 24 to 27 inches is fine. Displays in this size range are also ideal for 1080p, although at 27 inches, you’ll want to consider bumping up to 1440p if your GPU can support it. At 32 inches and beyond, you’ll likely want to stick to 1440p and even 4K gaming monitors, although this may depend on the display’s vertical resolution in the case of ultrawide panels. An ultrawide display that’s the same height as a 24-inch monitor will still look fine at 1080p.
One important feature that any good gaming monitor will have is some sort of vertical sync technology, the two prevailing standards being AMD FreeSync for use with Radeon graphics cards and Nvidia G-Sync for GeForce GPUs. Vertical sync ensures a smooth picture during fast-moving sequences by mitigating (if not eliminating) screen-tearing, an annoying issue where the lines that make up the image do not synchronize vertically. It’s generally recommended to get a gaming monitor that matches your graphics card, although Nvidia has been increasing cross-compatibility with FreeSync monitors lately. Just note that you’ll need a DisplayPort cable to take advantage of G-Sync; FreeSync works with either HDMI or DisplayPort.
The third thing to look for in a cheap gaming monitor is a refresh rate of 120Hz or higher. The general rule is that your display’s refresh rate should be at least twice the frames per second you want to game at (120Hz or more for 60fps gaming, for example). Modern HDMI and DisplayPort connections both support higher refresh rates, but some older standards like HDMI 1.4 may not. You will see many displays marketed as “gaming monitors” that only have refresh rates of 60Hz or 75Hz. Even if these units have FreeSync or G-Sync, they are not ideal for gaming at 60fps, which is the minimum that we recommend for PC gaming in 2020. There are plenty of cheap gaming monitor deals available that meet these criteria.
One final thing worth mentioning is curved and ultrawide displays, which have both become quite popular lately. Curved gaming monitors are nothing to be afraid of, but unless you’re going bigger than 27 inches (more specifically, if you’re buying an ultrawide panel), don’t pay extra for this feature — you probably won’t notice it much when sitting at a normal distance from a standard-sized desktop display. That said, ultrawide panels are one instance where we recommend going curved no matter what. These gaming monitors are naturally expensive but offer an elegant alternative to multi-monitor setups, and they might not be as cost-prohibitive as you think once you tally up the expense of buying multiple displays.
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