How to pick the perfect gaming monitor

Although components such as GPUs and CPUs are the most important aspects of a gaming PC, it is the monitor that displays the resultant gameplay and should not be overlooked when building your system. It isn’t wise to spec the latest and greatest components at the expense of monitor quality, as the additional performance the hardware provides may not translate to the screen.

A great gaming monitor will make all the difference in making your gaming experience more engaging and immersive. The primary factors to consider are screen size, aspect ratio and resolution, as these dictate the overall size - height and width - of the image and its sharpness and clarity.

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Monitor Size

The larger the monitor size the bigger the image will be - it may sound obvious but the immersive effect will be amplified with each increase in size.

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Aspect Ratio

Particularly important for first person shooter games and simulators, a wider aspect ratio will offer better peripheral vision and a more realistic field of view.

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Resolution

Higher resolution monitors will offer more detail in every aspect of gameplay, making landscapes more realistic and complex graphics easier on the eye. However, the higher the resolution the more powerful GPU will be required to maintain a smooth framerate.

The next key factor to consider is the monitors ability to cope with fast moving action - very common in all types of games. This is governed by a couple of parameters, namely refresh rate and response time. The refresh rate is the frequency at which the monitor redraws the image per second, and response time is the time it takes a pixel to shift from one colour to another. A faster rate of refresh (higher value in Hz) and lower response time (lower value in ms) will make for a much smoother and sharper gaming experience. The ultimate gaming monitors synchronise the refresh rate with the framerate of your GPU, making games buttery smooth. Look out for monitors that are NVIDIA G-Sync or AMD FreeSync depending on the brand of your GPU.

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If you’ve never played your favourite game on a gaming monitor, you’re missing out! In fact, playing your favourite game on a Gaming Monitor for the first time is probably one of those events you have to experience yourself to understand truly. Furthermore, it’s an experience that’s made even more breath-taking if you’ve happened to spend the last few gaming years playing on an ordinary desktop monitor. This is because Gaming Monitors take artwork and graphics that look impressive on an ordinary monitor, and turn it into something else entirely. With vibrant colours, incredible resolutions, high-speed monitor refresh rates and rapid response times - Gaming Monitors are how games were always meant to be played. Keep an eye out for advanced technologies such as NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync that provide a smooth gaming experience.

AMD FreeSync PC Gaming Monitors

Monitors that support AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology synchronise the panel's refresh rate to the frame rate produced by a graphics card for silky smooth gaming free from stutter and screen tears. Available in a wide range of resolutions, including ultra wide 2,560 x 1,080, these monitors are a gamer's best friend. For FreeSync gaming, you'll need to check you've got a supported AMD graphics card and connect to the monitor using DisplayPort.

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23", 24" & 25" Monitors

Designed for a wide range of applications including home/small office, graphics, video playback, presentations and gaming.

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27" Monitors

Computer Monitors are one of the most integral parts of your system so choosing the right monitor is hugely important. That's why at SCAN we give you such a large selection to choose from. Below you can find our 27 Inch monitors offering larger screens for a more thrilling experience.

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28" Plus Monitors

Computer Monitors are one of the most integral parts of your system so choosing the right monitor is hugely important. That's why at SCAN we give you such a large selection to choose from. Below you can find our 28 inch and above monitors offering the largest screens for a more thrilling experience.

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4K & 8K Monitors

These screens are the next big thing in display technology - literally. They've got a mighty 3,840 x 2,160 resolution to ensure that movies and games look as good as possible, and many of these screens are large enough to dominate a desk. Just ensure that you can afford one of these high-end panels - and that your graphics card has enough power to drive so many pixels if you want to play games.

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Curved PC Monitors

The edges of these monitors very gently curve inwards, matching the curvature of the human eye. The curve is so gentle it's not really conciously visible, but combined with an ultra wide aspect ratio makes games, particularly first person shooters even more immersive than when played on a standard flat monitor.

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