Gaming Monitor Buyer’s Guide

When searching for the “Best Gaming Monitor”, there’s a few things you first want to consider before purchasing. Criteria include, the resolution of the monitor, is it 144Hz or 60Hz, and will my graphics card (or computer) be able to push the monitor to its utmost capabilities.

Ultimately when it comes to gaming, the more frames the better, especially in something like an FPS. So you want to be sure to do some research on how many frames per second you’d be able to get at the particular resolution you’re interested in with your current rig. Lets face it, there’s no point in picking up a 4K monitor if you’d be getting 10fps in games, or a 1080p 144hz if you can only get 30fps.

After you’ve figured that out you’ll be faced with another choice. Say you fall in the category of being able to buy a 1080p 144Hz or a 1440p 60Hz monitor, and run both just fine at max fps. The decision then becomes, do you go with the higher Hz or the higher resolution. In this case it comes down to what games you play. If you’re playing competitive games like CSGO you’re going to want the monitor with the higher refresh rate. If you play mostly MMOs, you’d be fine only having 60Hz, but in return you’d be getting more pixels on your screen.

The last thing you’ll want to think about is size, and whether you want to go ultrawide. The most common consensus is don’t go over 24″ when you’re buying a 1920 x 1080 monitor, if you do step up to 27″+ you may be seeing some pixelation if you look close enough.

Things like response time should be thought about as well,  which mainly comes into play for FPS games where milliseconds matter. If you play these almost exclusively you want to stick to monitors with 1-4ms response times, preferably 1ms.

Obviously we we can’t list every option in each category, so we’ve chosen our personal favorites, monitors with great reviews, and screens well-liked by the community. This guide should give you some ideas of what to look for when choosing your new monitor.

Click on the button under latest price to check out any of the monitors.

ResolutionCategoryMonitorRefresh RatePanelLatest Price
1080pBudget 60HzASUS VX228H 22"60HzTN
Budget 144Hz MonitorAcer GN246HL 24"144HzTN
Best All-around 144HzBenQ Zowie XL2411 24"144HzTN
Best 240HzBenQ Zowie 240Hz 24.5"240HzTN
Top G-SyncAcer Predator XB241H 24"144HzTN
Top FreesyncAOC G2460PF 24"144HzTN
1440pBest Budget 60HzAcer 257HU 25"60HzIPS
Budget 144HzAOC AG241QX 24"144HzTN
Best All-around 144HzBenQ ZOWIE XL2730 27"144HzTN
Top G-Sync Dell S2716DG 27"144HzTN
Top FreesyncASUS MG279Q 27"144HzIPS
4KBudget 4KLG 24UD58-B 24"60HzIPS
Best All-around 4KDell P2715Q 27"60HzIPS
Top G-SyncAcer Predator XB321HK 32"165HzTN
Top FreesyncASUS MG28UQ 28"60HzIPS
UltraWideBudget UltraWide 1080pLG 29UM68 21:9 29" 60Hz (with Freesync)IPS
Top UltraWide G-SyncASUS ROG PG328Q 34"100HzIPS
Top UltraWide FreesyncAcer XR382CQK 37.5"75HzIPS

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